NFTA Transporter

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The NFTA's Black Achiever for 2013

The Transporter is proud to announce that Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor James Jones Jr. is the recipient of the NFTA's Black Achievers Award for 2013. James learned the value of persistence and determination at an early age while working his first part-time job as a shoe salesman for the Hanover Shoe Company. The experience taught him that success is not something handed to you -- it comes only from setting goals and working hard to see them through.

James applied that strong work ethic as an apprentice mechanic for General Motors before joining the NFTA in May of 1977. He steadily worked his way through the ranks as a Helper with Tools and later an A Mechanic with the Authority's bus fleet.

James earned his first supervisory position in 1993 as the Garage Night Shift Supervisor at the Cold Spring Garage. From there he moved on to Assistant Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor at the Frontier Garage before being promoted to Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor at Cold Spring in 2006.

Under his watch, vehicle performance at Cold Spring has improved dramatically, with the average number of miles between stalls growing to 7,500-9,500 miles (up from 2,500 miles before he took over).

Outside of work, James is a devoted husband and father and enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife Barbara are members of the Crossroads Lutheran Church, where both are active volunteers.

The Black Achievers Awards are sponsored by 1490 Enterprises Inc. Congratulations, James -- we are proud to have you on board as part of the NFTA team!