Long Beach Transit Sees New Leadership

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LB-Transit Long Beach Transit sees new leadership

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Long Beach Transit’s Chief Operating Officer, Guy Heston, announced his retirement and filling his position are LBT staff members Marcelle Epley and Robyn Peterson who have assumed the leadership roles of Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, respectively. Heston will stay with the organization for the remainder of the year to mentor and coach Epley and Peterson and work directly with Larry Jackson, LBT President and Chief Executive Officer.

Heston’s departure after a successful 30 year career with Long Beach Transit represents the end of an era. “Guy has served as the heart and conscience of Long Beach Transit,” said Jackson. “He is the anchor for hundreds of employees. Most of the improvements we have achieved over the years are directly linked to the strategic vision that Guy continually pushes us to set. Personally and professionally, I will miss him a great deal.”

Heston’s contributions to Long Beach Transit have been meaningful for the transit agency, its customers and the community. Having been the visionary force behind providing a convenient and accessible location for customers to get transit information, LBT opened the new Transit and Visitor Information Center in 2009. He spearheaded efforts to incorporate public art at transit bus stops and has set quality standards throughout the organization that serve as a model for transit agencies nationwide. Guy Heston has been actively involved with Leadership Long Beach and Young Horizons. He served as past Chair of the Board of Directors for the California State University, Long Beach Alumni Association and currently serves as President-Elect of the CSU Alumni Council.

Appointed to the position of Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President, Marcelle Epley oversees Human Resources, Training, Risk Management, Purchasing, Information Systems Technology, Marketing, Customer Service and Government Relations. Epley joined Long Beach Transit in 2006 as the Marketing Manager. Receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Long Beach, Marcelle Epley has been actively involved in the Long Beach City College Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach.

Robyn Peterson will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, having most recently served as the Executive Director and Vice President of Operations and System Security. Having been with Long Beach Transit since 1988, Peterson will now oversee the functions of Operations, System Security, Fleet Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, Dial-A-Lift Paratransit Operations, Scheduling and Planning. Robyn Peterson received her undergraduate degree from Webster University, and her Master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she is also actively involved in the Long Beach Chapter of Camp Fire USA, a member of St. John’s Baptist Church in Long Beach and is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach’s Executive Quickstart Program.

About Long Beach Transit
Long Beach Transit serves over 29 million boarding customers in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill—as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach—with regular bus and shuttle services including the Passport, AquaBus, and AquaLink. For more information visit www.lbtransit.com .

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