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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Last updated on February 26, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Madera

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Meeting

  • Chair, Donna DeMartino
10 – 11:30 a.m
Madera

CEO & Deputy CEO’s Brunch Meeting - Bus, Paratransit & Rail

 

Discussion with the APTA Governance Review Task Force

 

Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Problem Statement 13-F-03, Safety and Health Impact of Limited Restroom Access for Transit Operators

  • Phillip A. Washington, member, TCRP Oversight & Project Selection Committee

 

APTA Standards

  • Lou Sanders, APTA

 

Regulatory Update

  • James LaRusch, APTA

 

Legislative Update

  • Rob Healy, APTA
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Madera 

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee Meeting

  • Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese
12:30 – 4 p.m.
Pueblo

Registration

2 – 4 p.m.
Madera

Roundtable Discussion:
The ‘New’ Approach to Triennial Reviews

Hosted by the CEOs of Small Operations, this discussion will be with Selene Faer Dalton-Kumins, director, Office of Oversight & Program Guidance, Federal Transit Administration.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa

Welcoming Reception

Mix it up, renew friendships, and network with new colleagues at this high- energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for learning and continuing to develop your strategies and leadership style.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pueblo

Registration

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Santa Rosa 

APTA President & CEO’s Breakfast for Newer Chief Executives

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

Host:

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Facilitator:

  • Elizabeth Presutti, AICP, general manager, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Des Moines, IA
8 – 9 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer

Continental Breakfast

 

Presiding Officer of the Day:

  • Peter Varga, vice chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership, Grand Rapids, MI
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Catalina/Madera

Opening General Session
Public Transportation: “It’s All About the People”

As the 2013 Transit CEOs Seminar officially begins, join your colleagues for an overview of events and sessions that will be offered. Let the SunLine Transit GM roll out the red carpet for you and see why “It’s all about the people.”

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Flora M. Castillo CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • C. Mikel Oglesby, general manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
Funding & Financing Resources: Ideas in Use Now

Innovation.  Revenue streams. Leverage.

As national and regional trends point to a future of ongoing growth in the demand for public transportation, CEOs continue to identify their top challenge as finding the revenue sources needed to support the current and future demands for transit in their region. In the context of a tight economy, many executives have developed new and exciting ways to advance projects and programs. This discussion promises to bring new perspectives to light. 

Facilitator:

Presenters:

  • Edward D. Reiskin, director of transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • W. Curtis Stitt, president/chief executive officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Joni Earl, chief executive officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Brian J. Lamb, general manager, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Buffet in Ballroom Foyer


Small Systems:  Sierra


Medium Systems:
Chino


Large/Multi-Modal Systems:
Andreas

Lunch Discussion by System Size
Executive Discussions, Views and Insights

Take your buffet lunch into a breakout room and join the group discussions organized by the size of your transit agency.

Facilitator, Small Systems, 100 or fewer buses:

  • Jeanne Krieg, chair, APTA Small Operations Committee, and chief executive officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

Facilitator, Medium Systems, 101 to 500 buses:

  • Jeff Hamm, chair, APTA, Mid-Size Operations Committee, and executive director/CEO, C-TRAN, Vancouver, WA

Facilitator, Large, 500+ Buses, and Multimodal Systems:

  • Darrell Johnson, deputy chief executive officer, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
1:45 – 3 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
Chair and President’s Roundtable

Your priorities and hot topic issues lead the discussion

CEOs and deputies will join in conversations with APTA’s chair and president/CEO about important matters that surfaced during the CEOs Saturday committee meetings and today’s lunch discussions. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), developing national legislative strategies for the next authorization, and other key association initiatives such as workforce development will also be on the agenda for this open forum.

Facilitators and Presenters:

  • Flora M. Castillo CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Robert Healy, vice president-government affairs, APTA
  • James LaRusch, chief counsel and vice president-corporate affairs, APTA
  • John M. Lewis, Jr. chair, Leadership APTA, and chief executive officer, LYNX, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

3:15 – 5 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
Staying on Top of a Crisis

The right ways to respond when things go wrong

Trouble and challenges come two ways: gradually and then suddenly. Most CEOs have in place emergency preparedness and crisis management plans long before they find themselves in, say, incidents with injuries or fatalities, natural or man-made disasters, media “optics,” lawsuits, or funding shortfalls. How well the plans worked is the big debate in post-crises debriefing meetings. Come prepared to talk about the steps you take to stay level-headed, get the facts, make good decisions, lead the teams that manage and mitigate the crisis, stay flexible, and keep communicating. Your discussion group will examine a mock scenario, decide what to do, and craft three crisis messages to address the situation. Learn from everyone around you to better prepare yourself and your staff for the next crisis. You’ll breathe better during the crisis and after it’s over.

