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OCPS 2018 Saf-T-Liner C2’s
OCPS 2018 Saf-T-Liner C2’s
Orange County District Schools Transportation Staff Take Delivery of their new 2018 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2’s. Paul McGhee and Glenn Matthews passed out the keys and offered instructions on using the drivers independant A/C System.
OCPS Takes Delivery of IRMA Supplies From TBB
OCPS Takes Delivery of IRMA Supplies From TBB
Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc., Shop Supervisor, Epi Martinez offloads some Hurricane Irma relief supplies from Thomas Built Buses, Inc., for Orange County Public Schools to use at their discretion. Steve Huckeba was on hand to take delivery and provide some nice comments to the local Orlando News Channels.
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Liberty Takes Delivery of C2’s
Liberty Takes Delivery of C2’s
Liberty District Schools took delivery on 9/28/17 of their new 77 passenger Thomas C2 Saf-T-Liner’s in partnership with the Daimler Tuck Financial and Matthews Bus Alliance. Pictured are Director of Maintenance/Transportation, Principal of Liberty High School and Head Technician. Each are excited to have Matthews Buses Alliance, Inc., in the house to keep their fleet in tip top shape and their drivers and passenger "cool" with the Rifled Air Conditioning systems. The buses were delivered and went immediately into service working for the district the following morning. Thanks Liberty for "Choosing Matthews!"
Diesel Engine Advancements a Win for Schools
See attached link to School Bus Fleet to see how to win with Diesel for your district!
Collier County Takes Delivery Post Hurricane Irma
Collier County Takes Delivery Post Hurricane Irma

David Olgilvie, Transportation Director, Collier County District Schools, takes delivery of 3 more of their 29, 2017 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 School Buses from Cliff Clare, Jr (MBA Sales Professional) along with some hurricane Irma relief supplies from the employees at Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc. Thanks Collier County for "Choosing Matthews!" Sorry Cliff and Dave for the sideways picture! Glenn
Lee County Takes Delivery Post Hurricane Irma
Lee County Takes Delivery Post Hurricane Irma

Steve L. Lucas (Fleet Manager Lee County), Jason Schilingburg, Dominick Lazano, (MBA Road Techs) pose with new Lee County District Schools 2018 Thomas C2’s. Lee took delivery of some New Thomas C2’s and some relief supplies from the employees at Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc. Robert Codie and the Lee County Communication Department did a FaceBook Live Event of the Delivery. Thanks Lee County For "Choosing Matthews!"
So Proud of Matthews Bus Alliance Customers
So Proud of Matthews Bus Alliance Customers
Sept 10 and 11th, 2107 Irma impacted just about every county in the State of Florida. Most schools across the state closed for the entire week and some will not be open for quite some time. Florida school transportation departments were instrumental in evacuating people statewide. Many schools were used as shelters and some still are. We are so proud of these districts and their efforts to help people in need. Below is an article featured in School Bus Fleet. There is a nice video link that features Hillsborough County’s efforts in the evacuation. So proud to be a supplier of buses to each and everyone of the FL county schools listed in this article. We were without power at the dealership until Wednesday evening. We were fortunate to not have to much damage at the dealership and none of the new buses for delivery were affected thanks to the preparation efforts or our TEAM on Friday. Some of our employees are still without power and it has been tough getting gas for our Road Techs statewide. Our team is helping out wherever we can to help our great customers get back up an running. Power crews are working across the state to get schools back up and running. We hope all our great customers are fine and can get back to normal soon.
TEAM Matthews - For Our Schools Golf Tournament
TEAM Matthews - For Our Schools Golf Tournament
September 22nd, 2017 is the Orange County District Schools "For Our Schools Golf Tournament" held at Grand Cypress Golf Course. Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc., is once again a Beverage Sponsor for the event.
TEAM Matthews Technicians More Ready To Serve You!
TEAM Matthews Technicians More Ready To Serve You!
August 31, 2017
Orlando FL

Matthews Service Technicians gathered at the Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc., headquarters in Orlando to receive more service training from Award Winning Trainer, Ali Rampartab.

