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WATERLOO — Short’s Travel Management has added an operation to broker charter bus and ground transportation for athletic, collegiate, student, corporate and nonprofit travel.

The new operation, STM Driven, will operate as an independent division under the Short’s umbrella, company chief executive officer David LeCompte said.

“Primarily, it’s bus transportation for teams of 30 to 70 people,” LeCompte said. “It takes them from the airport to the hotel and the hotel to the event.”

Short’s has been handling travel bookings for NCAA men’s basketball tournament teams since 2003.

Nick Gyllin, based in Chicago, will lead STM Driven.

“We’ve had a partnership with Nick for over 10 years – he’s always been a natural extension of Short’s Travel,” LeCompte said, often working with his previous enterprise in tandem on travel arrangements. “When we decided to bring our ground transportation needs in house with the creation of STM Driven, Nick was the obvious and natural fit to operate as president. We’re glad he’s on board.”

Gyllin also previously worked with organizations such as FEMA and the American Red Cross, as well as local, state and federal government entities to ensure timely transportation of those in need during Hurricane Katrina.

“This will help Short’s Travel continue to grow, especially in the collegiate space. Our client’s ground transportation needs have grown to a point where they can be a viable entity on their own,” Le Compte said. “There was no better time than now.”

By adding an internal ground transportation division, company officials said Short’s Travel will now be “a true one-stop-shop travel management company,” offering group hotel management, charter air, charter bus and black car services.

Short’s has operated in Waterloo-Cedar Falls since 1946.

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