Cambridge Systematics Announces its 2017 Promotions to Principal and Manheim and Taggart Award Winners

President and CEO Brad Wright announced the promotion of two staff to the role of Principal, followed by the announcement of the company’s annual Manheim and Taggart award recipients.

Two Senior Staff Promoted to Principal

“Earning the role of Principal is a significant accomplishment in a Cambridge Systematics career. It indicates that the individual is a leader who demonstrates an unqualified commitment to the growth and success of the company, and who influences and motivates others to do the same. Principals engage in challenging and strategic project work, play an active role in developing and elevating our staff, and drive our organization to—as our tagline says—ThinkForward,” said Wright.

Michael Snavely has provided transportation policy and planning services in California for more than a decade. Snavely is Manager for the Western Region in CS’ Transportation Planning and Management business line and he is currently serving as the Project Manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LA Metro) countywide Long Range Transportation Plan. He also leads CS’ active transportation practice.

Gary Hamrick applies to his work in California more than 30 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering and project management. Among the projects that Hamrick has managed are the Gateway Cities Strategic Transportation Plan, the Transportation Corridor Agencies systemwide operations analysis, the I-605 and SR 91 corridor improvement studies and the City of Los Angeles Community Plan update.

2016 Manheim and Taggart Award Winners

The Marvin L. Manheim Award, which memorializes and is named for one of the company’s founders, an innovator and visionary, has since 2001 recognized an individual or group within CS that demonstrates these same qualities through development and implementation of an innovative new product or service that brings value to CS’ clients or to the industry. 

This year’s Manheim Award recipient is the CS team that worked on a complex Ridership and Revenue Model, including David Kurth, Principal; Cemal Ayvalik, Principal; Rachel Copperman, Senior Associate; Jason Lemp, Senior Associate; and Jeff Newman, Associate. In announcing the award, Dan Began, Principal, noted that the team has served the client since 2005. They most recently refined the Ridership and Revenue model and developed a rigorous, sophisticated risk analysis model to provide the client with a range of ridership and revenue forecasts.

The Chip Taggart Exceptional Service Award honors CS’ first COO, Chip Taggart, who brought objectivity, vision, creativity, foresight and energy to the role, empowering staff to forge relationships with clients, improve operational performance, and strive for excellence. Established in 2011 upon Taggart’s retirement, the award goes to CS employees for work that significantly impacts process efficiency, results in improved client satisfaction, and significantly contributes to one or more of CS’ mission and core values. 

Steve Capecci, Chief Operating Officer, announced Nick Caccamo as this year’s Taggart Award recipient. Caccamo, a Contracts Staff Attorney based in CS’ Chicago office, efficiently and effectively analyzes agreements and identifies risk, enabling our leadership to save time while making effective decisions. Caccamo’s commitment to helping staff and his availability to answer questions make him of great value to the firm and to our clients in the contracting process. “Put simply, Nick is a highly valued and trusted member of our team,” said Capecci.

Cambridge Systematics congratulates its newest Principals and award recipients, and appreciates the service and partnership they and their colleagues across CS provide to our clients every day.

About Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Cambridge Systematics specializes in transportation and is a recognized leader in the development of innovative policy and planning solutions, objective analysis and technology applications. For more information, please contact Dina Wolfman Baker at or 617.234.0412.