First Transit Employee to Retire Following 25 Year Service with the Company

FOR RELEASE August 30, 2012
Contact: Timothy Stokes

 First Transit Employee to Retire
Following 25 Year Service with the Company

CINCINNATI—For 25 years, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Quality Assurance Manager Mike Baum has worked for First Transit in many different roles throughout the company. His career started in the transit industry with ATE Management, which was acquired by First Transit in 1987. Through his time at First Transit, Baum has operated as a General Manager at First Transit locations in Phoenix, Ariz., Yolo County, Calif., and Lorton, Va. He also has worked as the Operations Manager for the Eastern Region and Quality Assurance Manager in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following this recognition, Baum has announced that he will be retiring with his final day being Thursday, August 30. He says that what he will miss the most are the people he works with.

“I am very grateful to have been in this industry for so long and to have worked with some really great people,” Baum said. “My time with First Transit has been a really great experience and something I will I remember for a lifetime. Now it is my time to move on and take advantage of what I have worked so hard to do, and that is travel the U.S. in my RV with my wife.”

First Transit President Brad Thomas said he is proud of the work Baum has done while with the division and wishes him much success in his retirement plans.

“Mike is a valued member of our team and will truly be missed by myself and others,” Thomas said. “Throughout his many years of service, he has always shown himself to be an exemplary employee and a key member of the First Transit family. We all wish Mike nothing but the best as he goes forward into his retirement.”

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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, or follow the company on Twitter at