Destinations Magazine - January/February 2018 - 80

REAR VIEW
John Meier
addresses
attendees at
ABA's annual
meeting last year
in Cleveland.

The Way Ahead
ABA Board Chairman John Meier looks back-and to the future

A

s President of ABA member Badger Bus and outgoing Chairman of ABA's Board of Directors, John
Meier reflects on his three-year tenure as chairman
and what lies ahead for our industry.

role. We need to partner with those who share the same concerns and get to work with one voice.

The ABA Chairman's Role

The chairman's role is to make sure the staff, board of directors, and members are engaged wherever their strengths and
passion lead them. I had the privilege to work with ABA's
First, it was challenging dealing with policy and the regulatory
CEO and President, Peter Pantuso, and other
side under the Obama administration. ABA did
"Our board
staff. Our board is loaded with great leaders who
a great job keeping stakeholders involved. We're
made sure
made sure they kept me busy during my three
seeing good signs coming from the Trump adminthey kept me
years, and I am grateful for their leadership
istration. Second, we spent the last three years
and friendship.
increasing the size of ABA's tent. Diversity on our
busy during
board and in our councils continues to grow.
my three

Top Achievements

Top Challenges

years, and I
am grateful
for their
leadership and
friendship."

Speaking as a bus operator, one of the industry's
biggest challenges is a lack of drivers. Concerning
government policy and regulation, even though
there are good signs, it is difficult to get anything
done in Washington. We continue to get more
industry voices involved, as there are now fewer and larger bus
and travel companies in our industry.

Technology

Technology has changed the way we are doing business today
and there are signs of disruption in our industry. We need to
understand how it's going to affect us, and what we can do
through policy and regulation to ensure we continue to have a
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Inclusivity

As an industry, we need to encourage more women
to drive motorcoaches. For example, Badger Bus
[headquartered in Madison, Wis.] has about 700
employees. Half are women driving vans and
school buses, but fewer than 10 percent of our
coach drivers are female.

Boosting Travel's Role

In the last nine years, ABA leadership has worked very hard to
bring more diversity to our board, and we added more travel
segment seats and representation to our executive committee.
Our policies reflect our commitment to the travel industry, so
when we go to the Hill, a broader segment of our membership's
needs is on our agenda. -George Spencer



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine - January/February 2018

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center
Enter the World of Miniatures
'Space’ Tours Take Off
South Florida Parks Rebounding After Hurricane Irma
Silverado Stages
ABA Gives Back During Marketplace
Heroes of the Industry
Meet the New Faces at ABA
Outdoor Adventures in Big Cities
ABA Strategic Plan
Tour Stop: Southern Appalachian Sampler
City Guide// OMAHA
Travel Resource: Charlotte
Travel Resource: Louisville
Equipment & Services Guide
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