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August 18, 2010  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

First Student names senior contract manager


CINCINNATI — First Student has named Jim Ring as senior contract manager for the company’s location here. He will oversee all transportation operations for the four operating lots. This includes oversight of safety and maintenance for school districts that First Student serves in the area, such as Cincinnati Public Schools. 

“We are pleased that Jim has joined our team,” said Tim Pfizenmayer, region operations manager for First Student. “He brings a wealth knowledge and experience in the transportation industry that will benefit our employees as well as the schools and students we serve.”

Ring joins the First Student team with more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He spent the majority of his professional career with UPS, where he held a series of progressive roles. Ring was also a district field manager for DHL Express, where he managed operations, improved customer service and led employee health and safety strategies. Most recently, he was the regional transportation manager for Lowe’s.

Ring holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Barrington University.

In other news, four First Student drivers were recently recognized by the National Safety Council with the Safe Driver Award of Honor for their outstanding driving records and dedication to safety.

The drivers, along with 142 private sector transportation drivers from across the U.S., were honored for driving a minimum of 15 years or 250,000 miles without a preventable accident.

The First Student employees honored were Roy Lineberry of Charleston, Ill.; Michelle Tate of Naperville, Ill.; Brenda Taylor of Dalton, Ga.; and Daisy Walker of Naperville, Ill.

“To possess the driving and safety records these drivers have is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Linda Burtwistle, president of First Student. “Their commitment to the safety of the students they transport is unparalleled and is something every driver should seek to emulate.”
Each of the First Student drivers recognized has extensive experience in the student transportation industry. Lineberry has more than 23 years of experience, while Tate has 20 years of experience. Walker has worked in the industry 21 years and Taylor has served students for more than 30 years without missing a day of work.

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what is your company relation standings with UTU journeymen versus your none union mechanics

john    |    Sep 03, 2010 07:56 PM

Why haven't you brought to the attention of the School Bus industry that employees are not covered by OSHA regulations. Your manufacturers could be developing an effectives retofit to keep the drivers compartment cool.

Rick Loughran    |    Aug 23, 2010 12:22 PM

It's nice to know that there are Driver who were recognized for their years of Service. I don't think they did a good job of researching. Here in Jacksonville, Florida, there are at least 10 drivers here, including myself who have been driving for 30 plus years, with no preventable accident. If you're gonna honor one, do your homework and honor all First Student!

Sylvia    |    Aug 23, 2010 07:48 AM

I feel bad for Mr. Ring.

Mr. Trebtac    |    Aug 20, 2010 11:20 PM

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