Continental 1 Names New Officers for 2015

Posted on January 19th, 2015

BRADFORD, PA (Jan. 19) – The Continental 1 board of directors on Friday elected its slate of officers for 2015. G. Henry Cook, president & CEO of Somerset Trust Company and member of the Continental 1 board since 2010, was elected president.

The vision of Continental 1 is succeeding because of our dedicated team of volunteers and supporters,” said Cook. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Continental 1 board of directors in what will be a very busy and productive year.”

Cook is the fifth generation of his family to head the Somerset Trust Company as President and CEO. He is actively involved as a member and in leadership roles with many organizations including the Flight 93 National Memorial, Quecreek Mine Rescue project, Somerset County Industrial Development Council, Somerset Area Historical Society, Mary S. Biesecker Library, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, Somerset Inc., Laurel Arts, Stonycreek Initiative Board, President of the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, board member of Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, chairman of the Somerset County Community Foundation and a business consultant for Junior Achievement.

Tom George, director of surface transportation for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo, New York and Continental 1’s president for 2013 and 2014, will serve as vice president. Jack Ampuja, president of Supply Chain Optimizers in Getzville, NY and Mike Glesk, executive director of the Bradford Alliance in Bradford, Pennsylvania, will serve in the remaining officer positions of treasurer and secretary, respectively.

The new officers will lead Continental 1’s agenda in 2015, hallmarked by advocacy in Pennsylvania and New York to move components of the trade corridor forward, collaboration with PennDOT and NYSDOT, and increased stakeholder outreach in communities along Route 219.

Continental 1 will mark its 15th year in existence in 2015, having successfully advocated for signature projects along the Route 219 corridor, including the 11 miles of new highway currently under construction in Somerset, Pennsylvania and 28 miles of four-lane, limited access highway completed in New York between the I-190 and Ashford Hollow. More information can be found at www.continental1.org.

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