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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Chief executives and their deputies (senior executives of many job titles whose careers aim towards becoming a CEO) of APTA-member public transportation agencies are invited to APTA's Transit CEOs Seminar February 7-10, 2015 at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ.

The program as of  February 7, 2015 is below. 

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7

    12:30 – 4 p.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

    Registration

    1:30 – 2 p.m.
    Salons 1-2
    Second Floor

    Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Meeting

    • Chair Brad J. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority,
      St. Petersburg, FL

    2 – 4:30 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

    Joint Meeting of CEOs' Committees & Conversation with
    FTA Leadership

    Acting FTA Administrator Therese W. McMillan and FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers will talk about how the Federal Transit Administration and U. S. Department of Transportation are preparing to meet the challenges of the next 30 years.

    For transit, that means simultaneously dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, while investing in workforce development and new technologies. They will also address the looming deadline for surface transportation reauthorization at the Federal level. Your questions and ideas are welcome.

    Following this conversation, we'll discuss making our case for a long-term transportation funding bill; creating the April 9 "Stand Up for Transportation Day" to advocate for nation building and infrastructure; working in light of the mega-trends that center the APTA 2015-2019 Strategic Plan; and helping to guide federal legislative and regulatory activities.

    4:30 – 5 p.m.
    Salons 1-2
    Second Floor

    Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee Meeting

    • Chair Paul Jablonski, Member, APTA Executive Committee, and Chief Executive Officer,
      San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA

    5 – 6 p.m.
    Skyline
    Fifth Floor 

    (if indoors -Goldwater Room
    First Floor) 

    Welcoming Reception

    Renew friendships and network with colleagues at this high-energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for further professional development and relationships with other industry leaders.

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8

    7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

    Registration

    8 – 9:15 a.m.
    Salons 1-2
    Second Floor

     

    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:

    • Ellen M. McLean, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

    9 – 9:30 a.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor 

    Continental Breakfast

     

    Presiding Officer of the Day:

    • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA, and General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

    9:30 – 10 a.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

     

    Opening General Session  
    Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

    As the 2015 Transit CEOs Seminar officially begins, join your colleagues for an overview of events and sessions that will be offered and receive a red carpet welcome from the host agency, Valley Metro. 

    Presenters:

    • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA, and General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
    • Stephen R. Banta, Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee, and Chief Executive Officer,
      Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
    • Honorable Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix, AZ
    • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA

    10 – 10:15 a.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor 

    Networking Break

    10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor


     

    Working with Your Board of Directors 

    Partnerships with parameters: new governance strategies

    From developing a high quality relationship with your board chair through all aspects of supporting the governance of your organization, this animated discussion will involve everyone. You'll hear one speaker describe why the board chair left the board abruptly over issues related to governing versus managing. Another speaker will summarize the agency's code of ethics and conduct for its board, and the process of its development. You'll hear how, in a regional board reform effort, the Governor of one state cut the number of city council members and added state appointees from the business community, changing the dynamics and chemistry of the board and providing the opportunity to leverage this change to advance an aggressive agenda for the future. A CEO will tell the story of defining the board's involvement and commitment with a better understanding of it's governing roles.    

    APTA's July 2014 e-publication, Transit Board Members Handbook, is at www.apta.com under Resource Library. Best and quickest to use the search box.

    Moderator:

    • E. Susan Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane, WA

    Speakers:

    • Ann D. August, CCTM, Executive Director, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, Birmingham, AL
    • Louwana Oliva, Vice Chair, APTA Human Resources Committee, and General Manager,
      Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA
      1. CATA Board Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy
      2. Code of Conduct Discussion Paper
    • Bill Carpenter, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer,
      Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Rochester, NY
    • William E. Harrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hampton Roads Transit,
      Norfolk, VA

    11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Buffet: Salons Foyer
    Second Floor

      

     

    Small Systems:
    Salons 1-2
    Second Floor

     

     

     

    Mid-Size Systems:
    Salons 5-6
    Second Floor

     

     

    Large/Multimodal Systems:
    Salons 7-8
    Second Floor 

     

    Lunch Discussion by System Size

    Take your buffet lunch into a breakout room and join the group discussions organized by the size of your transit agency. The small and mid-size system groups will be committee meetings. The large-system group plans to use this time as an information exchange and update one another on their challenges and successes. All will be asked to discuss their advocacy efforts.

