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CERTS: Help Us, Help You, Help Each Other

Please help us, help you, help each other with getting the stimulus relief funding for our industry over the legislative goal line. UMA has developed a targeted advocacy campaign to help us in the final push that seeks to protect $8 billion in economic relief for our industry. The original ask was $10 billion, you will recall. We want to preserve the $8 billion as negotiations continue.
So, please use the automated link to reach members of the Problem Solvers Caucus. Who are the Problem Solver's Caucus? They are the bipartisan, bicameral group working to pass a $908 billion economic relief package that, to-date, is earmarked to include $8 billion for the private motorcoach industry. 
The caucus members come from 28 states, so the campaign is limited to residents of those states. Anyone from those states can use the link to send an email to all members of the caucus who are from their state. Here are the states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Please click on this link to send your letter: https://p2a.co/aKzY6uU, and feel free to share with your friends!

Thank you in advance!

Welcome, New Members!

A.W. Griffith Transportation specializes in all aspects of truck, motorcoach, transit, and school bus training. 

Primary Contact: Anthony Griffith, awgtransconsult@aol.com 347-623-6314

BYD North America is dedicated to providing zero-emission energy solutions from energy generation and storage to its applications. 

Primary Contact: Paul Blank, paul.blank@byd.com  213-748-3980

Tell Your Friends To Join Us!  Do you know a peer in the industry that would benefit from all that a GNJMA membership offers? If so, please let them know they can apply for membership FREE through 12/31/20, until the next renewal (9/1/21).
Prevost Committed to Support via Largest Service Network in the Motorcoach Industry 

GNJMA Platinum Sponsor, Prevost "recognizes the importance of customer support, now even more than ever," said Kevin Dawson, vice president of parts and service. "We want customers to know we're here to help, and we're not going anywhere."  Through it all, Prevost remains committed, offering customers consistent support through the largest service network in the motorcoach industry.  Read more...
MCI Sells Off Pre-Owned Bus Inventory 

GNJMA Platinum Sponsor, MCI, a major North American manufacturer of motorcoaches, has sold off most of its pre-owned bus inventory and consolidated the sales team into one that handles new and used buses.  Read more...  
Member Baby News!
GNJMA Board of Director, John Henry, of Martz Trailways shared that he and his wife welcomed a sweet girl, Madison Elizabeth Henry.  Madison was born on October 28th, weighing 6 lbs 5.8 oz and 18 1/2 inches long. Baby and mom are healthy and doing well. Congratulations! 
Steven O'Shea, of GNJMA Gold Sponsor Lancer Insurance Company shared with us exciting news!  Steven and his wife welcomed a healthy baby boy on September 25th.  Sean Anthony O'Shea weighed 8lbs 1oz and was 20 inches long. Congratulations!
GNJMA Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider becoming a GNJMA Platinum, Gold or Silver Sponsor!  Take a look at all of the benefits Sponsorship provides your organization.  Questions?  Contact us!  Sponsorship renewal is January 1.  
GNJMA Scholarship and Motorcoach Professional Awards -  Opening Soon!

Keep your eye on your inbox next week.  We will release an email to open the 2021 Scholarship Program and the Motorcoach Professional Awards nominations.
Destination Members:  Who's Open?

We surveyed our Destination and Attraction Members to get their open status.  
We asked:
  • Are you accepting buses?
  • If so, are you requiring temperature checks as passengers disembark?
  • If not, what are your plans?
  • Anything else you would like to share?

In addition, some of our Casino Members provided Bus Arrival Guest instructions for their properties.  Download a copy.

Click here to download and view results  Let us know if you are open!

"Managing Returning Drivers" Webinar Held

GNJMA hosted this free member webinar on December 8th, facilitated by Bob Crescenzo, Vice President of GNJMA Gold Sponsor, Lancer Insurance CompanyThank you, Bob, for presenting to our members! 

Concerns and solutions on managing returning drivers, as well as provided resources were reviewed in this one-hour informative webinar.  In case you missed it, you can view the presentation.
Annual Driver Meeting Held

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year's annual session, held on November 19th, was a virtual meeting. This meeting is usually geared specifically for our drivers, but due to the change in presentation, this session was opened to other personnel as well, for example, safety personnel.

The program was, once again, facilitated by Bob Crescenzo, Vice President of GNJMA Gold Sponsor, Lancer Insurance Company, with a focus on "Getting Back in the Saddle" which included the challenges of driving during a pandemic: managing passengers, routes, changes in other driver behaviors, yourself, and the impact of additional challenges on your driving.  Certificates were emailed to each participant on November 24th.
NJ Conference on Tourism

Executive Director, Patricia Cowley and Member, John Bailey of Bailey Coach both were part of the "Motorcoach Industry Moving Forward" panel, facilitated by Heather Colache of Meet AC at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism. The conference was held virtually on December 2nd.  Take a look at the agenda.
GNJMA Responds to Recreational Cannabis Legalization Bills A-21 / S-21

On December 8th, we sent a letter to 120 NJ representatives regarding marijuana legislation impact in the workplace.  Specifically, the two versions of the Employer Protection Sections in the recreational cannabis legalization bills, A-21 / S-21. We believe recent amendments to these bills further weaken the workplace safety provisions contained in the original legislation.  Read the letter.
Membership Dues and Directory Updates

All regular members have been given one year free membership (9/1/20-8/31/21) to assist you with the financial stress to your businesses due to COVID-19. Billing will resume next renewal on 9/1/21.

2021 GNJMA Directory changes are due Monday (12/15/20).  Complete this online form or download a form and scan/email back to us.  The 2021 Membership Directory will be printed and mailed in January.
Get featured!  Share with us your story, any special news, such as company anniversaries, etc.  

Each Monday, we send an email to our entire membership and post to our website and social media using the hashtag #MemberMondays, along with your company's social medial handles.

We need submissions to make this happen.  If interested, submit your information by completing this short form.

 Important Industry Updates & News 
GNJMA Upcoming Events

Fall Annual Meeting of Members, Group Leader Marketplace, Annual Golf Outing to Benefit the Scholarship Program and Meet & Mingle
October 6-7, 2021 Resorts - Atlantic City 
 ICYMI:  Member Alerts

Member Alerts are sent out to our Members as needed.  All alerts, as well as past newsletters, can be accessed via our website member portal (Member Info/Documents/Member Alerts) with logon credentials.  Here is a sampling of what has been sent recently:
  • Contact Your Congressional Delegation Today! Tell Them to Preserve $8 Billion for Our Industry 
  • Launch an Anti-Trafficking Awareness Campaign in January! 
  • Webinar Invitation: Managing Returning Drivers 
  • #MemberMondays: Kelly Anderson Group 
  • Membership Directory Updates - Deadline December 11, 2020 
  • Governors Murphy & Cuomo Impose Additional Restrictions
Benefits of GNJMA Membership

Login to the GNJMA Member Portal and review all the benefits through your GNJMA Membership!  Contact us for help with logging in or navigating the site.
Follow Us!

If you are not aware, GNJMA maintains active Social Media platforms.  In addition to the emailed communications we send to you, we share information to our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.  We encourage you to LIKE US, FOLLOW US and ENGAGE with us! #gnjma

GNJMA Social Media Toolkit for Awareness

KEEP SHARING!  Let's keep this momentum going and make sure our voices get heard!

Here is the updated Social Media Toolkit (with added "handles"). This step-by-step guide includes:
  • A list of member social media profiles, let us know if you want to be added.
  • Social media post templates to share on your profiles (easy copy/paste)
  • Social media information for members of Congress
  • Key URLs and hashtags
  • Graphics and an infographic to use in posts

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