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October 11, 2010

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Steven L. Abrams
POMPANO BEACH, FL—The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Commissioner Steven L. Abrams as its representative on the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Governing Board, succeeding Jeff Koons.

Abrams, a three-term mayor of Boca Raton named mayor emeritus in 2008, has served on the board of commissioners since 2009. In the 1980s, he worked in the White House as law clerk to the counsel to President Reagan and current Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Dave Somers, Lance Norton
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA—The Community Transit Board of Directors announced the appointments of two new members: Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Somers, who filled the slot vacated when former County Councilmember Mike Cooper was appointed mayor of Edmonds, and Lance Norton, representing the agency’s union membership.

Somers has been an agency board member or alternate since January 2006. He is serving his third term as a member of the county council and serves as its vice chair in 2010.

A new state law requires that public transportation benefit area corporations have a non-voting union representative on their boards. Norton served as president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 from 2000 to 2009, and previously spent 23 years as a coach operator for King County Metro Transit in Seattle.

Also, Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright was named an alternate to Community Transit’s board. She was selected by the county council to fill Cooper’s position.

Tim Bennett
OMAHA, NE—HDR has named 16-year employee Tim Bennett, P.E., LEED AP, its client manager for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Bennett has 25 years of engineering experience in the freight rail industry. He is the incoming chair of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association’s Technical Committee 5-Track and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Railroad Track Structure System Design Committee.

Stefano Viggiano
EUGENE, OR—Stefano Viggiano, assistant general manager of the Lane Transit District (LTD), recently was honored with the Peter DeFazio Hall of Fame Award presented annually by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). OTREC is a National University Transportation Center created by Congress in 2005, a partnership among Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Viggiano is retiring at the end of 2010, following 31 years in the transportation field. He has been involved in the development of numerous bus service and facility projects including LTD’s Bus Rapid Transit service, EmX.

Patrick Lawlor
CRESSONA, PA—Sapa Profiles North America has named Patrick Lawlor business area president. He has served the company since 2009 as chief financial officer and general manager, specialty/business integration, and previously was chief financial officer with Indalex.

He earlier worked in Norway at Price Waterhouse and Norsk Hydro.

Adrian Share, Conrad Blankenzee
LAKE MARY, FL—Adrian Share and Conrad Blankenzee have joined HNTB Corporation to work in the firm’s high-speed rail practice in Florida. HNTB, in a joint partnership with Wilbur Smith Associates, was selected by Florida DOT in March 2010 as the program manager for passenger rail in the state, primarily the link between Tampa and Orlando.

Share was named a senior vice president and program director of passenger rail for the newly formed Florida Rail Enterprise. He brings more than 27 years of experience in program and project management, high-speed rail and transit, and roadway/bridge design. He previously worked for HNTB for 18 years, moving to Wilbur Smith Associates in 2004.

Blankenzee has joined the firm as a senior rail specialist with responsibility for the systems development of several high-speed rail projects in Florida. He comes to HNTB from the Auckland, NZ, Regional Transportation Authority.

Elizabeth (Libby) James
GREENSBORO, NC—Elizabeth (Libby) James, Greensboro Transit Authority/Public Transportation Division manager, has received the 2010 Governor’s Public Transportation Award, presented annually by North Carolina DOT’s Public Transportation Division.

James was hired as the first transit administrator for the city of Greensboro in 1990 and was instrumental in the creation of the first city-sponsored transit system. She was promoted to public transportation division manager in 2001. The award specifically recognizes her outreach efforts with the disability community to ensure equal access to all city transit services.

Sarah Knight
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—IndyGo has named Sarah Knight its new manager of marketing and communications.

Knight brings 10 years of public relations experience to the agency. Before joining IndyGo, she served as communications manager for Klipsch Group., Inc, an Indianapolis-based loudspeaker manufacturer, and as a communications specialist for the Indiana Child Care Fund and a public relations assistant for The Field Museum in Chicago.