    Small Operations Committee Meeting, 100 or Fewer Buses

    Facilitator:

    • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; Co-chair, APTA Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; Co-chair, APTA Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; and General Manager,
      Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR 

    Mid-Size Operations Committee Meeting, 101 to 500 Buses 

    Facilitator:

    • W. Curtis Stitt, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Mid-Size Operations Committee; and President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

    Large, 500+ Buses, Rail, and Multimodal Systems

    Facilitator:

    • Keith T. Parker, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, APTA Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair, APTA Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; and General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

    1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor


     

    Chair and President’s Round Table

    Association initiatives and members' hottest topics

    Leaders of the luncheon meetings will introduce the ideas generating the highest interest. All are invited for a conversation with APTA’s Chair and its President and CEO about the lunch-time topics plus the association's initiatives such as legislative strategies and regulatory issues, Leadership APTA, Early Career and Mid-Level Manager Programs, the day of infrastructure advocacy planned for April, our new grassroots campaign, examples of how transit agencies are using the materials available at APTA for the benefits and advocacy program, "Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows," and making the five pillars of the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan the basis for committee work and APTA's initiatives now and through the next five years: 1-safety and security first, 2-resource advocacy for funding and financing, 3-workforce development, 4-evolving lifestyles, and 5-technological innovation.

    Facilitators and Presenters:

    • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA, and General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
    • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA
    • Robert L. Healy, Jr.,  Vice President - Government Affairs, APTA
    • James P. LaRusch, Chief Counsel and Vice President - Corporate Affairs, APTA
    • Stephen R. Banta, Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee, and Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

    3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

     

    Networking Break

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

    Transportation: Power-Driving Economic Development

    Join the immediate past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and former Mayor of Mesa, Arizona for a look at how his local programs can have impact in your service area...such as iMesa - a grassroots improvement initiative for residents to submit, vote, and comment on ideas to transform the community, and the H.E.A.T. Program focusing on industries of opportunity - Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, and Tourism as well as Technology...and how public transportation supports business organizations' locating and siting decisions.

    Keynote Speaker:

    • Scott Smith, former Mayor, Mesa, Arizona 
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9

    7:30 – 9 a.m.
    Salons 7-8
    Seond Floor


     

    Deputy CEOs Track

    APTA President & CEO’s Breakfast for Deputy Chief Executives

    Engage in a conversation over breakfast with APTA's President & CEO about your career path, work experience and professional development you feel you need, what more our association can do, and how to bring your leadership skills to the national level through APTA. Open up about your most challenging issues.

    Host:

    • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA

    Facilitator:

    • Steven Ponte, Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

    9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
    Salons 7-8
    Second Floor

     

     

     

    Deputy CEOs Track

    Peer Today, CEO Tomorrow

    Transitioning from peer or friend to CEO or General Manager

    Going from team leadership to CEO presents unique opportunities with a measure of rethinking one's relationships. Take the lead, stay grounded, seek alignment, manage expectations, and remember pacing and patience. Other advice is to clear the air, set the tone, be clear in one's communications, and listen well to build capabilities. The facilitators for today's open dialogue will relate their experiences in being promoted from within. Bring your questions. Come away with ideas to grow through this exciting experience that may be coming your way.

    Moderator:

    • Ann Freeman-Manzanares, General Manager, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA

    Facilitators:

    • Emmett Heath, Interim CEO, Community Transit, Everett, WA
    • Elizabeth Presutti, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and General Manager,
      Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority - DART, Des Moines, IA
    • Karl P. Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
    10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

    Networking Break 

     

    8:30 – 9 a.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor 

    CEOs Track

    Continental Breakfast

    Presiding Officer of the Day:

    • Doran J. Barnes, Secretary/Treasurer, APTA, and Executive Director, Foothill Transit,
      West Covina, CA

    9 – 10:30 a.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

     

    CEOs Track

    CEOs XChange

    Small group presentations, informal discussions on innovation

    Presenters will tell their groundbreaking stories seated along with anyone who wants to join this topic-group, and facilitate small group discussions. Everyone will move to a new table for new presentations, so you'll be in two different groups during this session.

    Moderator:

    • Doran J. Barnes, Secretary/Treasurer, APTA, and Executive Director, Foothill Transit,
      West Covina, CA

    Route Optimization Initiative & Lessons Learned/Major Transit System Overhaul Playbook

    • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Member, APTA Executive Committee, and Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

    Increasing the Farebox Recovery Ratio

    • James Pachan, Chief Operating Officer, AC Transit, Oakland, CA

    TransitStat for Small, Mid-Sized, Large/Multimodal Systems

    • Ronald Kilcoyne, General Manager, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR
    • Frank J. Polivka, Director of Procurement, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

    Leading Industry Levels of Efficiency with New Vehicle Maintenance Program

    • Raymond Friem, Chief Operating Officer-Transit Services, Metro, St. Louis, MO

    I-55 Bus-on-Shoulder Project

    • Thomas (T.J.) Ross, Executive Director, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

    Go Small or Go Home - The Formula for Winning a Transit Tax Measure

    • Carl G. Sedoryk, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, APTA Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee; and General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA

    10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Ballroom Foyer 
    Third Floor

    Networking Break

    10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

     

    General Session
    Negotiating your Next Employment Contract

    Attend this need-to-know session to hear about resources that are available to CEOs as they consider their priorities and researdh comparable renumerations and benefits. Learn how APTA's survey findings regarding compensation packages can be customized for your system size.

