STACY SEGNERI | Transportation Manager | Harlow’s School Bus Inc. | North Dakota Student transportation came natural to Stacy Segneri’s family, as both of her sisters and her mother were school bus drivers. After Stacy had her second child, she was looking to return to the workforce, and it didn’t take much for her family to talk her into applying for to become a driver as well, especially since she could bring her children with her on routes. “I figured if my mother and sisters could do

it, I could do this, too,” Segneri shared, who cele- brated her 20th year in the industry this June. She worked as a route driver for 16 years before mov-

ing into the transportation office as a route coordinator. When the school district she was working for in July 2019 contracted out its services, she became the transportation manager for Harlow’s School Bus. Sarah Jahner, the company’s human resource officer, said Segneri is always working to grow and improve her leadership skills by taking various professional develop- ment classes. Segneri operates a facility with close to 30 daily routes that

cover 1,400-square miles. Because every rural route offers door-to-door service and town routes stop at street cor-

JUSTIN MACHT | District Manager | First Student | Kansas When Justin Macht joined First Student

last year, he brought a strong background in management, logistics, analysis, metric reviews, and relationship management. Prior to joining the nation’s largest school bus contractor, Macht served for 12 years in the U.S. Army. Early in his military career, he served as the senior transportation operations manager at Fort Eustis in Virginia, where he led, trained and developed teams of senior employees. He also planned, resourced, coordi- nated, and synchronized over 850 convoy missions, that logged over 21 million miles, incluing the largest mission of its kind since World War II. At the end of his tour, he and his family settled into the Kansas City area, where he enrolled in the Army’s “Hiring our Heroes Program.” “First Student was gracious enough to take me on, and

I worked for them at a location,” Macht, 37, said. “I loved working in this industry and the people that I was with, so upon completion of my internship, I interviewed for a job and was selected.” He currently oversees five locations that run over 450 school buses for eight school districts in Kansas and Missou-

ners, drivers come in before 6 a.m. She said she is always working to help her staff address any problems that may arise during the day, some- times only finding time to eat a quick piece of chocolate before the afternoon routes. “My favorite part about this job is seeing a new driver conquer the doubt they had about themselves,” she said. “A lot

of people lack the confidence to drive a big bus. It holds them back. Seeing them over-

come this fear is powerful.” Segneri said her goals are to keep moving

forward and improve how busing functions. She added COVID-19 has pushed leaders to challenge the industry status quo. She advises student transporters like herself to look outside the box and find new answers to today’s current problems. As someone who has worked in different regions of the

county, for both school districts and independent contrac- tors and under numerous managers, she offers this parting advice. “You cannot go wrong so long as you don’t lose focus of what the main priority is. And that answer was, is and will always be to get the students to school in the safest manner possible,” she concluded.

ri. As a district manager, he guides and mentors the locations and their managers with personal and staff development, helping them to exceed safety goals, engage school district partners, and identify and implement operational improvements. Tyfani Nagy, a First Student district manager and a 2019 Rising Star, said Macht has an extreme passion for education and has found the perfect place to utilize his skills. “Since joining the First Student family, he applies his vast knowledge to the ever-changing

world of school bus transportation,” Nagy shared. Macht said his goal is to continue to build an already

strong team of managers and staff that he works with. He aims to build upon the partnerships with the school dis- tricts and communities they serve as well as continue to make their safety and operations the best that they can be. “After serving 12 years in the Army, it has been abso-

lutely amazing being able to continue to serve,” Macht concluded. “It may not be in the same way, but this al- lows me to continue to serve the local communities on a daily basis, as our drivers are the first and last person the kids see each and every day.” 39

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