"Keeping our great technicians constantly trained and up to date on their certifications is crucial to our success in our effort to provide the best service in the state of Florida. We are so fortunate to have such motivated techs hungry to learn." Glenn Matthews, President
Martin County End of Year Celebration
Martin County End of Year Celebration
Pictured left to right is Cliff Clare, Matthews Buses Florida, Laurie Gaylord, Superintendent, and Kayleen Watts, Director of Transportation.
First Day of School Support
First Day of School Support
Matthews Buses Road Techs were out in force supporting Fl School Districts as they open schools for the 2017-18 school year. "All or 100% school bus focused on site road techs are there to assist our exceptional customers to ensure kids, like our 5th grade daughter Justine, is transported to and from school safely. Great Job Florida District Schools!" Glenn Matthews
Broward District Schools New Thomas Buses
Broward District Schools New Thomas Buses
Mike Kriegal and service staff accept keys from Cliff Clare, Matthews Account Manager, and take delivery of one of their 30 2017 Thomas Built Buses SAF-T-LINER C2’s. Thanks for Choosing Matthews Broward County!
Cooking For Customers 2017
Cooking For Customers 2017
Team Matthews was back at it again this summer showing our appreciation for all the hard work school district transportation employees do making sure the kids are safe going to and from school. Pictured (left to right) are Brad Hull, Jeff Slack, Cliff Clare, and Pete Fenderson.
Collier Hot Dog Lunch
Collier Hot Dog Lunch
On Thursday Aug 10th Matthews Buses Florida held its largest Customer Appreciation Hot Dog Lunch at Collier District Schools

Collier District Schools Transportation Dept. held it annual "In-Service" meeting with 450 staff in attendance.

The MBF staff of Jeff Slack, Brad Hull, Kelly Clare and Cliff Clare Jr. with the Teamwork of Collier Fleet Manager- Mike Huff and Collier Parts Dept.-Ken Boring pulled together and served 480 Hot Dogs to the staff in 45 minutes. (Picture) David Ogilvie- Collier District Schools-Dir of Transportation
Cliff Clare Jr MBF Acct Mgr
Brad Hull- MBF Parts Dept.
Kelly Clare-MBF-Intern
Jeff Slack- MBF Parts Dept
Mike Huff- Collier District Schools Fleet Manager
Polk County Hot Dog Lunch
Polk County Hot Dog Lunch
Pictured: (TEAM Matthews) Ford Lyon, Jeff Slack, Cliff Clare (Polk County) Rob Davis, Asst. Supt. Support Services, and Don Stephenson, Fleet Manager.
Training and Informational Videos Added
Training and Informational Videos Added
Service Training and Informational Videos Have Been Added To Our Video Library Found On The Home Page This Web Site Titled, "Videos"
Congratulations To Volusia County - "Kickoff!
Congratulations To Volusia County - "Kickoff!
"On August 7 and 8 The Student Transportation Services Team of Volusia County Schools staged their annual recertification and training. This year, the servant leadership management team decided to redesign the experience and added the title of ‘Kickoff" to their purpose. On the first day, the nearly five hundred bus operators, bus attendants, shop support staff and office personnel attended the in-service at DeLand High School. This site, which included a number of larger rooms, allowed those registered to rotate through five presentations all related to our daily assignments. In addition there were three all group presentations. Local businesses contributed to the event by sponsoring a breakfast as well as a lunch break snack that consisted of a grilled pork chop sandwich, cole slaw and sweet tea. In an effort to upscale the two day in-service, FUTURES, Inc, the authorized foundation for the Volusia County School District, rented the beautiful Brannon Civic Center located in New Smyrna Beach, to accommodate Team Transportation for day number two. The Edgewater Chick-fil-A sponsored breakfast while other vendors, including Matthews Buses, contributed to the activities on the very festive and exciting second day of training including the purchasing of t-shirts for all employees. The overall theme for the training was the power of teamwork founded on the concepts of Servant Leadership and in keeping with our district’s banner "Together We Can." One of the highlights of our experience was the whole group photo taken by local professional photographer Steve Simoneau. The City of New Smyrna Beach owns the civic center and they provided Simoneau the use of their lift that allowed him to tower over the group of 500 members of Team Transportation. In order to celebrate our unity and the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year everyone lifted their hands on cue! What a moving and power visual. A copy of this photograph will be framed and hung in each of the six geographical terminals that proudly serve the students and families of the Volusia County School District. We know that each time a team member walks by the photograph, it will remind them of the experience and of our most worthy mission." Mitch Moyer - Director Volusia County Transportation
TEAM Matthews Supports Volusia "Kickoff"
TEAM Matthews Supports Volusia "Kickoff"
Ali Rampartab, Platinum Thomas Built Buses TEAM Matthews Trainer, provided familiarization training for Volusia Counties driver’s and attendants in 5 sessions with roughly 70--80 attendees, per session. "Thomas The Bus Has Arrived!" was the theme. The lucky drivers to be getting the New Saf-T-Liner C2 77 passenger school buses with RAC air conditioning are very happy and excited to start the year. The drivers love the independant Dash A/C!

