Changes Create Stronger Commercial Vehicles Sales Team for Thomas Built Buses

HIGH POINT, NC… Thomas Built Buses has announced two promotions and two new appointments in the sales team for its commercial vehicles division. Promotions include a new position created for John Richardson as Eastern fleet sales manager, transit buses and Susan Halker to regional sales representative for the Mid-Atlantic region. Wes Keever has been named fleet sales manager, shuttle buses and Patrice Gillespie has been appointed to commercial contract administrator.

“The changes made to the commercial vehicles division will allow Thomas to best meet the needs of our dealers and customers,” said John Thomas III, president of Thomas Built Buses.

Richardson, who has been with Thomas for more than 10 years, has been promoted to the newly created position of Eastern fleet sales manager, transit buses. For the past four years, he has served as the Northeast commercial sales manager. In his new position, Richardson will be responsible for transit customers within the Eastern region, as well as some Midwestern and Southern states, and the Canadian provinces east of Ontario.

Halker, responsible for the Mid-Atlantic region, completes a team of four regional sales representatives that provide the Thomas dealer network with a wide-range of expertise and serve as a liaison between their region’s dealers and company headquarters. She has been with Thomas for more than 24 years, all of them in sales. Most recently she served as commercial bus product manager.

Keever joins the commercial vehicles sales team from the school bus sales department where he served as a product sales coordinator for more than two years. As a fleet sales manager, shuttle buses, he will concentrate his efforts on the sales aspects of the shuttle bus market.

Gillespie has been with Thomas Built Buses for nearly 24 years in a variety of positions, including production coordinator, sales coordinator and most recently, specification specialist. In her new role as commercial contract administrator, she will be responsible for reviewing all commercial orders and bid specifications, as well as providing customer and dealer support.

Thomas Built Buses is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC and is a leading manufacturer of school, commercial transit and shuttle buses in North America.

Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, Thomas Built Buses and Orion Bus nameplates. Freightliner is a DaimlerChrysler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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