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Claus Beyer
ELYRIA, OH—Claus Beyer has joined Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC as its vice president and general manager, Brake Controls and Electronics Technology. He will focus on technical product development.

Beyer comes to Bendix with 27 years in the commercial vehicle and automotive industry. During his career, he served 13 years as a part of Robert Bosch GmbH in both the U.S. and Europe, followed by 14 years with the Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Group (KB SfN).

Tracy Harrington
MILWAUKEE, WI—The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has named Tracy Harrington its director of paratransit services.

Harrington has an MBA from Lakeland College and brings 15 years of experience in public transportation to MCTS. She most recently was director of transit operations for Waukesha Metro Transit in Waukesha, WI.

She succeeds Carmela Peot, who retired Sept. 1 after 25 years of service with MCTS.

Herbert E. Lambert
NEW YORK, NY—MTA New York City Transit (NYC Transit) has promoted Herbert E. Lambert to chief transportation operator, rapid transit operations. He has worked in the agency’s Department of Subways for more than 30 years and succeeds John Johnson, who retired earlier this year.

Lambert, a lifelong New Yorker, joined NYC Transit in 1981 as a train conductor. Rising through the ranks, he became a rail control center superintendent in 1993, then a general superintendent, control center, and senior director, rail operations support. Most recently, he was assistant chief transportation officer of the B Division (lettered lines), a job he held for the past year. He retained that position even after being named acting chief transportation officer in April, performing both simultaneously.

During his career, Lambert oversaw the operations of the Rail Control Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and helped direct the planned shutdown and resumption of subway service during August 2011’s Hurricane Irene.

Joseph Raquel
WEST COVINA, CA—Foothill Transit has named Joseph Raquel director of planning following the promotion of LaShawn Gillespie to director of customer service and operations.

Raquel joined Foothill Transit in 2008 as its director of information technology.

William W. Fryer, James P. O'Keefe
ROCKY HILL, CT—William W. Fryer, P.E., and James P. O’Keefe have joined the Rocky Hill office of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems.

Fryer is a senior overhead catenary system (OCS) engineer responsible for providing design and analysis of OCSs, features, and structures. He has more than 24 years of experience.

O’Keefe is a senior signal designer responsible for coordinating signal design and construction of train control systems and systems integration. He brings more than 16 years of experience providing design-build systems integration, project leadership, construction services, and signal system analysis studies.

Dina Potter
DENVER, CO—Dina Potter has joined the transportation practice of CH2M HILL, based in the Oakland, CA, office.

She previously worked for Jacobs Engineering as managing principal for transportation work in Northern California. She also led high-profile projects and expanded Carter & Burgess’ presence in the San Francisco Bay area in environmental and transit/transportation planning, engineering design, and program controls.

Dennis Fletcher
TORONTO, ON—Steer Davies Gleave announced the appointment of Dennis Fletcher, M.E.S., to its team in Toronto.

Fletcher joins the firm from GENIVAR, where he was director of transit solutions. He has experience in route planning, service standards, transit operations, and public consultation.

Tom Wagner, Lou Quaglia, Dan Kemper, Gary Pugsley, Guy Tessier
SCHAUMBURG, IL—MCI Public Sector has announced changes to territories and product representation of its sales force.

Tom Wagner, executive director of business development, will have responsibility for government markets in both the U.S. and Canada and day-to-day responsibility for the following employees:

Lou Quaglia, North East Region: Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania.

Dan Kemper, Central Region: Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia,West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Toronto’s GO Transit.

Gary Pugsley, Western Region: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii.

Guy Tessier, vice president of Canadian sales, and his team will be responsible for sales to public transit agencies throughout Canada.

Thomas E. Barron, Todd K. Wager
PASADENA, CA—Parsons has promoted Thomas E. (Tom) Barron director of strategic initiatives, effective Oct. 15. He is based in the company’s Washington, DC, office.

Barron joined Parsons in 1976 and has since held a succession of management positions throughout the corporation. He served most recently as president of Parsons Transportation Group Inc. (PTG), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation.

Todd K. Wager will succeed Barron as president of PTG. He began his career with Parsons in 1996 in project management, and most recently was president of Parsons Government Services Inc., Parsons’ largest business unit. He works out of the corporate headquarters in Pasadena.
Gina Stough
CINCINNATI, OH— Gina Stough has joined First Transit as director of learning and development. She is responsible for overseeing First Transit University, a training program for all First Transit managers to increase employee awareness and improve customer service techniques, as well as other efforts focused on internal talent development and training.

Stough has more than 15 years of non-profit and government sector experience in planning professional trainings, developing training curricula, and coaching management in employee relations and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance.

Suja Lowenthal
SANTA MONICA, CA—Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) announced the appointment of Suja Lowenthal as manager of transit government and community relations.

Lowenthal served most recently as urban and strategic planner with Urban Planning Associates and business development manager at MWH Inc. in its Municipal and State Services Group in Southern California.

She comes to BBB with more than 19 years private and public sector experience in management positions including chief of strategic planning and initiatives at the Water Replenishment District and government telations and public outreach manager for the Central & West Basin Municipal Water Districts. She is a member of the Long Beach City Council and the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District.

Joe Lunny
GREENVILLE, SC—Joe Lunny has joined Proterra as a regional sales director serving the Southeastern U.S.

Lunny has more than 30 years of sales experience in the bus and trucking industry, including time spent with Transit Properties and New Flyer.

Carl J. Gandza, Ronald G. Swerdon
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Urban Engineers Inc. has named Carl J. Gandza senior civil designer/project manager in the firm’s Hartford, CT, office, and promoted Ronald G. Swerdon, CQPA, to the position of quality manager.

Gandza brings nearly 15 years of diverse transportation and traffic project experience to the position. He has been responsible for engineering, designing, and managing a wide range of transportation and traffic projects.

Swerdon has worked for Urban for almost 10 years, most recently as quality control specialist. He has performed project management oversight and construction management services for numerous clients before and during his work in the firm’s ISO management function.

Patrick Lenihan
HAUPPAUGE, NY—Patrick Lenihan, P.E., has joined VHB as a transportation team leader in the Traffic Engineering Group.

Lenihan has 22 years of experience working with New York State DOT, Nassau County Department of Public Works, Suffolk County Department of Public Works, municipalities, and private clients.

Mauro (Mac) Calcaño
DALLAS, TX--Mauro (Mac) Calcaño is the new vice president of human resources for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Calcaño has more than 30 years of senior leadership in human resources with such premier brands as Sara Lee Corp., Chiquita Brands International, and Timex Group USA Inc. For DART, he will direct, develop, and oversee programs and activities in employee recruitment and retention, employee benefits, organizational development, payroll processing, compensation, and wellness.

David Chabanon
VIENNA, VA—David Chabanon has joined Delcan as a senior principal, to serve as the firm’s senior communications-based train control (CBTC) expert for U.S. rail and transit projects. He will also operate as Delcan’s business development lead for rail and transit signaling and train control.

Chabanon, originally from Paris, France, has more than 14 years of engineering experience and project management in the railway transit industry.

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