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Training with Ali
Caley Edgerly, President Thomas Built Buses joined Ali Rampartab (The absolute best HANDS ON TRAINER in the USA) at our Orlando facility to help train our technicians prior to our Annual Employee of The Year Luncheon. Great Job Ali and Caley!

Dale Jr School Bus Driver Appreciation Video
Dale Jr School Bus Driver Appreciation Video
With the start of school upon us, check out this cool Dale Earnhardt Video dedicated to school bus drivers. Great Job #88!

TBB President Visits Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc.
August 2 -3 2017 Orlando Florida

Everyone at Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc. was honored to have Caley Edgerly (President of Thomas Built Buses) and Jason Callahan (President of Local NC UAW Union) visit our dealership in Orlando, FL. While at the dealership they took part in the annual "Employee of the Year Luncheon". Caley presented Glenn Matthews and TEAM Matthews Buses Florida with our Beautiful Platinum Support Certification Plaque. Caley had the opportunity to take part in some technician training being conducted by Ali Rampartab for our TEAM of technicians. Several local school district customers were also on hand to meet Caley and Jason. Thank you Caley and Jason for "Choosing Matthews" for your visit this year.
Customers Meet TBB President
Customers Meet TBB President
Pictured: Cliff Clare Jr. (MBA Acct Manager), Arby Creech (Director of Brevard County Schools), Caley Edgerly (President of Thomas Built Buses), Scott Pfender (Director of Lake County Schools) and Pete Fenderson (MBA Acct Manager).

"Congratulations once again on attaining the highest dealership service award possible. You have worked very hard to build your reputation and customer service. You guys really deserve the Platinum and we are proud to say that Matthews Bus Alliance is our dealer by choice." - Arby Creach (Director of Transportation Services for Brevard County Schools)

2017 Employee of the Year Award
Matthews Bus Alliance held its’ first annual luncheon to celebrate our "Employee of the Year" for its’ dba Matthews Buses Florida. This award has been given for the past 6 years for Matthews Buses Florida Division and the past recipients are: Donald Helm, Glen Provenzano, Epi Martinez, DeAnne Martin and Donna Matura. This year’s award winner is Norma DeLung (Service Shop Manager).

Pictured with Norma are Glenn Matthews (President and CEO of Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc.) and Caley Edgerly (President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses).

This year the award title was changed to the "Donald Helm Employee of the Year Award." It is truly fitting that Norma was the award recipient this year as she was a very dear friend and co-worker with Donnie Helm; who was the nation’s top A/C technician before losing his courageous battle with Cancer. Both Norma and Donna have redefined the traditional shop structure with Norma excelling into a management role supervising the Orlando shop and doing all work orders as Service Writer, while Donna Matura manages our team of 14 dedicated bus road technicians. Norma and her TEAM PDI’d, DOE inspected, and delivered 60 buses in MBA’s first month as a new company within two weeks after FL DMV License delays. This effort on behalf of Norma and her TEAM got MBA off to a fantastic start and they continue to PDI, DOE Inspect and deliver over 60 buses a month each and every month while also doing retail and warranty service work in the shop.

