October 26, 2009
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Four APTA Employees Honored
This has been a banner year for APTA employees in the Member Services Department, four of whom have received special recognition in the public transportation industry and beyond.
Kathryn D. Waters, APTA vice president-member services, is the 16th recipient of the W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation presented annually by Railway Age magazine. The award is named for the late president of Amtrak.
Waters, who joined APTA in November 2007, was described as “one of our industry’s exemplary railroaders, and also as a role model for women who aspire to transportation careers,” by Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. She has nearly 30 years experience in the transit and railroad fields, serving in positions that include senior deputy administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and vice president-commuter rail and railroad management with Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is a former chair of the APTA Commuter Rail Committee and served on the APTA Executive Committee as vice chair-commuter & intercity rail.
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) honored Lenay Gore, APTA director-meetings and conventions, with its Distinguished Service Award. This recognition goes to association members who have rendered distinguished service to IAEE and the exhibitions and events industry as a whole.
APTA Director-Membership Helene Brett is one of seven “Women in Transportation” profiled in the September/October 2009 issue of Metro Magazine. A 30-year employee of APTA, Brett has seen the association’s membership grow from 643 to around 1,500.
Adam Martin, an administrative assistant in the Member Services Department, is one of Mass Transit Magazine’s “2009 Top 40 Under 40.” Martin, whose APTA career began in the Government Affairs Department, participates in the coordination of 15 to 20 of APTA’s conferences and workshops every year.