Ethan Allen Transportation General Manager Rick Wolff recently received The Golden Merit Award from the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) at its annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. Established in 1969, NSTA’s Golden Merit Award recognizes school bus employees for their achievements in safety, driver training, business practice, vehicle maintenance and superior service to their school district, community and pupil transportation industry.

Located in Kingston, New York, Ethan Allen Transportation provides school bus service to the Kingston School District and is a member of The Trans Group family of bus operations. Trans Group Executive Vice President Tim Flood congratulated Wolff on receiving The Golden Merit Award.

“Rick is usually a behind-the-scenes hero,” explained Flood, “devoting his career to school bus safety and advocating for his passengers, in particular those with special needs. He is a valuable member of our management team whose passion for school transportation and the children he serves is evident in everything he does.

Rick is uniquely deserving of The Golden Merit Award and everyone at The Trans Group joins me in congratulating him on this important honor.” Wolff began working in the school transportation industry for Ethan Allen Transportation in 1993, quickly establishing himself as proficient in dispatch, safety, routing, and driving. He has served on the Onteora School Board and the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy, both in Ulster County, New York.

In addition to Wolff, Patti Royce-Moser of Trans Group operation Educational Bus Transportation also received a Golden Merit Award at the recent NSTA annual meeting. Past Golden Merit Award recipients affiliated with The Trans Group include Warren Gumbs, Helen Schwabacher, and Trans Group Executive Vice President Tim Flood.

With more than 1,700 employees, The Trans Group operates over 1,200 school and public transit buses in lower New York State and Long Island. The company is actively involved in the school bus industry on the state and federal level.

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