GNJMA 2021 Membership Directory

Our 2021 Membership Directory will soon be going to print.  To ensure we have your most current information, please check your profile on our website (login required) and provide any changes to us by December 11, 2020 by completing this form.    
Driver's Safety Workshop November 19th

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year's annual session scheduled for November 19th 12:30-1:30PM, will now be a virtual meeting. This session is geared specifically for our drivers. This year due to the change in presentation, this session will be open to other personnel as well, for example, safety personnel. Join us and Lancer's Bob Crescenzo! Read the Member Alert and Register!
Special Fall Edition E-Newsletter

Did you catch our special fall edition of our newsletter highlighting our October events?  If so, you're in luck!  Here is a copy for you.  Note, we keep all our e-newsletters on the GNJMA website. 
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.

Member News
Wolf's Bus Lines Makes Front Cover of
Gettysburg Times Telling Their Story

For the last seven months, a normally perpetually moving fleet of buses and transport vehicles at GNJMA Member Wolf's Bus Lines has sat mostly dormant. More than 70 full- and part-time employees have been almost entirely laid off since March 17. What's worse, there seems to be no end in sight and the government hasn't stepped in to help, said Tracy Wolf-Stroyny, the company's vice president.  "We've spent all this money to retrofit our buses, but we have no money coming in," said Wolf-Stroyny.  Read the article:  Part 1  Part 2
ABC Partners With Lightning eMotors

GNJMA Platinum Sponsor ABC Companies, a leading provider to the motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transportation market in the United States and Canada, will soon be the first to offer a motorcoach-diesel-to-electric-repower program for North American operators.   Read the press release.
TEMSA Sale to Founder Sets Bus Maker Up for
North American Growth

The sale of Turkish bus maker and GNJMA Silver Sponsor TEMSA, to a partnership that includes its original owner has been finalized, setting the company up for post-pandemic growth in North America. The TEMSA sale is the latest in a number of developments for this bus maker.  Read more...
Bally's New Owners

Hedge-fund investor Soo Kim's budding casino empire purchased the worldwide rights to GNJMA Gold Sponsor Bally's name from Caesars Entertainment.  His gaming company, Twin River Worldwide Holdings, now plans to use the name to rebrand all of its holdings including its 11 casinos and its publicly traded headquarters.   Read more...

Buses Return to Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino

GNJMA Gold Sponsor, Wind Creek Bethlehem has launched a modified bus program "to resume business efforts" at the casino, spokesperson Julia Corwin said. "At this time, we have reduced the incoming buses by 80% to maintain a socially distanced environment for our guests," Corwin said.  The casino's busing program had been suspended since mid-March.  Read more...
We Have a Winner!

Thank you to those that responded to our post-meeting survey regarding our Fall Events held mid-October.  We randomly selected one lucky respondent to receive a $50.00 VISA gift card.  Congratulations to the winner: Jeff Goldwasser, host of Buses & Beer and representative for GNJMA Silver Sponsor Amaya Astron Seating.  Congrats, Jeff!
SARDO Bus & Upholstery Has Passenger Shield's Available

GNJMA Silver Sponsor SARDO Bus & Upholstery has Passenger Shield's available.  Let Sandy know if you would like a sample.

BusBooks' Tracy Fickett Gives Update on PPP Loan Forgiveness Process

GNJMA Member BUSBooks, LLC, an accounting business, specializes in the bus industry and Tracy has become well-versed in how the PPP impacts motorcoach operators.  Read more...
Paper Mill Playhouse, Delivering Virtually

GNJMA Member, Paper Mill Playhouse announced casting for their the first two productions to be produced on the Paper Mill stage since the pandemic shut down the theater in March.  Read more...
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.  
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?

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

Update on Economic Relief & CERTS

UMA Thursday, November 12, 2020:

Economic relief in Congress still on hold as Senate control unclear.  Two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia that will not be decided until January runoff elections have further muddled the timeline for action on meaningful relief in Congress. Effectively, the uncertainty over control of the Senate has left both sides hesitant to act. "The reality is they cannot get together," Ken Presley told operators. 

"One date we do need to keep a watch on is January the 3rd and that is when the 116th Congress will conclude and all the bills introduced in last two years expires," Ken said. "If we get to that date and the CERTS Act has not passed in a larger relief bill, we are going to have to reintroduce it and start working again to bring our sponsors back."

For now, he suggested operators keep trying to add cosponsors for the CERTS Act and to also "circle back and take a second glance at the Main Street Lending program" for relief. "There have been some major changes," he said, "that might make a difference in whether its worth it for you to apply. "

Ken emphasized that while it is tough, UMA Members should try to stay the course and continue to push the CERTS Act, noting the bill is still gaining cosponsors. "It's a marathon rather than a sprint, so stay the course."

GNJMA urges our members to continue to reach out to members of the House and Senate from your area who may not be sponsors on HR 7642 nor S4150.  If questions on where your representatives stand (and who to contact), please feel free to contact Pattie Cowley via phone or email pcowley@gnjma.com.

 Important Industry Updates & News 
GNJMA Upcoming Events

Spring Association Meeting & Motorcoach Professional Award Luncheon
March 15-16, 2021 Wind Creek - Bethlehem

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:
  • #MemberMondays: NorthEast Charter & Tour Co., Inc.  
  • Reminder! Register for the November 19th Annual Driver Safety Meeting 
  • An Election Roundup from our Lobbying Firm 
  • Attend the November 19th Annual Driver Safety Meeting VIRTUALLY 
  • #MemberMondays: Raritan Valley Bus Service 
  • Gov Murphy Signs Executive Order No. 192 
  • #MemberMondays: Sheppard Bus Service 
  • TSA Security Training Final Rule  
  • GNJMA Officers Elected and Small Business ER Grant Update 
  • #MemberMondays: Jeff Goldwasser/Amaya Astron Seating
Benefits of GNJMA Membership

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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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