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Who's Doing What in the Industry

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ASHEVILLE, NC—John Bartosiewicz, APTA chair in 1999-2000 and a public transit professional with more than 40 years’ experience, has joined executive search firm KL2 Connects LLC as its sixth principal.

Bartosiewicz joins the firm after 14 years as chief operating officer and special assistant to the president for McDonald Transit Associates Inc./RATP Dev NA. He serves on numerous APTA committees and is a former president of both the Texas Transit Association and the South West Transit Association.

FRANKLIN, TN—Stanton Higgs, director of business development and operations with The TMA Group, recently was honored as the Tennessee Public Transportation Association’s 2017 Urban Executive of the Year. The association recognized Higgs’ leadership, management, transportation and employee interaction skills.

CINCINNATI—Jason Dunn, chairman of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board of Trustees, recently became the only public transit professional among seven business executives named Outstanding Directors by the Cincinnati Business Courier newspaper. Dunn is vice president of multicultural sales and community development at the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau and has served on the SORTA board for five years.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA—Erin ­Rogers has joined Omnitrans in the newly created position of deputy general manager. She has almost three decades of public transit experience, including 16 years with the Orange County (CA) Transportation Authority, 10 of them as assistant general manager, and earlier as a regional vice president for MV Transportation Inc. For APTA, Rogers is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2010 and a member of the Access, Bus & Paratransit CEOs, Innovative Funding, Finance and P3, and Research and Technology committees.

CLEVELAND—CDM Smith announced the appointment of Jim Riley as a senior vice president and national transportation director in its North America Unit, based in Cleveland. He has 27 years of experience, serving most recently in leadership roles with HNTB including national transportation market sector leader and chief sales officer. He also served Ohio DOT as deputy director of innovative delivery and built the department’s P3 program.

HESPERIA, CA—The California Transit Association (CTA) recently presented its Distinguished Service Award to Kevin Kane, executive director/chief operating officer, Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA).

Before joining VVTA in 1998, Kane was marketing and planning director for Knoxville (TN) Area Transit and previously worked in the newspaper business. For APTA, he is a member of the Bus & Paratransit CEOs, Legislative and Small Operations committees. He has served since 2010 as a CTA Executive Committee member and chairs the California Association for Coordinated Transit.

STOCKTON, CA—The Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce honored Gloria Salazar, deputy chief executive officer of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District, for her professional success and role as a community leader at its recent third annual women’s leadership event.

NEW YORK CITY—Gregory A. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of WSP USA, recently received the Industry Recognition Award from the New York Building Congress, an association that promotes the growth and success of the construction industry in New York City and its environs. Kelly is a board member and treasurer of the organization.

Also, Benjamin Rodenbough has rejoined WSP USA as a senior supervising engineer in the Seattle office, where he previously worked from 1999-2014. He has more than 29 years of experience, most recently with Qatar’s Local Roads and Drainage Program.

STEVENSVILLE, MD—Nathan Wright has joined ­Stertil-Koni as a marketing associate. He has seven years of marketing experience and a technical background in industrial products, coming most recently from his work in the nuclear power generation industry.

ORANGE, CA—The Orange County Transportation Authority announced that five current board members have been re-selected for two-year terms beginning in January: Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones, Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize, Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Al Murray, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Laguna Niguel Councilmember Laurie Davies.

ST. CLOUD, MN—St. Cloud Metro Bus announced the appointment of Jim Perez as chief operating officer. Perez has more than three decades of transit experience with agencies including the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and Central Maryland Regional Transit in Laurel, MD.

LEWISVILLE, TX—Mark Miller and Dianne Costa have joined the Denton County Transportation Authority Board of Directors. Miller, representing the city of Flower Mound, is vice president of Hillwood Properties and a former research analyst with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Costa, a former mayor of Highland Village, is retired after 13 years as a credentialed non-attorney mediator and parenting coordinator.

AUSTIN, TX—Eric Ploch has been named Southwest Texas area manager at WSP USA, focusing on Austin and San ­Antonio. He has more than 25 years of consulting experience, working with agencies including the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Texas DOT and ­Missouri DOT.

SEATTLE—Ric Ilgenfritz has joined David Evans and Associates Inc. (DEA) as transit and railroad services planning manager and vice president, leading the firm’s new downtown Seattle office. He comes to DEA after 16 years on the executive leadership team at Sound Transit.

SAN CARLOS, CA—The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) Board of Directors elected Belmont Mayor Charles Stone its chair. Stone represents the Central Judicial Cities on the board and also has been named SamTrans’ representative to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, governing board for Caltrain commuter rail, succeeding Rose Guilbault.

Carole Groom, representing the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, was elected vice chair of the SamTrans board.

