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Barry Stock Leaves Retirement to Run New School Bus Contractor Landmark Student Transportation

Landmark Student Transportation, a new school bus contractor started earlier this year, announced that past NSTA President Barry Stock (seated) will join the company as a principal owner.

“We’re delighted that Barry has agreed to join us,” said Brian Stock, (pictured above, left) a cousin of Barry and another principal at Landmark. “Barry was a key player in the school bus industry for more than 28 years. We’re anxious to make use of his knowledge and experience.”

Brian Stock is a former executive alongside his brother at National Express Group and former co-owner of Stock Transportation. He started Landmark in January with cousin John Turney, a former regional vice president at Stock Transportation. Turney told School Transportation News that Landmark is operating one contract in Seeley’s Bay, Ontario, which includes 53 regular route buses.

He also said that the company wants to eventually expand throughout North America, adding that he and the company are also looking to make a U.S. acquisition.

Barry Stock retired last spring as executive vice president of business development for National Express Corporation, the second largest school bus operator in North America, which owns and operates Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada. Previously, he was a co-owner of Stock Transportation, a business that grew to 2,300 buses before being sold to National Express.

Stock said in a statement that he came out of retirement because he had considered opening another type of business but missed the school transportation industry.

“I’m too young to completely retire,” he added, “and school busing is what I love and know best. Landmark is an exciting venture that will help develop the industry. I want to be a part of that process.”

Barry Stock began his career in 1982 with Cardinal Coach Lines in Alberta, Canada, and started Stock School Transport in 1988, which was united with two other family companies in 1992 to become Stock Transportation. Stock Transportation was sold to National Express in 2002

Stock also served as president of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) from July 2007 through July 2009, at which time he won NSTA’s Hall of Fame Award in recognition of his contributions to the school transportation industry.

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