PHOENIX, AZ—Shana Ellis, Tempe councilmember and board member for both Valley Metro and METRO light rail, has received the 2012 Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Excellence Award.
As chair of the Valley Metro board in 2011 and a METRO board member, Ellis was instrumental in the development of unified leadership with the recent hiring of a single chief executive officer for both agencies.
NORTHVILLE, MI—Rodrigo Meirelles has joined Fras-le in the newly created post of vice president and general manager for the company’s North American and European operations.
Meirelles has 17 years of global management experience in the commercial vehicle industry, most recently as commercial director of commercial vehicles for the Eaton Corporation in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
CINCINNATI, OH—Michael Arrow, P.E., has been appointed assistant general manager of maintenance and technology for First Transit at its Connecticut Transit (CTTransit) operations, headquartered in Hartford, CT. He succeeds Steve Warren, who retired after 36 years with CTTransit.
A professional engineer, Arrow formerly served as chief of quality performance within the Department of Buses at MTA New York City Transit. He brings more than 30 years of experience to First Transit.
ELYRIA, OH—Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced the appointment of Carlos Hungria as chief operating officer and a member of the Bendix executive board.
Hungria comes to Bendix after a 30-year career as a part of the Volvo organization. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer at Volvo Powertrain.
Thomas J. Harris
CINCINNATI, OH—FirstGroup America has appointed Thomas J. Harris vice president, safety and human resources, for its First Transit and First Services division.
Harris joined the company in May 2010 as a senior attorney for FirstGroup America. He has almost 20 years of legal experience, most recently with Comair. He also is a former senior city attorney with the city of Cincinnati.
Frank Lin, Brock LaForty, Nathan M. Macek, Alexander King
NEW YORK, NY—Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has announced appointments in its offices around the world.
Frank Lin was named general manager of the company’s Taiwan operations. His 16 years of management and engineering experience include serving as deputy director with Taiwan Fixed Network Corporation and deputy director with Hong-Yun Technology Co Ltd.
Brock LaForty has been named area manager of PB’s office in Charlotte, NC. He joins the firm from STV Incorporated, where he was a senior associate leading the national transportation planning practice. LaForty has worked in transportation for more than 16 years.
Nathan M. Macek is a principal consultant in PB’s Washington, DC, office, responsible for expanding the firm’s consulting practice in transport project development and finance. He is a specialist in developing financial plans for FTA New Starts projects and most recently served as a consulting manager for a large engineering firm.
Alexander King has joined PB’s office in Glastonbury, CT, as a consultant. He worked most recently as a senior freight planner and analyst at a transportation consulting firm.
DENVER, CO—Stantec announced the appointment of Ted Rutledge as a transportation managing principal in its Denver office.
He brings more than 35 years of experience in engineering design, project management, group management, and financial and risk control.
Prior to joining Stantec, Rutledge served as Colorado transportation department manager for a full-service global design firm.
SAN DIEGO, CA—Jean-Marc Landry has joined Cubic Transportation Systems as vice president, sales and marketing, for North America. He succeeds Paul Muldoon, who is retiring.
Landry brings more than 30 years experience in the transportation industry to his new position. Most recently he was vice president, North American sales, for Nova Bus, a division of Volvo Bus Corporation.
LOMBARD, IL—Veolia Transportation announced the appointment of Steve New as vice president, business development in Canada.
New’s three-decade career in transportation management began as a transportation planner at the Urban Transit Authority and British Columbia (BC) Transit. After several promotions, including a term as BC Transit’s chief operating officer, he became co-president and chief executive officer of the agency.
For nine years, New led the mountain venue (Whistler area) public transit efforts for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which provided service to 1.4 million residents, spectators, and athletes. He is also a past chairman of the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
Bryan P. Mulqueen
RALEIGH, NC—Gannett Fleming has promoted Bryan P. Mulqueen, P.E., to national manager of its Transit & Rail Practice, based in the Raleigh office. Most recently he was transit and rail manager for the firm’s Southeast and Delmarva regions, as well as program manager for the engineering and architecture contract supporting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s six-year capital improvement program.
James A. Wolfe
POMPANO BEACH, FL—Florida DOT District IV Secretary James A. Wolfe has been named to the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail.
Wolfe is a 34-year veteran of Florida DOT, where he has served as a senior manager since 1987 and also has been director of development and director of operations with the agency.
LIVONIA, MI—Eric Bates has joined ROUSH CleanTech as director of strategic accounts.
Bates comes to ROUSH CleanTech with more than 20 years in the propane industry. Most recently, he held numerous posts at Ferrellgas, a major propane energy provider, including director of national accounts, national director of autogas, director of sales in the western region, autogas business development manager, and senior national account manager.
BOULDER, CO—Sara DiOrio has joined Transit Marketing Group Inc. as eastern region sales manager.
DiOrio joins the firm from Scynexis Inc., where she was a software sales trainer. She also was a customer data and training specialist with Digital Recorders Inc.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Urban Engineers Inc. announced the promotion of Stephen Ehrlich, P.E., LEED® AP, to director for construction management of facilities and aviation services.
During his nearly 30-year career, Ehrlich has successfully managed construction projects in many areas including public transit and passenger rail.
Marc J. Rost, Philip Wilson
AUDUBON, PA—Johnson Matthey announced the appointments of two new regional sales managers for its Stationary Emissions Control North America business unit. Marc J. Rost serves the Northeastern U.S., based in Audubon, and Philip Wilson covers the Southwestern U.S., based in Spring, TX.
Rost previously served as regional sales manager for Lechler Inc., St. Charles, IL. He earlier held various sales, marketing, and product management positions at the Selas Fluid Division of the Linde Group, Blue Bell, PA.
Wilson has more than 17 years of experience in industrial engine sales. He joins Johnson Matthey from ComAp LLC, Roscoe, IL, where he was a sales manager. He also held positions with Dynalco Controls Company, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Woodward Governor Company, Fort Collins, CO.
Margaret McAustin, Paula Lantz, Patricia Wallach, Peggy Delach, Carol Herrera
WEST COVINA, CA—For the first time in its 24-year history, Foothill Transit has a five-member executive board consisting of all women. From left: Pasadena Councilwoman Margaret McAustin, Pomona Councilwoman Paula Lantz, Board Chair Patricia Wallach, Covina Councilwoman Peggy Delach, and Diamond Bar Councilwoman Carol Herrera.
The historic roster was noted for the minutes and was acknowledged by each successive presenter. Delach, a past board chair and vice chair, is an alternate who was sitting in for Glendora Councilman Doug Tessitor.