Chairman of the Board
As the oldest son in a family-owned business, Dale began working from the ground up to learn every aspect of the growing pupil transportation firm as well as every hard lesson directly from one of the best in the business – his dad and founder, George Krapf, Jr.
Dale graduated from Lycoming College and officially began his full time employment with George Krapf, Jr. & Sons, Inc. in 1967. Initially he assisted with all facets of operations including maintenance and repair of vehicles, specialized body repair, routing and scheduling and hiring and training of personnel.
As the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Krapf Group, Dale is an efficient and effective principal, providing strategic and tactical leadership to support the company objectives and business growth. He unifies and inspires the Board of Directors through his expertise and knowledge, financial advice and performance assessment.
Vice Chairman of the Board
As the second son in a family-owned business, Dallas began working from the ground up to learn every aspect of the growing pupil transportation firm, as well as every hard lesson, directly from one of he best in the business – his dad and founder, George Krapf, Jr.
Dallas attended Lycoming College and served in the United States Army and officially began his full time employment with George Krapf, Jr. & Sons, Inc. in 1969. Initially he assisted with all facets of the operation including maintenance and repair of vehicles, specialized body repair, routing and scheduling. Before long, he became directly responsible for the hiring of all drivers, office, and shop personnel and had complete oversight of the Commercial Driver’s License training program. He was instrumental in Krapf’s becoming a third-party testing facility for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Fleet & Maintenance Manager
Brent oversees fleet management and maintenance of all school buses. He is responsible for development of the fleet budget, compliance with DOT and environmental regulations, vehicle titling, maintenance of buildings and facilities, and strategic planning for fleet operations. While working weekends during high school, and subsequently college, Brent apprenticed in the tire shop, learning maintenance and inventory control. In 1985, he managed fleet operations for Krapf Coaches, Inc, Inc. and in 1994, he became Fleet Manager for all companies. Growth of the fleet required the position to be split, and in 2006, Brent became Fleet and Maintenance Manager for Krapf School Bus, concentrating entirely on that business unit.
Director of Human Capital Management
Alison joined Krapf’s in 1982 as a school bus driver and office worker. In 1984 she was named Director of Operations for the paratransit division of Krapf Coaches, and was instrumental in developing and implementing the new demand-responsive transportation system for Chester County, PA. In 1995, she was named Vice President of Krapf’s paratransit division.
In 2004, Alison made the decision to transfer to Krapf School Bus and accepted the position of Area General Manager. In this position she was responsible for the daily operations of eight (8) school bus contracts, overseeing the route performance, supervising office personnel and providing leadership in Krapf’s Operations Excellence Program. Additionally, she afforded her expertise with a large conversion and several acquisitions.
Following fourteen years as an AGM, Alison assumed her current role of Director of Human Capital Management. In this key position, she is tasked with lowering the turnover rate for all school bus drivers and monitors, which in turn will enhance customer service and lower the cost of service. Alison is a graduate of Elizabethtown College.
Bradley D. Krapf
Executive VP of Strategic Planning/Business Development
Bradley officially began working in the business in 1986, as the payroll administrator, responsible for the payroll of about 600 school bus drivers. Additionally, he managed the 401k Savings Plan and essentially provided the foundation for what was to become the organization’s Human Resources Department. He was also influential in strengthening Krapf’s third-party CDL Training and Testing Department, and enhancing the company recruiting efforts.
In 2003, Bradley became President of the recently-acquired Delaware company, Advanced Student Transportation, Inc. With over 200 vehicles, ASTI is Delaware’s largest private school transportation company. Bradley currently serves as Treasurer of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA).
President of Krapf Transportation
As a third generation family member of the Krapf Group, Gary began working from the ground up to learn every aspect of the growing pupil transportation firm, learning directly from one of the best in the business – his grandfather and founder, George Krapf, Jr.
By the time Gary graduated from Gettysburg College in 1991, the Krapf organization had expanded into public transportation services, which is where he officially began his full time employment.
As the President of Krapf Transportation, Gary effectively oversees all daily operations of the transit, motorcoach and paratransit units of the Krapf Group. He is responsible for monitoring the efforts and activities of personnel, capital, and services resources to reduce costs, improve productivity and enhance operating efficiencies. Additionally, he is responsible for business growth and direct relationships with county and municipality officials and key providers.
President & Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Blake oversees the daily operations and strategic direction of all divisions of the Krapf Group, and holds responsibility for all functions including Human Resources, Safety, Finance, Maintenance and Operations. Under his leadership, the Krapf organization has grown significantly through acquisitions and conversions, and presently has school bus operations in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia, New Jersey, New York, as well as the original operations base in Chester County, PA.
Blake is the recent Past-President of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA), and is the current President of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA). In addition to his professional pursuits, Blake is very active in his local community.
Michael R. Ahern
Chief Financial Officer
Mike joined Krapf’s in 2013, and is responsible for all financial functions of the company. A Certified Public Accountant, Mike has more than twenty-three years of finance and accounting experience in Big 4 public and private industry with extensive experience in financial accounting reporting, organization and management skills, tax reporting and compliance and budgeting and forecasting. Prior to joining Krapf’s, Mike was employed for fourteen years as the CFO of a multi-location, fast-growing medical instrument and equipment manufacturer.
Vice President of Risk Management
Shawn is a United States Coast Guard veteran who joined the Krapf organization following twenty-three years of extensive experience in the area of Risk Control/Loss Control at Harleysville Insurance Company. Additional experience includes consulting services in public risk management, worker’s compensation cost containment, and fleet safety. As Vice President of Risk Management, he oversees the daily risk management activities for all business units within the company. Shawn joined Krapf in 2010.
Vice President of Human Resources
Janet joined Krapf’s in 2012 and is responsible for oversight of the human resources functions for all companies, including recruiting, benefits, regulatory compliance, Human Resources Information Systems, policies and procedures. Additional duties include development of employee policies, procedures and manuals, as well as training in customer service, drug & alcohol, and other regulatory issues; compliance with state and federal regulations, certifications, and background checks and evaluation and administration of employee benefits.
Vice President of Communications
Jim is responsible for the development of the communication strategy for Krapf School Bus. He contributes to the organizational strategic planning process to promote, enhance, and protect Krapf’s brand reputation, and advance its position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness for the organization.
Jim joined Krapf in 2010, and has more than 35 years in the school transportation industry. He received his BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and his MBA from Temple University.
Mark J. Ramljak
Chief Operating Officer
Mark joined Krapf in 2013, bringing more than 30 years of school bus industry knowledge to the table. He leads the daily operations of our entire Krapf School Bus division with a focus on planning, developing and implementing corporate strategies and programs to support company objectives and business growth. He promotes excellence in customer relationships and service excellence.
Vice President of Operations
Dan joined Krapf School Bus in 2015, and has over ten years of experience in the school bus industry, having worked for both a private contractor as well as a large non-private school transportation provider. He is a hands-on professional with extensive experience in solving operational challenges and improving business performance. His expertise lies in strong financial management, turnaround operations, sales and team development. Dan is responsible for oversight of the day to day operations of all Krapf school bus locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.