JANUARY 16, 2018
Your weekly member news & updates
Welcome Gladys Gillis, UMA's New Chairman
The UMA Board of Directors met Tuesday, January 10 to elect officers for 2018-2019. Gladys Gillis, President of Starline Luxury Coaches based in Seattle, WA is the new Chairman of the Board, elected to serve a two year term. She is the first woman to hold the top volunteer position.

Also elected to officer positions are: Vice Chairman Jeff Polzien, Red Carpet Charters of Oklahoma City, OK; Treasurer David Moody of Holiday Companies, LLC of Randleman, NC; and Secretary Alan Thrasher of Thrasher Brothers Trailways of Birmingham, AL.

Go to www.uma.org/BOD to see the full listing of board members and officers.
Gladys Gillis,
Chairman, UMA
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The top-rated UMA member benefit continues to be Bus & Motorcoach News , which is the flagship publication of our industry. In addition to print copies twice a month, members get all the news in their email inbox weekly. Members can increase frequency to receive daily email updates or go online 24/7 to access Bus & Motorcoach News and see all the latest news as well as search the archives. Did you catch these two recently featured articles?
Companies should update policies on medical marijuana
January 14, 2018 |  Bus & Motorcoach News  | by Susan Moeser l

ASHBURN, Va. – Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states plus Washington, D.C., but federal law continues to make marijuana in all forms illegal. Experts warn the conflict between state and federal law could pose big problems for the bus and motorcoach industry and its employment policies.

A recent report found 93 percent of people believe marijuana should be legal with a doctor’s prescription, so new states will be pushing to legalize it every year. “This is really going to be a mess. There’s just no other way I can say it. You’re going to have to look at your policies,” said attorney Jill Nagy during a presentation at last month’s UMA Safety Management Seminar.

What you must know about cyberterrorism insurance

January 14, 2018  |  by Bus & Motorcoach News   |   By Jonathan L. Schwartz and Thomas D. DeMatteo l

It is a scary thought that hackers can now remotely gain control of our vehicles. They have proven capable of disabling a car’s transmission and brakes, taking over its steering wheel and adjusting its cruise control settings.

What we now know is the more technologically sophisticated our vehicles become, especially with increasingly automated functions, the more prone they become to outside interference. From onboard diagnostics to Bluetooth modules to embedded Internet modems to Wi-Fi Internet routers to USB device ports to high-definition radio to near-field communication devices, modern vehicles have myriad vulnerabilities to hackers.

A worthwhile video on "Why You Don't Succeed"
Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International, wowed the crowds at EXPO with his insights and illustrations of what lies ahead in the travel and tourism industry. Below is a video he recommended in a recent Twitter post. Want to follow Michael on Twitter? Find him at https://twitter.com/m_dominguez.
Is life-work balance possible for high achievers?
January 18, 2018 l Inc.com l by Marla Tabaka l

Are you crushing it at work? You'll be surprised by what some are achieving with a totally unconventional approach--and it's getting high-performing CEOs exactly what they want.

Where do you fall on the delicate scales of life-work balance? Satyen Raja offers this leadership advice to assist you in   letting go of struggle and exhaustion  in favor o f freedom, health, and happiness.

Cardinal Buses of Middlebury, IN
Large Fleet Operator Vision Award

Trobec’s Bus Service, Inc.
Small Fleet Operator Vision Award

All Aboard America!
UMA Green Highway Award from MCI

Barac Wimberly, Travel Lovers Tours & Cruises
UMA International Driver Competition Grand Champion

Dave Meyerhofer, Kobussen Trailways
UMA Maintenance Competition Grand Champion

Bob Crescenzo, Lancer Insurance
UMA Safety Leader of the Year

Daisy Charters and Shuttles
BUSRide Motorcoach Operator Achievement Award

Holiday Tours Inc.
METRO Magazine Motorcoach Operator of the Year Award

The UMA Membership Directory is published each year to allow operators to seek out help from other members, whether it's for coach services when you're out on the road far from home or when you need a vendor you can trust and want to make sure you choose a UMA associate member to work with. Every member receives a hard copy and there's an online version, too!

Help us keep our directory up to date by checking your membership record for accuracy. You can do it online with your member log in or watch for upcoming annual correspondence from UMA.
Remember, as a UMA member you have the power of discounts on the best products and services, access to relevant education, targeted professional resources, and colleagues all over the map. Remember to consult your member directory when you need help on the road, access to more vehicles to meet demand, or services out of your area. We are UMA!

Reach the UMA staff by calling (703) 838-2929 or by email at info@uma.org. We love to hear from our members!