NAmTrans Advisory Board

The North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment is proud to be an industry-led initiative - receiving feedback and input from our NAmTrans Advisory Board.  

Our board is comprised of 14 leaders from the transportation equipment cluster, area educational institutions, and various regional economic development organizations.

The board provides planning guidance, feedback, and strategic advice on all NAmTrans activities. Board meetings are held quarterly and upcoming meetings can be found on the NAmTrans calendar

Read more about each of our board members below. 

John Vermette
General Manager, SpencerARL
Chair of NAmTrans Advisory Board

Bio:
John Vermette is the General Manager of SpencerARL in Plattsburgh, New York. John has over 35 years of experience in the manufacturing industry - from operations and production management, to customer relations and project development.

John played an integral role in the formation of NAmTrans, and currently serves as Chairman of the NAmTrans Board. John also previously served as Chairman of the North Country Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors and still maintains an active role as past-chairman and board member. 

Greg Cody
GM of Operations, Nova Bus and Prevost Plattsburgh Facility
Board Member

Bio:
Greg Cody joined Nova Bus in May of 2018 as General Manager of Operations for Nova Bus and Prevost in Plattsburgh, New York. He has 29 years’ experience in the transit business working for rail car and rail equipment providers with responsibility for engineering, projects, operations, and general management.

Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Steve Eaton
Vice President of Operations, Norsk Titanium

Board Member

Bio:
Steve Eaton is Vice President of Operations at Norsk Titanium. His responsibilities include overseeing two advanced manufacturing facilities in Plattsburgh, NY and establishing a world-class supply chain focused on delivering additively produced parts for aerospace use.

Steve has over 20 years of experience in program management, operations and finance. He previously worked for Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Collins Aerospace.

He holds two degrees from Bentley University: an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Mimi Lane
President, General Composites, Inc.

Board Member

Bio:
Mimi Lane is the President of General Composites, Inc. (GCi) in Willsboro, New York. As President, Mimi is responsible for oversight of all aspects at GCi. She develops the company’s strategic objectives and translates these objectives into action.

Prior to joining the GCi team in 2005, Mimi was a Biomedical Engineer with extensive experience in medical product and quality process development.

John Hroncich
Regional Sales Manager, BAE Systems - Power & Propulsion Solutions

Board Member

Bio:
John Hroncich is a Regional Sales Manager for BAE Systems’ Power & Propulsion Solutions division. BAE Systems is the trans-Atlantic leader in electrified powertrains for heavy-duty transit buses.

John has spent 18 years successfully commercializing green transportation technologies for both BAE Systems and Corning Incorporated where he was a Product Line Manager for diesel engine filter substrates.

Prior to his private sector employment, John spent 7 years on active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. John has an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and a BA from the University of Rochester and resides in Upstate NY.

Céline Brunet
Managing Director, AQ B3CG Inc.

Board Member

Bio:
Following the purchase of B3CG by AQ Group in 2018, Céline assumed the role of Managing Director for AQ B3CG's Canada and US facilities. 

Part of the Triton family since 2001, Céline was previously the Financial Controller for Triton Cable before becoming owner and Vice-President of Finance before the company was renamed to B3CG. With studies in accounting and administration at UQAM, she possesses 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector.

Céline has also served on the St-Eustache (QC) Chamber of Commerce board for 4 years as both administrator and treasurer and is presently a board member for the North Country Chamber of Commerce in Plattsburgh, NY.

Chris Parent
Plattsburgh Site Manager, Luminator Technology Group Rail USA

Board Member

Bio:
Chris Parent is the Plattsburgh site manager for LTG Rail USA, formally Axion Technologies.

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing - having held a variety of roles and positions. Prior to his 8 years at LTG Rail USA. Chris was the Plant Manager at Battat Inc in Plattsburgh for 19 years.

Chris lives in Plattsburgh with his wife of 29 years, two daughters, three grandsons, and his soon to be first granddaughter.

Alain Aumais
Director of Operations, Vapor Stone Rail Systems (a WABTEC Company)

Board Member

Bio:
Alain Aumais is the Director of Operations at Vapor Stone Rail Systems, a WABTEC company, located in Plattsburgh, NY. In this role, Alain is responsible for all areas of manufacturing.

Previously, Alain served as Vice President of the Specialty Products Group for Cascades and he also served as Vice-President, Americas Region of the Systems Division at Bombardier Transportation in Pittsburgh, PA.

Alain holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique, University of Montréal. He is also a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec and been a member of the Board of Directors of Leucan.

Bill Kleftis
Vice-President of Engineering, New York Air Brake, LLC
Board Member

Bio:
Bill Kleftis is the Vice-President of Engineering for New York Air Brake, where for the last seven years he has focused on New Product Development, sustaining engineering, and LEADER product development. Bill has a 35-year history of Engineering and Operations in various industries, including railroad products and systems.

Bill holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and an M.B.A. from Babson College, Wellesley, MA.

Steve Lockwood
Interim Executive Director, CITEC Business Solutions

Board Member

Bio:

Steve Lockwood serves as interim Executive Director of CITEC Business Solutions, the North Country's Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center. The MEP connects small and medium manufacturers with the resources they need to innovate and grow.

Steve has served in numerous roles in manufacturing facilities across the region. His work at CITEC includes connecting North Country manufacturers with the broad range of resources and NYS assets available across the region.

Greg Hart
North Country Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute
Board Member

Bio:
Greg Hart is the North Country Regional Director of the Workforce Development Institute. The Workforce Development Institute is a nonprofit focused on growing and retaining jobs in New York State through the development of a skilled workforce.

Greg has a 30-year background in advanced manufacturing, and has covered the seven northern-most counties from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain and into the Adirondack Mountains in his current role since 2008.

William Jemison
Dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University

Board Member

Bio:
William Jemison is the Dean of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University. 
In addition to his duties as dean, Bill also represents Clarkson on several regional technology and economic development initiatives that address power, energy, cyber, and advanced manufacturing.

Bill received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, M.S. in Engineering Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College.

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David Black
Plant Manager, Bombardier Transportation Plattsburgh Facility
Board Member

Ben McClure
Director of Operations, Artik/OEM
Board Member