Management & Operations

Trailways appoints Hotard as President/CEO

Posted on May 16, 2016

Trailways
Trailways
Trailways has appointed Eva Hotard as their new president and CEO. 

A search committee selected Hotard from more than 400 applicants. She succeeds Gale Ellsworth, who is retiring after nearly two decades in the position.

“Eva ran a very successful bus company. She has been in the business for many years; worked her way up through the ranks and has a wonderful reputation as a talented business leader," said Ron Moore, Trailways chairman and president of Burlington Trailways in West Burlington, Iowa. "She knows all of the trials and tribulations that independent bus companies go through. Eva clearly understands everything about the industry.” 

Hotard has almost 40 years of experience in the transportation industry, beginning in 1977 with her family's business, Louisiana-based Hotard Coaches, Inc. Hotard was elected GM of Hotard Coaches in 1984 and served as President/CEO from 1993 to 2004.

Under her leadership, the business expanded from a three-vehicle operation to a fleet of more than 100 vehicles and became one of the largest travel service companies in the Gulf South, with offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, and Washington, D.C.

These expansions included adding a destination management company for large themed events and meetings, a receptive tour operator, and 50% ownership in Gray Line of New Orleans, a sightseeing company. She also led company initiatives to develop a customer monitoring system, customized operating and fleet management software, convention sales systems, and a system for training hundreds of good drivers.

“Ms. Hotard is well respected in the motorcoach industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Trailways organization. She led a family motorcoach business based in New Orleans through a tremendous growth period. We chose her because of her extensive knowledge and experience in the industry,” said Jonathan Berzas, search committee chairman and president and CEO of Fullington Trailways.

In her new position, Hotard plans to work with stockholder companies to help with revenue management, operations, and driver management. She also anticipates implementing elements of an online, modular, computer-based learning program for drivers. 

“The 80-year-old Trailways brand is very powerful. It’s a tremendous strength. So, building on the brand and leveraging resources are what I want to concentrate on,” Hotard said. “A strong brand helps everyone on the Trailways Team.”

Since 2005, Hotard has worked as a management consultant and executive coach. She was a founding member and first chairman of the International Motorcoach Group and served on the boards and committees for a number of organizations including the National Motorcoack Network, American Bus Association, and New Orleans Convention and Tourism Bureau.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (2 Comments)

More News

Calif.'s SolTrans taps Kranda as executive director

Beth Kranda, who succeeds Mona Babauta, currently serves as Deputy Director of Transit, the City of Santa Rosa’s senior transit position.

City of New York makes recommendations for MTA subway plan

The plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team comes ahead of the release of the MTA's so-called "subway turnaround plan" next week.

Rock Region METRO's Varner announces departure from agency

He will be stepping down to take a regional leadership role within First Transit, an international transit operations, management and consulting firm.

JTA's Ford wins prestigious COMTO award

The Thomas G. Neusom Founders Award is the highest honor bestowed by COMTO. Ford accepted the award at the 46th National Meeting and Training Conference in Detroit.

NJ Transit weighing disciplinary actions for no-show train engineers

It's unclear how many of the cancellations stemmed from engineers exercising a contract provision that allows them to take two days to report for work when schedule changes are made.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (2)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close