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Who's Doing What in the Industry
NEW YORK CITY—Jay Walder,
former chairman of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), has been named chief executive officer of Alta Bicycle Share, the bike-sharing organization that operates Citi Bike in New York City. A new entity, Bikeshare Holdings, recently acquired Alta.
In addition to heading MTA, Walder served as chief executive officer of MTR Corporation, which operates public transportation in Hong Kong.
NORWALK, CT—Louis Schulman,
administrator of the Norwalk Transit District since 1976, has announced his retirement early in 2015. He is the longest-serving public transit chief executive officer in Connecticut.
Schulman is a member of the APTA Small Operations Committee and a former chairman of the Connecticut Association for Community Transportation. Before joining the agency, he was administrative director and later chief executive of administrative assistant for Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, in 1970-71. He was administrative director and executive director of Operation SPEAR, a drug-abuse prevention program, in 1971-76.
CHICAGO—HDR has promoted Janet Gonzalez
to transportation sustainability director, based in the Chicago office. An HDR employee since 2008, Gonzalez was a senior transit planner prior to her promotion and will continue in this role.
She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a LEED accredited professional.
FORT WORTH, TX—Darin Kosmak has joined CTC Inc. as its vice president. Kosmak has more than 29 years in managing highway-rail grade crossing safety programs and projects, most recently as rail safety director for Texas DOT. He was responsible for the state’s Rail Safety Inspection Program.
Anthony (Tony) C. Ferruccio, Mike Loehr
DENVER—CH2M HILL announced the hiring of Anthony (Tony) C. Ferruccio, P.E., GEC, U.S. director for major transit and rail projects, and Mike Loehr, Americas civil transit and rail practice lead.
Ferruccio has worked in engineering and construction for more than 30 years. Loehr has 36 years of experience in rail and transit planning, design, and management.
Michael Flynn, Janet Sharkey, Daniel Schack
NEW YORK—Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) has announced the following appointments: Michael Flynn, AICP, LEED AP, has been named director of active transportation; Janet Sharkey, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP, as project manager in the New York City office’s Traffic Engineering Group; and Daniel Schack, AICP, PTP, promoted to director of planning in the New York City office.
Flynn previously was director of capital planning and project initiation with New York City DOT. Sharkey has 15 years experience in the management and performance of transportation engineering, planning, and consulting services. Schack joined SSE in October 2004 as a transportation planner and later served as a project manager in the Traffic Engineering Department in New York City.
Eric Langhorst, Jesse Cox
GERMANTOWN, WI—WAGO has promoted Eric Langhorst
to zone manager for the Western region.
He previously served as regional sales manager for Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.
Also, WAGO announced the promotion of Jesse Cox to field applications engineer for the Pacific Northwest region. He served as the firm’s regional sales manager for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho since 2012.
LOS ANGELES—Chet Teaford
has joined AECOM Technology Corporation in Phoenix as senior operations manager responsible for the firm’s Arizona operations. Teaford has more than 30 years of experience in program and project management, transportation planning, civil engineering, and design-build planning and delivery.
ISELIN, NJ—Jonathan Nance
has joined Hatch Mott MacDonald as a principal project manager based in Fuquay-Varina, NC. He joins the firm after 29 years with North Carolina DOT, most recently as deputy chief engineer.
FRESNO, CA—Elizabeth Watlington has joined Fresno Area Express (FAX) as transit operations manager. She joins the agency from SCR Paratransit and earlier spent more than 24 years with the Chicago Transit Authority, starting as a part-time bus operator and ending as Transportation Manager II.
RENO, NV—The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) announced the promotion of Stephanie Haddock to chief financial officer/director of the finance department. She succeeds Tom Taelour, who served the agency for more than three decades and retired earlier this year.
Haddock has worked for RTC for 18 years, most recently as financial administrator for the past seven years.
Doug Engel, Ferhat Soysal, Marv Carreon
DENVER—Maintenance Design Group (MDG) announced the appointments of three members of the
mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) staff based in the Denver office.
Doug Engel, director of engineering, leads the firm’s MEP practice and serves as an electrical engineering manager on projects. He has more than 25 years of consulting experience.
Ferhat Soysal, who joined MDG as a mechanical engineering manager, has more than 20 years of related experience.
Marv Carreon, a mechanical designer, comes to MDG with more than 20 years of design experience on industrial and commercial projects.
YORK, PA—Michael Devaney
is the new chief operating officer of rabbittransit. He has more than 14 years of experience in operations and most recently served as senior district manager for Waste Management Inc. in Philadelphia.
PASADENA, CA—Michael Cotten has joined Parsons as senior project manager in the company’s Seattle office. Cotton worked for Washington State DOT for the past 30 years, most recently as assistant regional administrator for the Northwest Region.
DES PLAINES, IL—Motor Coach Industries announced the appointment of Bruce Wiebe
as contracts manager, based at the MCI manufacturing plant in Winnipeg, MB.
Wiebe, who has had a 17-year career with IBM in Winnipeg, was most recently a negotiating consultant.
