Spanning a career of nearly 4 decades in the transportation industry, Bruce Black was employed by Diesel Division, a manufacturer of transit buses and other large scale equipment, until he retired in 2009. Bruce served in a wide range of roles for the company including purchasing agent, warranty manager and regional service, sales, product support and parts manager covering territory in the United States and Canada.
As a Board Member of NYPTA, Bruce provided guidance and leadership in many areas including sponsorship, training, rodeo, legislative, technology and programs. Bruce served as the first private sector board member and enhanced the transit industries link with private sector businesses and increased corporate membership and participation.
Steven Share completed over 37 years at Central New York Regional Transit Authority (CNYRTA). His career began as a Grant Accountant in 1975 and he worked his way up to Chief Financial Officer where he proudly served for 26 years, retiring in 2012. Steve was recognized by the New York State Office of the Governor for developing an internal control system that was at the forefront in the accounting field. Audits led by Steve were cited by the Office of the State Comptroller as a model for other state authorities. He was named Central New York’s Financial Officer of the Year in 2008.
Steve vigorously advocated for NYPTA at the state level and provided astute financial insight to the association in regards to the state funding process. He actively supports several local charities and has far exceeded the 10-gallon blood donation level for the American Red Cross.
Rick Swist is an expert in strategic management and public policy with over 25 years of experience in government, economic development, human services and public transit. Rick served as Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) in Buffalo and Executive Director of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. He has participated in several national and state trade associations, including serving as President of NYPTA, where he implemented a strategic plan that resulted in more effective advocacy and nearly doubled membership and revenue.
As founder of Swist Government Consulting Associates, he continues to provide policy, strategic planning and management services to both public and private sector clients.
John Walsh has over 30 years in the transportation industry. He has held senior management positions with the New York City Transit Authority, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO), and The Long Island Bus Company.
In 2008 John joined Clever Devices as, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Strategy where he continues to implement procedures and tactics to increase efficiencies for transit agencies, to increase safety and security for all riders, and to create technologies to enable sustainable transport systems. He holds several awards and honors from various industry associations and academic institutions. He authored numerous technical papers, and transportation related documents, as well as serving on various advisory committees relevant to the transportation industry.