Beyond his pioneering in trade magazine publishing, Ed was a crucial figure in the survival of NAPT in its early years.
Wolfington, who washed buses as a teen and later took the reins of his family’s school bus business, Wolfington Body Co., died on Thursday at age 75.
As an eighth grader, Quinton Higgins escaped from the fiery Carrollton, Kentucky, bus crash that killed 27 people. More than 20 years later, he took a surprising career turn: He became a school bus driver.
Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The industry veteran had diverse experience, as a state director of pupil transportation, a director for school bus contractor Laidlaw, and most recently as a vice president for fleet management solutions supplier Zonar.
Family, friends and colleagues pay their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service on Wednesday, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.
The American School Bus Council takes part in the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Bus Ride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. National School Transportation Association member Durham School Services provides the three yellow buses that are used in the event.
Beyond his contributions in trade magazine publishing, including SCHOOL BUS FLEET, what you may not know about Ed Bobit is the crucial role he played in the survival of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) in its early years. As NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin puts it, "There would be no NAPT without Ed Bobit. Period."
The association has worked to promote safe and efficient school bus service for the state's students since 1989. Members will celebrate the milestone at their meeting on June 12.
Four years after consolidating large bus assembly at its central Georgia headquarters, Blue Bird has boosted efficiency and production capacity, and business is on the upswing. The company’s total sales have increased about 40% from 2012 to 2014, and its propane school bus sales have multiplied.