Oct 23, 2015

CLEVELAND -- Two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) employees – veteran Dr. Floun’say Caver and newcomer José Feliciano Jr. – shared the awards spotlight recently.

Dr. Caver, who started at RTA in 2002, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Feliciano was named to the “40 under 40” list of upcoming local leaders by Crain’s Cleveland Business. He joined RTA in June 2014.

Dr. Floun’say Caver

After earning a Masters Degree in Public Administration from CSU in 2000, he received his Ph.D. in Public Management at the University of Texas. At RTA, he quickly rose to a leadership position in the Office of Management & Budget. He was then promoted to Director of Service Quality Management, and eventually, Director of the Hayden District.

He is most well-known for his work in developing TransitStat – an industry-leading performance management program that has saved RTA more than $60 million over seven years. Visitors from cities and transit systems throughout the country have visited Cleveland to see how TransitStat works and learn how they can apply it in their home cities.

Caver has been named to 40 under 40 lists on both the local and national levels, and serves on the Board of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.

José Feliciano Jr.

A business analyst for RTA, Feliciano was saluted for professional success and civic contributions. Active in the Latino community, he is serving his second term as Commissioner on the Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs (OCHLA). That organization, created in 1977, advises State officials on matters affecting Hispanic Ohioans.

He is also active on the Hispanic Roundtable, the Young Latino Network (YLN), the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Engage Cleveland, ideastream and Toastmasters International. He manages social media channels for several groups.

Feliciano is known for this skill in connecting young Latino professionals to organizations that represent Cleveland as a whole, such as Cleveland Bridge Builders.

“I believe we still have not seen José at his full potential and am encouraged for his future,” the nominator wrote.