Registrants will receive a copy of Jim Moorhead's book (below) in the APTA Registration Office at the seminar hotel, the Renaissance Palm Springs. The Instant Survivor (TM) Handbook is available for downloading free of charge at www.instantsurvivor.com

Presenter:

  • Jim Moorhead, president, The Moorhead Group, LLC, Chevy Chase, MD, and author, The Instant Survivor – The Right Ways to Respond When Things Go Wrong

 

Monday, February 11, 2013
7:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Sierra/Ventura

Monday Morning Deputy CEOs Track
APTA President & CEO’s Breakfast for Deputy Chief Executives

If you are a 'deputy CEO' attending this seminar – there are many, varied job titles – you are invited to join APTA's president & CEO for a conversation over breakfast. The discussion may include your career path so far; in-house training, cross-experience programs, and succession plans you know of; the courses or work experience you feel you need in professional development; whether being a CEO is your goal; whether you have been part of Leadership APTA or attended Eno Center for Transportation Leadership (CTL) or National Transit Institute (NTI) courses; what more APTA can do; and ways you can become more involved in leadership at the national scale through APTA.

Host:

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & chief executive officer, APTA

Facilitators:

  • Marcelle Epley, Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
  • Robyn Gordon Peterson, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
9 – 10:15 a.m.
Sierra/Ventura

Monday Morning Deputy CEOs Track
Your Management Style: Moving from Manager to Leader

The continuum from coping to managing to leading

As managers take on larger assignments yet can’t afford to let details slip, they learn techniques of delegation. When moving to a top executive position, they tend to let go of the reins in many respects. This session will help you further develop the leadership qualities needed when you make your move to chief executive.

Presenter:

  • Linda Jacobs Washington, president & CEO, Washington Consulting Team, Washington, DC, and former assistant secretary for administration, U.S. Department of Transportation 
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sierra/Ventura

Monday Morning Deputy CEOs Track
Your Management Style: Winning Presentation Skills

Further develop your skills for professional public speaking

Improve your presentation techniques and speaking voice as you deliver first-rate presentations. Learn how to develop strong opening and closing statements, tell them what they need to know (rather than everything you know) using evidence to support your arguments, why it’s important, what they need to do, and by when. Gain insights on how to engage your audiences and the best ways to use slides. The facilitator conducts professional development seminars to inspire staff, increase productivity, enhance morale, and have fun. Discussions will be on the barriers to effective communication, story telling, questioning skills, handline hecklers or difficult people, persuasive communication, and impromptu speaking. Scott Marcus, past president of the National Speaker's Association Northern California Chapter, noted that he is a recovering perfectionist.

Presenter:

8 – 9 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer

Monday Morning CEOs Track
Continental Breakfast

 

Presiding Officer of the Day:

  • Doran Barnes, secretary/treasurer, APTA, and executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
9 – 10:15 a.m.
Catalina/Madera

Monday Morning CEOs Track
Transit Drives Economic Development

Return on investment: commerce, retail, culture, jobs, vitality, prosperity

Ridership has been 'up' for the past seven quarters. Public transportation is linked to quality of life, attracting development of office, housing, and shopping meccas, contributing to creating vibrant public spaces, strengthening the economy, creating jobs and connecting people to their jobs, reducing traffic congestion, energy consumption, and air pollution. Come hear from your colleagues their stories to help you advocate with your community, investors, stakeholders, and elected officials.

Moderator:

  • Gary C. Thomas, immediate past chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Presenters:

  • John M. Nations, president & CEO, Bi-State Development Agency, St. Louis, MO
  • Carolyn Flowers, chief executive officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Neil S. McFarlane, general manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR 
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

Monday Morning CEOs Track
Labor Relations Report & Workshop: Developing Your Negotiations Strategy

Trend analysis + a forum on ‘how-to’

Attend this session to hear an analysis from this leading industry consultant about the past year's labor activities, settlements, judgments, and other issues including negotiations, wages, pensions, health insurance, and cost of living.

Presenters:

  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., vice president, Labor Relations, PTM/Veolia Transportation, Loveland, OH
  • Gregory S. Dash, president, John A. Dash & Associates, Havertown, PA
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
Reshaping your Agency with APTA Peer Reviews

Moving Your Organization Forward

Limited resources and increasing challenges? A growing popular service that is available to you is the APTA Peer Review program. This unique service draws upon our own transit industry subject matter expertise to assist you in virtually all aspects of transit functions. A few areas that have been addressed include: service extensions, critical events, maintenance practices, quality of services, ADA paratransit, and more. Join us for a brief presentation on how the APTA Peer Review program works and the benefits that you can derive from this valuable resource. Our session will also include discussion with APTA members who have taken advantage of this service as well as APTA members who have served on peer review panels.

