UMA Committees

The primary mechanism for the association to receive direct member input and provide advisory counsel when addressing operational issues and establishing association programs and policy. 

UMA’s Committees are the primary mechanism for the association to receive direct member input and provide advisory counsel when addressing operational issues and establishing association programs and policy. They meet via video conference throughout the year and when appropriate will meet in conjunction with UMA events such as UMA Motorcoach EXPO, the mid-year Board meeting or other in-person seminars or events. Committees are created by and report directly to the Board. Besides Board members, other UMA members are encouraged to volunteer and serve on most UMA committees.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall have the power to act for the Board of Directors and the Association between meetings of the Board, to conduct business/administrative affairs as are deemed necessary and to address legal/personnel concerns that require confidential decision making. The Executive Committee cannot amend policies, documents of governance or Board actions. Meetings may be called by the Chairman or the President/Chief Executive Officer. The Chairman shall serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee. Actions of the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board of Directors at its next meeting or by mail or e-mail according to policies and procedures adopted by the Board.

  • David Moody, Chair
  • Alan Thrasher, Vice Chair
  • Matt Dance, Secretary
  • Tim Stout, Treasurer
  • Jeff Polzien, Immediate Past Chair
  • Scott Michael, President & CEO

Legislative & Regulatory Committee

When it becomes obvious that an issue must be addressed either legislatively or through the rulemaking process, the matter is brought before UMA’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee. The committee determines the priority level the issue is given and what action is warranted based on its perceived effect to the industry. With the advice and counsel of the government affairs staff, the committee examines various action plans and decides on the approach that is most likely to lead to a successful outcome. The committee then refers the proposal to UMA’s full Board of Directors for ratification. This committee is one of UMA’s most active and communicates regularly. Besides monitoring state legislative and regulatory activities, the committee members spend much personal time to help UMA achieve its public policy objectives. The Committee will hold a minimum of 4 video conferences per year and also utilize e-mail communications to facilitate its work between meetings. UMA staff liaison Ken Presley

  • Alan Thrasher – Chair
  • Tom Giddens – Vice Chair
  • Glenn Every
  • Elizabeth Kamalakis
  • Dale McMichael
  • David Moody
  • Jeff Polzien
  • Dennis Streif

Risk Management Committee

The function of the Risk Management Committee is to help association members identify, address and manage the issues of risk in their individual businesses through industry-wide and national resources. The committee develops programs to assist members in improving their business practices to lower/remove certain motorcoach transportation risks factors. The Committee will hold at least 4 video conferences per year and also utilize e-mail communications to facilitate its work between meetings. UMA Staff Liaison: Ken Presley

  • Matt Dance – Chair
  • Glenn Every – Vice Chair
  • Clarence Cox
  • Anthony Griffith
  • John Grzywacz
  • Mike McDonal
  • Dennis Strief

Nominations/Bylaws Committee

The Nominations/Bylaws Committee solicits, oversees and approves nominations for the Board of Directors election process in accordance with established Board policy. The committee will also be charged with evaluating and making recommendations for changes to the Bylaws of the Association as necessary. The Committee will hold at least 2 video conferences per year, and also utilize e-mail communications to facilitate its work between those meetings. UMA Staff Liaison: Scott Michael

  • Jeff Polzien, Chair
  • David Moody, Vice Chair
  • Gladys Gillis
  • Bob Greene
  • Joan Libby
  • Marcia Milton
  • Alan Thrasher

Finance Committee

Duties of the Finance Committee shall be to review, on a continuing basis, the financial structure, affairs and needs of the Association and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors as may be necessary for adequate financing of the administration of the Association’s business. The Finance Committee will, as well, recommend any and all necessary budgetary controls. The Committee will hold quarterly video conferences or in-person meetings to review the association’s financial statements and also utilize e-mail communications to facilitate review of monthly financial statements between those meetings. UMA Staff Liaison: Scott Michael

  • John Grzywacz – Chair
  • Dale McMichael – Vice Chair
  • David Moody
  • Tim Stout
  • Dennis Strief
  • John Wilson

Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee

The Membership Committee is involved all membership recruitment and retention efforts and many times will be involved in campaigns to support those programs on behalf of the association. The committee is also charged with evaluating and recommending new member benefit programs in accordance with UMA policy and culture. The Committee will hold at least 4 video conferences per year and also utilize e-mail communications to facilitate its work between meetings in addition to being directly involved in member recruitment and retention efforts (which may include phone calls and in-person events). UMA staff liaison Carrington Blake

  • Bethany Bertram (Schubert) – Chair
  • Marcia Milton – Vice Chair
  • Paige Balsinger
  • Clarence Cox
  • Bob Greene
  • Jack Kaufman
  • Bryan O’Connell

EXPO Committee

The EXPO Committee is involved in providing advisory support for all UMA meetings, as well as the UMA Motorcoach EXPO. The committee advises on site selections, attendee experiences and logistics for EXPO, as well as any other seminars and training programs sponsored by UMA. The committee is also supported by various advisory subcommittees as may be determined by the Committee Chair and Staff Liaison. The Committee will hold 4 video conferences per year and also utilize e-mail communications to facilitate its work between meetings. UMA staff liaison Carrington Blake

  • Scott Riccio – Chair
  • Mitch Guralnick – Vice Chair
  • Tom Giddens
  • Bob Greene
  • Elizabeth Kamalakis
  • Dale Krapf
  • Joan Libby
  • Bryan O’Connell
  • Tim Stout
  • Alan Thrasher

Education Committee

The Education Committee serves as a resource to ensure staff is providing content of interest to the membership in NewsFlash and other publications, on Town Hall, and in educational sessions such as the Sales Conference. 

  • Elizabeth Kamalakis – Chair​
  • Mitch Guralnick – Vice Chair
  • Mike Denny
  • Jackie Grice
  • John Grzywacz
  • Dale Krapf
  • Bethany Bertram (Schubert)

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee has three main focus areas:  marketing the motorcoach industry to consumers, marketing UMA to prospective members, and helping individual operators learn how to market their businesses.

  • Paige Balsinger – Chair
  • John Wilson – Vice Chair
  • Vicki Bowman
  • Mike Denny
  • Gladys Gillis
  • Bob Greene
  • Mitch Guralnick
  • Scott Riccio