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Douglas W. Fuller, Robert R. Harper Jr., Charles B. Hunter, James P. Toscano
NORFOLK, VA—Hampton Roads Transit has named four new members of its governing board. Their appointments reflect changes made by the Virginia General Assembly when it amended the law that determines the composition of the agency’s board, decreasing the number of members from 17 to 13 and including citizen representatives appointed by the governor.

The new members are Douglas W. Fuller of Chesapeake, principal and chief financial officer of Precon Marine Inc.; Robert R. Harper Jr. of Hampton, owner and chief photographer of Bob Harper Photography; Charles B. Hunter of Portsmouth, business banker at Townebank; and James P. Toscano of Norfolk, vice president of institutional advancement at Tidewater Community College.

Terry A. Ruhl, Alonzo L. Fulgham
DENVER, CO—CH2M HILL announced the appointments of Terry A. Ruhl, P.E., F. ASCE, as president of the firm’s transportation business and Alonzo L. Fulgham as vice president, strategy and sustainable international development, in the Environmental Services Business Group.

Ruhl is a 19-year veteran of CH2M HILL. He previously served as senior vice president and director of consulting and international operations for the company’s Transportation Business Group, leading the Aviation, Highway and Bridge, Ports and Maritime, and Transit and Rail consulting practices. From 2006 to 2009, he led the firm’s aviation market segment.

Fulgham joins the company after more than 20 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where, after serving as chief operating officer, he was appointed acting administrator by President Obama in January 2009. Following USAID, Fulgham joined International Relief and Development as vice president.

Kerby Long, Bill Grella, Todd Wysocki
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ—Samsung Techwin America has announced the appointments of three new regional sales managers: Kerby Long, Northeast Region; Bill Grella, Southeast Region; and Todd Wysocki, Central Region.

Long has several years of sales/account management expertise with Sony, JVC, and Indigo Vision.

Grella joins Samsung from Vicon, where he was a sales representative.

Wysocki worked most recently with Intransa and previously with Interlogix.
Robert J. Vensas
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Robert J. Vensas, P.E., a 39-year employee of URS Corporation, has been promoted to vice president and office manager for the company’s Infrastructure & Environment Division operations in Michigan.

Vensas was the company’s vice president of operations in Michigan for the past 20 years. His other jobs with URS include project engineer, project manager, and manager of engineering.

Jim Robinson, Jonathan Robison, Beth Kuntz
PITTSBURGH, PA—The Allegheny County Transit Council (ACTC), the official voice of Port Authority of Allegheny County customers, recently re-elected Jim Robinson its president.

ACTC also elected Jonathan Robison as vice president and, returning as treasurer, Beth Kuntz.

Patrick Scully
SCHAUMBURG, IL—Patrick Scully has joined Motor Coach Industries (MCI) as vice president of public sector sales and marketing. The move follows MCI’s recent acquisition of the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for Setra motor coaches from Daimler Bus, where Scully was formerly chief commercial officer.

Scully began his career in the bus business in 1988 as a sales representative in the service parts development of Ontario Bus Industries (later acquired by Daimler Bus). He transitioned to the bus sales team at Orion in 1991, becoming general sales manager in 1993.

Scully joined Detroit Diesel Corporation in 1994, soon becoming vice president of worldwide bus and coach sales. When Detroit Diesel was sold to Daimler in 2001, he joined its Setra division and assumed full responsibility for the organization’s North American sales, service, and parts operations as chief commercial officer.

Robert S. Yirigian
GLASTONBURY, CT—Robert S. Yirigian has been named an assistant vice president and senior engineering manager in the Glastonbury office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). He is responsible for managing PB’s program management contract for Connecticut DOT’s New Haven-Hartford-Springfield High-Speed Rail program.

Yirigian has more than 25 years of experience, primarily working on transportation projects throughout the northeast. Prior to joining PB, he was an associate vice president with a national engineering consulting firm.

Michael Hennessy
GREENVILLE, SC—Proterra welcomes Michael Hennessy as its new regional sales director.

Hennessy has 40 years of experience in the transportation industry, both in the public and private sectors. He spent 29 years at the Chicago Transit Authority, working in several senior-level positions including superintendent of maintenance and general manager of bus garage operations, and most recently was vice president of government sales for The Vehicle Production Group.

For APTA, Hennessy chairs the International Bus Roadeo Committee and is a member of the Access Committee; Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Bus Safety Committee; Bus Technical Maintenance Committee; Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee; and Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee.

Joe Calabrese
CLEVELAND, OH—Joe Calabrese, general manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, recently received the Sen. George V. Voinovich Public Works Employee of the Year Award from the Build Up Greater Cleveland (BUGC) organization. He earned recognition for his work on the Euclid Corridor project, which became the HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit line, and the agency’s efforts to educate area residents about the importance of public transportation.

Calabrese is the third winner of this award, created by BUGC in honor of the former senator and his service to the area.

Mary King
OAKLAND, CA—The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board of Directors appointed Mary King to fill a vacancy on the board until an elected director is seated on Dec. 7. She succeeds Bob Franklin, who stepped down from the board to accept a position at BART as department manager of customer access.

King, a former interim general manager of AC Transit in Oakland, is the first African- American woman to be elected as an Alameda County supervisor. She also was a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

She will represent District 3, which lies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Dr. Barbara K. Gannon
WASHINGTON, DC—Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, executive vice president and executive director of the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership (CTL), will step down from her full-time position effective Oct. 1 to return to her leadership consultation practice. She will continue to be involved in the delivery of Eno courses as a teacher, facilitator, and consultant.

Lindsey Robertson, currently director of CTL, will assume many of Gannon’s responsibilities. Robertson has been developing, coordinating, and delivering Eno courses under Gannon’s guidance for the past five years.

Paul E. Davis, Robert Patrick
HUNTINGTON, WV—The West Virginia Division of Public Transit recognized Paul E. Davis, general manager and chief executive officer of the Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA), as its 2011 Transit Manager of the Year.

The division honored Davis for his “renowned leadership, unwavering support and dedication to public transit in West Virginia,” including 24 years with TTA.

Robert Patrick, a TTA mechanic for 22 years, received recognition as the statewide Transit Mechanic of the Year.

Paul Skoutelas
NEW YORK, NY—Paul Skoutelas, a seven-year employee of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), has been appointed director of its Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center (TEC). He also continues to serve as the firm’s transit and rail market leader.

A PB senior vice president, Skoutelas joined the company after serving as chief executive officer at tthe Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) in Orlando.

He is a business member director on the APTA Board of Directors and a member of the Business Member Board of Governors, Meeting Site Selection Committee, Marketing-Authorization Task Force, Public-Private Partnerships Committee, and High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee. Skoutelas also has been active in the Transportation Research Board, the National Transit Institute, and the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute.

Kris Bauman
NEW YORK, NY—Sam Schwartz Engineering, PLLC, announced that Kris Bauman has joined the firm as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Bauman has more than 30 years of construction and real estate experience. He was formerly president of Bauman Company LLC, Newtown, PA, and senior vice president of development at the Gale Real Estate Services Company, Roseland, NJ.

Steve Predmore
DALLAS, TX--MV Transportation Inc. has named Steve Predmore senior vice president of safety, based at corporate headquarters in Dallas.

Predmore joins MV from JetBlue Airways, where he was chief safety officer. His more than 20-year career also included serving as director of safety performance and quality for Delta Airlines and as a researcher for the National Transportation Safety Board.

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