Michael Apple joins MCI as Vice President of Pre-Owned Coach

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, NOVEMBER 30, 2018: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America announced it has hired an industry front-runner to lead its pre-owned coach division. Michael Apple, previously Cummins Vice President Sales and Service for the central United States, has joined MCI as Vice President of Pre-Owned Coach. He is succeeding Mitch Guralnick, who retired on November 1 after a 19-year career at MCI.

A strategic business unit leader with extensive sales and marketing experience, Apple's role at MCI will include leading a team of 10 MCI pre-owned sales professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada and ensuring the best pre-owned trade-in valuations in the industry and the right mix of available inventory.

Apple will be based at MCI at its Sales and Service Center in Des Plaines, Illinois. He reports to Patrick Scully, MCI Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing who said: "We built the pre-owned business based on MCI's closeness to our customers, and with Mike's background, skillset and drive, we're going to only build on our reputation as the industry leading OEM offering 24/7 roadside assistance, technical support, OE parts supply and an unrivaled North American system for maintenance and repair."

Said Apple, "I'm honored to step into this role for MCI. Pre-owned sales allows operators large and small significant flexibility in building their fleets and marketshare, and MCI knows pre-owned. I look forward to building what is already the best team in the industry."

MCI's pre-owned sales inventory is based at each of the MCI Sales and Service Centers throughout North America. Renovations are going on now at every location with upgraded parts and service offerings to mirror the newest, state-of-the art San Francisco Bay area location that opened in 2017 in Hayward, California. All locations now offer new and pre-owned coach inventory in addition to an all-new OE parts supply system and expanding technician training opportunities.

"With Mike's dedication to our future strategic plans, it's a win-win for MCI and our customers," said Scully.

Apple began his career at Cummins as an account manager in 1995 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He became branch manager a year later and continued to advance with the company in Louisville, Kentucky and in Columbus, Indiana, where he became director of automotive OEM Sales in 2006, eventually earning a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. In 2010, Apple moved into sales and marketing with Cummins in the greater Chicago Area, first as a general manager and then as an executive director. He was named as a vice president of sales and marketing in 2014 and to his most recent position at Cummins in 2016.

Apple resides in suburban Chicago. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MBA from the University of Louisville, where he was a Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society graduate with distinction.

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After running a family bus business, Guralnick began his MCI career in 1999 in the new coach division and a year later moved into pre-owned coach sales becoming a vice president in 2014. MCI hosted a retirement party in Guralnick's honor on October 24.

About NFI Group

With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at

About Motor Coach Industries

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's motor coach leader in public and private markets, offering the J Series(the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years) and the all-new J3500 model, the workhorse D-Series including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE. MCI also supports nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road with maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, and the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy technician training center.

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Patricia Plodzeen, MCI Public Relations
Tel: 847-283-0883

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