KAT Employees take Top Honors at State Conference

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Eric Vreeland
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KAT Employees take Top Honors at State Conference

Posted: 11/03/2016
Some of the top transit talent in the state is in Knoxville, including the best bus operator of a 40’ long bus. Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) brought home several awards from the Tennessee Public Transportation Association’s annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee last week.

The winners are as follows:

Greg Davis, First Place, 40-foot bus competition
Dean Pruitt, Second Place, 35-foot bus competition
Mike McAmis, Second Place, Bus Maintenance competition
Mike Bannon, Urban Employee of the Year

These awards reflect a continuing trend of victory for KAT. Davis retains his first place title from last year’s competition in Chattanooga. He has placed in the state roadeo competition for eight years out of nine, and with this year’s win he will go on to compete in the international competition next May. Pruitt has also consistently placed in state competitions, with a record of 11 first or second place state wins.

In the maintenance department, McAmis has taken home awards from the last three years, including a First place win, Urban Transportation Employee of the Year, and now a second place bus maintenance finish. Mike Bannon, Parts Department Manager, was named Urban Employee of the Year. As Si McMurray, Chief Maintenance Officer for KAT states, “Mike began his career at KAT cleaning buses in 2007 and since that time, has consistently been promoted through the ranks, going above and beyond in each position, using his skills and talents to bring our organization forward. I can’t emphasize enough what an asset he continues to be to KAT.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” says Dawn Distler, Director of Transit for the City of Knoxville. “They continue to excel not only in this annual competition, but in their skill and professionalism every day.”

KAT State Rodeo

From left to right: Rodney Boone, KAT Director of Transportation; Si McMurray; Mike McAmis; Nick Landrum, Maintenance contestant; Mike Bannon; Greg Davis; Deane Pruitt; Chuck Gorman, Maintenance contestant; Dawn Distler, Director of Transit, City of Knoxville