ARLINGTON, VA—Sandy Bushue, president and owner of B&I Transportation Consulting LLC, has been named to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. She is one of two board members appointed by the governor, serving alongside mayors/chairs of the nine cities and counties encompassed by the authority and legislators from the Virginia House and Senate.
Bushue has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. She was FTA acting administrator and deputy administrator and special assistant to the undersecretary of administration with the Department of Homeland Security.
She also held private sector executive positions at Siemens USA, last serving as vice president for business development, transportation, and homeland security.
For APTA, she is a member of the High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, Legislative Committee, and Public-Private Partnerships Committee.
LOMBARD, IL—Veolia has named Ryan Larsen president of its new IntelliRide division, which covers paratransit, medical services, and other shared ride human services.
A 28-year transit veteran, Larsen joins Veolia’s IntelliRide after serving as president of Ecolane, a firm providing web-based software for managing paratransit. Earlier he was president and founder of Local Motion ITS Inc. and vice president of DynTek.
Larsen also has held several jobs with public transit agencies, from service lane worker and driver to general manager.
He is a member of the APTA Access Committee and APTA Older Adults Transportation Subcommittee.
ROSEMONT, IL—Sapa Extrusions North America has named Matthias Kapp automotive application engineer at its North American Technical Center. He will be based in Detroit.
Prior to joining Sapa, Kapp served as senior application engineer at -Schaeffler Group, where he developed a new product, was awarded numerous patents related to Variable Camshaft Timing design, and led a cross-functional international team of 15 to coordinate and build a new plant in the United States.
PASADENA, CA—Maintenance Design Group LLC announces the hiring of Kai Fishman, RA, CLARB, LEED AP, as senior facility designer.
Fishman has more than a decade of experience in transportation architecture and planning projects.
Ron Tober, Diane O'Keefe, Newel Jensen, Ronald L. Freeland, Lane Fernandes, Brett Wallace, Peter Denitz
NEW YORK, NY—Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) has announced the following appointments:
Ron Tober, chief executive officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System from 1999 to 2007 and APTA chair in 2000-2001, has joined PB as a senior advisor, based in the firm’s Charlotte office.
Tober has 43 years of experience in public transportation, most recently with InfraConsult LLC. He has held leadership positions at public transit agencies including Sound Transit in Seattle, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, King County Metro Transit in Seattle, and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Springfield, MA.
For APTA, Tober is a current member of the Legislative Committee, Rail Transit Committee, and Streetcar Subcommittee and an honorary member of the APTA Board of Directors. He served eight years on the APTA Executive Committee and received APTA’s Outstanding Public Transit Manager of the Year award in 2005.
Diane O’Keefe has been named vice president and Illinois area manager, based in PB’s Chicago office. She joins the firm after a 30-year career with Illinois DOT, most recently serving as deputy director of highways for Region One, which consists of six counties, 265 municipalities, and 100 townships.
Newel Jensen has been named a senior transit and highway design engineer in the company’s Murray, UT, office. He is a former design manager for a consulting firm and a design engineer with Utah DOT.
Ronald L. Freeland, executive secretary/chief executive officer of the Maryland Transportation Authority from 2007 to 2010, has joined PB’s strategic consulting group as a principal consultant.
He will also continue to serve as chief executive officer of Detroit DOT, a role he has held since February 2012 as a subcontractor under a PB contract. Freeland has worked in the transportation industry for 25 years.
Lane Fernandes has been named a senior principal technical specialist in the San Diego office of PB. He served 17 years at the North County Transit District in Oceanside, CA, most recently as chief operations officer.
Brett Wallace has been named a senior supervising planner in the firm’s Charlotte office. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2010 who worked at other national consulting firms for 15 years before joining PB.
Peter Denitz is rejoining PB as manager-special projects in the firm’s Transit and Rail Technical Excellence Center in -Philadelphia. He has more than 30 years of experience as a transportation and -public transit planning professional, serving in government and as a consultant on behalf of public and private clients. Most recently he was a vice president and director of planning for the Northeast Region of a major engineering consulting firm.
Sam A. Hout
DENVER, CO—Sam A. Hout, P.E., has joined CH2M HILL as senior vice -president for transportation in Southern California. He will be based in the company’s Santa Ana, CA, office.
Hout brings more than 30 years of experience to his new post. He has previously worked as vice president of business/project development with nationally and internationally recognized firms and as chairman and chief executive officer of his own company, specializing in program management and design oversight for public and private clients.
FARIBAULT, MN—ABC Companies announced the appointment of Mike Richardson as parts territory sales manager for the Southern Region. His territory will include Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Richardson has more than 33 years of experience in the coach industry. He began his career with Carrollton Bus Company as a driver and mechanic. He then spent the next 25 years with Motor Coach Industries, starting out as shop manager and ending his tenure as parts and service manager for the South Central Region. Most recently, he was driver training and maintenance manager for the -Tornado Bus Company.
CINCINNATI, OH—First Transit has promoted Jeremy Brown to director of business development, based in Las Vegas.
Brown has been with First Transit since 2002 and has worked in the transportation industry since 1998. In his new position, he will focus on expanding the company’s shuttle services.
Prior to this position, he was general manager in Las Vegas, managing the overall operations of the McCarran Rent-a-Car Shuttle System at McCarran International Airport.