Conference Overview


The annual North American School Bus EXPO Conference & Trade Show — known as the STN EXPO and presented by School Transportation News magazine — is scheduled for July 13-18, 2018, at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nev. In its 25th year, this event welcomes transportation professionals nationwide who want to learn the latest trends in training, products and services as well as how to produce better, more quantifiable results from their transportation team and operations.


Attendees include:


  • Transportation Directors/Supervisors
  • Purchasing Agents
  • School Board Members
  • Superintendents
  • Fleet Managers
  • Mechanics/Technicians
  • Safety Trainers
  • Administrators
  • Special Education Professionals
  • Private Fleet Operators
  • Head Start/Childcare Professionals
  • Executives/CEOs
  • School Bus Dealers
  • Driver Trainers


EXPO Tracks:


  • Maintenance & Technology
  • Management & Operations
  • Safety & Security
  • Special Needs & Head Start


Keynote Speakers


Billi Lee

“How Savvy Are You?”

General Sessions


Ross Bernstein

Author of “The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World”


Dave Jaworski

Microsoft Executive & Author of Microsoft Secrets: An Insider’s View of the Rocket Ride from Worst to First and Lessons Learned on the Journey.


Special Transportation Director Summit Keynote Address


Ryan Avery

Go From A to THE®:

Stop Being A Leader. Start Being THE Leader!



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Informative Conference Discussions

Special Training Sessions

(Additional fee required)


NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training



Sue Shutrump, Eric Smith, Kathy Anneken, Dave Murphy,
  Charlie Vits, Denise Donaldson


This training session approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teaches the proper securement of pre-school aged children in appropriate child safety restraint systems (CSRS) on school bus seats. It provides the basic rules of proper CSRS usage and illustrates the most common mistakes made when installing CSRS in school buses. Continuing education units (5.5 CEUs) are approved by Safe Kids Worldwide for all registered attendees who complete the course work.


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TOP 10

attending States From across 40 U.S. States and Canada


  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Nevada
  4. Arizona
  5. Washington
  6. Idaho
  7. Oregon
  8. Texas
  9. Utah
  10. Hawaii


Total Attendees: 880

Total Exhibiting Companies: 130

Vendor Staff/Dealers: 600

(STN EXPO 2017)

STN EXPO + Transportation Director Summit Schedule Overview

As of 5/7/18. Subject to Change.


Friday, July 13

Transportation Director Summit, Day 1: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Saturday, July 14

Transportation Director Summit, Day 2: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Course: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

STN EXPO Training Seminars: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 15

STN Expo Opening General Session &
 Keynote with Dave Jaworski: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

School Bus Security General Session: 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Workshops: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Monday, July 16

STN EXPO Keynote with Billi Lee: 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Workshops: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

Workshops: 1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

25th Anniversary Trade Show Networking Extravaganza: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, July 17

STN EXPO Keynote with Ross Bernstein: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

STN EXPO Trade Show: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Lunch on Trade Show Floor)

Happy Hour Networking Reception: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, July 18

STN EXPO Closing General Session, "Coffee's on Us, Tips are Appreciated": 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

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