From left to right, Joe Sanchez, National Express general manager at PART; J.W. Gilley, National Express operator at PART; Marshall Lawrence, HUB supervisor
On April 6, National Express operator for its Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) contract, J.W. Gilley, was awarded second place in the North Carolina Public Transportation Association/North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCPTA/NCDOT)’s annual Bus and Van Roadeo.
The Roadeo is a two-day event, beginning with practice and training on April 5, and a course competition among more than 70 North Carolina bus drivers from systems across the State. Following the competition, all contestants, judges, family members and guests celebrated together at a cookout where the winners were honored at an Awards Ceremony.
National Express Operator J.W. Gilley, who placed third in the same competition in 2013, has participated in 9 roadeos during his 12-year career as an operator. J.W. is supported by his wife, who has attended every roadeo in which J.W. has participated.
J.W.’s General Manager Joe Sanchez, said, “J.W. is a dedicated employee who clearly loves what he does. He consistently works with other Operators to demonstrate how to run the difficult deviated shuttle routes we operate. He has always shown a commitment to safety and customer service, and has a great relationship with his co-workers and our client at PART. We were all very excited by his Second Place award at the Roadeo.”