Wall-based Student Transportation Inc., a safety and fleet service for schools, announced it has created the School Transportation Group, which focuses on the company’s school contracted transportation operations.
The company announced that Patrick Vaughan, currently chief operating officer of STI, will be president of the new group.
“Pat’s almost 30 year experience as a leader in the school transportation industry has been evident and we look forward to his continued leadership in this new capacity,” Denis J. Gallagher, chairman and CEO of ST, said.
“Pat is visible in the field visiting with our over 175 locations across North America and works closely with the regional and local teams, as well as driving new initiatives in safety, driver staffing and technology with our innovation and technology teams. As I have said many times, we need to think differently, be creative and stay ahead of the curve. We need to develop our people and encourage new ideas. We are fortunate to have the most experienced and best senior management team in the industry and one that has known each other and worked together well for over 25 years. … The team we have in place is ready to take on significant growth. We are built for the long term and it is great to have a team who is disciplined in how we approach growth. We have taken the time over the last two years to develop new strategies, rebuild some infrastructure, add new people and technologies as well as continue to inspire our workforce, who is the key point of service for our school principals, parents and students," he said.
“The School Transportation Group will build and improve upon our current efforts of developing and recruiting new drivers and maintenance technicians while maintaining our high retention rate of those already here. We need to continue implementing and leveraging the new technologies we have recently developed to reduce costs, all while having a profound strategic focus on improved safety,” Vaughan said.
“I have known and worked closely with Denis for many years and I know his passion for this company he founded, as well as the high safety standards and the family culture he has instilled here at STI all of which has been the secret of our success. We will continue to provide the highest level of safe and reliable student transportation to our customers. My team and their leadership will be a necessary and integral part of the growth of STI as there are numerous opportunities on the core contracted side with many school districts throughout North America that need quality, comprehensive transportation solutions. We will, however, continue to be strategic in our growth and as we’ve said before; we know where to go and, more importantly, where not to go," he said.
“We will be looking to leverage the businesses we started and recently acquired in MSG over the past two years to grow our non-asset and asset light businesses that are directly related to our key core competencies of safety and fleet services. It’s important to note, school districts contract and outsource their transportation needs to us for a reason. With almost 14,000 vehicles on the road transporting school children, we know how important safety and maintenance are to our business. Over the past 20 years, we have built a nationwide footprint of operations and facilities across the U.S. and Canada in our core business which continues to grow. We have significantly improved our technology and backroom services with our expertise in compliance and controls and will continue to expand the businesses using all these assets more effectively,” Gallagher said.