• Management Team

    North America Central School Bus

Corporate Office

Steven M. Hemmerlein

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hemmerlein comes to North America Central School Bus with more than 20 years of experience in the student transportation industry. He previously served as Senior Vice President at First Student, where he was responsible for the Midwest and South regions. He also held various roles at Laidlaw from contract manager to Senior Vice President, responsible for company operations in the Midwest and West regions. Mr. Hemmerlein is a lifelong Chicagoan and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Pat Earley

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Earley is the Chief Financial Officer of North America Central School Bus. Mr. Earley joined North America Central in 2011. Previous senior management experience includes both financial and operational responsibilities in manufacturing, logistics and technology firms. Mr. Earley has an executive MBA from Northwestern University, a Certified Public Accountant and six years Big 4 experience.

Jim Love

Director of Safety

Mr. Love joined North America Central School Bus as the Director of Safety in 2013. Mr. Love was most recently the National Director of Safety and Risk Management for American Medical Response (AMR), a leading medical transportation company. He comes to us with over thirty years of experience in safety and passenger management experience.

Dan O’Brien

Director of Business Development

Mr. O’Brien joined North America Central School Bus from First Student in 2008. He had been with First Student in roles of increasing responsibility and served as the contract manager servicing eight school districts. Mr. O’Brien has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Finance at the University of St. Francis.

Keith Lane

Vice President of Human Resources

Mr. Lane joined North America Central in 2016. He has over thirty years of human resources and labor relations experience, including the school bus business. Mr. Lane is SPHR certified and holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University, Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and a law degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Timothy Hopps

Director of Maintenance and Fleet Operations

Mr. Hopps joined North America Central School Bus as the Director of Maintenance and Fleet in 2018. Mr. Hopps joins NACSB with over 25 years of experience in fleet maintenance, purchasing, and supply chain management, including 8 years in bus transportation. Tim’s background includes service in the United States Marine Corps and education through Indiana University, Michigan State University, and Villanova University. With his strong maintenance and procurement knowledge and experience, Tim is an excellent addition to the NACSB team.

Joe Faessler

Director of Business Development

Joe Faessler is a Director of Business Development for North America Central School Bus. Joe has 25 years’ experience in the school bus industry, transitioning nearly 100 school districts totaling over 3,000 buses. He joined NAC from Petermann/Durham School Services where he served as Director of Business Development. There he led conversion, bid growth and contract retention for the company. Before joining Petermann in 2004, Joe worked 12 years for Laidlaw Education Services in both the West Coast and the Midwest. While at Laidlaw, he helped lead company growth in new contracts. Joe earned his MBA from Pepperdine University, and his undergraduate degree from Ohio University.

Jim Koons

Corporate Manager of Operational Excellence

Mr. Koons has recently transitioned from our Regional Management Team to his position as the Corporate Manager of Operational Excellence for North America Central School Bus. Mr. Koons is focusing on projects such as on-boarding, mentoring, training, functional support, due diligence, integration and start-up activities, and location support and assistance. Jim has over 25 years of management experience in the school bus industry, including 8 years with NACSB as the Contract Manager for the O’Fallon and St. Louis locations, and most recently as the Sr. Contract Manager and ROM for our operations in Missouri and Kansas.

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