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Last Updated on February 3, 2011

All sessions will be held at the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday Feb. 5

8 – 10 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Meeting

Chair:
Donna DeMartino
, general manager/chief executive officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

CEOs Brunch

Join your colleagues for a Saturday morning brunch between meetings.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee Meeting

Chair:
Patrick A. Nowakowski
, executive director, Dulles Rail Project, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Vienna, VA

12:30 – 4 p.m.
Normandy Room, 2nd Floor

Registration

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Regency Room, 2nd Floor

National Transit Institute Course:
Overview of Transit Procurement for Senior Leadership

This seminar offers a better understanding of the rationale, functions, and process of third-party contracting for FTA grantees. It provides an overview of major elements of an acceptable procurement program. Topics will highlight competence and training, teaming and partnering, supporting advance planning of procurements, and adhering to pre-established procedures. The seminar will focus on the principles of procurement, the procurement process, roles and responsibilities, policy and practices, and the transit agency organization.

Registration: Registration is requested on the APTA Transit CEOs Seminar registration form at www.apta.com or directly with NTI at www.ntionline.com.

Fee: There is no additional fee for this NTI course.

CEUs: 0.3.

Presenter:
James “Jim” Harper, Jr., director, Office of Acquisition Management and Procurement, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Sunday Feb. 6

Today’s Presiding Officer
Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA; general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District; and executive director, Caltrain, San Carlos, CA

7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Normandy Room, 2nd Floor

Registration

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Ambassador Room, 3rd Floor

President’s Breakfast for Newer CEOs:
Meet your colleagues and learn more about APTA resources on tap.

In the past year, if you began your position as a first-time chief executive, you are invited to attend this breakfast session about your new responsibilities and learn more about available APTA resources to help advance your initiatives and lead your organization to become even more vibrant and dynamic.

Host:
William Millar, president, APTA

Facilitator:
David Armijo, executive committee member, APTA, and chief executive officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Envoy Room, 3rd Floor

Mid-Sized Bus Systems Committee Meeting

Chair:   

Jeff Hamm, executive director/CEO, Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority, Vancouver, WA

8 – 9 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor

Continental Breakfast

9 – 9:30 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Opening General Session:
Public Transportation Takes Us There

Come hear what is in store for this week.

As the 2011 Transit CEOs Seminar officially begins, join your colleagues for an overview of events and sessions that will be offered and hear about the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

Welcoming Remarks:

Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA; general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District; and executive director, Caltrain, San Carlos, CA

William Millar, president, APTA

Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session:
Emerging Transportation Trends and Business Models

Demonstrating the value of an integral service

The vital contributions made by public transportation agencies are expanding with mobility management, demand for development, partnerships of all kinds, connectivity, regionalism, and other ideas. Join this session for a discussion of trends that are transforming our business.

Moderator:

John Inglish, chief executive officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Panelists:

Richard Rodriguez, president, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Katrina Heineking, general manager, Sun Tran/Van Tran, Tucson, AZ

Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., secretary, APTA, and executive director/CEO, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Will Kempton, chief executive officer, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

Celia Kupersmith, deputy chief executive officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Buffet, Versailles Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor

Lunch Discussion by System Size:
Funding & Revenue Sources + What’s Happening at Your Agency?

Exchanges with colleagues from organizations similar in size

Take your buffet lunch into a breakout room and join in small-group discussions. Enjoy this free exchange of ideas on topics of your choice.

Small Systems, 100 or fewer buses
Riviera Room, 3rd Floor
Facilitator:
Jeanne Krieg
, chair, APTA Small Operations Committee, and CEO, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

Medium Systems, 101-500 buses
Regency Room, 2nd Floor
Facilitator:
Jeff Hamm
, executive director/CEO, Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN)

Large, 500+ Buses, and Multimodal Systems
Embassy Room, 3rd Floor
Facilitator:
Ralign Wells
, administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session:
Chair and President’s Roundtable

Association initiatives and advocacy

Join APTA’s chair and president for a discussion on legislation, key APTA initiatives, and your involvement as a transportation leader.

Presenters:

Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA; general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District; and executive director, Caltrain, San Carlos, CA

William Millar, president, APTA

3 p.m. – game end
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

2011 Super Bowl XLV Get-Together

All CEOs, deputies, and guests at this seminar are invited to watch the game together. Snacks and beverages will be offered.

Super Bowl XLV Get-Together Sponsored by:

Cubic

Monday Feb. 7

Today’s Presiding Officer
Gary C. Thomas, vice chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Continental Breakfast and CEO Roundtable Brainstorming Session
Organizational Innovations that Contribute to Building a Sustainable Transit Workforce

The APTA Blue Ribbon Panel on Workforce Development highlighted the need for transit to incorporate proven best practices of high performing companies in and outside of transit. The panel emphasized the value to transit agencies of focusing on updating organizational cultures, attracting, developing and training the highest possible quality workforce to increase operational efficiency and productivity. As part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program Project F-16, Building a Sustainable Transit Workforce – A Systems Approach, you will be asked to share your insights on practices that help transit agencies become more productive, engaging places to work. The goal is to identify elements of culture and structure that contribute to organizational environments that will be a strong attraction for new hires and encourage incumbent employees to stay and develop their careers within the public transportation sector.

Facilitators:

Brian J. Turner, Ph.D., director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD

Barbara K. Gannon, Psy.D., interim president, Eno Transportation Foundation, and executive director, Eno Center for Transportation Leadership, Washington, DC

Thomas M. Webb, JD, president/CEO, Western Corporate Consultants LLC, Braintree, MA

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session
Peer to Peer Presentations: Case Studies, Best Practices & New Public Transportation Programs

New ideas for high-performing organizations

This session features presentations by CEOs about successful and innovative initiatives to help spark ideas and open new doors. Join this session to share ideas and projects that have worked in your organization. 