"Lori and I are so proud of Norma’s growth in her position. She is a real Rock Star for us! To have Caley Edgerly (President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses) and Jason Callahan (President of the local UAW for Thomas Built Buses, who also works in the Thomas plant along with his wife and daughter) on hand to honor Norma was truly amazing". - Glenn Matthews

Also on hand were some of our local customers including: Orange County, Lake County, Brevard County and Volusia County to honor Norma and experience our Employee of the Year Luncheon. Thank you to all those customers who were able to take time out of their very busy schedules this time of year on such short notice to be with us and to meet Caley and Jason.
RAC General Manager Visits MBA
RAC General Manager Visits MBA
Dean Minor (General Manager of Rifled Air Conditioning), visited MBA Orlando on August 4, 2017. He is pictured with Roberto Gonzales (Road Technician), Epi Martinez (Shop Floor Supervisor and Quality Control Manager) and Donna Matura (Mobile Technician Service Manager).
The 2017 FAPT Summer Symposium Trade Show was held July 3 rd, 2017 at the TPAC Sawgrass Marriott. Pictured are Osceola District Supervisor Shawn Tucker and Cliff Clare, MBA Account Representative. Legendary Miami Dolphin who is in the Ring of Honor at Hard Rock Stadium, Mark Duper, was on hand at the MBA booth to greet customers. Chico Moore, Fleet Director from Marion County with Ali Rampartab, Platinum Level Trainer for MBA. Jason Harris from Manatee District Schools. MBA showed off the all new 2017 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG powered school bus. This unit is availabe for demonstration. Please contact your MBA account representative for a Free Demo. Bob Dolan of MBA supervised the Golf Tournament on Behalf of FAPT and Don Ross, Sales Director MBA, was responsible for all vendor activities this year. All in all attendees and vendors enjoyed the beautiful facility and meetings.

Sarasota Military Academy Receives New Buses
Sarasota Military Academy Receives New Buses
Accepting the 2017 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 buses are the Business Director, SMA-Major Steve Kok, and new Transportation Route Supervisor SMA-Major Beth Harris who joins Sarasota Military with 31 years experience in School Transportation. Buses were presented by Matthews Bus Alliance, Inc. Account Manager Pete Fenderson.

Also attending the orientation is SMA-Captain Kevin Nasby.


Volusia County takes delivery of the first 9 of 25 C2 77 passenger buses 


Bill French Assistant Director Transportation Services for Volusia County takes delivery of the first 9 of 25 C2 77 passenger buses from Matthews Buses Florida Account Manager, Tim BeVier.

"The decision to change, which is HUGE for us, was largely due to our confidence that the support will be there. We believe that the level of support has significant value that impacts the overall cost of the product and we hope to build a long-term relationship based on support, trust and confidence." Bill French 


Volusia County -Bill French & Matthews Buses Florida Tim BeVier 

Tim BeVier, Account Manager Matthews Buses Florida and Bill French Assistant Director Transportation Services for Volusia County

 Volusia County Shop Managers 

John Wilson and James Wade shop managers for Volusia County Transportation inspect new Thomas C2 bus deliveries from Matthews Buses Florida.

 Volusia County Techs

Technicians from Volusia County 


First Annual Orange County Public Schools Operations Employee Car and Bike Show

Matthews Buses Florida participated in the First Annual Orange County Public Schools Operations Employee Car and Bike Show by displaying our 1967 Thomas Classic School Bus.  

Pictured are the 1967 bus next to a 2017 OCPS Thomas C2 and the 1967 classic school bus next to 1967 Impala. 




1967 -2017 Buses  1967 Thomas Bus and 1967 Impala


Marion County Receives Delivery of New Buses

Matthews Buses Florida delivers 9 Thomas 77 passenger C2’s and 4 Thomas 77 passenger C2’s with Wheelchair Lifts to Marion County School District. The buses feature Rifled Air Conditioning AC Systems, Ricon Lifts and Gate Keeper Camera Systems. This is the second group of C2 buses received by Marion County after making the decision to switch to Team Matthews.

Receiving the deliveries for Marion County is Rebecca Rora, Transportation Director and Chico Moore, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor.

Thank you, Marion County, for choosing Matthews!

Marion County Transportation Director  Chico Marion County


Platinum Logo

Congratulations To Matthews Buses Florida for Going Platinum! Platinum Support that is!  

Platinum Support is a collaborative effort between Thomas Built Buses and its dealers, focused on improving the customer experience.

