UMA Honors the Industry's Finest on Tuesday at Leadership Awards Ceremony

UMA recognized the industry’s best and brightest professionals during its annual Leadership Awards on Tuesday evening. UMA President & CEO Vic Parra, who was recognized later in the evening with a touching tribute and standing ovation prior to his upcoming retirement, said this evening was his favorite each year.

awards3UMA President and CEO Vic Parra at the podium during his speech.

"Tonight, we recognize accomplishments in our industry. We celebrate their successes and our successes – individually and collectively," he said to begin the event.

Chairman of the Board Dale Krapf served as emcee for the ceremony. In addition to the awards, there was fine food and drinks, music and drawings for $500 and $1,000 prizes.  

One of the highlights of the evening was the tribute to Parra, who is retiring in March after 19 years at the helm of UMA. Members made a video wishing Parra well in this next stage in life, calling him a "tireless advocate" and a "good friend." "God bless all of you, and I will miss you, too," Parra said. 

The evening then concluded with the popular Cigars & Cordials.

UMA Leadership Awards winners and others recognized are as follows: 

UMA Maintenance Competition Winners

2nd Runner Up: Pete Haunold, Holland America Princess, Alaska Yukon

1st Runner Up: Eric Hale, Holland America Princess, Alaska Yukon

2017 Grand Champion: Tim Brown, Huskey Trailways, Festus, Missouri 

UMA International Driver Competition Winners

2nd Runner Up: Dennis Luman, Red Carpet Charters

1st Runner Up: Ronny Shade, Krapf's Coaches

2017 Grand Champion: Stephen Davis, AT&T Charters

Drivers Earning Master Driver Designation

Rory Birge, Happy Trails Charters, Inc.

Anthony W. Griffith, A.W. Griffith Transportation Consulting, LLC

Dennis Luman, Red Carpet Charters

Ronny Shade, Krapf’s Coaches 

UMA Green Highway Award (Sponsored by MCI)

Karst Stage

UMA Vision Awards

Small Fleet Operator: CIT Signature Transportation, Ames, Iowa

Large Fleet Operator: Village Tours, Wichita, Kansas