The Celebrity Bus Drivers Academy, founded by Chip Huffman and Tandy Rice, will open this month in Nashville, TN, the hub of the North American entertainment transportation industry.

When entertainment stars and headliners take their acts on tour across North America, many travel by coach, the majority of these coaches being converted Prevost coach shells.

Prevost claims to have pioneered the motorcoach conversion market in 1978 and has since led the way in luxurious transport for performers and VIPs out on the road. The company says it is only natural to lend its support to a new driving school that specializes exclusively on training individuals to operate entertainer coaches.

Prevost trainers, technicians from the coach conversion industry, as well as veteran drivers, leasing agents and owners

of entertainer coaches will provide the motorcoach industry. instruction. Aspiring entertainment drivers “Through our support of this new academy, will train on a pre-conversion Prevost coach Prevost will help educate drivers at a critical and a converted Prevost entertainer coach. time in their careers,” he says. “Becoming

“The music industry has reacted to more familiar with our brand in a training fundamental changes that put a stronger situation will better prepare them to operate emphasis on live entertainment,” says the great number of Prevost coaches they Huffman. “This has created a greater demand will encounter in the entertainment and VIP for entertainer transportation. The academy transportation industry.” is committed to providing the industry with As the former owner and founder of highly trained drivers who know the unique Nitetrain Coach, Huffman says he has requirements of this business.”

envisioned such a school for 20 years. Huffman says the academy will team with “I recall constantly fielding calls from the Top Billing Driver Placement Agency drivers who hoped to drive for the stars,” he to qualify participants for the elite, highly- says. “Interestin this market is overwhelming. sought driving positions in the entertainment There is a tremendous need for training industry.

targeted specifically to entertainer coaches, Steve Zeigler, Prevost director of which this new academy intends to provide. business development, says this initiative We are very pleased to work with Prevost to from Huffman and Rice will bring greater prepare drivers for this vibrant industry.” professional focus to this segment of the


June-July 2010