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Todd Cooper, Joseph Zimmer

CINCINNATI, OH—Todd Cooper and Joseph Zimmer have been named to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees.

Cooper is a partner at the law firm Squire Sanders, focusing on tax matters related to public finance, primarily the federal taxation aspects of municipal bonds.

Zimmer, executive secretary for the Greater Cincinnati Building & Construction Trades Council, also serves as president of the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

Paul Faucher
CAMBRIDGE, ON—Q’Straint and Sure-Lok announced the hiring of Paul Faucher as its new Canadian sales manager.

Faucher has more than 26 years of business experience, including an extensive background in sales support and project leader assignments. Most recently he was a training coordinator with McDonald’s Corporation.

Eddie Wilkinson, Aaron Schwass, Gary Ganaway
ELYRIA, OH—Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB), a joint venture of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products LLC, has named Eddie Wilkinson president; Aaron Schwass vice president and general manager; and Gary Ganaway director of marketing and global customer solutions.

Wilkinson is a 17-year veteran of Bendix, working since 2007 as vice president of quality and product safety—a position he will retain on an acting basis. Since last July, he also served, with Schwass, as interim general manager of the Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake wheel-end business. He began his career at Bendix and Honeywell Aerospace/AlliedSignal (former owners of Bendix) in 1995 and moved to the Bendix team in 1999.

Schwass joined BSFB in 2007, after 12 years in key leadership positions at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. He will also serve as acting product line director for air disc brakes until that position is filled.

Ganaway, a 20-year veteran of the commercial vehicle industry, came to BSFB in 2009 after serving as senior director of business and product strategy at ArvinMeritor.

Rock Miller
IRVINE, CA—Rock Miller, principal of the Transportation Planning & Traffic Engineering practice in Stantec’s Irvine office, has been elected to a one-year term as international president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and named to the State of California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC). He previously was ITE vice president.

For CTCDC, Miller will serve with a team of industry leaders responsible for advising agencies on state, regional, and local traffic issues such as law changes, new treatments, and the State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Miller has worked in traffic planning, design, and operations for more than 35 years.

Cindy Siegel
HOUSTON, TX—Cindy Siegel, former mayor of Bellaire, TX, has joined the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. She was appointed by the 14 multi-city mayors in the agency’s service area.

Siegel joined the Ballaire City Council in 1998 and was elected mayor in 2004. She is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience in the field, and owns a public accounting firm under her name.

She succeeded Jimmy Stewart, an eight-year board member whose term expired.

Richard Smith
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Richard Smith has been named a senior supervising estimator in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). In his new position, Smith is lead estimator for the California high-speed rail project.

Smith has more than 37 years of experience in the planning and execution of major infrastructure and transportation projects. Prior to joining PB, he worked for several major engineering and construction firms.

Robbie Makinen, Michael Short, A.J. Dusek, Steve Klika
KANSAS CITY, MO—The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) re-elected Jackson County (MO) Commissioner Robbie Makinen as its chairman. Makinen is economic development coordinator for Jackson County and has served on the KCATA board since 2007.

Michael Short, representing Platte County (MO), will serve as vice chairman; A.J. Dusek, commissioner representing Wyandotte County (KS), is secretary; and Steve Klika, commissioner representing Johnson County (KS), is treasurer.

Additionally, retired Municipal Judge Thomas E. Sims was appointed by Mayor Sly James to represent Clay County (MO) on the board.

Kevin J. Cronin
BALTIMORE, MD—Gannett Fleming announced the appointment of Kevin J. Cronin, P.E., as a senior project director within the Transit and Rail Practice, based in the firm’s Baltimore office.

Cronin has more than 26 years of experience in project management, preconstruction planning, engineering, contract management, innovative project delivery, and risk management.

Doug McAllister, Marion Ashley, Barry Talbot
RIVERSIDE, CA—Murrieta Mayor Doug McAllister will chair the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Governing Board. McAllister, a board member since 2005, succeeds District 1 County Supervisor Bob Buster.

District 5 County Supervisor Marion Ashley was elected first vice chairman and Canyon Lake Councilman Barry Talbot second vice chairman. Ashley joined the board in 2003 and Talbot in 2008.

Angelo J. Waters
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Urban Engineers Inc. announced the promotion of Angelo J. Waters, PE, LEED® AP, to environmental practice leader.

Waters’ nearly 12 years of experience includes green stormwater infrastructure, NEPA compliance, environmental management systems, sustainability initiatives, Phase I/Phase II environmental site assessments, in-situ and risk-based remediation, asbestos investigations, and brownfield site development.

Lamont Taylor
CINCINNATI, OH—Lamont Taylor has rejoined the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board of Trustees.

He previously served on the board from 2003 to 2010, as its vice chair from 2004 to 2006 and chair in 2006-2007.

Taylor is human resources manager for Frisch’s Restaurants Inc., responsible for employee relations and non-exempt recruitment in five states.

Jonathan Benner
WASHINGTON, DC—Jonathan Benner, a former general counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission, has joined the Washington office of Thompson Coburn LLP as a partner and practice leader. He chairs the firm's Maritime Regulatory and Ports Practice and supports the Transportation and International Trade Practice Group.

Benner has significant experience in all modes of transportation, first as managing partner of the DC office of Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, then as practice group leader of Troutman Sander's Transportation Practice in Washington. He most recently worked as a partner at Reed Smith.

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