Brian W. King
HARRISBURG, PA—Gannett Fleming has named Brian W. King
, P.E., a vice president based in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, where he serves as a manager of maintenance facilities in the Transit and Rail Section. He has more than 25 years of experience.
Ken Westbrook, Mike Murray
LOMBARD, IL—Transdev (formerly Veolia Transportation) announced the promotions of Ken Westbrook to chairman of the company’s Transit Division and Mike Murray, formerly senior vice president, to Westbrook’s previous post, president and chief operating officer of the Transit Division.
Westbrook was public transit general manager in Jackson, MS, and Pensacola, FL, as part of ATC, rising to regional vice president of the company’s South/Central Region in 1999. Veolia Transportation acquired ATC in 2005; Westbrook later was promoted to senior vice president for the U.S. Eastern Region and to his previous position.
Prior to joining Transdev, Murray was president and chief executive officer of FirstGroup America, which includes First Student, First Transit, First Vehicle Services, First Services, First Mobile Technologies, and Greyhound Lines.
Joseph M. Perez
CHICAGO—Metra Police Chief Joseph M. Perez recently received the Hector Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association (HISLEA). Perez joined the commuter rail agency in May 2014 following a long career with the Illinois State Police.
HISLEA presents the award each year to an individual who through the course of his/her duties has continuously lived up to the spirit and values of the organization.
EUGENE, OR—Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Angelynn Pierce
to the Lane Transit District Board of Directors, succeeding former LTD Board President Doris Towery.
Pierce is a franchise owner of Safeguard Business Systems and serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Glenn L. Taylor Sr.
COLUMBUS, OH—The Central Ohio Transit Authority has named Glenn L. Taylor Sr.
director of security.
Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in the safety and security field, including more than 15 years of supervisory and management experience. He most recently was interim operations manager with the Columbus City Schools and earlier worked in the school’s Transportation Department as transportation safety/security supervisor.
TAMPA, FL—Mickey Jacob, FAIA, has joined the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) Board of Directors, representing the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. He is executive vice president of strategy and business development at BDG Architects and earlier was a founder of Urban Studio Architects.
PASADENA, CA—Goran Sparrman
has joined Parsons as area manager for Seattle. He previously served Seattle DOT as interim director and deputy director.
TELFORD, PA—Al Engel,
P.E., principal of Al Engel Consulting, recently received the W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation presented by Railway Age
Engel entered the public transportation field with GE Rail in Erie, PA. Later he was vice president, high-speed rail, for AECOM and worked for Amtrak on plans for high-speed rail in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor. He is co-chair of the APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, a member of the APTA Board of Directors, and serves on numerous other APTA committees.
Michael Di Camillo, Paul Michiels
PITTSBURGH—Michael Baker International announced the appointments of Michael Di Camillo, P.E., as passenger facilities design and program management lead and Paul Michiels, P.E., as freight rail lead.
Di Camillo, based in Philadelphia, has more than 35 years of extensive railroad and public transit experience and leadership, 31 of them with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
Michiels has more than 27 years of industry experience and will oversee engineering design services for railway bridges, structures, and facilities from the Tampa, FL, office.
Dave Blue, Rasheed Behrooznia, Pradip Mistry
SAN DIEGO—Cubic Transportation Systems has promoted Dave Blue
to vice president of sales and
account management and Rasheed Behrooznia
to vice president of engineering, both for North and South America, and named Pradip Mistry
vice president of research and development.
Blue joined Cubic in 2006 as director of sales and marketing for North America and served most recently as director of strategic accounts. Earlier he worked in the payment services industry.
Behrooznia has been a senior principal software engineer with Cubic for more than two years, following nine years as an engineering product program manager with Lockheed Martin. He succeeds Mistry in his new job.
As vice president of engineering, Mistry led the engineering team on several key Cubic contracts. His new worldwide responsibilities include the identification and development of new capabilities across Cubic’s global transportation business.
LONDON, UK—Steve Denton, UK engineering director for Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), has been elected a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.
Denton has spent his entire career with PB.
The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK’s national academy for engineering.
SAN FRANCISCO—Tom Maguire has joined the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) as director of its Sustainable Streets Division, responsible for multimodal transportation planning, engineering, and operational improvements to the city’s transportation system.
Maguire comes to SFMTA after serving as assistant commissioner of New York City DOT’s Division of Traffic and Planning. Earlier he worked at the engineering and design firm Arup.
NEW YORK CITY—Peter Torres
has been named a senior supervising structural engineer in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, with responsibility for delivering designs for major underground rail and infrastructure projects.
Torres has 25 years of design experience in the public transit and rail industry, serving most recently as chief structural engineer for a New York engineering firm.
He also worked for MTA New York City Transit as chief structural engineer and program manager.
ISELIN, NJ—Hatch Mott MacDonald has announced the appointment of Norris Harvey, P.E., as practice leader of the firm’s fire and life safety practice. Harvey has 20 years of experience in all phases of project delivery, including international road and public transit tunnel design and analysis.