In this series, ActionCOACH Mary Ann Hauser (MAH) and team virtually sit down with business owners to learn how they are working through COVID-19. Check out their inspiring stories for tips on how to cope with and successfully recover from this pandemic as well as ideas on how to avoid making common mistakes. And be sure to look at special offers from these businesses – we can all use a little extra help right now!
BKN: Coach Beverly Kiser-Nutt
SG: Scott Geyer, Vice President of Bus Safety Solutions
SG: Bus Safety Solutions created The Extended Stop Arm. Its purpose is to reduce, or completely eliminate the illegal passing of stopped school buses, thus protecting children who are walking to board their school bus. We are the proud creator of The Extended Stop Arm. The Extended Stop Arm extends 6.5″ from the school bus where the original stop arm resides. It operates with the system on the bus and is clearly more visible. It is an additional safety measure that is easily installed on the school bus to help protect our children. Thousands of people illegally pass stopped school buses every day. In the US this amounts to 10 million stop arm violations annually. Not stopping for a stopped school bus can be a matter of life and death. I’ve worked with BSS for 7 years.
BKN: Who is your target customer?
SG: All 500,000 school systems in North America. Our mission is to have an Extended Stop Arm installed on every bus in the US, and then the Caribbean and Canada.
BKN: Biggest impact of Covid 19?
SG: Everything stopped – schools meeting in person which meant no school buses on the road.
BKN: 1 or 2 actions you’ve taken because of Pandemic?
SG: Pivoting to address the needs to get buses on the road. The current situation meant no more than 12 children per bus, so we created PPE for buses, safety curtains that go between each seat and around the drive. They are flame resistant – the same material used by welders – to allow 24 to 26 children to be safely seated and protected on the bus, while also protecting the bus driver.
BKN: How are they working?
SG: We started product development in June and rolled out the product in July – which is almost unheard of in the industry. At first the schools weren’t ready to buy, but in late July the orders started rolling in, so far schools in 13 states have ordered bus PPE. Recently we have gotten orders for offices wanting to have safe spaces for workers using the safety curtains to provide barriers between desks. We have now created desk curtains.
BKN: Biggest learning since you’ve been a business owner?
SG: Be flexible. If you think you know what’s going to happen, you don’t.
BKN: What is most inspiring to you today?
SG: Lots of hope for the future, things are leveling off. Doing all they can to prevent spread between children and bus drivers.