First Transit Employee Recognized by the South Carolina Department of Transportation

FOR RELEASE February 24, 2010
Contact: Maureen Richmond
                                    Tim Stokes
First Transit Employee Recognized
by the South Carolina Department of Transportation
Marc Keenan accepts the SCDOT’s Director’s Award.
CINCINNATI—The South Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded Marc Keenan, general manager of the Spartanburg Area Regional Transit Agency with its Director’s Award. An agency or individual is presented this award based on innovative projects or services that have made significant impacts or contributions to public transportation in South Carolina.
Kennan won this award because of his constant activity within the state association and the community. His group sponsored two job fairs utilizing social agencies in the community, connecting their passengers with agencies who assist in job placement.
“Throughout my career with First Transit, I have been given the opportunity to be involved with various transportation agencies across the United States,” Kennan said. “Each new adventure in transit has given me the freedom to use my gifts and creativity to enhance the organization and give more than transportation back to the customers. It is great to be recognized for doing what you enjoy and that is giving back to the community.”
According to Bill Harned, area vice president for First Transit, Keenan is a proven transit professional who has served his community and state well.
“Marc is a great employee with the vision to propel First Transit in new directions,” Harned said. “His dedication to his customers and employees is what separates him from others in the industry.”
Keenan attended South Carolina State University where he studied music and business. He has been with First Transit for 13 years including six years in Spartanburg. Keenan is also the president of the Transportation Association of South Carolina and a member of the South Carolina Mass Transit and Human Services Transportation committee. He has been in the transit industry for more than 25 years and is a retired lieutenant in the Army National Guard.
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