Meet our Office Manager – Portia Pedwards-Gyampo

21 Nov

She has been with GMTMA for more than 20 years and she is greeting everyone in the morning with a friendly smile.

Q: What attracted you to this job? 
Portia: I like to make sure the office is running smoothly and answer people’s questions.

Q: What is a favorite thing about your job?
Portia: I like the variety of things I get to do.

Q:Can you share something about your commute?
Portia: I like public transportation and I take the bus almost every day.  Works well getting to the workplace, I rarely need to drive. Plus I get to walk to and from the bus and that is my exercise.

Q:What motivates you to want to change the way people commute?
Portia:There are so many reasons why, think of the savings and the wear and tear on their vehicles and the fact that you are playing your part to make the environment better. No matter how small your part is, it matters in the long run.

Q: What do you like most about your job?
Portia: The customer service, love talking to people and giving them the information they need.

Q: What was the best moment of your life?
Portia: Still waiting.

Q: What is your favorite transportation story?
Portia: I love to read so I really enjoy  having the time to just relax and read each day while riding the bus.  I have my routine…newspaper in the morning and a novel in the afternoon.  I guess you could say those are my commuting stories!

Q: What is your favorite commuting app/gadget? 
Portia: My cell phone and the NJ Transit My Bus app that lets you plug in the bus stop number and receive a text that will tell you when it will arrive.

Q: What else would you like to do if you were not working in transportation?
Portia: A buyer for home goods – furnishings and accessories

Q:Pet Peeve    
Portia: Rude people

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Portia: I am a proud first time grandma so I like spending time with my grandchild.
I love to shop! That’s my sport! (She takes the bus for that too even though she owns a car)

Q:Your favorite food?
Portia: Fresh food stuff—fruit, vegetables, seafood and chicken  (this sounds healthy and delicious)

Thank you Portia!

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