APTA | Passenger Transport
August 2, 2010

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Employment opportunities in this week's classifieds include two CEO positions and several high-level technical posts!


People on the Move

Gary Newgard, Mary Schofield Nowee
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Gary Newgard and Mary Schofield Nowee have been named senior supervising architects in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB).

Newgard will initially focus his efforts on two significant transportation projects: California High-Speed Rail and the San Francisco Central Subway/Third Street Light Rail project. He has more than 36 years of experience in architecture, including more than 10 years in the design of transit and transportation facilities in the U.S. and abroad.

Nowee will serve as specifications manager for the California High-Speed Rail project. She came to PB from a national engineering firm where she was a specifications manager and senior architect working on numerous light, heavy, and commuter rail projects. Her career spans more than 35 years.

Bradley J. Heigel
HARRISBURG, PA.—Bradley J. Heigel, P.E., has joined Michael Baker Jr. Inc. as assistant vice president and office principal of the Harrisburg office.

Heigel has worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the past 20 years as a total reconstruction program manager and a liaison and traffic engineer. He provided management overview and coordinated project requirements with other governmental entities and stakeholders.

Jordan Henderson
BOYNTON BEACH, FL—Jordan Henderson has joined the Board of Advisors for Eta Phi Systems Inc.

Henderson previously served as vice president of software and architecture for a provider of Transit Information Management Systems. He has 25 years of product development experience with companies ranging from Westinghouse Nuclear Services and Kennametal to International Truck and Engine.

Doug Moseke
TUCSON, AZ—Stantec announced the promotion of Doug Moseke to transportation manager for its southern Arizona operations.

Moseke has more than 15 years of experience designing and managing transit, roadway, and highway, and transit projects at Stantec.

John Andreas, Hal Lindsey

SAINT-BRUNO, QC—Bombardier Transportation has named two new directors-sales and business development for its Services Unit in North America: John Andreas, covering the northeastern U.S., and Hal Lindsey, covering the southeast and midwest.

Andreas has 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. He comes to Bombardier from Voith Turbo, where he was vice president of the Rail Division. He also held director positions at both Alstom and Faiveley.

Lindsey returns to Bombardier after 11 years at Lea+Elliott, where he was a senior associate. His has 30 years of transportation experience and is a member and former chair of the APTA Automated Transit Technical Forum.

Paul Brandel
ROCKFORD, IL—The Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD) has appointed Paul Brandel as risk manager.

Brandel joins RMTD from Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he served as claims manager. He has more than 11 years of experience in developing and managing workers’ compensation programs.

Mario Péloquin, Julie D’Orazio, Bill Hjelholt
NEW YORK, NY—AECOM has named Mario Péloquin, a 25-year transportation veteran, to the newly created position of AECOM’s Canada national transit leader. He began his career with the Canadian National Railway Company and has also served the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Transport Canada, the city of Ottawa, and Siemens Canada.

Julie D’Orazio, P.E., joined AECOM as vice president and Northeast Transit leader. She is a 22-year transportation engineering and management professional who most recently served as the manager for the New York rail department of Jacobs North America Infrastructure.

AECOM also promoted Bill Hjelholt to North America director, freight rail. He has 26 years of experience and joined AECOM in 1997, serving most recently as Canada Central Rail market leader.

Paul T. Dionisio
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Paul T. Dionisio, P.E., has joined Urban Engineers Inc. as a senior project manager in the firm’s Construction and Program Management Services Practice, based in New York City.

Dionisio has more than 35 years of experience, with specific expertise in rail, structural, and mass transit projects. He previously worked for Dewberry-Goodkind Inc. and Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation.

Jim Ferrara
NEW YORK, NY—The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) named Jim Ferrara, a 33-year employee of MTA Bridges and Tunnels, as president of the agency. He had served as acting president since January, succeeding Susan Kupferman.

Ferrara was previously vice president for operations. He began his career in 1977 as a bridge and tunnel officer and came up through the ranks, serving as a sergeant and lieutenant before entering management. Ferrara also has served as general manager of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and has worked at the R.F.K. (formerly Triborough) Bridge, the Henry Hudson Bridge, and the Rockaway Bridges.

Willa Johnson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Willa Johnson recently became only the second woman in the 137-year history of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s cable car fleet to become an operator. The first, Fannie Barnes, retired from active cable car duty in 2002 and from the agency in 2007.

Johnson is Local 250-A secretary for the Cable Car Division and has worked as a cable car conductor since 2008.

John Perry
EUGENE, OR—John Perry recently marked his 40th anniversary as a bus operator with the Lane Transit District (LTD) and its predecessor, the private Emerald Transportation System. He began his driving career in May 1970, six months prior to LTD assuming Emerald Transportation System’s assets and starting operations in November 1970.

Perry has driven every bus model LTD has owned, ranging from the original Chevrolet “Green Meanies” to the 63-foot, hybrid-electric New Flyer Bus Rapid Transit vehicle he currently operates.

Mike Setzer
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has named Mike Setzer, vice president of Veolia Transportation, as its interim chief executive officer.

Gary Eckhardt
DENVER, CO—Gary Eckhardt, P.E., PLS, has rejoined Stantec as senior associate in the company’s Denver transportation practice, overseeing the addition of 20-plus team members for the 2010 construction season.

Eckhardt has almost 40 years of industry experience, previously serving as senior associate with Stantec before joining Rocksol Consulting Group.

Mike Laffan, Frank Sorvino
FARIBAULT, MN—ABC Companies has promoted Mike Laffan to general manager for its Northeast Region and Frank Sorvino to Laffan’s former post as senior account executive for New Jersey, New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island.

Laffan began his career with ABC Companies in 2000 as account executive for the New England territory. In 2003, he joined DATTCO as sales manager for the School and Commercial Bus division, but he returned to ABC in 2007 as senior account executive for the firm’s Western Region.

Sorvino, an ABC Companies employee for 17 years, returns to his original territory in the Northeast Region with this position. He will be based in Camden, NJ.

David B. Thomas
HARRISBURG, PA—David B. Thomas has joined Gannett Fleming as a senior vice president and the national director of transit and rail, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Thomas brings more than 35 years of innovative and executive leadership experience to the firm. Most recently, he was executive vice president and director of infrastructure operations and client development for an international infrastructure, environmental, and facilities consulting engineering firm, responsible for all U.S. infrastructure offices.

David D. Fullerton
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Transportation Resource Associates (TRA) announced the appointment of David D. Fullerton as senior project manager.

Fullerton comes to TRA from Port Authority Transit Corporation in Lindenwold, NJ, where he was system safety program manager. Earlier he was a senior safety specialist with Consolidated Edison in New York.

Murphy McCalley
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Murphy McCalley has joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a director in the Transportation Group, serving transit and transportation issuers nationwide.

McCalley has a combined 23 years of increasing responsibility in public transportation and investment banking industry positions. He was the founder of McCalley Consulting and formerly served as a vice president in the Municipal Securities Group at UBS Securities.

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