2017 Annual Dinner Meeting * November 30 * Providence Biltmore Hotel
THANK YOU for attending the NEPTA Annual Dinner meeting on Thursday, November 30 at the Providence Biltmore Hotel. The event is always a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday season, catch up with old friends, make new ones along the way and join in the celebration of the NEPTA Hall of Fame Award presentation.
NEPTA wishes to acknowledge Mary Beth Mello, FTA Administrator Region 1, for the continued guidance on issues at the Federal level. NEPTA will continue their dedication to serve and improve passenger transportation throughout the Northeast region and we extend a thank you to all who support the association which enables us to continue this mission.
As President of the New England Transit Club in 1981, George Anzuoni, was instrumental in establishing the bylaws which are still used today to govern the association; he also noted a simple statement which is a still a strong belief of the association “Like any other endeavor, one gets out of something, only what is put in.” He encouraged members to get involved and focus on one constant, the fact that operating challenges are essentially the same whether private or public.
Time has changed the way we do business, to the new methods of disseminating information, and the various avenues of member communication, technological advances has undoubtedly attributed to the growth of this association. No matter how far these improvements may take us, NEPTA members will always remain an essential part of this association, and coming together as a group for the best interest of transit will always be our belief.
HALL OF FAME It was an honor to welcome this year's Hall of Fame recipient, Joel S. Abraman of New Flyer of America, nominated by Jim Gallagher, Bus Stuf, Inc. and a NEPTA BOD member. According to the NEPTA bylaws the association recognizes members who have made outstanding contribution to the transit industry. Joel has been a contributing factor to transit improvement for over 40 years. John Andrews was instrumental in the development of this award in 1999 and following a member vote, this award was added to the NEPTA bylaws.
Paul Smith, Vice President Sales & Marketing enjoyed talking about the loyalty and dedication Joel has exhibited both personally and professionally during this time with New Flyer. Joel and his wife Ellen enjoy traveling and have a full calendar of events planned. On behalf of NEPTA and the transit industry, we wish Joel the best in all he continues to do. Thank you to Carmine Fiore and Paul Smith and to the attendees present for helping to make Joel’s evening very special. Joel enjoyed his evening being surrounded by friends and colleagues.
Congratulations Joel! NEPTA is proud to welcome you, along with these wonderful members, to the NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) Hall of Fame.
David Lee George S. Anzuoni J. David White
John McDonough Robert Rizzo
John Tibbets Peter Picknelly
Joseph J. Costanzo
Ed Gallagher Larry S. Anzuoni, Sr.
Peter Hefler Arthur Handman
Michael A. Sanders
Joel S. Abraman
Scholarship RecipientsFrom the introduction in 1999 this award program has offered students studying in the transit industry $87,000 in scholarship awards. Primary consideration for awards is based on students planning to pursue a career in transit, a cross-section of applicants’ skills, and course of study ranging from technical, management, business, administration, and more. Complete application requirements are available at www.nepta.org starting August 1 each year with a deadline of November 1. Mark your calendar for next year’s golf tournament – June 19, 2018 at Blackstone National Golf Course in Sutton, MA.
Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients for their academic achievements.
Joshua Bellomo, dependent category scholarship recipient of Tom Bellomo, an employee at Power Washer Sales
Isabel Ramirez, employee of CT Transit
Tyler Caye, dependent category scholarship recipient of Patrick Caye, an employee at CT Transit
Marjorie Sanon, employee at Brockton Area Transit
Kaylyn Lockyer, employee at Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway
Membership Vote - all in favor of 2018 proposed slate of officers and directors.
50/50 Raffle In addition to the yearly golf tournament, NEPTA will offer a 50/50 raffle ticket purchase during events to help increase funds for the scholarship award program. The tickets will be available at the registration desk at all event and the winner will be announced after each event. Ticket Donation $5/ticket 6/$20
Recognition and Thanks to Year’s Event Sponsors
United States Seating DATTCO Gillig BAE Systems
BraunAbility INIT Proterra Shepard Bros., Inc.
Stewart & Stevenson Ecolane Cape Ann Transportation
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Applied Communication