November 2004

Our Member of the Month is Robert Johanson Parts Administrator for We Transport / Town Bus of Bayshore, NY has been a Member of the Society since 2002. Bob oversees the maintenance, inventory control of $400,000.00 in parts and special projects for a school bus fleet of close to 1,200 vehicles. He moves around between their six shops on Long Island and fills in for the branch managers as needed. Society Member Frank Carpenter, the Director of Maintenance, considers Bob the "main cog" in the inventory wheel during branch inventories and to put it bluntly, he would be lost without him. He was the 2nd recipient of the company's "Above and Beyond" award in July 2004.

Starting in the Automotive Industry as a parts counter man at Huntington Brake Service in Huntington, NY Bob quickly moved up to the Parts Manager position for eighteen years. He was promoted to the Branch Manager's position, which he held for seven years. Bob went into outside sales for five years before his retirement at the young age of 52. He moved to Sarasota, FL for one year and returned to New York to work again.

Bob was born in 1947 in Maspeth, NY and was raised in Huntington Station, NY. He attended Walt Whitman High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965. As a heavy equipment mechanic, Bob attained the rank of Sergeant (E5) during his enlistment from 1965 to 1969. He served overseas in Okinawa and Dong Ha, Vietnam just below the DMZ in '65-'66.

Bob has been married to his wife, Betty, since 1976 and currently resides in Huntington Station, NY. He has three daughters Jessica, Lisa and Debbie.

When off the clock, Bob enjoys playing golf but regrets he doesn't get to play as often as he likes. He also tinkers in woodworking by making holiday decorations and enjoys working around the yard.


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