About

Mission Statement

Kerlin Bus Sales, your partner in transportation, is committed to serve above and beyond the expectations of all customers with honesty, integrity, and respect. 

History

The Kerlin family has been meeting transportation needs since 1927 when Russell Kerlin founded Kerlin Motor Company. In 1962, his son, Ed, entered the bus industry by selling his first Thomas Built Bus; Kerlin Bus Sales was founded.

Kerlin Bus Sales has been a member of the Thomas dealer network since 1963. We have been a member of the prestigious Thomas President’s Club for outstanding service and performance since 1972, as well as two time recipient of the Dealer of the Year Award. For over 50 years, Kerlin Bus Sales and the Kerlin family have been serving the transportation needs of schools, agencies, organizations, institutions, and companies.

We carry a full line of Thomas products ranging from 14 passenger activity buses to large-size commercial vehicles. Thomas Built Buses have long been known for their sturdy construction, safety features, and lasting performance. We carry the Thomas line so we can provide our customers with the best and safest buses on the market. Please visit us to see how we can help meet your transportation needs.​

Meet Our Friendly Staff

Executive Staff

  • Clifford Zehr - President

    Cliff has 30 years experience in the school bus industry and is also on the Indiana School Bus Safety Committee. He has also served on the Dealer Advisory Counsel for Thomas Built Buses.

  • Melanie Zehr - VP of Operations

    Melanie has been with Kerlin Bus Sales full time since 2005, before that she spent summers in the shop detailing. She has worked in most departments and helps oversee parts and service as well as marketing. Melanie also handles technical computer and camera information.

Service Staff

  • Allen Black - Field Service Manager / Trainer

    Allen Black has been employed at Kerlin Bus Sales for 11 years. Prior to Kerlin Bus Sales, Allen had over 25 years of experience in the trucking industry. Allen is an ASE Master Mechanic and Braun lift certified.

  • John Rhoads - Service Manager / Trainer

    John has been with Kerlin Bus Sales for 8 years. John started with school buses at Bobby’s Truck and Bus in Ohio. John often times works closely with engineers from Thomas and Freightliner to diagnose and correct issues.

  • Carmen Evans - Service Coordinator

    Carmen has been with Kerlin Bus Sales since 2008, and was previously with the State Highway Department as Parts Inventory Manager. Carmen works closely with our parts and service departments keeping everything moving smoothly.

Parts Staff

  • Jay Smith - Lead Parts Analyst

    Jay has been with Kerlin Bus Sales since 2003. He worked in the shop before moving to parts where he has spent many years learning under Richard Kerlin. Jay also helps train our customers on parts lookups.

  • Thad Leininger - Parts Manager

    Thad joined the Kerlin Bus Sales team in 2008, starting in shipping and receiving. Thad is now the parts manager and coordinates all aspects of the parts department.

  • Royce Wright - Parts Analyst

    Joining us in 2011, Royce has a strong mechanical and parts background. Royce has brought an expertise in A/C parts to Kerlin Bus Sales.

  • Wendy Simpson - Shipping and Receiving

    Wendy has several years of experience in shipping and receiving and is a great asset to our parts team.

  • Jim Schuler - Parts Route

    Jim retired as Transportation Director from Manchester Community Schools. He now runs a parts route in Northern Indiana for KBS.

  • Samantha Sarber - Parts Clerk/Inventory

    Samantha is new to Kerlin Bus Sales and will be working in the parts department to streamline our ordering and receiving, as well as serve as a resource to our customers.

  • Gary Grimm - Parts Analyst

    Gary joined the Kerlin Bus Team in 2016. Gary brings many years of customer service to the parts team and is quickly learning transportation.

Sales Staff

  • Roger Bradford - Sales Manager

    Roger has been in the transportation industry for 29 years and with KBS since 1998. Roger has built strong relationships with many KBS customers and Thomas personnel.

  • Christine Cripe - Sales Coordinator

    Christine has been with Kerlin Bus Sales since 1995. She builds and orders all of our buses.

  • Brett Williams - Regional Account Manager

    Brett is new to the Kerlin Bus Sales team, joining in June 2014. Brett's previous experience is in body work and some of you may have seen him in his previous job role in Northern Indiana. We are excited to have Brett on board.

  • Kelly Moore - Regional Account Manager

    Kelly joined the Kerlin Bus Sales team in 2016, but is not new to school bus transportation. He spent several years as a manufacturer's rep for IMMI in Westfield, IN. Kelly's territory encompasses central and southern Indiana.

Warrantee Staff

  • Tracy Hobbs - Warranty Administrator

    Tracy has been with KBS since 2008 as our warranty administrator. She is in charge of filing all warranties with Freightliner and Thomas, and also helps collect needed paperwork for CPWAs and Service Centers.

Office Staff

  • Richard Harrold - Office Manager / A/P

    Richard has been with Kerlin Bus Sales since 2004. Richard oversees many facets of the office operation.

  • Kathy Douglass - Receptionist/ Titles

    Kathy has been with Kerlin Bus Sales since 2008. She prepares all paperwork for new buses and can answer many questions about titles and paperwork needed.

  • Marsha Arnett - A/R

    Marsha has been with KBS since 2011. She is responsible for AR and also helps with receptionist duties.

  • Rhonda Frank - HR/AP

    Rhonda joins the Kerlin team from the banking industry where she held many positions (including human resources). With a different perspective, she is learning our company and the transportation industry.