February 14, 2013 Amtrak Fills Key Senior Operations Positions

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Thomas J. Hall, Chief of Customer Services; Jay Commer, General Manager of State-Supported Services

WASHINGTON – Today, Amtrak announces it has named Thomas J. Hall as chief of customer services and Jay Commer as general manager of state-supported services. Both will report directly to vice president of operations DJ Stadtler effective immediately.

As chief, customer services, Mr. Hall is in charge of ensuring that Amtrak provides service that meets the wants, needs and expectations of customers. He will oversee system operations functions, including the Consolidated National Operations Center, crew management services, intermodal connectivity, administration of special trains, and food and beverage services. In addition, he is responsible for setting and maintaining standards for station and onboard service. He will be based in Wilmington, Del.

Mr. Hall has been with Amtrak since 1980, most recently as chief, food and beverage service. Previously, he served in a variety of customer service and operations roles, including management experience in terminal services, food and beverage, on-board services, crew base management, station services and contract management among other duties.

As general manager of state-supported services, Mr. Commer is responsible for providing Amtrak state partners and their customers with excellent service, while meeting financial goals and other performance targets. It is a critical position that supports the corporate goals of Amtrak’s Strategic Plan.

Mr. Commer has been with Amtrak since 1987, initially as locomotive engineer and most recently as general superintendent, Pacific Division where he was responsible for financial, operational, service-oriented, safety and business goals. He has also served as principal officer, state contracts overseeing agreements with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation, general manager for the California Corridor product line and superintendent of commuter operations for Caltrain, among other roles. He will be based in Oakland, Calif.

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