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15 Fascinating Personalities 2010

This edition of SBF’s Fascinating Personalities series focuses on suppliers to the school transportation industry. Find out who is the longest active member of NAPT, who has climbed the Mexican pyramids in Cozumel, who plays hockey every week and who has a background as a U.S. Army Ranger.

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Robert Scott
Vice President, 247Security Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

Robert Scott (far right) says he and his wife, Judith (far left), feel blessed to have such great kids.

How did you get your start in the industry?
I was hired as a planning consultant for a small school district in Ontario. I had just graduated from a transportation engineering program and made the connection through the dean of the program.

Current job duties?
I’m responsible for all sales and marketing functions at 247Security. I’m also involved in business and partnership development.

Top achievements?
Professionally, I have enjoyed hiring young talent and watching them grow. There are a number of people scattered about the school bus industry and beyond who started with me. My time with Dufferin-Peel was also special. The district was growing at a rapid pace, and we built a very competent team. On the personal side, being a father is without a doubt the highlight of my life. I cannot imagine anything more gratifying than watching my three children grow.

Outside interests?
I love baseball, and much of my community involvement has focused on this great game as a coach and developer. More recently, I have become a bit of a runner and cyclist. I am currently chair of the board of King’s Christian Collegiate, a Christian high school. We have been involved from the start, our oldest daughter being one of 63 students the first year. My continuing involvement brings me great satisfaction, playing a small role in the development of young minds and launching them into the world with a strong Christian foundation.

If you could travel anywhere in the world …
It would be to Scotland to play golf and sample scotch.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I still play hockey every week!

What do you like most about being in the industry?
I like the people.

The last thing you do before you leave the office at the end of the day?
Think about what I accomplished today and list what we will do tomorrow.

Born: Renfrew, Ontario
Home: Oakville, Ontario
Years in industry: 32
Notable previous jobs: Director of transportation for the Dufferin-Peel School District in Mississauga, Ontario, director of business development for Laidlaw and president of RJ Scott & Associates.



Sue Weaver
President, BESI Inc., Hamilton, Ohio

Sue Weaver (second from left) counts her marriage of 26 years and raising her daughters among her top achievements.

How did you get your start in the industry?
BESI is a family-owned and operated business that my father started in our garage. I have been in the school bus industry steadily now for 22 years, but you could say I started 35 years ago spending some long summers answering phones. Vacations were generally state trade shows.

Current job duties?
I am still handling a lot of day-to-day duties: accounts payable, receivables and payroll. I am transitioning from working in the business to working on the business.

Top achievements?
Being able to work in a family business and having a good family  relationship in and outside of work. On the personal side, I am proud of my marriage of 26 years and our two wonderful daughters. Also, I went back to school while raising a family.

Outside interests?
I enjoy being on the lake, boating and camping. I also enjoy watching my daughters play sports.

If you could travel anywhere in the world …
I would go someplace warm and where there is water. I have found that some of the times when I’ve felt most relaxed have been when I’ve been on a lake.

Something people would be surprised to learn about you?
In my youth I played on a select soccer team, and as an adult I have coached recreational and select girls soccer.

What do you like most about being in the industry?
I would have to say the people. People in the school bus industry are a kind of extended family. Everyone is striving to provide a safer and better means for our children.

The last thing you do before you leave the office at the end of the day?
Besides a last check of e-mails and phone messages, I lock the door as I leave.

Born: Cincinnati
Home: Liberty Township, Ohio
Years in industry: 35
Notable previous jobs: I worked in customer service prior to working for BESI full time. Once at BESI, I worked in almost all areas, from shipping to folding seat covers and answering phones to typing out invoices.

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