Aug 08, 2012

First Student Senior Vice President of Finance Selected as Finalist for Cincinnati Business Couriers CFO of the Year Award

CINCINNATI — First Student's Senior Vice President of Finance Christian Gartner, CPA will be recognized as one of 21 finalists for the CincinnatiBusiness Courier's CFO of the Year Award during a program at Cincinnati Music Hall on August 23.

“Christian's work ethic, attention to detail, relationships with employees and drive for success are excellent attributes for a finance executive,” said Linda Burtwistle, president of First Student. “We are pleased to see Christian receive this well-deserved recognition.”

Gartner is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of Fairfield High School. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Miami University and a master's degree from Xavier University. Gartner and his wife Monique have five children. He joined FirstGroup America in 2006.

The CFO of the Year program is an extension of the Courier 250, a publication detailing the biggest and best 250 companies in the Tri-State. This publication was released in July and included the region's 150 largest private companies, all public companies in Cincinnati, 25 of the largest nonprofit organizations and the region's largest employers. This year, FGA was ranked #98 on the publication's list of “Greater Cincinnati's Largest Companies” and #27 on its list of “Largest National Companies of Local Interest.”

About FirstGroup America

FirstGroup America - headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio - is North America's largest transportation company. With more than 87,500 employees, the company operates First Student, the largest provider of student transportation in the U.S. and Canada; First Transit, a leading provider of transit management and contracting services; First Services, a leading provider of contract fleet maintenance and management services, and Greyhound bus lines, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation. Parent corporation FirstGroup plc, is traded on the London Stock Exchange and serves more than 2.5 billion passengers each year. For more information, visit www.firstgroupamerica.comor follow the company on Twitter at