Listed below are members of the bus nut community who we at Phoenix Coach endorse as appraisers and inspectors should you need one during the purchase of your next motorcoach. These folks will give you an honest evaluation and inspection, pointing out any potential problems prior to finalizing a purchase, possibly saving you thousands.
Daniel is considered to be the foremost authority on Eagle products. His knowledge of the product specifications of Eagle Coaches and the bus and motorcoach industries as a whole makes him an invaluable asset.
Daniel Lenz has over 30 years of experience and expertise in the transportation industry. Daniel had worked at Eagle Bus Manufacturing for over 12 years. While with Eagle he served as a customer service manager for quality control and parts management. Mr. Lenz has also been a Technical Consultant for CSS, assisting in developing a “Standardized Motor Coach Mechanics Training Curriculum”, as prescribed by the Federal Highway Administration for the North American Motor Coach market. Daniel has also been called upon to serve as an expert witness in court cases involving the transportation industry. He served for the defense in the case of Allen vs. Fowler in April 1995. Allen vs Fowler was a personal injury case that required an expert in the maintenance of heavy-duty equipment, specifically for Eagle Coaches. As a consultant for Silver Eagle Bus, Manufacturing Inc. Daniel developed testing and procedures for inspection of the product. He attended weekly management meetings to review, plan, and discuss company direction. While president of South Central Coaches, Inc. from 1997-2002, Daniel’s responsibilities included a variety of things. He managed total operations for a $1.5 million per year charter and tour bus company which included sales of charter coach travel, hiring of drivers, filing of reports to government agencies, maintaining company checkbook and payroll, making presentations to customers, recovering warranty monies from vendors and performing all maintenance on a fleet of 14 motor coaches. His accomplishments include increasing sales by 450% in the second year of business as well as representing SCC, Inc. in two U.S. Department of Transportation audits.
Brett and Becky Roes started Eagle Christian Tours after serving for many years in Christian ministry. The idea for Eagle Christian Tours came about in 2008 when Brett helped organize a motorcoach tour to New England for the senior’s ministry in his home church. Having grown up singing gospel music and driving entertainer-style motorcoaches from a very young age, Brett jumped at the chance to share with the group some of his favorite out-of-the-way places in his home state of Maine. Without any prior experience, Brett and Becky planned their very first trip by traveling the way that they liked to travel…a touring recipe that would soon propel them into the motorcoach touring industry.
Soon thereafter Carson and B.J. Roes, Brett and Becky’s two oldest sons, joined the growing staff at Eagle Christian Tours. Since that time the company has expanded to include charters, educational tours for public and private schools and colleges, musical groups and marching bands, corporate travel, and family vacations. However, the largest segment of growth has been in collegiate sports travel. Eagle Christian Tours has served over a hundred teams in both public and private high schools, colleges, and universities and continues to grow in the South East Region of the U.S. as a premier sports travel provider.
Brett specializes in Eagle Model 15 & Model, Prevost XL & H model motorcoaches. Brett’s honesty and integrity have earned the respect of everyone that has with him.
Find out more about Brett and Eagle Christian Tours in the Prevost Customer Spotlight Video
Tal has worked in the bus industry for many years and is the owner of Tal’s House of Rust. He specializes in all models of coaches and can inspect your coach to ensure you’re making an informed decision.
Since 1914, the Michaud Family has had an unwavering dedication to public transportation.
In 1914 Eudger J. “Mike” Michaud purchased a Ford Model T Jitney and began operating regular route service on Boston’s North Shore. By the late 1920’s Mike had moved into a new location at 250 Jefferson Ave. Salem, Massachusetts, and expanded his fleet to include some REO’s and a few White Buses as well.
1948 began a new chapter in Michaud Bus Lines’ history as J. Alex Michaud retired from the U.S. Navy, as a full Commander, to take the helm of the company that owned six buses and had minimal operating authority. “Alex”, realizing the importance of operating authority, worked diligently on obtaining more rights through the purchase of other bus companies, and by pioneering the first-ever “round-trip special” tour authority. This, combined with the safest, cleanest, well-maintained fleet of modern coaches, helped Michaud Bus Lines to become one of America’s most respected charter and tour operators. With the help of his sons Jay, Spike, Biff, and Gig, Alex built Michaud Bus Lines, Inc. to 40 motorcoaches, 55 transits, and 440 school buses, operating regular route service, thousands of charters, and more than 1,500 escorted tours per year throughout the 49 states, Canada and Mexico.
After graduating from college in 1964 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Alex’s second son, James R. “Spike” Michaud was entrusted with the position of Superintendent of Maintenance and Safety for Michaud Bus Lines. The title Vice President of Maintenance and Operations was awarded to Spike in 1970. He served on the Board of Directors of the New England Bus Association, Eastern Bus Maintenance Management Conference, and the New England Passenger Transportation Association. His maintenance and operations position also led to the buying and selling of new and used coaches as the company fleet grew. The experience and respect he received in the bus industry helped Spike to become extremely successful in the bus sales division of Michaud Bus Lines, Inc.
In 1991, Spike decided to branch off on his own, creating Michaud Bus Sales, Inc. He concentrated on selling quality pre-owned equipment to include inter-city coaches, conversion coaches, minibusses, and transits. In 1997, his son Jim joined the company and together they grew to be one of the largest independently owned bus sales companies in the country. Through the years, Spike also provided professional appraisals for bus companies as well as banks and leasing companies throughout the United States.
As busy as he was selling buses, Spike was hired more and more for his appraisal services. Time and again, his knowledge and expertise have been called upon and time and again, he has proven to be extremely accurate, with a keen sense for future projections. Realizing this need for expert appraisal services in the bus industry, Spike has decided to focus strictly on servicing the industry in this capacity.
Today, the tradition continues.
In January 2010, Spike started Michaud Bus Appraisals LLC
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