The Transportation Alliance (TTA) – the nation’s oldest and largest for-hire fleet transportation association – announced that West Virginia’s Jeb Corey, CEO of Charleston-based C&H Taxi, was elected President of the association for 2023. According to the TTA, Corey has earned a reputation as an innovator ever since his father asked him in 2000 to help with the family-owned business, C&H Taxi.

Corey’s leadership of C&H Taxi and its fleet of 25 vehicles has had an outsized impact on the industry, noted the TTA. Corey implemented a number of innovative technologies, including an advanced computer dispatching system, a black box program to monitor vehicles during accidents, and a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle program – although he is perhaps best known for “Intoxi-Taxi program,” which transports intoxicated passengers at no charge.

“After working alongside Jeb for a number of years, I know that he will do an incredible job as TTA’s next president,” said Alfred LaGasse, the association’s CEO. “Jeb’s unique insights and comprehensive understanding of the industry make him well-positioned to advance TTA’s goals and interests. Jeb has developed strong, personal relationships with countless TTA members, and I know that these members believe in Jeb’s vision for TTA.”

Corey was sworn in for his one-year term on Nov. 1 at the TTA’s Mobilize 2022 convention and expo, held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Corey said he will be focused on working through the transition of TTA’s new Executive Director Abena Bonso-Bruce, increasing member value, and growing TTA’s reputation.

“TTA has a rich, hundred-plus year history, and I am honored to be a part of one of its many chapters,” said Corey. “I aim to learn from and build on that history. TTA membership is rising, and with a new Executive Director at TTA, I hope to introduce the association and our members to a new, thriving era. I am grateful for all of the support I have earned, and I can’t wait to get to work.”

“The Transportation Alliance has a long and storied history, and I am so proud to be a part of its next chapter,” said Bonso-Bruce. “My focus is on bringing new perspectives into the industry while always honoring and learning from TTA’s incredible 105-year history. I know I have big shoes to fill, which is why I’m so glad Alfred LaGasse will remain with TTA throughout my first year.”

Bonso-Bruce is set to take the reins as Executive Director on January 1, 2023. She will succeed TTA’s longest serving CEO, Alfred LaGasse, who has worked at the organization for more than 40 years. Throughout 2023, LaGasse will continue to hold the title of CEO, while serving in a consulting role to TTA before he fully retires from the association at the end of next year.

“Abena’s deep experience working with associations, especially associations as large as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, make her more than equipped to lead TTA,” LaGasse said. “I look forward to seeing Abena lead TTA into its next, critical chapter with new and invigorating ideas backed by her years of management experience.”

Bonso-Bruce said her goals include increasing TTA membership levels to pre-pandemic numbers, as well as working closely with the lobbying team to make sure issues like the independent contractor, NEMT, and electric vehicle are the focus on Capitol Hill in 2023.

Source: The Transportation Alliance

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