CLINT BRYER | Mobile Video Sales Manager Safety Vision | Houston, Texas

Clint Bryer is as dedicated as they come. He started at Safety Vision 12 years ago at age 19, working in the warehouse and becoming familiar with the company’s line of mobile video security products. But when he was promoted to customer service and then

sales, that’s when he really hit his stride. “That’s when I really started to fall in love with the

people in the school bus industry,” recalled Bryer, who is now 32 years old. “At the time, here at Safety Vision, we could sell into any market, such as public transit, law enforcement and first response, trucking, etc. However, after a few months working with the school districts, that became my sole focus.” Soon, Bryer was entrusted by CEO Bruce Smith to assemble his own sales team that would be dedicated to the school bus industry. “We’ve been running that well-oiled machine now for about three years,” Bryer shared. “I think the best thing for me here is that I have constant, daily contact with our CEO and can relay the

needs of our clients efficiently. It empowers my team. I try to really bring value to our clients and get decisions made very quickly. I wouldn’t be able to do my job the way I feel it needs to be done if that wasn’t the case.” Jamie Hawkins, marketing director at Safety Vision,

said Bryer exceeds all expectations, both internally and externally, by listening carefully to concerns, discerning solutions and offering prompt responses. She said he helps keep the pupil transportation industry moving for- ward by bringing in the latest technology that is available, to ensure the highest level of safety and security onboard. “Clint represents the true culture of what Safety Vision

believes in: to deliver superior and innovative mobile surveillance solutions that districts depend on, provide lasting solutions that benefits the customer, and instill pride in the visionaries who service them,” she added. In five years, Bryer said he sees himself continuing to manage what he called an “awesome team” at Safety Vision and continuing to build more solid relationships in the industry. But first up, Bryer said he and wife Morgan, are looing forward to welcoming their first child in December.

ANGELO CAPUTO | Director of Transportation Parma City Schools | Parma City, Ohio

Angelo Caputo, first and

foremost, is a school bus driver, a fact that is not lost on the

four drivers who nominated him for this recognition. Nev- ermind that he oversees student

transportation for Parma City Schools,

the second largest school district in Cuyahoga County behind Cleveland, or for neigbor Brooklyn City Schools. School busing has been a passion for Caputo, 34, since

shortly after he began driving a bus at 18 as a senior in high school near Pittsburgh for contractor Student Transportation of America. “What absolutely made me fall in love with it is I drove an integrated route with sev- eral special needs kids on it,” said Caputo, who has logged over a half-million miles without a preventable accident. “That right there made me fall in love with everything we do every single day. You develop relationships with children that last a lifetime.” He became emotional as he talked about one of his

former student passengers who has a sensory disorder. She had only ridden on a dedicated special needs route, until she was mainstreamed onto a full-size passenger bus.Caputo reported that she graduated from high school last year. “To see her become a successful young woman

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and make leaps and bounds … You’re not just a bus driver. We have so many more facets to our positions,” Caputo said. In 2006, he moved to North Carolina to continue driving and became the transportation coordinator for Onslow County Schools. He won the North Carolina state school bus roadeo in 2008, which qualified him for the Interna- tional School Bus Driver Safety Competition in Calgary. It also was four days before his wedding. “Everyone was hap- py for me, but [at the same time] they weren’t,” he laughed. Caputo missed his connecting flight in Chicago on the way home, but still made it in time for the ceremony. Thought the marriage didn’t stick, his love for school buses certainly has. Laurie Fanger, a school bus driv- er and onboard instructor at Parma City Schools who submitted one of the four nominations, said Caputo was the first supervisor during her 20-year career who truly knows and understands this profession. “His knowledge is vast. He understands everything; school funding, pupil management, dealing with par- ents, staff, community and state reporting,” said Fanger, who was taught driving by Caputo and qualified for the International Safety Competition this past summer. “He is on top of fleet management issues and knows bus- es [brands, engines and features] like no one else I’ve worked with.”

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