Clint Guth, Lee Loper
FARIBAULT, MN—ABC Companies has announced that Clint Guth, regional vice president and general manager for the western region, has assumed responsibility for the sales management for ABC’s Midwestern and Canadian regions.

Guth is a 16-year veteran in the bus and motorcoach industry who joined ABC Companies in 1999, and was named the company’s Salesman of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

Lee Loper, former regional vice president and general manager for the Midwest Region, will serve as vice president and general manager for the Nappanee Bus Refurbishment Center.

Thomas B. Furmaniak, Michael A. Tagaras

AMBLER, PA—LTK Engineering Services has named Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., its vice president, business development.

Furmaniak first worked for LTK during the 1970s, after which he held senior management positions with MTA New York City Transit and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and served as chief system-wide engineer for the Athens Metro in Greece. Since rejoining LTK in 1998, he has served as vice president for the firm’s Northwest Region, based in Portland OR, and its Southeast Region, based in Atlanta.

Also, Michael A. Tagaras has been promoted to manager of LTK’s South Central Region, based in Dallas. He earlier was manager for the South Texas area, based in Houston, and the New England area, based in Boston. He has more than 21 years experience with transportation systems.

Ruby Siegel
NEW YORK, NY—Ruby Siegel has joined AECOM as a senior member of its North America transportation planning services. With more than 30 years of management and planning experience in the transportation field, she assumes business development and project manager responsibilities for AECOM’s transit and high-speed rail planning programs.

Siegel recently was consultant team project manager for the planning and environmental review phase of the New Jersey Transit Corporation/Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.

Craig Parsley
WINNIPEG, MB—New Flyer Industries Inc. announced the hiring of Craig Parsley for the newly created position of parts sales manager.

Parsley returns to New Flyer, where he began his career in 1976 and served in the production, engineering, field service, and parts departments. He later held senior positions in parts sales and product development roles with Target Transit Supply and Baker Transit Parts.

Susan L. Keaney,. Melinda Rombold
PITTSBURGH, PA—Ansaldo STS USA announced the appointments of Susan L. Keaney, PMP, to vice president, program management, and Melinda Rombold to vice president, human resources.

Keaney has more than 25 years of experience in project management, including more than 20 years at Westinghouse Electric Company. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.

Rombold comes to Ansaldo with 18 years of human resources experience.

Mike Mavrogeorge
ST. LOUIS, MO—Mike Mavrogeorge, fire chief of Metro’s St. Louis Downtown Airport, received the Airport Fire Rescue Achievement Award from the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives for his efforts in establishing the fire department at the airport.

Metro hired Mavrogeorge in April 2008 for the purpose of establishing the department. He was responsible for drafting regulations and policies, helping to hire firefighters, overseeing training, participating in design of the station, and working to secure federal grants to build the station and buy equipment.

Carl Adrignola, Steve Brunner, Matt Newsome
SAN DIEGO, CA—Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. promoted Carl Adrignola, Steve Brunner, and Matt Newsome to new positions as vice presidents.

Adrignola, a contracts director for Cubic since 2008, is now vice president of contracts. He has more than 35 years of experience in both commercial and government contracts administration and management.

Brunner and Newsome, previously regional directors, have been promoted to vice president and regional director for their respective regions in North America. Brunner is responsible for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, while Newsome oversees the West Coast.

Brunner started his Cubic career 27 years ago as an intern, and since then he has held progressively challenging positions in program and engineering management in the United States and as director of engineering at Cubic's U.K. subsidiary.

Newsome has been with Cubic for almost 20 years. He started as a mechanical engineer and advanced through engineering management before transferring to Cubic's U.K. operations as director of business development.

Andy Nahle
LOS ANGELES, CA—Stantec hired Andy Nahle to serve as a principal in its transportation practice and lead of its California aviation services.

Nahle has nearly 27 years of industry experience to the position, including 20 years with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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