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Who's Doing What in the Industry

Judy Dennis

PLATTSBURGH, NY—Nova Bus has named Judy Dennis West Coast regional sales manager. Dennis has sales experience in the transportation industry.

H.C. Christian Peeples, Elsa Ortiz, Greg Harper

OAKLAND, CA—The AC Transit Board of Directors has elected former attorney and longtime transit advocate H.E. Christian Peeples as its president. Peeples has served on the board since 1997.

Elsa Ortiz, a board member since 2006, was elected vice president. She represents the city of Alameda and portions of Oakland and San Leandro.

Also, AC Transit Director Greg Harper has been named chairman of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which oversees construction of the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. Harper, an attorney, has served on the AC Transit board since 2000.

Phil Beiting

CINCINNATI--Cincinnati Metro has promoted Phil Beiting to director of customer relations and sales. Beiting joined Metro in 2011 as customer relations manager and earlier worked in the newspaper industry in customer service and distribution management.

Raouf S. Ghali, Thomas J. Spearing III, Mohammed Al Rais

MARLTON, NJ--Hill International announced the promotions of three members of its executive management team.

Raouf S. Ghali, based in Athens, Greece, was named chief operating officer. Ghali has almost 30 years of experience in program, project and construction management. His previous positions at Hill include president of the Project Management Group (International), senior vice president and vice president.

Thomas J. Spearing III of the Marlton office was promoted to the newly created position of regional president (Americas) with HillÕs Project Management Group. Spearing, who rejoined Hill in 2007, has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently as president of Hill's Project Management Group (Americas).

Mohammed Al Rais, based in the firm's office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been promoted to regional president (Middle East) with HillÕs Project Management Group, another newly created position. Al Rais joined Hill in 2006, serving as senior vice president and managing director since 2010, and has more than 35 years of experience.

Hill International also named these senior vice presidents: Project Management Group,  Daniel J. Heilig of Denver; Emmanouil Kotsifis of Dubai; Douglas V. Traver of New York City and Joseph A. Naughton of Boston, also New England regional manager; Construction Claims Group, Thomas Hofbauer of Munich, Germany, and Luis Lugo Jr. of New York City; and William J. Screnci of Marlton, senior vice president and treasurer of the Finance Department.

John Kemer, Scott Burkhart
ELYRIA, OH--Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced the promotions of John Kemer to vice president and general manager, valves and modules, and Scott Burkhart to vice president, sales, marketing, and business development.

Kemer joined Bendix as a staff engineer in 1996 and since then has served in a variety of positions in the Valves and Modules Business Unit, most recently as its director.

Burkhart, a nine-year Bendix employee, most recently was the company's vice president and general manager, controls and modules. He has three decades of experience in the trucking and automotive industries.

John A. Milano

CHICAGO--John A. Milano has been named Metra's deputy executive director for administration. He joined the commuter rail agency in 1998 and served most recently as deputy general counsel and as a senior corporate director overseeing real estate, marketing and revenue development for Metra. Earlier he was an assistant chief counsel with Illinois DOT from 1989-98.

Steve Batho

DES PLAINES, IL--Motor Coach Industries (MCI) has named Steve Batho vice president of technical support, based in Ontario, Canada. He joins MCI after 17 years with Daimler Buses North America, serving most recently as vice president of product support. He also was director of plant and equipment for the London (ON) Transit Commission.

Brandon Cull

CINCINNATI--Brendon Cull, senior director of government relations and regulatory affairs at the Kroger Co., has joined the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees. SORTA operates Metro in Cincinnati. Before joining Kroger in 2006, Cull was legislative director and press secretary for Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken.

Tim Ryan

POMPANO BEACH, FL--Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan has been selected to represent the Broward County Board of County Commissioners on the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail). He was first elected to the county commission in 2012 and was elected mayor by his fellow commissioners in 2014 after serving as vice mayor the previous year. Ryan also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998-2006.

Neoma Jardon, Ron Smith, Hillary Schieve, Vaughn Hartung, Bob Lucey

RENO, NV--The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) Board of Directors elected Reno Councilwoman Neoma Jardon as chair and Reno Councilman Ron Smith as vice chair.

Three new members joined the board: Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and Washoe County Commissioners Vaughn Hartung and Bob Lucey.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Trim
NEW YORK CITY--Sam Schwartz Engineering announced the promotion of Jeffrey (Jeff) Trim to chief operating officer. His experience includes 30 years of consulting service to Florida DOT. Trim is a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Society for Healthcare Engineers.

David B. Thomas
HARRISBURG, PA--Gannett Fleming announced the appointment of David B. Thomas as director of strategic initiatives in the Miami office of Gannett Fleming. A senior vice president and a member of the companyÕs board of directors, Thomas joined the firm five years ago and has more than 40 years of industry experience.

Mel Sears, Steven Jarrett

NEW YORK CITY--Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) announced the appointments of Mel Sears as deputy business member of its U.S. West region, based in Portland, OR, and Steven Jarrett as manager of the structural department in PBÕs Atlanta office.

Sears, a PB vice president, joined the firm in 2010 and most recently served as area manager for the Portland office. He has nearly 30 years of business and project management experience in both the public and private sectors.

Jarrett has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. He previously worked at PB for 15 years and later was the lead structural engineer in the Atlanta office of a national engineering firm.

Joseph Bonsignore, Joel Minch
NEW YORK CITY--SYSTRA USA has promoted Joseph Bonsignore to chief engineer, overseeing the firm's U.S.-based infrastructure, traction power, systems, construction management, program management and planning practices, from his previous post as infrastructure sector manager. He has more than 25 years of experience, including 16 years with SYSTRA.

Joel Minch has been named to Bonsignore's former position, infrastructure sector manager.
Lee Summerlott
SAN FRANCISCO--Lee Summerlott has joined the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) as deputy director of rail maintenance within the Rail Maintenance Unit of its Transit Division. Summerlott has more than 25 years of experience maintaining light rail vehicles; he joins SFMTA after 20 years with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, where he was most recently superintendent of light rail vehicle maintenance.
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