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The North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment (NAmTrans), an organization dedicated to serving and supporting the North Country’s growing transportation equipment and aerospace cluster, announced today the formation of its thirteen member Advisory Board.

The NAmTrans Advisory Board is comprised of leaders from the transportation equipment cluster, local educational institutions, and regional economic development organizations; the board will work closely with NAmTrans Director Joel Wood, offering planning guidance, feedback, and strategic advice.


Members of the NAmTrans Advisory Board include:

  • John Vermette, General Manager, SpencerARL NY Inc.
  • Ryan Karp, Director of Operations - Site Leader PDQC, Norsk Titanium 
  • Rob Carr, General Manager, Bombardier Transportation – Plattsburgh Rail Facility
  • Greg Cody, General Manager, Nova Bus – Plattsburgh Facility
  • Bill Kleftis, VP of Engineering , New York Air Brake
  • Alain Aumais, Director of Operations, Vapor Stone Rail Systems, a Wabtec Co.
  • Mimi Lane, President, General Composites Inc.
  • Manna Doyle, Plant Manager, Artik/OEM
  • Chris Parent, Plattsburgh Site Manager Rail, Luminator Technology Group
  • Tom Webb, Director of Business Development, BAE Systems
  • John Zielinski, Executive Director, CITEC Business Solutions
  • Greg Hart, Regional Director for the North Country, Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
  • William D. Jemison, Dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, Clarkson University

"NAmTrans is already doing valuable work for our region's transportation equipment companies, from new training opportunities to this year's major Quebec-New York B2B rendezvous," states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. "And thanks to major support from Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Betty Little, we foresee major new initiatives and services in the year ahead. This group of strategic advisors will directly help us to focus our efforts on the right things, continuing to build a world class cluster here in the North Country with important alliances with Quebec. We thank these sectoral leaders for their commitment and partnership. Onward and upward!"


About NAmTrans

The North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment (NAmTrans) is a strategic subsidiary of the North Country Chamber of Commerce based in Plattsburgh, New York. NAmTrans is dedicated to serving the large and diverse cluster of over fifty Transportation Equipment and Aerospace manufacturers in the seven county North Country Region of New York State.


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