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20 Fascinating Personalities (Part 3)

More remarkable people from across the pupil transportation industry.

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

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As a train buff, Bill Loshbough enjoys riding the narrow gauge railroads of northern New Mexico and Colorado.

As a train buff, Bill Loshbough enjoys riding the narrow gauge railroads of northern New Mexico and Colorado.

Bill Loshbough

Owner, ExecuWest Consultants, Albuquerque, N.M.

Born: Alva, Okla.
Home: Santa Fe, N.M.
Years in industry: 39
Notable previous jobs: Director of safety and security, state supervisor of school bus safety, state transportation director, VP of human resources, general manager.

How did you get your start in the industry?
I began driving a school bus part-time while in college.

Current job duties?
Currently, I am owner of ExecuWest Consultants. I provide transportation consulting services and do meeting planning and trade show management. I serve as trade show manager of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) and conference coordinator of the New Mexico Pupil Transportation Conference. I also do management training and seminar presentations in the area of pupil transportation.

Top achievements in life?
My top accomplishments include serving as chairman of the National Safety Council Motor Transportation Division and School Transportation Section, past president of the NAPT, competition director of the International School Bus Driver Safety Competition, conference chair for the 9th and 10th National Conferences on School Transportation and resolutions chairman for the 11th and 12th. I was the recipient of SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Administrator of the Year award in 1980, the National Safety Council’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award in 1982, the NAPT Distinguished Service Award in 1992, the NSTA Golden Merit Award in 1996 and the NSTA Hall of Fame Award in 2001.

Outside interests?
I enjoy spending time with family, hiking and fishing. I am also a train buff, so I enjoy riding the narrow gauge railroads of northern New Mexico and Colorado.

Favorite book or movie?
My favorite movie is Oklahoma. Since my family roots were in the farm country of Oklahoma, I’m interested in not only the music but the image of the rural areas of our country. I enjoy reading the history of settling the west.

Most interesting place you’ve been?
The river country of Alaska, where the salmon fishing is great.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
That for more than 25 years, I have been a “pyro” doing the fireworks for the Zozobra Burning, which is a part of Santa Fe Fiesta. I also worked for a year as a limousine chauffeur.



John Matthews converted a 1961 Greyhound bus into a motor home, dubbed the "Strayhound," in which he and his family have traveled the country.

John Matthews

Transportation Director, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md.

Born: Baltimore
Home: Laytonsville, Md.
Years in industry: 32.5
Notable previous jobs: Newspaper carrier and route man, school bus driver, driver trainer supervisor, area supervisor, technology manager, fleet maintenance manager, assistant director.

How did you get your start in the industry?
I began driving a school bus part-time as a college student and finished college as the training supervisor. While in college, they never taught me how to get a real job, so I just stayed with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).

Current job duties?
I currently manage all aspects of pupil transportation for MCPS (the sixth-largest publicly-owned fleet in the United States), which includes the operations and maintenance of 1,252 buses, maintenance of 750 other vehicles, five depots, 2,300 employees and a budget of $70 million-plus.

Top achievements in life?
Aside from raising four wonderful and successful children, my best accomplishment was to convert a 1961 Greyhound bus into a motor home (the “Strayhound”) and travel the country with my family.

Outside interests?
I enjoy building/making things, garages, refinishing/building rooms and basements, fixing anything that breaks —VCRs, air conditioners, cars, buses, etc. — and, of course, traveling.

Favorite book or movie?
As a non-reader, you couldn’t pay me to read a novel. However, I do love to read technical manuals (I love to know how things work), and my favorite book is The Roads that Built America, by Dan McNichol.

Most interesting place you’ve been?
I saw many interesting places during two trips from Maryland to California in the Strayhound. The trips included hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and staying for two nights at the bottom in Phantom Ranch) and going through national parks — Yosemite, Yellowstone, Badlands, Brice, Zion and many more.

Strangest job you’ve had?
The strangest job I’ve had was working for the now-extinct Washington Star newspaper as a jumper. A jumper is the person who jumps off and on the truck at 20 mph to leave the papers on the corner.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I taught automotive technology at a local community college for a few semesters.

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