Joan Cornell retires from Transpo after 35 years

News Transpo Industries Inc. July 22, 2005
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Arthur Dinitz, chairman and CEO of Transpo Industries, recognized Senior Vice President Joan Cornell’s thirty-six years of service with a cake-cutting ceremony at New Rochelle headquarters on Thursday, June 30.

Carl Brown, construction manager of the distributor division, spoke about Joan’s dedication to “dotting all of the I’s and crossing all of the T’s.” Carl talked about a lack of equipment and personnel in the early years, which did not deter Joan from delivering needed highway safety equipment.

Ms. Cornell has served in the highway safety field since 1969, having been appointed VP in 1982. She has also been on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, member of the Steering Committee for the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Assoc., as well as a member of the Transportation Research Board. A recognized authority in impact attenuation technology, Ms. Cornell has given presentations to DOTs, consulting firms and engineering groups. She will continue to work with Transpo, as a consultant over the next several years.

As Joan handed over the responsibilities of the Distributor Group Division to Richard Brown, she gifted him an avocado-colored office stapler from 1969. Joan wanted Rich to know that the stapler stood for “frugality and durability”…traits that carried her far on many occasions at Transpo.

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