Free, safe, and environmentally friendly transportation and mobile advertising service at UNC

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About

Buzz Rides is a free, safe, and environmentally friendly transportation and mobile advertising service for students at UNC Chapel Hill. Inspired by the open-air taxis, or tuk-tuks on their study abroad trip to India, the founders of Buzz Rides recognized the need for a similar service for students back home. The exhilarating, affordable, and easily accessible transportation option was a breath of fresh air, and exactly what Chapel Hill needed. And so, Buzz Rides was born.

What makes Buzz Rides special?  Our vehicles. Our fleet is American made and 100% electric, cutting down on over 50,000 lbs of carbon tailpipe emissions each year! It its introductory semester, Buzz Rides provided an average of 120 rides per night.

The Beginning

In the summer of 2013, our founders were blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in India. While there, they were extremely impressed by the taxis, or “tuk-tuks,” of New Dehli. After a year of overcrowded, unpredictable commutes on the P2P and expensive taxi trips, a ride in a New Dehli tuk-tuk was a breath of fresh air. It was exhilarating, affordable, and easily accessible- just what Chapel Hill needs. So, we created BuzzRides: an affordable, safe, and exciting way to transport UNC students from one place to another while staying “green.” We hope to see you on a Buzz Ride soon!

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Team

Joey Skavroneck

Joey Skavroneck

CEO, Co-Founder

Joey is a senior in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing. He is a recipient of the Coca Cola and Foot Locker scholarships and was a national public speaking champion. Joey is a national advocate for promoting healthy relationships and drafted a bill with his sister, Sara, to mandate healthy relationship training in all North Carolina public schools. His work has earned him invitations to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and to be featured in Seventeen Magazine. Joey’s favorite aspect of Buzz Rides is seeing how social innovation can catapult an idea into a sustainable business. Outside of school and Buzz Rides, Joey enjoys playing basketball, skiing, and traveling.

Parker Draughon

Parker Draughon

President, Co-Founder

Parker is from Atlanta, GA, but grew up knowing he wanted to be a Carolina Tar Heel. Parker is currently studying Business and Spanish at UNC Chapel Hill. Being able to start a business has always been a dream of Parker’s, and the fact that Buzz Rides has been able to positively benefit the environment and the community is just a bonus. Parker’s passion for business stems from his father, who is his role model. Parker’s other interests include traveling, sports, and food. He hopes to open restaurants one day after taking Buzz Rides across the country.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

CFO

Chris is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill from Charlotte, NC. A Cato Scholar at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and an Honors Carolina student, Chris is focusing his studies on Finance and Entrepreneurship, where he has relevant experience having interned at a hedge fund as well as a boutique investment bank. The trip to India joins Spain and South Africa in the growing list of countries that Chris has studied/done service in. His favorite part about Buzz Rides is how the service has been fully integrated into Chapel Hill nightlife, as well as the University?۪s appreciation for the commitment to student safety. Outside of UNC, Chris enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and skiing in the Rocky Mountains.

Joey Skavroneck

Joey Skavroneck

CEO, Co-Founder

Joey is a senior in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, focusing on entrepreneurship and marketing. He is a recipient of the Coca Cola and Foot Locker scholarships and was a national public speaking champion. Joey is a national advocate for promoting healthy relationships and drafted a bill with his sister, Sara, to mandate healthy relationship training in all North Carolina public schools. His work has earned him invitations to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and to be featured in Seventeen Magazine. Joey’s favorite aspect of Buzz Rides is seeing how social innovation can catapult an idea into a sustainable business. Outside of school and Buzz Rides, Joey enjoys playing basketball, skiing, and traveling.

Parker Draughon

Parker Draughon

President, Co-Founder

Parker is from Atlanta, GA, but grew up knowing he wanted to be a Carolina Tar Heel. Parker is currently studying Business and Spanish at UNC Chapel Hill. Being able to start a business has always been a dream of Parker’s, and the fact that Buzz Rides has been able to positively benefit the environment and the community is just a bonus. Parker’s passion for business stems from his father, who is his role model. Parker’s other interests include traveling, sports, and food. He hopes to open restaurants one day after taking Buzz Rides across the country.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

CFO

Chris is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill from Charlotte, NC. A Cato Scholar at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and an Honors Carolina student, Chris is focusing his studies on Finance and Entrepreneurship, where he has relevant experience having interned at a hedge fund as well as a boutique investment bank. The trip to India joins Spain and South Africa in the growing list of countries that Chris has studied/done service in. His favorite part about Buzz Rides is how the service has been fully integrated into Chapel Hill nightlife, as well as the University?۪s appreciation for the commitment to student safety. Outside of UNC, Chris enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and skiing in the Rocky Mountains.

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Joey Parker Old Well DTHBuzz Rides offers innovative and interactive advertising for businesses looking to reach college aged students. Our vehicles are head turners that drive traffic and sales. Our dedication to the environment and student safety make it easy for businesses to get excited about partnering with Buzz Rides. To find out more about our different advertising options and how your business can buzz around town, download our advertising brochure. For further questions or to receive a quote, email us at Buzzenterprisesunc@gmail.com.

 

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