Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), the parent company of Collins Bus Corporation, has appointed Dan Peters as the new president of the Type-A school bus manufacturer.
Peters brings to Collins Bus 30 years of experience in building strong customer relationships, teamwork and an established record of business growth, the company said in a statement. He also brings along knowledge of the specialty vehicle industry after serving five years with Pierce Manufacturing Inc., first as a division general manager and, most recently, as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. Prior to that, he was president of Akron Brass, where he helped grow sales revenue from $40 million to $125 million.
Peters is replacing Kent Tyler, who was appointed the president and CEO of E-ONE, Inc. last year. E-ONE is ASV's division for designing and manufacturing fire vehicles.
"We have taken our time searching for the right person to fill the position at Collins Bus. Dan's focus on the customer and experience in the specialty vehicle industry make him ideal for this position," said Tyler.
James Meyer, chief operating officer of ASV, said the company is excited to welcome Peters to the Collins Bus team.
"Dan's proven record of leading businesses through consistent sales growth and, perhaps more importantly, his focus on developing organizations and maintaining strong customer relationships makes him an ideal leader for Collins Bus," Meyer added.
Based in Hutchinson, Kan., Collins Bus Corporation markets Type-A buses throughout North America under the brands of Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil. The OEM produces alternative-fuel school buses powered by propane autogas and CNG, as well as hybrid-electric buses. Collins introduced its first propane offering in the fall of 2009.
Collins' parent company, ASV, is a market leader in multiple segments, including ambulance, fire and rescue, recreational vehicles, terminal trucks and street sweeper products.