Presentations:

Lessons Learned in a Transit Public-Private Partnership Denver's RTD is implementing the nation's largest transit public-private partnership. Hear about RTD's lessons learned in achieving success with its Eagle P3 Project.

Phillip Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

 

Wheelchairs on Fixed-Route Services in the 20th Year of the ADA University of Louisville engineering professors have researched the experiences of people using wheelchairs in the boarding, securement, and alighting process. Through TARC's onboard cameras, see what happens.

J. Barry Barker, executive committee member, APTA, and executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

 

Designing and Building Green  With a Midwestern city transit system's commitment to building all buildings "Green," get an inside look at the construction of a LEED certified operations/maintenance facility.

Peter Varga, executive committee member, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Bus Stop Blues:  Defusing Opposition from Property Owners   Facing fierce opposition from  property owners and tenants over placement of bus stops?  Careful attention to bus stop waiting area design and pedestrian circulation can turn the tide.

Jeff Hamm, chair, Mid-Sized Operations Committee, APTA, and executive director/CEO, Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session
Are You Prepared for TOD 3.0?
Transit oriented development approaches for any system size

There is an emerging approach to transit oriented development promoted by federal, state and regional agencies across the country – encouraging reinvestment in existing buildings and creating the “connective tissue” of streets, sidewalks, and community amenities to allow people at all income levels to enjoy healthy, sustainable lives. Mr. Fleissig will explain “TOD 3.0” and show how transit agencies of any size can take concrete steps to support a spectrum of station-area reinvestments and see how bus and shuttle service fits into the new TOD mix.

Presenter:
William Kohn Fleissig, board member, Reconnecting America/Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and president/CEO, TransACT, San Francisco, CA

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:45 – 3 p.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session
Labor Trends
Top-line analysis of transit negotiations and settlements

Attend this session to hear an analysis from leading industry consultants about the past year’s labor activities; judgments; and issues in negotiations such as wages, pensions, health insurance, and cost of living.

Presenters:
Gregory S. Dash, president, John A. Dash & Associates, Havertown, PA

Thomas P. Hock, Esq., chief financial officer, Professional Transit Management Ltd, Cincinnati, OH

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session
Executive Benefits and Contracts
Compensation packages for CEOs 

If there are new trends in offers, you’ll hear it here from chief executives who began work recently at a new property or were promoted at their current transit agency. Compare contracts and benefit packages with your peers and strengthen your hand when you prepare for your next renewal or move.

Moderator:
Doran J. Barnes, executive committee member, APTA; board member, Access Services, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Presenters:
George Greanias, president and chief executive officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX 

Michael Allegra, P.E., general manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Milo Victoria, chief executive officer/general manager, OMNITRANS, San Bernardino, CA

Tuesday Feb. 8

Today’s Presiding Officer
Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., secretary, APTA, and executive director/CEO, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session
Building a Rock-Solid Board-CEO Partnership in Challenging Times: The CDTA Experience
A forum – winning trifecta – with Albany’s transit chief, APTA board member of the year, and board consultant

This session will provide guidance in building and maintaining the close, productive board-CEO partnership needed in these changing and challenging times. You will hear the experience of the Capital District Transportation Authority in strengthening its board’s governing capacity and board-CEO partnership over seven years. Highlights:

  • characteristics of board-savvy CEOs
  • contemporary definition of the board’s governing work that goes beyond the singular notion of policy making
  • use of board committees as partnership-building vehicles
  • board accountability regarding its performance
  • tools to keep the board-CEO partnership healthy, including the CEO’s performance evaluation
  • board-executive team retreats to keep in place the board’s governing role, structure, and processes

Presenters:

David Stackrow, chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Carmino “Carm” Basile, executive director, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Doug Eadie, president, Doug Eadie & Company, Oldsmar, FL

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

General Session
Court Oversight of Your System: Working with a Court-Appointed Monitor
Advice on avoiding and surviving lawsuits from experience in Los Angeles, Boston, and Detroit

Los Angeles County MTA has recently completed a 10-year consent decree in which court oversight was assigned for management of budget and services as a result of an environmental justice litigation. In 2009, the City of Jackson, MS entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning allegations of non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. What should a CEO do to be prepared? Learn more about how to identify and address potential situations, approach a negotiated settlement, and keep the process focused on fixing the problems and documenting the remedies in order to terminate the agreement and regain control of the transit system.

Moderator:
Carolyn Flowers, chief executive officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

Presenters:
Arthur Leahy, chief executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

David Rishel, principal, Delta Services Group Inc., Newtown, PA

A former chair of APTA's Access Committee, David Rishel is the court-appointed independent ADA auditor overseeing the Detroit Department of Transportation- DOJ settlement. An architect of the settlement in Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s ADA class action lawsuit, he is principal assistant to the court-appointed independent monitor for MBTA’s settlement. 

12 – 2 p.m.
Versailles Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Closing Luncheon
Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out
Engaging others in the right conversations

Change doesn’t flow top-down, bottom-up, or sideways, but inside-out. Real change happens only when people want it to happen; when they feel engaged.  In Getting Change Right, Seth Kahan challenges leaders to approach organizational change in a whole new way. Presenting a critical shift from the old mindset of coming up with a good idea, and then pushing it through with mandates, he shows the way to successful, authentic change is through engagement – the need to connect to people, to listen as much as to share ideas, and to involve as many key people as possible in the realization of their goals. When the right people are having the right conversations and interactions, they act in concert, even when the situations they confront are unpredictable.

Presenter:
Seth Kahan, author, Getting Change Right

Session Sponsored by:

DriveCam: The Driver Science Company

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