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TCA’s New Director of Human Resources

I am very pleased to announce that Lisa Johnson has accepted a position with TransCor as Director, Human Resources. Lisa is currently employed by CCA and serves as the Human Resource Manager at Graceville Correctional Facility, Graceville, FL. Lisa Johnson brings 18 years of solid experience in Corrections, seven years of that experience in Quality Assurance and six in Human Resources. Lisa joined CCA in 1995 and has since held a variety of positions to include Human Resource Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Unit Manager, Senior Correctional Officer, SORT Officer and Correctional Officer. Specific to Lisa's skills in the HR discipline, she has managed a number of successful ACA Audits and worked as an integral part of numerous facility start-ups and transition teams. Lisa is a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management and currently holds a PHR certification from the HR Certification Institute.

Lisa's primary responsibility will be routine HR functions, including all aspects of professional relations, employee relations, employee benefits, compensation, employee involvement, organizational change and development, and communications for employees. Lisa will re-port to Tim Lohberger , Senior Di-rector Human Resources and Compliance.

Please join me in congratulating Lisa Johnson on her selection and welcome her to TEAM TransCor!

CD Sullivan
President & General Manager
TransCor America


TransCor Names New President

After a successful 40-year business career, including six years with CCA and nearly four years as President and General Manager of TransCor, Steve Kennedy has announced he is stepping down on December 31, 2012, and Curtiss Sullivan has been named to replace him. Steve will remain on as a senior advisor during the leadership transition.

The leadership at CCA wants to take this opportunity to thank Steve for the important roles he has played at both TransCor and at CCA. His impact as a strong leader will be felt for many years, as he delivered both financial operational skills and a caring nature to employees and our partners.

In talking about his experiences, Steve wanted me to share this with you all, "The last ten years with CCA/TransCor have been the highlight of my career. From the time I walked through the front doors at the FSC on October 7, 2002, the leadership and employees of CCA have created a lasting memory of caring friendship that will be with me for the remainder of my life. For the last 3 ½ years the employees at TransCor have been my extended family, and they have transformed TransCor into a vital organization of which CCA can be proud. Thanks to each CCA and TransCor employee for your support and friendship over the last 10 years and may God bless each and every one of you."

Before joining CCA as Managing Director, Operations Support, Steve spent 20 years in the finance and operations divisions of a national grocery distributor. Previously, he served eight years in law enforcement and three years as a criminal investigator with the Shelby County Tennessee District Attorney's Office. Steve also served three years in the U.S. Army, including one year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.

We also want to congratulate Curtiss, who joined TransCor in 2004 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, following a distinguished 22 year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has brought to TransCor's leadership extensive experience in logistics and support operations, and he has worked closely with many of us at CCA during his career, managing many of our most complex and large-scale mass transit moves of inmates. For those of you who haven't worked with Curtiss, we will have opportunities for you to get to know him in his new role.

Please help me in congratulating both Steve and Curtiss on their accomplishments.

Harley Lappin, CCA Chief Corrections Officer and Executive Vice President


TransCor Names New Vice President

As you know, Curt Sullivan was recently named to fill the TransCor President and General Manager position on January 1st, 2013. Shortly after this announcement was published, the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer position that Curt will vacate was posted internally both at TransCor and throughout CCA. Several highly qualified applicants from within TransCor and CCA submitted their resumes for this position. I would like to thank each individual who applied for this challenging position and performed so well during what was a rigorous interview process.

After careful consideration Michael Swinton has been named as the next Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at TransCor. For those of you who do not know Mike, he joined CCA in April of 2007 as the Assistant Warden at Stewart Detention Center, Lumpkin, GA and was promoted to Warden in October 2008. Stewart Detention Center is a 1,752-bed, CCA-owned facility serving our federal customer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). With his experience in corrections in the Marine Corp and as Assistant Warden and Warden, Mike brings a great deal of knowledge about corrections at CCA in general and TransCor in particular. TransCor established its first defined service operation at Stewart in 2008 while Mike was serving as Assistant Warden at that facility. Mike came to CCA from the United States Marine Corps, where he most recently served as the Commanding Officer of Marine Base Brig, Camp Lejeune, NC. He is a 23-year veteran of the United States Marines with a Corrections MOS, and he has served in various positions from Correctional Officer to Warden/Commanding Officer.

I look forward to introducing Mike to you and ask that you join me in welcoming him and his family to the TransCor family. Further details about the timing of Mike's transition into his new role and his relocation to Nashville with his family will be announced in the near future. I am proud of TransCor's teamwork and accomplishments, and am confident that TransCor's new leadership team will guide the company to even greater successes in the future.

Steve Kennedy, President and General Manager


Updates from Fleet...

Fleet Management Rolls Out New Thomas HDX Vehicles

On October 15, 2012, TransCor received and placed into its fleet the first of the new mid-range max capacity motor coaches which will replace our aging fleet of International 4440 transporters. The new Thomas HDX bus completes TransCor's new three-model fleet support line, and fulfills the demand for short and mid-range high capacity transportation needs. The Thomas HDX utilizes a Cummings ISC power plant and a Freightliner custom chassis. These components work with those of the other two motor coaches in the fleet offerings to keep all the buses using like equipment while still producing three different motor coaches custom tailored to a facility's needs. The Thomas HDX model features:

  • On-board seven (7) camera security system
  • A sanitary "no touch" lavatory
  • Segregation compartmentalization
  • Room for fifty (50) passengers plus four (4) staff, including a driver

For 2013, TransCor is adding ten (10) new Thomas HDX motor coaches to its fleet. Five (5) of these new buses will be positioned out of our Houston Defined Services operation. The other five (5) vehicles will be positioned out of our California City Defined Services operation.

Dave Spence, Managing Director of Fleet Operations and Safety