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Who's Doing What in the Industry

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ATLANTA—Keith T. Parker, general manager and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) since 2012, is leaving the post to become president and CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia.

Parker joined MARTA after heading VIA Metropolitan Transit in San ­Antonio, TX, and the Charlotte Area (NC) Transit System, where he also was chief operating officer.

For APTA, Parker is an at-large member of the Board of Directors, a member and past chair of the Rail Transit Committee and a member of numerous other committees. He formerly served on the APTA Executive Committee.

MARTA also announced the appointment of Arthur (Rob) Troup, a former executive with HNTB and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as deputy general manager effective Sept. 18.

Also, Rhonda Briggins, MARTA senior director of external affairs, has received the 2017 ­Catalyst Award presented by the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. to an individual who brings about positive change within the community. Briggins also is president of COMTO Atlanta and the Georgia Transit Association and serves on the Georgia House Commission on Transit Governance.

BOSTON—Daniel Grabauskas, a ­former general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), has returned to the agency as an independent contractor to oversee commuter rail operations. The position, on an initial one-year basis, has the responsibilities of an “executive director” of commuter rail working with the railroad operations team.

He is a former executive director and chief executive officer of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

CINCINNATI—Justin Pate has joined First Transit as senior vice president of business development and marketing. Pate has more than 10 years of experience, most recently as vice president of business development for MV Transportation.

SALEM, OR—The Salem Area Mass Transit District ­(Cherriots) Board of Directors re-elected Robert Krebs president, Steve Evans vice president and Marcia Kelley treasurer and elected ­Colleen Busch secretary. Doug ­Rodgers, previously on the board from 2011-2014, was elected to a new term and Krebs and Busch were re-elected.

LOS ANGELES—Michael Barbour joined HNTB Corporation’s growing Southern California team as senior project director and associate vice president, focusing on construction for California High-Speed Rail.

Barbour has more than three decades of experience in rail and highway design and construction management, including 18 years with Caltrans during which he was acting deputy for design in Los Angeles and office chief for structure design in Sacramento.

Also, Katharine (Katie) Nees has been named practice leader for the firm’s Denver office. An HNTB growth officer and senior vice president since 2016, Nees has more than 35 years of experience, most recently as director of Texas DOT’s Strategic Projects Division.

HARRISBURG, PA—Gannett Fleming Inc. has expanded its security and safety practice with the addition of James (Jim) E. Smith, Gene Perry, Jay C. Harper and Brandon S. Huckeba.

Smith, based in Washington, DC, will be director of security and safety services. He has more than 30 years of security industry experience, most recently as a supervisory protective security advisor for the Department of Homeland Security.

Perry, based in Cincinnati, brings more than 25 years of experience to his role as a senior security and safety consultant. He joins Gannett Fleming after providing security consulting and program management services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Harper, based in Phoenix as director of security and safety services, has more than 30 years of experience in public transit. He managed the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s safety and security certification and ­earlier was operations supervisor for bus and rail at the Utah Transit Authority, responsible for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Rail Plan and implementation.

Huckeba, a cybersecurity professional in the Phoenix office, has served for almost 30 years as a chief warrant officer and cyber counterintelligence technician with the U.S. Army Reserve.


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