Chuck Covington • Chairman and CEO, People’s Transit

In 1998, Chuck founded People’s Transit, a Michigan-based ground transportation company providing ground transportation services for airports, businesses and individuals. As President and CEO, he provides oversight and leadership for the entire company. His focus is strategic and operational planning, business development, relationship management and developing start-up entities. Chuck has been successful in analyzing critical business requirements, identifying potential opportunities and deficiencies, developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to improve operational efficiencies. He also has extensive experience in shuttle bus design specifications, having working relationships with several shuttle bus manufacturers.

Prior to that, Chuck founded and operated a travel agency, People’s Travel, from 1985 to 2003 and worked as a buyer at Ford Motor Company from 1979 to 1988. He earned a BS Degree in Management at the SUNY in Binghamton in 1979.

In 1990, Chuck was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA), and has held several executive officer positions on the board, including becoming the first African-American travel agent to serve as Chairman in 2001.

In June 2008, Chuck was elected to the Board of Directors the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). AMAC is the only national non-profit, trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (M/W/DBEs) in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in employment.

In March 2009, Mr. Covington gave testimony before the Congressional Committee on “Transportation & Infrastructure” regarding the need and expansion of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.

In February 2010, Chuck accepted a position on the BusCon Advisory Board. BusCon is “America’s Convention for Buses,” the most extensive gathering of private and public sector decision makers in the industry.

In June 2010, Mr. Covington received the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) “Business Partner Award”, in recognition of his longstanding support of the organization’s efforts on behalf of creating success for minorities and women in the airport industry.

Professional memberships include: Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC); American Public Transportation Association (APTA); Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA); Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); International Parking Institute (IPI); Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC); National Minority Business Development Council (NMBDC).
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