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Greenwich Transport Guru Man of Dual Passions

Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG) Executive Director Jim Boutelle understands what it's like to tell a senior that they need to give up the car keys. He had to do that very thing with his own mother.

“There are a lot of seniors who no longer drive or don't drive at night or in bad weather who still need transportation,” Boutelle says while seated behind his desk inside TAG. His 86-year-old mother had a minor accident that told the family it was time to find other options for her to get around town.

Boutelle had already been involved with TAG's board of directors by then and when the executive directorship became available he was the natural choice. Boutelle used to organize motorcades for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, among other politicians.

His care and expertise has earned TAG the R. Michael Dunne Quality of Life Award from the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. Dunne himself was involved with TAG and a source of inspiration for Boutelle.

Outside of keeping Greenwich's elderly and disabled mobile, Boutelle is a man of dual passions: politics and baseball. On the one hand, he has served on the representative town meeting for 25 years and is the head of the Cos Cob delegation. He's worked for Presidents and other politicians and the belt he wears while casually dressed in the TAG office is a ring of American Flags.

On the topic of baseball, he's quick to engage in talks about his favorite players and Hall of Fame worthiness. He likes the Red Sox, but thinks the best stadium he's been to is Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The two loves combine in a collection of baseballs, several of which sit in his office. It isn't uncommon for collectors to have balls signed by players and teams. Boutelle's are signed by presidents. He's got baseballs signed by just about every president after John F. Kennedy, whose signature on a baseball is currently still missing.

Back on the TAG services, Boutelle said he's appreciative of a side benefit of feedback from his drivers. He said it's common for them to comment on changes with clients. “My own mother, I see her once a week. I simply don't have time to get out there and see her. When you see someone everyday it's so much easier to pinpoint changes,” Boutelle said.

Information about TAG is available on their website .

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