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 Meeting Announcement


To: Business Member Board of Governors
Business Members on APTA Board of Directors
From: Chuck Wochele
Date: September 27, 2010
Subject:      January 2011 BMBG Meeting

I am pleased to announce that APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors’ (BMBG) annual business meeting/retreat will be held January 12 – 14, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. I want to welcome and invite all APTA business members to participate in the meeting and to help shape our agenda for the next two years. We are particularly counting on the attendance and active participation of the business members on the board of governors and the APTA Board of Directors at this meeting.

This will be my first meeting as Chair of the BMBG, and I want to make sure that the time we spend together in January is informative and interesting, and results-oriented as well. Among the important outcomes that I expect from the meeting are the adoption of new bylaws for the BMBG that implement APTA’s governance changes, and adoption of work programs for our business member committees that will guide our activities in the next two years.

Since our meeting will take place following the midterm national election, our agenda will include discussions of the impact of the election on authorization and other transit issues in Washington, as well as how business members can help advance the transit agenda on the national and local levels. In the next two years it is my goal to get business in motion and, working with our public sector partners, mobilize our employees and private sector partners to make our voices heard on the need for funding and support for public transportation programs.

Mike Scanlon, APTA’s new chair and General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) will be joining us and I am looking forward to including several other public sector CEOs on our agenda.

The BMBG held its January 2007 meeting at this location and I am confident that we will enjoy ourselves there once again. In addition, the Naples venue offers a wide range of activities – from the gulf beaches to birding in the Everglades to great golf. You will also find great spa facilities, a fitness center and tennis courts available at the resort. And Frank DiGiacomo is arranging a golf tournament for Friday afternoon.

APTA staff estimates that the cost of this year’s meeting will be $700 for members and $500 for guests, which you will be billed for after the meeting is over. This amount includes hospitality event costs and dinner on Thursday and Friday for all attendees, as well as breakfast for members on both Thursday and Friday and lunch on Thursday. An additional cost for box lunches on Friday will be charged for people that play golf.

This year we will be making hotel reservations directly with the hotel and it can be done online. Please follow this link to register at the Ritz Carlton: Reservations at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Our rate at the hotel is $209 a night and I urge you to make your reservations now since the deadline for reservations in the APTA block is December 11, 2010, and after that date we can not guarantee that your reservations can be accommodated. If you have any problems making your reservations please contact Martha Coffin at 202-496-4632 or

While we always have an extensive agenda for the January meeting, the reason we meet is to address the critical issues affecting our industry. If there is a compelling issue you feel needs to be added to the agenda or if you have any questions about the agenda, please contact Fran Hooper at 202-496-4876 or

Our January meeting has always been a great opportunity for APTA business members to network and learn from each other, as well as focus on the leadership activities that APTA provides to the industry. I look forward to seeing you in January, and to your active participation in our meeting.

2011 Business Member Board of Governors' Annual Meeting/Retreat

January 12-14, 2011
Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
Naples, Florida

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