SAN DIEGO, CA—Freddie Fuller, since 2009 an employee of Cubic Transportation Systems, has been appointed to the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Board of Directors.
Fuller has been a transportation professional for more than 16 years. He is Cubic’s regional sales manager for its Washington, DC-based sales and marketing activities and leads sales opportunities in its mid-Atlantic region.
He has been active in COMTO since 1997 and is chairman of the organization’s strategic planning committee.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—Scott Neeley, chief executive officer of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Texas Transit Association.
TTA’s membership is composed of Texas metropolitan, small urban, and rural public transit agencies, as well as private and public entities from across the U.S.
Rahul Kumar, Rick Pulido
LOMBARD, IL—Veolia Transportation has announced the appointment of two new vice presidents for business development: Rahul Kumar and Rick Pulido.
Kumar has worked for 12 years on transportation projects across the nation, ranging from service restructuring projects in New York, Georgia, and Florida to development of Bus Rapid Transit in Southern California. Mass Transit magazine recognized him as one it its “Top 40 Under 40,” a list of industry leaders with significant accomplishments who are under 40 years of age.
Pulido comes to Veolia from First Transit, where he worked since 1986. He was general manager in Laredo, TX, for 10 years before becoming general manager in Corpus Christi, TX. More recently, Pulido has been assistant general manager of operations in Dallas; regional vice president for the South Central Region, based in San Antonio; and, since 2006, director of business development for the company.
DALLAS, TX—Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) announced the appointment of Dallas attorney Scott Carlson as general counsel. Carlson, a former member of the DART Board of Directors, succeeds Hyattye Simmons, who retired earlier this year.
The Dallas City Council named Carlson to the board in 2003. He joins the transit agency from the law firm of Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham, where he served as senior counsel. Earlier, Carlson oversaw regulatory matters at Nortel Networks and was an assistant city attorney in Dallas.
Thomas Nestel III
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has named Thomas Nestel III, formerly chief of police of Upper Moreland Township, PA, as its police chief, effective Aug. 20.
Nestel began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a patrol officer with the SEPTA Transit Police. He then served more than 22 years in the Philadelphia Police Department, attaining the rank of staff inspector and earning 24 commendations for merit, heroism, and bravery.
He is a fourth-generation police officer whose paternal grandfather was a trolley supervisor for the former Philadelphia Transportation Company and whose maternal grandfather was a Philadelphia police officer.
TORONTO, ON—Judi Cohen has joined Metrolinx as director of business development marketing for the Air Rail Link, which when complete will connect Union Station in downtown Toronto with Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Cohen comes to Metrolinx with more than 30 years experience. She served most recently as vice president, business development, at Teranet Inc. and has also worked with organizations including SNC-Lavalin, AECOM, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Transport Canada, and the Toronto Transit Commission.
She will lead the Air Rail Link marketing and brand strategy while identifying business opportunities.
Steven L. Abrams, Bruno Barreiro
POMPANO BEACH, FL—Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams was elected chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) Governing Board. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro was elected vice chair.
Abrams joined the SFRTA board in August 2010. He was mayor of Boca Raton from 2001 to 2008 and has served on the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners representing District 4 since 2009.
He gained national exposure during an October 2011 incident where anthrax was discovered at the AMI Building in Boca Raton. For his service, Abrams received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Israel National Police and testified on national television at the invitation of a Senate subcommittee.
Barreiro served on the board from November 2000 to July 2003, returning in January 2006. He has served four terms as SFRTA chair and was first elected to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 1988.
Thomas E. Mitchell
NEW YORK, NY—Urban Engineers Inc. has named Thomas E. Mitchell, P.E., director of national construction consulting services.
Mitchell has more than three decades of diverse experience in construction and project management projects throughout the U.S. He has provided construction consulting services for many public agencies, including the Department of Justice, and many state transportation and public transit agencies, law firms, and private concerns.
James F. Adams
DALLAS, TX—James F. Adams is the newest member of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors, appointed by the Dallas City Council.
Adams is president of Innisfree Investments of Dallas.
CINCINNATI, OH—Keith Whalen has joined First Transit as senior vice president of business development.
Whalen began his career driving fixed route services and has more than 23 years of experience in public transportation. He comes to First Transit from MV Transportation Inc., where he served as president, East Group operations, and more recently chief development officer. He also has worked for Laidlaw Transit Services Inc.
Terry Garcia Crews
CINCINNATI, OH—Terry Garcia Crews, chief executive officer and general manager of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Cincinnati Class 36. Leadership Cincinnati, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s leadership development program, provides participants with a broad view of civic leadership through direct contact with a wide variety of institutions and people, and stimulates concern for the quality of life in the region.
A transit professional with more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Garcia Crews joined SORTA in 2010. She is an at-large director on the APTA Board of Directors and a member of the APTA Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee; Bus Operations Committee; and Mid-Size Operations Committee.
KANSAS CITY, MO—HNTB announced the appointment of David Dye, P.E., as vice president and senior program director for its program delivery practice.
Dye has more than 30 years of experience in the administration and management of complex transportation, public transit, and design-build projects. He joins the firm from Washington State DOT, where he was deputy secretary and chief operating officer.