PHILADELPHIA – A Graham High School graduate and Quincy native has been providing transportation for the Democratic National Convention this week.
Janie Hollingsworth’s company, Event Transportation Associates (ETA), will provide transportation for more than 12,000 delegates, media, Congressional representatives and other VIPs at the convention. Hollingsworth is the chief executive officer of ETA. She purchased the company in early 2016. ETA was founded in 1991.
Kingston, Wash.-based ETA specializes in large-venue events, according to a press release. It provides full-service event transportation services and specializes in the design, planning and management of world-class, highly visible and complex major special events. The company also offers VIP transfers, airport meet-and-greets and shuttling.
The convention was expected to have more than 20,000 people attend.
Hollingsworth holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver, and several professional certifications in incident management and emergency management from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A professional engineer, she is licensed in 19 states and has more than 15 years’ experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning.
For the 2016 Democratic convention, Hollingsworth managed the transit system that moved delegates, media, VIP guests and Congress members to and from their hotels to the convention sites. Additionally, ETA provided transportation to select events during the week of the convention.
After moving to Philadelphia five months ago to plan and coordinate the event with the DNC’s committee and the city, Hollingsworth put together a team of experienced transportation event managers. Each team member brings a wide array of skill sets to ensure a seamless guest experience, something Hollingsworth has a particular passion for.
“I believe that attending the DNC is historic for each delegate,” she said. “I really want the entire experience to be memorable, and that includes the means of transportation that takes them to the convention. I am truly honored to be a part of this historical event. And we’re going to do our best.”
Submitted by Linda Jacobson.