BusCon 2015 to offer perspective on the bus industry’s fastest   growing customer base

BusCon will be taking place Sept. 28 to 30, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

BusCon offers one location where anyone involved with buses, including public transit and private companies, can meet to build business connections, learn from successful leaders in the field and discover new solutions to the everyday challenges they face.

One of the most critical educational sessions that will be offered on Monday, Sept. 28, is “Understanding Your Millennial Customers.”


The founder of Fly High Coaching and Millennial Performance Institute, Porschia Parker, will reveal who millennial customers are, how they think, how to reach them, and which skills and strategies attract more of these customers and engage them for repeat business.


Parker is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and an Energy Index Master Practitioner. She is a member of the millennial generation (the Y generation of people born between the 1980s and 2000s) with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and she serves as an Associate Training Coach for the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Register for BusCon by August 28 for a discounted full conference pass or a free exhibit hall pass by visiting www.BusConExpo.com

 ABC Companies Mourns Passing of
 Regional Product Support Manager Nathan Zimmerman

It is with great difficulty that ABC Companies announces the loss of a beloved member of our ABC family. Nathan Zimmerman passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in an auto accident on Interstate 75 in Florida.

Many of you knew Nathan Zimmerman as your Regional Product Support Manager or co-worker, but many more of you knew him as your friend. Everyone agrees that he was a very special person who truly loved serving others.

Nathan was born on January 20th, 1955 in Kyoto, Japan a son of missionary parents. He traveled throughout his young life learning the importance of service to others. These roots only strengthened and developed as he became an adult, and formed the man we all respect today.

Nathan has been a very important part of the ABC Family for over 20 years and never in that time did his dedication to his fellow employees or his customers waiver. Just last week ABC received a letter regarding Nathan from a grateful customer. They wanted to acknowledge and thank him for all of the special work he had done.

The resounding theme in every conversation about Nathan is his dedication to others and to a life of service. This quality followed him throughout his long career with ABC and was reflected in his personal life as a husband to his wife Juana and his family. As a further testament to his dedication to others, Nathan was a pillar within his church and volunteered raising funds and organizing missionary trips.

Nathan has left behind a legacy and has given us a standard that we should all try and achieve with our own lives. He will be truly missed.  A memorial fund has been set up to support his family. If you wish to make a donation to this fund, please contact Ed Eldridge, Director of Human Resources, ABC Companies at 1-800-222-2875.



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 Interactive mapping can aid mobility planning for people with disabilities

SAN FRANCISCO  -  Much like digital maps have made planning a road trip easier. Interactive community maps could do the same for people with disabilities, but on a much grander scale, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), also known as Community Mapping, is computer software that makes digital maps to help us “see” the issues, needs, and trends of a geographic area. A simple Google Map or a more complex ArcGIS map could show, for example, the locations of services and amenities commonly used by people with disabilities: VA hospitals, community centers, health care providers, wheelchair accessible stores, parks and restaurants, and bus routes, the report said.

Because these maps are interactive, users can input information  -  say, where sidewalks end or do not exist, or whether a restaurant bathroom is truly accessible - the same way drivers upload traffic information to a navigation app like Waze, the Chronicle reported. For the full story, click here.



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