Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., announced that Chad Sadowy has been promoted to Canada Western Region VP, sales, succeeding Guy Tessier, who retired on Jan. 8 after a four-decade career that included 29 years with MCI.
In his new position, Sadowy, the former technical solution manager (TSM) for the region, will be responsible for both new and pre-owned coach sales in the territory. The Canada Western Region covers Ontario to the West Coast of British Columbia.
At the same time, Steve Kuhn, formerly superintendent of maintenance for a multi-vehicle fleet transportation provider in Edmonton, Alberta, will replace Sadowy as the Region’s TSM. Kuhn, who holds a journeyman certification as a heavy-duty mechanic, along with several other industry-related qualifications in coach-related systems, is also a PEMAC Maintenance Manager Professional, having completed extensive course requirements to receive the Alberta Blue Seal in 2015. PEMAC (Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada) is a national technical association for the nation’s plant and facility maintenance and asset management professionals. Kuhn’s career in motorcoaches and fleet management spans 29 years.
“We’re especially pleased to offer this level of talent to our valued MCI operators in Western Canada,” said Patricia Ziska, MCI New Coach Sales VP. “Chad and Steve bring a strong work ethic, technical expertise and knowledge of MCI products to their new positions with a promise to take care of customers and equipment as expertly as Guy has done for these many years.”
Sadowy started his MCI career in 1993 as production worker at the Winnipeg plant, grinding welds on the upper frame of the D-Series coach while taking night courses and steadily moving up to supervisory and quality and customer assurance technician roles. He became a product support specialist in 2006, with expertise in diagnostics training, a business excellence manager in 2011, and an MCI TSM in 2013.
Tessier, who grew up on farm “where you had to learn how to fix everything,” started his motorcoach career in 1978 as a mechanic for Winnipeg’s former Grey Goose Bus Lines. In 1989, he joined MCI as a field service representative responsible for operators in Ontario. In 1991, he moved into sales and sold his very first coach, an MCI D102 C3, to the owner of Listowel, Ontario’s Cherrey Bus Lines. Cherrey’s owner, Allan Cherrey, is one of Tessier’s closest friends and remains a loyal MCI operator with a 20-coach fleet.