Silverado Stages, based in San Luis Obispo California, is a federally licensed motor carrier (US DOT #388417 and ICC MC #230881) and operates as a Public Stage under California DOT authority (PSC/TCP #9069). We are additionally certified as a US Department of Defense motor carrier to provide transportation for the military and by the CHP as a SPAB (School Pupil Activities Bus) operator. These latter two certifications are well in excess of DOT requirements and involve extensive review of our drivers, records, operations and maintenance procedures and periodic inspection of our terminals, vehicles and compliance. We have recently been certified by TSX, the nation’s highest standard for operational safety.
Silverado Stages was founded in 1987 and has had a most diverse background in passenger operations, including charters, local and multi-state over-the-road tours, scheduled fixed routes, contract shuttles and ADA services. We have worked with all levels of government, business, private parties and military. Now operating a diverse fleet of over 100 passenger vehicles, over 40 of which are ADA compliant, and operating throughout the western states, we are one of the largest privately owned bus operators based in California. We currently operate from terminals in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Pomona and Santa Ana. We are proud of our ability to adapt to new opportunities and to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.
Silverado maintains the highest standards in operations and management. We have an aggressive program of recruiting and training high quality managers and operating staff, and all are committed to maintaining exemplary customer service. They are all proud of the drivers and other staff they manage.
Safety has always been the highest priority at Silverado and service levels are never compromised for convenience or cost reasons.
Our corporate management, compliance, safety, risk management, marketing, technical support, IT, finance, accounting, HR and administrative staff are located at our San Luis Obispo headquarters. We also host our 24/7 Central Dispatch/Client Services unit at San Luis Obispo and our servers provide all of our offices with information concerning all of our operations. Each of our Bus Terminals are managed by a Director of Operations who is responsible to direct local staff hiring, training and to provide direction for drivers, maintenance, cleaners, field supervisors, schedulers and office administration.
Silverado has a long term commitment to the Transportation industry. We believe in quality in service at all levels from the bus washer clear up to the executive level.
We always exceed the requirements and expectations of our customers. We go the extra mile!
Our key staff includes:
Mike Vodarsik – CEO/ COO
Mike had over 20 years of experience in management, business development and customer service prior to joining Silverado Stages as CEO. With a sales, marketing and service background, he understands that a quality fleet and exceptional customer service is paramount in providing our clients and ridership with the best possible experience. Mike is also an FAA licensed pilot.
Sharron Galusha – President/CFO
Mrs. Galusha is the primary stockholder of Silverado Stages, Inc. (qualifying Silverado Stages as a Woman Owned Business) and has been the CFO since April 1, 2003. Mrs. Galusha has over 20 years experience in all aspects of financial management, accounting, HR/personnel management and data processing.
Jim Galusha – Vice President/Secretary
Mr. Galusha has been responsible to direct its success and growth from a single location to one of the largest private bus companies in California.
Christian Pereira – Director of Operations, San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara
Christian Pereira has been employed with Silverado Stages for six years and has seven years of prior experience in transit and employee shuttle, charter, and paratransit operations. His involvement in daily operations includes supervising dispatchers, coordinating drivers, buses, and routes. Christian is also the manager of our San Luis Obispo Central Dispatch and Customer Service Call Center which will provide support to the Charter Transportation Services vehicles.
Aron Clark – Director of Maintenance, Central & Southern California
Aron is in his twelfth year at Silverado Stages. He manages a maintenance department consisting of mechanics, body specialists and cleaners for a fleet of more than 60 vehicles and is certified in a broad range of technical specialties. Aron previously worked for six years as Head Mechanic for Laidlaw Transit Services of San Luis Obispo, where he maintained a fleet of 40 vehicles including Gilligs, Orions, National, and Ford vans in five area facilities and provided support to remote facilities in Poway and Los Angeles. Aron will provide management of the warranty, maintenance and repair services for the Charter Transportation Services vehicles.
Chris Johns – Director of Sales and Marketing
In addition to marketing and IT-related responsibilities, Chris manages our San Luis Obispo-based sales operations staff, which consists of Charter Agents who organize all of the details of our charters; order entry, trip details, billing, etc., and are responsible to carefully and completely confirm them with our clients and communicate them (through our Motorcoach Manager software) to our Operations department (scheduling, dispatch, drivers). He has a previous background in call center management, marketing, and project management.
Robert Stuart – Road Supervisor/Driver Trainer
Bob has over fifty years Motorcoach and Transit experience, including eight years with Silverado Stages doing Special Projects, Paratransit and Driver Training, and Field Supervision. His previous experience includes five years as Terminal Manager for Laidlaw managing operations of gasoline, diesel and CNG-fueled vehicles and President/Owner of Redwood Empire Lines offering scheduled service, charters and contract operations. Bob will participate in driver supervision and training for the Charter Transportation Services Program.