Friday, April 26, 2013

New Collins Executive Shifts from Red to Yellow

With a background in the fire truck industry, Dan Peters comes to Collins Bus Corp. with a keen understanding of the importance of building a top-quality vehicle for the job of protecting people.

In February, Dan Peters was appointed to lead Collins Bus Corp., the Hutchinson, Kan.-based Type A school bus manufacturer.

Peters replaced Collins veteran Kent Tyler, who last year was named president and CEO of first responder apparatus manufacturer E-ONE Inc., which like Collins is an Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) company.

In announcing Peter’s appointment, company officials pointed to his 30 years of experience in developing strong customer relationships, team building and leading business growth.

“Dan’s proven record of leading businesses through consistent sales growth and, perhaps more importantly, his focus on developing organizations and maintaining strong customer relationships makes him an ideal leader for Collins Bus,” said James Meyer, chief operating officer of ASV.

Notably, Peters has experience in the specialty vehicle industry, having served five years with fire truck maker Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

In this interview with SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon, Peters discusses his outlook on the Type A school bus market, insights from his experience in the fire truck industry and more.

Read the full interview here.

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