First Transit Employees Recognized by Mass Transit Magazine

 FOR RELEASE September 27, 2011
Contact: Timothy Stokes

 First Transit Employees Recognized by Mass Transit Magazine

Publication names five First Transit employees to its 2011 “Top 40 Under 40” list.

CINCINNATIMass Transit Magazine recently recognized five First Transit employees as part of its annual “Top 40 Under 40” list. The award recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions to the industry, demonstrated strong leadership skills and shown a capacity for innovation.

“I am very pleased with the recognition these employees have received for their contributions to this organization, as well as the industry,” said Brad Thomas, president, First Transit and First Services. "Each of these employees are great representations of First Transit and leaders among their peers. We look forward to their continued success.”

First Transit “Top 40 Under 40” recipients include:

  • Emily Hehemann, manager of division support, First Transit, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dave Larsen, director of maintenance, East Region, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Ashley McNamara, corporate marketing manager, First Transit, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Josh Moore, assistant general manager, Greater Lynchburg Transit Company, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Scott Willis, general manager, Franklin Regional Transit Authority, Greenfield, Mass.

More than 150 professionals are nominated each year by their peers for this award. Winners are showcased in the September/October edition of Mass Transit, as well as online at

About First Transit
First Transit, Inc. - a division of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FirstGroup America - is a leading provider of transit management and contracting services. With more than 50 years of experience, First Transit operates and manages nearly 11,000 buses for transit authorities, state and federal agencies, municipal organizations and private companies across North America. The safety and security of its passengers is the company’s core value, and FirstGroup America was awarded the National Safety Council’s 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. For more information, visitwww.firsttransit.comor follow the company on Twitter at