"I was first introduced to Ms. Shanna Parmley in 2017 when I was appointed Executive Director of Shawnee Mass Transit District. At the time Ms. Parmley worked in procurement for Rides Mass Transit District. I found her to be knowledgeable about federal and state procurement policies. She was also helpful in my understanding how procurement worked and offered a solid sounding board. I was able to learn a great deal from her at this time.
I worked with her again in 2020 when I was appointed Managing Director of Jackson County Mass Transit District (JCMTD). I found her knowledge to have grown exponentially. I believe her to have a deep understanding of federal and state procurement regulations and showed the determination to maintain a current knowledge of any federal or state updates.
Finally, since JCMTD is small, Coaction Consulting was contracted to manage several procurements. Her service exceeded the already high expectation I had set based on my previous experience. The procurements she aided with were difficult. She showed an excellent ability to be flexible, was always available, able to offer a unique perspective and was part of finding an appropriate solution.
Ms. Parmley has an expert knowledge of procurement and is a professional. I would certainly collaborate with her again. It is without hesitation that I would recommend Coaction Consulting for matters related to procurement."
Shawn Freeman, MBA
Jackson County Mass Transit District
"As Chief Executive Officer of Rides Mass Transit District, I depended on key staff to manage the largest
rural transit district in Illinois. The Rides District was the recipient of rural and urban Federal funding as
well as Downstate Operating and capital assistance from the state of Illinois. Proper implementation and program compliance of these grants had always been an important factor in our growth and success.
Shanna Parmley was employed by Rides as its Asset Management and Procurement Coordinator, and I
considered her a valuable and key member of my direct reporting staff. Procurement is an area that
receives the highest level of scrutiny and findings in federal reviews and Rides conducted many complex procurements. During my last triennial review Rides received no findings in this area and I attribute that success to Shanna’s knowledge and diligence.
In addition, Shanna has valuable project management skills. She has successfully led many construction
projects for the Rides District. Her attention to detail and documentation kept us compliant and on
budget in this area as well.
Given the quality of work that I have witnessed, it is my pleasure to recommend Shanna’s new company
Coaction Consulting. I am certain they can help you implement and manage your next project!"
Rides Mass Transit District
"I am extremely pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Shanna Parmley. I have worked in the transit industry for ten years managing capital procurements for State and Federal funded transit projects, and five of them have been spent working with Shanna. We have worked on a variety of procurement projects together, and I have always been impressed by her vast knowledge base and technical expertise when conducting a procurement. Shanna has always submitted bid packages complete and on time, and in accordance with the most up to date contract clauses and legislative act requirements, ensuring that projects stay on schedule. We have worked on projects ranging from large-scale construction, to heavy-duty bus purchases, to implementing IT equipment upgrades and more, and she has always been prepared with the right information or the right questions.
During the years I have worked with Shanna, I have also become very impressed with her patience and professionalism. She is a true team player when it comes to solving problems, as she has always exhibited a positive and optimistic attitude in the face of challenges. If she is presented with a challenge, she will find a creative solution to solve that problem to keep the project on schedule. It is clear that Shanna is a driving factor behind her agency’s success in the region, and the success of our department. I highly recommend Shanna for leading your procurement or project management needs, she would be a valuable addition to your team! Please feel free to contact me at any time if you would like me to elaborate on Shanna’s commendations. "
Bureau of Transit Capital
Illinois Department of Transportation