Academy Bus recognizes hundreds of drivers through award program

Hoboken-based Academy Bus said it will recognize hundreds of drivers for excellence in safety and customer service in the coming weeks. The formal recognition program, now in its 31st year, rewards and recognizes drivers for their dedication and embodiment of Academy’s safety standards and corporate values.

Of the honorees, a handful of drivers will be recognized for more than 20 years of service, with many more acknowledged for reaching service milestones of five, 10, and 15 years with the company.

“As an organization committed to delivering safe, reliable and customer-centric transportation services, Academy Bus regularly recognizes our bus drivers and support staff that play a pivotal role in our success,” Francis Tedesco, CEO and president of Academy Bus, said. “The Frank A. Tedesco Driver Recognition Awards are a celebration of the values and ideals on which Academy Bus was founded, and we offer our sincerest congratulations to all the honorees for delivering outstanding service, impeccable safety and their dedication to the Academy team and our riders.”

The Frank A. Tedesco Driver Recognition Awards at Academy Bus were born out of the family values on which the company was founded. These honors recognize the commitment and professionalism of the men and women behind the wheel and aptly reflect the man for whom they are named. Affectionately called Mr. T., Frank Tedesco engaged his knowledge, passion and energy to create this company from a single bus purchased by his father, Pasquale Tedesco, in the early 1930s.

The company continues to prioritize employee satisfaction and well-being, as it has since the company’s early days. For several decades leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, Academy Bus held in-person ceremonies, within its array of geographical markets, for drivers who achieved service milestones and safety standards set by the company, and will return to that format.

Officially incorporated in 1968, Academy Bus grew into a viable and competitive transportation business. As the company expanded, it moved its location to Hoboken. Today, Francis and Mark Tedesco manage the group of Academy companies. With a fleet of more than 1,000 top-of-the-line motor coaches, 20-plus operating locations along the Eastern Seaboard and more than 2,000 employees, Academy is the largest privately owned motor coach operator in North America.