BANY - 2018/2019 Membership Directory - 6
A Message from the President
Dear BANY Colleagues:
t is a pleasure on behalf of the BANY Board of Directors to introduce the new Bus Association
of New York 2018/2019 Membership Directory. Founded in 1938, BANY today is one of
the leading state associations promoting motor coach travel, safety and compliance, as well
other interests of motor coach companies and their associates. As a member, you have made
the decision to be one of the leaders in the industry within New York State as well as in many
other states. For this commitment, BANY strongly believes that this gives you an edge over nonmember companies.
For new and continuing BANY members, this membership directory offers a comprehensive
list of members. As an association that strives for excellence, BANY urges all of you to use fellow
members for services, products, travel opportunities and even charter services. Strengthen the
excellence of our association by supporting all other members!
This directory is one of the ways BANY reaches its members. We also reach our membership
via email in the weekly "Friday Flash." It gives up-to-date information on relevant issues within
the industry for New York State and elsewhere. As a member, you should automatically receive
this. (If you do not wish to receive this at more than one email within your company, feel free to
reach out to Tammy St. Louis, our executive director.)
Another fabulous opportunity to reach other members is attendance at our "Annual Meeting
and Marketplace." This event provides an atmosphere to network with other members, attend
pertinent industry seminars, meet associate members in a marketplace environment as well
as to explore a wonderful travel destination. The 2018 meeting will take place at the warmly
hospitable Otesaga Resort & Hotel in lovely Cooperstown, New York, October 21 - 23, 2018.
Registration is available, so don't miss out on this great business opportunity. (Last time BANY
held the meeting here, it was sold-out!) The agenda is being planned as you are reading this, so if
you have any thoughts on topics, concerns or issues, be sure to reach out to Tammy or any board
member. All of us are only a phone call or quick email away.
BANY has worked hard this year on several member issues. We successfully defeated
the governor's proposal to implement an inspection fee on buses - a fee that was only on
less than 15 percent of the total bus inspections done by the state and that primarily affected
small business owners. With the help of our lobbyist, Empire Government Strategies, and our
members, it was taken out of the budget once again. (This was the second time that BANY
helped defeat this issue!) BANY held a successful and hugely-attended New York City Meeting
in March to discuss with New York City officials issues that buses have in the city. The format
allowed both New York City officials and BANY members an opportunity to voice many
concerns in a constructive formatted agenda. The meeting started with a great safety seminar
by Lancer Insurance on city driving. BANY believes this was indeed a successful first start.
BANY has also supported initiatives from other state associations as well as the American Bus
Association and United Motorcoach Association. BANY also has attended regular "Partner
Meetings" in Albany with the New York State Department of Transportation. So as you can see,
your membership dues have been put to great use this year.
BANY continues to increase membership and have active participation by members; it is now
one of the country's leading state associations - all thanks to YOU, our members! Thank you for
making us strong, relevant and successful. However, there is still much more to be done. On
behalf of the BANY Board of Directors, our executive director and as your president, I hope we
can count on you to make us bigger and stronger as we face the challenges ahead. Please do
not hesitate to reach out to me personally by phone or email if I can be of assistance to you.
Thank you for your time - and welcome.
Hale Transportation - Oneonta Division