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Virginia Motorcoach Association’s new Board of Directors announced amid Centennial Celebration at joint regional meeting

RICHMOND, VA — September 15, 2023 — Virginia Motorcoach Association (VMA) appointed new members to the Board of Directors at its recent Board Meeting. The meeting took place during a joint regional convention with the North Carolina Motorcoach Association (NCMA) and the Motorcoach Association of South Carolina (MCASC) at Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Cherokee, NC, August 22-25, 2023, where VMA members had the opportunity to celebrate their association’s Centennial with many industry friends.

VMA’s four officers, serving a two-year term (2023-2025), are:

  • President: Morgan Brown, Magic Carpet Tours Bus Service, Richmond, VA
  • Vice President: Casey Newton, Newton Bus Service, Gloucester, VA
  • Secretary / Treasurer: Mona Seaman, Quick’s Bus Company, Staunton, VA
  • Immediate Past President: Roddy Mitchell, Platinum Tours, Montpelier, VA

Our Operator Directors serving three-year terms:

  • Terms Expiring in 2026:
    • Andre Ferrier, A Goff Limousine and Bus, Ruckersville, VA
    • Marvin Spriggs, DC Trails, Lorton, VA
    • Henry Palmer, Quick’s Bus Company, Staunton, VA
  • Terms Expiring in 2025:
    • Fred Abbott, Abbott Trailways, Roanoke, VA
    • Wayne Grice, Agape Travel & Tours, Chesapeake, VA
    • Blake Hackett, Magic Trails, Centreville, VA
  • Terms Expiring in 2024:
    • Larry Williams, LW Transportation, Fredericksburg, VA
    • Daniel Craig, Reston Limousine, Sterling, VA
    • Lee Helms, Sunway Charters, Charlotte, NC
  • Finally, Associate Members and Presidential Nominee
    • Tim Guldin, Southeast Region Manager at TEMSA North America, acting as associate representative – OEM (1 year term – expiring 2024)
    • Julie Levengood, Tuscarawas CVB, New Philadelphia, OH acting as associate representative – Tourism (2 year term – expiring in 2024)
    • Tim O’Bryan, Service Insurance Agency, Richmond, VA – serving as Presidential Nominee (1 year term – expiring 2024)

Formally thanked by VMA for their service as they step down from the board are Jason Quick, Quick’s Bus Company, Staunton, VA; Jimmy Hall, Venture Tours, Virginia Beach, VA; and Patrick Laffan, Regional Sales Manager, Daimler Coaches North America.

One of the oldest motorcoach associations in the nation, VMA was founded October 27, 1923, when bus owners of the state held its first convention in Richmond with more than 100 companies from every section of Virginia present.

At the end of the year, the 200-plus member VMA will be hosting its biggest bash of the century at the Downtown Hilton, Richmond, VA. On December 11 – 13, 2023, plan to join them for a series of events that will include A 100th Anniversary Gala that will be held, December 12, 2023. The 3 days of meetings include an exclusive Group Travel Expo, and Operations & Maintenance Retreat book-ending a formal evening of dining, dancing, and awards. Motorcoach operators from neighboring state associations are welcome to join in.


Established in 1923, the Virginia Motorcoach Association represents Virginia’s motorcoach operators, travel planners and trade partners in matters at the state level. VMA works to promote the motorcoach tour and charter industry, highlighting the achievements by its members and their contributions towards the economies of Virginia and throughout North America. VMA also advocates for safe motorcoach travel on our highways, supporting just and proper laws regulating the motorcoach industry that protect its members from encroachments, discrimination, improper interference and inequitable taxation.

VMA’s annual meeting and sponsored seminars throughout the year offer educational benefits, a marketplace for professional tour planners and group leaders and a casual social setting for developing business relationships that last for years. Learn more at

J. Morgan Brown

Welcome to the first VMA newsletter of 2024. As we embrace the promise of a fresh start, I am filled with gratitude and excitement for what lies ahead for each member of the Virginia Motorcoach Association.

As we reflect on the challenges and triumphs of the past year, it is evident that our collective strength and resilience have been the pillars that supported us through uncertainties. Your unwavering commitment to excellence and the continued success of our industry have made our association truly remarkable. In the spirit of the new year, let us renew our dedication to innovation, collaboration, and service. Together, we have the power to navigate any road ahead and overcome obstacles with the unity that defines our association.

In 2024, we envision a year of growth, prosperity, and unforgettable experiences. Let's continue to foster a community where ideas flourish, where knowledge is shared, and where the bonds among our members grow stronger. Your contributions make our association vibrant, and I am confident that the coming months will bring even more opportunities for us to thrive. As we embark on this new chapter, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your continued support, hard work, and passion for the motorcoach industry. Our association is only as strong as its members, and with your involvement, I am confident that the Virginia Motorcoach Association will reach new heights.

If I can be of any assistance to you, or if you have any ideas or suggestions on what we can do to make VMA a more meaningful partnership for you, please let me know.

You can always reach me at or call me at 804-334-4508.

J. Morgan Brown
President, VMA
President, Magic Carpet Tours Bus Service, Inc.

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