People on the Move: Evenergi; Mace; MCI; OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions and STV

May 19, 2022
Personnel updates from around the transit industry.

Evenergi appointed Brian Putre as director for zero emissions transportation. In his role, Putre will be responsible for the design and delivery of solutions tailored to assist clients as they plan and optimize the transition to a ZEV fleet. Putre will be instrumental in providing business analysis and final recommendations that are innovative and financially sound.

Mace named Robert Chappell as rail operations director as the consultancy firm grows its North American presence. Chappell brings more than three decades of practical delivery expertise to his role, having led projects for agencies such as L.A. Metro, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Maryland Transit Administration, as well as for consultancies Hill International and AECOM. He also led the delivery of the rail expansion of the Valley Metro in Phoenix, Ariz., and the capital Purple Line P3 in Maryland.

Motor Coach Industries, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., named Allen Keith as private market regional vice president for new and pre-owned coach sales in the Northeast Region and Brian Hill as MCI private sector regional vice president, new and pre-owned coach sales, Midwest region. Hill will be responsible for new and pre-owned coach sales to private operators in the Midwest region, including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. A four-time MCI sales award winner, his many accomplishments include expanding MCI’s pre-owned footprint in the Southeast market and establishing long-standing partnerships with key operators across the region.

Keith is responsible for new coach and pre-owned coach sales to private operators in the Northeast region, including Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. During his career, Keith has excelled in developing new markets, establishing productive partnerships with coach fleet operators, and helping customers navigate challenges presented by the pandemic through effective management of parts procurement and introduction of new products.

OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions named Kevin Ahnert as its business unit manager for payment solutions and controls. Ahnert started his career in the car wash industry in the late 1990s and was previously the vice president of operations at ICS. In 2008, Ahnert transitioned to the food distribution industry, but says he is excited to return to the vehicle wash industry as part of the OPW Vehicle Wash Solutions team.

STV hired Dan Corey, P.E., as vice president and national director of mobility technologies. Corey is leading a national practice of intelligent transportation systems, electric vehicle, connected and automated vehicles and data professionals. Most recently, Corey was the director of strategic solutions for the global transportation team of a large transportation consulting engineering firm. Corey wrote broadband policies for American Society of Civil Engineers and Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) that were adopted into the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act legislation. He developed, wrote and was awarded a grant for the first autonomous vehicle deployment in Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, as well as an Accelerated Innovation in Mobility grant for an AV shuttle for Houston Metro.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.