December/January People In the News

Scott Beatty has been named as HSM’s director of design services at its corporate innovation and technology center (CI&T). He will oversee all product design and development for HSM’s four business units, including responsibility for new product testing, prototyping and validation. Jim Cardinale has been hired as CI&T director furniture solutions. He will manage engineering research and development activities for new and existing products in the company’s furniture business unit.


Lawrence Marinesi was named chief financial officer of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). He will be responsible for all MTS financial activities and budgeting, management of all fare collection systems, capital accounting activities and a total budget of more than $248 million.


Anthony “Tony” Varcalli, was honored as “Operator of the Year” by the Florida Public Transportation Association. The award is presented annually to an operator whose service has enriched and enhanced public transportation in the community.


Susannah Kerr Adler has been named executive vice president, marketing and business development for Systra. She will be responsible for growing and developing Systra’s business development processes, capture strategies, strategic partnerships and client relationships. She will also lead Systra’s marketing and proposal team.

Frank M. Spataro was appointed executive director of human resources/EEO officer for Cincinnati Metro. He most recently served as human resources director for the village of Oak Park, Ill.


Charles Hall has been named a senior technical manager in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. He has more than 24 years of experience, with an extensive background in the construction, start-up, testing and maintenance of various rail/transit systems and process plants. Lee Castellion has been named a senior communications engineer in the Denver office. He will manage rail communications projects, developing specifications, reviewing designs and integrating systems.


TV Rheinland has named David Leers Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for North America. In his new role, he will offer insights to guide the company’s financial decisions and will work closely with TV Rheinland’s executive leadership to develop, monitor and evaluate corporate strategy with emphasis on financial performance.


San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino was named chair of the The California Transit Association’s Executive Committee. She will serve a two-year term in the position.


Greg Percy was named president of Go Transit. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry to the role, most recently as vice president, Go Capital Infrastructure.


Keith Bunn was named sales manager, western region for Stertil-Koni. In his new post, he brings extensive product, technical and customer support expertise to the role, having served previously for more than six years as service manager at Stertil-Koni’s U.S. headquarters in Stevensville, Md.


Ed Dunlap was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Trojan Battery Co. He will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s finance programs as well as lead the company’s finance, information technology and commodities strategies teams. He also will serve as a member of Trojan’s Executive Steering Committee.


Kent Tyler has been named president and CEO of Allied Specialty Vehicles new bus division. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University. He will be based out of the ASV corporate offices in Orlando.


Joe Forgione was named president and CEO of RailComm LLC. He succeeds Joe Denny who earlier in 2013 announced his desire to step down after almost 15 years of continuous service since founding the company, but will remain chairman of the board.


Tom Skancke was appointed to the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors. He’s the president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and has been involved with many transportation projects.