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20 Fascinating Personalities (Part 1)

What did Derek Graham do at the Kentucky Derby? Which movie makes Lenny Bernstein cry? And what is "The Strayhound"? Read on to learn these and many more interesting tidbits about 20 remarkable people in pupil transportation.

by SBF staff editors Steve Hirano, Thomas McMahon and Albert Neal


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Tim Flood has earned numerous professional accolades but ranks his family as his top achievement.

Tim Flood

Executive Vice President, The Trans Group LLC

Born: New York City
Home: Campbell Hall, N.Y.
Years in industry: 18
Notable previous jobs: Manager of an electronic synthesizer repair shop, owner of a sound and lighting company that provided systems for tour bands and venues, manager of a rock band.

How did you get your start in the industry?
In 1986, I was between jobs in the music industry and saw an ad and thought, “I love kids. It would probably be a blast to drive a school bus.” So I went in the next day and started the process. It was early June, and I figured I would finish off the school year and then go back to another job. John Corr [president of The Trans Group] got hold of my resume and asked me to come on staff full time. I agreed, but said it would only be temporary. Well, I’m still here, 18 years later!

Current job duties?
I’m part of a great team that oversees 11 operations in five counties throughout southern New York. I do whatever it takes to help those I work with accomplish The Trans Group’s mission of “providing safe, efficient and profitable transportation services.”

Top achievements in life?
Professionally, I am honored to be the president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association and a board member of the National School Transportation Association. Truly, though, my most prized achievement is the ongoing experience of parenting three amazingly beautiful children. My world revolves around Ross (15), Paul (8) and Rebecca (5)! They and my wife Mara are what matter most in my life.

Outside interests?
I love watching my kids at their activities! Ross plays hockey on a travel team, so many weekends we are on the road to tournaments somewhere on the East Coast. Paul and Rebecca are both advancing in tae kwon do as well as tap, jazz and ballet.

Favorite book or movie?
Star Wars (the first one) is my favorite because the conflict between good and evil in the world as well as within ourselves is dramatically laid out.

Most interesting place you’ve been?
The strut of a Cessna 172, waiting for the jump master to give me the signal to let go of the strut and deploy a parachute for the first time.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I had hair down to my shoulders when I started this job.

 


 

Dale Goby has introduced several innovations to the transportation program at Detroit Public Schools, including lifecycle-costing strategies, anti-idling policies and a model maintenance program.

Dale Goby

Executive Director, Office of Student Transportation, Detroit Public Schools

Born: Raymond, Ill.
Home: Clarkston, Mich.
Years in industry: 29
Notable previous jobs: I was a high school teacher, a university instructor, a teaching research associate for a federally funded research agency and a curriculum consultant before becoming involved in pupil transportation.

How did you get your start in the industry?
I was asked to consolidate administrative positions and combine my duties as the district traffic and safety education administrator/curriculum consultant with the school transportation administrative position, and I took the new job description to the superintendent for approval. I started the next day.

Current job duties?
I’m responsible for providing transportation services for eligible students from the district’s 140,000 students utilizing five terminals (two public, three contractor), approximately 500 school buses, the public transit agency and five taxi cab companies.

Top achievements in life?
I have a lovely wife who tolerates my wide and varied interests and even now can correctly identify the make of buses we see when we travel. I have three children and six grandchildren, all of whom make me quite proud. My son is also a transportation director in a neighboring school district. My children are all successful in their own way, independent of their parents and good parents themselves.

Professionally, I’d count the following among my achievements: instituting a lifecycle-costing approach to purchasing school buses, developing a GPS/GIS system to measure fleet performance and creating a model maintenance program that can be implemented statewide.

Outside interests?
Outside interests include wine tasting, golf and road cycling. I’ve also recently returned to flying, an old interest.

Most interesting place you’ve been?
My wife and I love to go to the California wine country, especially the area around Healdsburg, and the Russian River Valley.

What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
I don’t think I’ve had any strange jobs, but an early job that taught me a lot was operating a spray-painting business with my brother when I was 16 and he was 18. It taught us much about the value of hard work. We put ourselves through college with our earnings.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
When asked this question I always respond the same way. That is, I played a male and female role in our high school play. (It was a small high school.)

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