Senior Vice President Liz Sanchez oversees operations for First Student’s Southwest region, a territory that consists of 13 states and more than 5,000 buses.
Liz brings more than 27 years of experience in all aspects of multi-state management including operations, financials, business development, labor relations, fleet maintenance, new contract start-ups, change management, and facility management.
Liz began her transportation career with Laidlaw Transit in the payroll department in 1988. In 1993 she transitioned to operations as a location manager and through subsequent promotions became vice president and general manager for the California and Arizona regions in 2002. In 2007, with First Student’s purchase of Laidlaw, Liz was appointed to the position of region vice president of operations and then later promoted to senior vice president.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. She received a National School Transportation Association Golden Merit Award in 2012 for her successful operating achievements.