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Denis Gallagher named SBF Contractor of the Year

By Thomas McMahon


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SCHOOL BUS FLEET magazine Publisher Frank Di Giacomo presented Student Transportation Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher with its Contractor of the Year award.

SCHOOL BUS FLEET magazine Publisher Frank Di Giacomo presented Student Transportation Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO Denis J. Gallagher with its Contractor of the Year award.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Student Transportation Inc. (STI) founder and leader Denis Gallagher has been named SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s 2014 Contractor of the Year.

SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo presented the honor at the National School Transportation Association’s awards banquet in Charleston on Tuesday evening.

Gallagher is the chairman and CEO of the third-largest school bus contracting firm in North America. Each school day, Student Transportation Inc. shuttles 1 million students to and from school with a fleet of more than 11,000 yellow buses.

Gallagher has been an outspoken champion of outsourcing school transportation in STI’s work with school districts and in high-profile interviews on news networks. He has led STI’s remarkable growth with a strategy dubbed “A-B-C”: acquisition, bid and conversion.

Gallagher has also been at the forefront in adopting alternative fuels and new technologies in school transportation. In 2012, STI made the largest single order of propane school buses to date: more than 400.

As the company has grown, it has continued to focus on its people as the core of its success. In 2012, STI launched an annual Employee Appreciation Week, which terminals across the nation celebrate with events like catered lunches, barbecues and award ceremonies.

Gallagher has also maintained strong relationships with customers, as evidenced by his company’s 95% contract renewal rate over 17 years.

A profile of Gallagher and STI will appear in the September issue of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.


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Congratulations Denis. What a wonderful recognition and honor being named School Bus Fleet's 2014 Contractor of the Year! You make our Family very proud from the driver's through to the manager's. You truly are an inspiration to us all!

Loretto MacKrell    |    Jul 25, 2014 05:58 AM

Congratulations Denis. I was happy to be a charter driver for Parkview Simcoe Bus Lines a Student Transportation of Canada division. Nice to see Student Transportation be given this award. Keep up the good work.

Ivan Winger    |    Jul 24, 2014 07:24 PM

Congratulations Denis on being named School Bus Fleet's 2014 Contractor of the Year! You and your team at STI have an impressive contract retention rate and dedication to alternative fuels. Well done!

Peter Lawrence    |    Jul 24, 2014 04:41 PM

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