 Facilitator:

  • Greg Hull, director-security & operations support, APTA

Speakers:

  • Hugh A. Mose, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA
  • E. Susan Meyer, chief executive officer, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane WA
  • Richard F. Clarke, assistant general manager, capital programs, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO        
3 – 5:30 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
CEOs XChange

Peer-to-Peer Presentations – Case Studies, Best Practices, New Programs

This session features new ideas by high performers (like you) about their initiatives that will spark ideas that could work in your organization. 

New Freedoms: Mobility Management Strategies to Control Costs

  • Carl G. Sedoryk, general manager/chief executive officer, Monterey Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA

 

Organizational Turmoil - Rebuilding an Agency in Distress

  • Julie M. Austin, executive director, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA

 

Full Coach Operator Staff to Reduce Overtime Cost and Absenteeism

  • David Armijo, general manager, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, Oakland, CA

 

Adding Value Through Sustainability Initiatives

  • Kevin Desmond, general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

 

Multi-Exchange (MAX) Training Program of Los Angeles County MTA, DART, and RTD

  • Gary C. Thomas, immediate past chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Phillip A. Washington, member, APTA Executive Committee, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Arthur Leahy, chief executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

 

New Paratransit Business Model

  • Paul Matsuoka, executive director, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority,       Livermore, CA

 

Frontline Customer Interaction

  • Joseph M. Casey, general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 

 

Investing in Technical Training for Frontline Employees

  • Joseph A. Calabrese, chief executive officer & general manager/secretary-treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

 

Systems Engineering Approach - Why Does It Matter?

  • David M. Springstead, chair, Systems Engineering Subcommittee and co-chair, Transit Asset Management Standards Committee, APTA; and senior director of engineering & development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

 

Forming New Transit Authorities - How to Regionalize Transit

  • John Andoh, CCTM, transit director, Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, Yuma, AZ

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
8 – 8:30 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer

Continental Breakfast

 

Presiding Officer of the Day:

  • David J. Armijo, member, APTA Executive Committee, and general manager, AC Transit, Oakland, CA
8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
Working with Executive Recruiters

Hiring, compensation and confidentiality

If a recruiter invited you to apply for another position, what would be your response? How will you know what the board is looking for in a chief executive? Would showing interest affect your current status? What would you accept for your new compensation and benefit package? When should you begin setting your priorities and performance measures with the board? Can you affect the confidentiality of the selection process?

Moderator:

  • Roger Snoble, retired, former CEO at Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Rancho Mirage, CA

Facilitators:

  • Gregg A. Moser, principal, Krauthamer & Associaties, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD
  • Stephanie L. Pinson, president & chief operating officer, Gilbert Tweed Associates, Inc., New York, NY
  • Anthony M. Kouneski, principal, KL Executive Search, LLC, Kensington, MD
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

General Session
Executive Development  

Leadership can be learned, taught ...

The role of the chief executive involves expertise in many aspects of management -communications and financial acumen, political savvy, a knowledge of operations and technology, organizing, delegating, problem solving, team dynamics, visioning, and more. This session will identify leadership competencies and discuss ways to develop them in oneself and others, as well as recognize them in the selection of candidates for positions.

Presenter/Facilitator:

12 – 2 p.m.
Catalina/Madera

Closing Luncheon
The Challenges & Realities of Buy America

Economic benefits from federal investments for U.S. manufacturers and workers

A recent railcar procurement is projected to create 1,000 U.S. jobs. Creating jobs under federal procurement requirements is creating challenges as well. This session will engage everyone in a discussion about Buy America requirements, the realities of our market, and results of the new efforts to encourage job creation. Looking ahead, what would be the ramifications of a mandated increase in Buy America to 100 percent? Is this achievable? Is it worth it? This thought-provoking and informative discussion will give you new ideas – it’s one you won’t want to miss.

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey F. Boothe, member, APTA Board of Directors, and partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC

Panelists:

  • Paul Soubry Jr., president & chief executive officer, New Flyer, Winnipeg, MB 
  • Grace Crunican, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA
  • Michael Cahill, president, Siemens Industry Inc., Rail Systems Division, Sacramento, CA 
  • Victor Ramirez, deputy executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA 

APTA reserves the exclusive right to revise the program at any time.

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