CINCINNATI, OH—Colin Groth, an employee of Cincinnati Metro since 2006, has been promoted to government relations director.
Groth also served as inaugural chair of Mayor Mark Mallory’s Young Professional Kitchen Cabinet transportation committee, was named to the 2009 Business Courier Forty Under 40, and was selected to participate in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s 2010 C-Change leadership development program.
BUFFALO, NY—The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has named Thomas George its director of surface transportation. He succeeds Walter D. Zmuda, who retired in November 2010.
George comes to NFTA from the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, where he was executive director for the past eight years. This bi-national coalition brings together 14 state, provincial, and local transportation agencies in concert with U.S. and Canadian federal authorities to address transportation and mobility opportunities.
Dennis D. Louwerse
READING, PA—The Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA) honored Dennis D. Louwerse, executive director/chief executive officer of the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority, with its lifetime achievement award.
Louwerse has served a number of terms as chairman of PPTA and was vice chairman of small operations for APTA. He currently serves as a member of the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission.
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Keolis Rail Services Virginia, operator of Virginia Railway Express, has appointed Richard Stegner superintendent of equipment
Stegner has more than 34 years of experience in the public transportation industry, including project management, design engineering, and manufacturing of railroad motive power and mechanical systems. He is a member of the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee.
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Raymond Mui has joined the Alexandria Transit Company as its transit planning manager.
Mui is a recent civil engineering graduate of Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. During his tenure at Purdue, he worked in the Department of Development and Marketing at the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation.
He began his transit career when he was 16 years old with a two-year term on the Montgomery County Transit Advisory Group in Rockville, MD, and subsequently became an intern at Montgomery County Ride-On Bus.
Brian J. Falkowski, Kevin Malecek, Jeannette Crislip
LAKE COUNTY, OH—The Lake County Commissioners appointed Brian J. Falkowski to Laketran’s Board of Trustees and reappointed Kevin Malecek and Jeannette Crislip; all three will serve three-year terms.
Falkowski earned his bachelor’s degree at John Carroll University and is close to completing his master of business administration degree at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Malecek, the current board president, has served on the board since 2005, while Crislip has served since 2004.
ST. LOUIS, MO—Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named Constance Gully to the St. Louis Metro Board of Commissioners. She succeeds Dr. Richard LaBore, whose term expired.
Since 2001, Gully has served as vice president for business and financial affairs at Harris-Stowe State University. She joined the university as its comptroller in 1998.
NEW YORK, NY—Kenneth Mitchell has been named program manager of information security at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB).
Mitchell has extensive experience in information technology (IT) and as an IT security leader. Prior to joining PB, he was security and compliance manager for Kraft’s outsourced security program at EDS and earlier held management positions at Altria/Kraft, Citi Group, and IBM.
Jeffrey Parker, Al Trotta, Joseph Pizzurro, Lester Eckrich
KANSAS CITY, MO—HNTB Corporation announced the addition of four employees in its Northeast Division: Jeffrey Parker and Al Trotta, P.E., both in the Philadelphia office; Joseph Pizzurro, P.E., in New York; and Lester (Les) Eckrich, P.E., in Wayne, NJ.
Parker joined HNTB as an associate vice president and senior project manager. He comes to the firm after serving as commissioner of Connecticut DOT and has more than 22 years of senior-level experience at multimodal transportation agencies.
Trotta, a senior project manager, brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering with organizations including MTA Long Island Rail Road and the Port Authority Transit Corporation. Most recently, he was president and chief operating officer of a multi-disciplinary engineering firm based in Florida.
Pizzurro’s title is associate vice president, director of rail, New York metropolitan area. His more than 16 years of track, structural, and civil engineering rail-related design and construction expertise includes working on MTA Metro-North Railroad’s new Yankees-E.153rd Street station.
Eckrich joined HNTB as a senior project manager after 29 years with New Jersey Transit Corporation in positions ranging from facilities engineer in the Bus Operations Unit to chief engineer in the Capital Planning and Programs Division.