About Us

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.

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:

jim_galushaJim Galusha – CEO

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.



sharron_galushaSharron Galusha – President

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.


Mike WatsonMike Watson – CMO

Mike Watson has over thirty years passenger transportation management experience including twenty years operating bus fleets (vans through full size motorcoaches) for shuttle, tour, charter, transit/paratransit and contract transportation. Mike previously was Managing Director of a motorcoach/transit/paratransit operator in the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno/Tahoe Region and Vice President, Sales & Marketing of a major Bay Area Corporate Commuter Shuttle operator. He was a Director of the Trailways National Transportation System and headed the Trailways Marketing Council and Strategic Planning committee. Mike is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a registered Professional Engineer.

102Susan Schmidt – CFO

Susan has been with Silverado Stages for 2 years. She brings with her a broad range of skills in all aspects of financial and accounting management. She has over 25 years’ experience as a financial executive and manager, and has worked in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, engineering, construction, and other service-related industries. Prior to joining Silverado, Susan has held positions of CFO for Advanced Photonix, Inc., a publicly-traded optoelectronics company and Director of Finance for a San Luis Obispo-based engineering and construction firm. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.

John Langley – COO

John serves as Chief Operating Officer for Silverado, managing Regional Operations, Fleet, and corporate Safety and Compliance.  His professional experience includes service as Safety Compliance Manager for a statewide fleet of 100+ motorcoaches, Las Vegas Terminal Manager for a national fixed route bus operator, and Director of Investigations for a Washington DC firm specializing in IP protection.  He holds national and state certifications as a Director of Safety, Security Instructor and for OSHA, FMCSA and DOT training.  John received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice/Political Science from Simon Fraser University.

aronAron Clark – Fleet Manager

Aron is in his fourteenth year at Silverado Stages.  He manages vendor relationships, status, maintenance and repair, compliance, reporting and electronic systems for our fleet of 120+ vehicles.  Aron previously directed Silverado’s Central California maintenance and repair shops and earlier worked as Head Mechanic for 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.

christianChristian Pereira – Director of Operations-Central California

Christian Pereira has been employed with Silverado Stages for seven years and has seven years of prior experience in transit and employee shuttle, charter, and paratransit operations.  His involvement in daily operations includes supervising the Central Control Center (GPS tracking, dispatchers, schedulers and coordinating drivers, buses, and routes).  Christian also manages our San Luis Obispo-based Central Dispatch and Customer Service Call Center.

Tip Thompson – Director of Operations-Northern California

Tip manages operations for the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and the Tahoe Basin and has been with Silverado Stages since 2010.  He was previously employed by the University of California at Davis with responsibility for the campus-wide car pool, VanPool and campus-wide Shuttle Service.  He is a licensed driver and has extensive experience driving and providing training and supervision to drivers across a broad range of transportation services.

Flavio Vargas – Director of Operations-LA/Orange County

image003Robert Stuart – Senior Driver Trainer/Road Supervisor

Bob has over fifty years Motorcoach and Transit bus experience, including ten 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 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.