NARP Names Bruce Becker as Vice President of Operations
July 27, 2016
For Immediate Release (#16-16)
Robert Brady – (202) 680-4951
Becker to Bring Experience and Passion to Role to Support ‘A Connected America’
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), announced today that Bruce Becker has been hired as the Vice President of Operations for the organization. Becker was appointed to the full-time position by NARP President and CEO Jim Mathews after working for NARP on a consulting basis. In the new role, Becker will oversee NARP’s administrative and membership services, as well as all efforts regarding resource development and planning for national events and meetings.
"I'm thrilled to be a permanent member of the NARP national staff,” said Becker, who has been a member of NARP since 1981. “This position will allow me to make great use of my professional and management expertise for the betterment of the Association, as we strive to reach our goal of 'A Connected America' for all citizens."
Becker worked in the hospitality industry prior to working for NARP, serving in a variety of management and operation roles with restaurants, national hotel chains and numerous private country clubs. As a member of NARP, Becker most recently served as a Board Vice-Chairperson before he started to consult with NARP in May 2015. He also has volunteered as President of the Empire State Passengers Association for the past 14 years.
“Bruce brings with him years of knowledge and passion for passenger rail and public transportation, and combined with his background in hospitality management and membership organizations, he is a true asset to NARP,” said Mathews. “We are excited to have him working with us as the Association continues to push for a modern national rail network.”
With a strong interest in rail, Becker has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, and in foreign countries by rail, but his first train ride was at 3 months old. He grew up in a railroad family in upstate New York, where he gained both his understanding of railroad operations and his appreciation for sound public transportation policy. Becker has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.
About the National Association of Railroad Passengers
NARP is the only national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.
"Saving the Pennsylvanian (New York-Pittsburgh train) was a local effort but it was tremendously useful to have a national organization [NARP] to call upon for information and support. It was the combination of the local and national groups that made this happen."
Michael Alexander, NARP Council Member
April 6, 2013, at the Harrisburg PA membership meeting of NARP