LOS ANGELES—Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero has joined the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors as the alternate for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. The board oversees Metrolink commuter rail.

SEATTLE—Sound Transit announced the appointment of Jackie Martinez-Vasquez as director of the agency’s new Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion. She joins the agency after eight years of executive-level positions at the YMCA of Greater Seattle, most recently serving as vice president for social responsibility.

WASHINGTON, DC—Todd Blaylock has joined Network Rail Consulting (NRC) as vice president, US East, based in a new NRC office in New York City. Most recently he worked for HNTB and earlier worked for the Parsons Transportation Group and Ansaldo STS. Blaylock also has more than 18 years of military aviation operations and maintenance experience.

Also, Jeannette Frett has been named chief human resources officer for Network Rail Consulting North America in Washington. She has held leadership roles with Banco Popular, Verizon and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and was a member of the senior leadership team at Trinity Washington University.

DALLAS—Texas Central, developers of the state’s high-speed train, has named business leader, entrepreneur and former Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. chairman of its board. He joined the board in January 2017 and succeeds Richard Lawless, who remains a board member and chairman emeritus.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA—The Omnitrans Board of Directors has elected Yucaipa City Council Member David Avila its vice chair following the death of the previous vice chair, Redlands Council Member Pat Gilbreath. Avila joined the board in January 2017 and also represents Yucaipa on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.

CLEVELAND—The Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association re-elected Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough to a three-year term on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board of Trustees. Clough joined the RTA board in 1999 and was elected its vice president in 2011. He is the ­second-longest serving board member after Chairman George Dixon.

OAKLAND, CA—AC Transit announced the promotions of Beverly Greene to executive director of external affairs, marketing and communications and Salvador Llamas to chief operating officer.

Greene has more than 25 years of experience, joining AC Transit in 2007 and serving most recently as director of legislative affairs and community relations. Earlier she was a special legislative assistant to the speaker of the California State Assembly. She is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2013 and a member of the Legislative and Member Services committees.

Llamas joined AC Transit in 2012 as director of maintenance. His 24 years of fleet and facilities maintenance experience includes 17 years with public transit operations. Before joining AC Transit, he worked for Los Angeles Metro and served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, both active duty and reserve. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2010 and a member of several APTA committees.

SPOKANE, WA—Roger Watkins has joined the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) as chief operations officer. He comes to STA after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a brigadier general in 2016, and succeeds Steve Blaska, who retired at the end of 2017. Blaska is also a veteran who retired as an Army colonel before joining STA in 2003.

RIVERSIDE, CA—The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Board of Directors elected Banning City Councilman Art Welch as its chair, succeeding Hemet City Councilwoman and former Mayor Linda Krupa. Welch has served on the board since 2013 and was its first vice chair in 2017.

Murrieta City Councilman Randon Lane was elected first vice chair and Perris City Councilmember Tonya Burke second vice chair.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—Eddie ­Martinez has been named chairman of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors, succeeding Curtis Rock. Martinez, who represents the city, works for the Port of Corpus Christi as its business development representative.

KANSAS CITY, MO—Leavenworth, KS, Mayor Nancy Bauder has joined the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners, appointed by the Leavenworth Board of County Commissioners. She owns a business and is a former executive director of United Way of Leavenworth County.

SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board of Directors has elected Del Mar City Council Member Terry Sinnott its chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus vice chair. Sinnott, formerly vice chair of the board, has been on the city council for seven years and operates a management consulting business. Vaus has served on the SANDAG Executive Committee for the past two years.

BLOOMSBURG, PA—SEKISUI Polymer Innovations LLC has promoted Karen Brock Amoah, previously vice president of sales and marketing, to vice president of global commercial strategy.

LOUISVILLE, KY—The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) has appointed Russell Goodwin director of marketing, a position he previously held on an interim basis. He joined TARC in 2015 as communications manager.

KANSAS CITY, MO—TranSystems announced the promotions of Lawrence Kirchner to vice president and senior associate, based in the Chicago office, and Todd Herman to associate and assistant vice president in the Kansas City office.

Kirchner has more than 30 years of experience in structural design and project management for rail, bridge and roadway projects. Herman’s 24-year career has focused on bridge plan preparation, planning, project and client management of transportation structures, with an emphasis over the last 15 years on structures for Class I railroads.

NEW YORK CITY—Zeyad Alkaisi has joined HNTB Corporation as a rail transit senior project manager and associate vice president. He joins the firm after more than 30 years of experience with MTA New York City Transit, where he was vice president for program services, deputy vice president for program controls and senior director for strategic scheduling.

DALLAS—Scott Hudson has been named senior transit and rail manager in the Dallas office of WSP USA. He has two decades of experience, serving most recently as a project manager in the Fort Worth office of an international transportation engineering organization.
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