Platinum Support provides rapid diagnosis, responsive turnaround and quality, consistent communication, robust parts availability and superb customer service; all provided by a highly-trained staff.

Through rigorous Platinum Support training, dealers learn to eliminate all areas of waste from day-to-day business practices, including faster vehicle assessment, reducing vehicle down time and lowering vehicle life cycle costs to the customer.

“In meeting the criteria to become a certified Platinum Support dealer, customers can rest assured that their servicing dealer is committed to continuous improvement and to providing a service level that greatly exceeds industry standards,” said Paul Start, market growth development manager, Thomas Built Buses. “As industry leaders we are always in a culture of continuous improvement, as it is considered a corner stone of our success.”

Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the FreightlinerWestern Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.


  Award AcceptanceAward with C2

Thomas Built Buses International Sales Meeting

April 3, 2017

Matthews Buses Florida was honored once again as a Platinum Level Dealer at the 2017 Thomas Built Buses International Sales Meeting in Dallas Texas. This is the highest level attainable from Thomas Built Buses. 

Congratulations to Carolina Thomas for being selected Southeast Regional Dealer of the year (Thomas’ Strongest Region) and overall Dealer of the Year! 

Ali Rampartab was honored once again as a Platinum Level Trainer. 

This year’s Dealer of the Year Reception was held at the AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium fittingly to honor us Platinum Level Dealers as Champions for Thomas Built Buses. 



4/3/17 -Thomas Built Buses International Dealers Meeting 
Dallas, Texas

Glenn MatthewsSpealer1Speaker 2Speaker 3

Marion County Receives Keys to New Thomas Bus

Marion County Receives Delivery of their Thomas Built Bus from Matthews Buses Florida.

Marion County’s Maintenance Supervisor Chico Moore received the keys to their Thomas Built Bus from Matthews Buses Florida’s Account Manager, Tim BeVier. Marion County will receive delivery of 9 C2s and 4 C2 lift buses in the second quarter of 2017.

Marion Delivery


Matthews Buses Florida is pleased to welcome Bob Dolan to TEAM Matthews!

Bob Dolan has accepted the position of Account Manager with Matthews Buses Florida. He brings with him 35 years of sales and sales management experience with some of the largest sales organizations in the United States. Bob’s experience in the school bus industry has given him in-depth knowledge of the needs of the school districts making him one of the top account managers for bus sales specializing in large counties throughout Florida. 

Please join us in congratulating Bob.

Bob Dolan

Orange County Schools visits Rifled Air Conditioning 

Rifled Air Conditioning in High Point, NC welcomed Orange County Schools as they viewed for the first time the newly designed front bulk head AC and 3 compressor bracket. Comments were "wow what a difference", "it’s cold in here" as they commented on the AC flow from front to back! 

The Orange County team was joined by Matthews Buses Florida, General Manager, Don Ross. 

As Pictured (left to right) 
Greg Roberson-Fleet Service Manager 
Brett Cairns IT- Fleet Support Communications 
Mark Chiampi Senior Administrative, Business Support Services 
Maurice Frye- Senior Administrator Fleet Support 

Orange County Visits RAC


Brevard County Receives Thomas C2 Saf-T-Liner

Director of Transportation Arby Creach (right) and Assistant Director of Transportation Randy Wheeler (left) with Brevard County Schools are receiving delivery of the first of nineteen (19) new Thomas C2 Saf-T-Liner Buses from Matthews Buses Florida’s Account Manager, Cliff Clare Jr. 

Brevard County Schools will receive a total of nineteen (19) new Thomas C2 Saf-T-Liner Buses from Matthews Buses Florida’s. Thanks Brevard for choosing Matthews!


Brevard County

Martin County Schools Receives First Delivery

Matthews Buses Florida’s Cliff Clare Jr., Account Manager, is handing over the keys to the first delivery of a new Thomas C-2 Saf-T-Liner to Jerry Briggs, Fleet Manager of Martin County Schools. 

Martin County Schools will receive a total of fifteen (15) new Thomas C-2 Saf-T-Liner Buses this year from Matthews Buses Florida. 

Thanks Martin for choosing Matthews!

Martin County