    Speakers:

    • KellyAnne Gallagher, CAE, Assistant Vice President - Member Programs and Services, APTA
    • Christopher P. Boylan, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, APTA Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative Subcomittee; and Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Practice, Harris Rand Lusk, New York, NY

    12 – 1:45 p.m.
    Buffet in Foyer

    Luncheon: 
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

     

     


     

    Luncheon Program
    Hiring the Right C-Suite Team

    How does a CEO hire the right people as direct reports for his or her executive team? Compare philosophies and explore a framework for your organization. Learn from one another in this open discussion.

    Moderator:

    • Nuria I. Fernandez, General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

    Speakers

    • Christopher P. Boylan, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, APTA Federal Procedures  & Regulations Legislative Committee; and Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Practice, Harris Rand Lusk, New York, NY
    • Michael A. Allegra, Member, APTA Executive Committee, and President/CEO, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and President/Executive Director,
      Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

    Lunch sponsored by Argo, Inc.

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    2 – 4 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

    Trends & Case Studies in Labor Relations

    Discuss the reports, Transit Labor Update and Management Report of Transit Industry Issues

    Attend this session for analyses by leading industry consultants on recent labor activities. You will receive two labor trends reports at APTA's registration desk. Please bring the reports to this session. After Greg Dash and Tom Hock's presentation and Q&A, two transit CEOs will introduce their experiences and invite your comments.

    Presenters:

    • Gregory S. Dash, President, John A. Dash & Associates, Havertown, PA
    • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., Vice President, Labor Relations, Transdev North America, Cincinnati, OH  
    • Neil S. McFarlane, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and General Manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR 
    • Donna DeMartino, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA
    4 – 4:15 p.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

    Networking Break

    4:15 – 5 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

    Protecting the Security of Your Transit System's People, Assets & Technology

    Ensuring freedom of movement, managing a secure network

    Join this conversation on maintaining secure, sustainable transportation networks. Discuss protecting and managing the security of your system's people, assets, and technology. The Transportation Security Administration works closely with transportation, law enforcement, and intelligence communities to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Learn about TSA's risk-based strategy for enhancing system deterrence, detection, and resiliency.

    Speaker:

    • Sonya Proctor, Director, Surface Division, Transportation Security Administration,
      Washington, DC

    Sonya T. Proctor is the TSA’s Director-Surface Division in the Department of Homeland Security. Previously she was in charge of the day-to-day security operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Earlier, she had served with the Federal Air Marshal Service, overseeing the National Explosives Detection Canine Team and the Office of Security Assessments conducting vulnerability assessments of transportation assets. She has also served in the TSA’s Mass Transit Division. For 25 years, she was with the Washington D.C. Police Department, serving in nearly every rank from patrol officer to Chief of Police … including overseeing the Human Resources Bureau, Office of Internal Affairs, and Special Events. Sonya was Amtrak’s Chief of Police and led Northeast Corridor law enforcement officials in post 9-1-1 security measures along this heavily-traveled route. A graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, she has long been active in the national and international law enforcement community and its associations.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

    8 – 8:30 a.m.
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

    Continental Breakfast  

    Presiding Officer of the Day:

    • Jeanne Krieg, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Co-Chair APTA Procurement Steering Committee; Immediate Past Chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; and Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

    8:30 – 10 a.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

    What CEOs Are Asking About Safety Management Systems 

    What to expect , what is new for 2015 and beyond

    This session for the transit CEO features key aspects that top executives want to know about a safety management systems (SMS) approach for their agencies. As the USDOT is moving towards an SMS approach for all modes, find out why the Federal Transit Administration is implementing SMS and how you can use it to answer the board's, the public's, riders' and employees' critical safety questions in order to prevent safety incidents and accidents. SMS is scalable and applies to transit agencies of all sizes, complexity, and operating environments.  

    Speaker:

    • Lynn Spencer, Director, Office of System Safety, Federal Transit Administration,
      Washington, DC
       

    10 – 10:15 a.m. 
    Ballroom Foyer
    Third Floor

    Networking Break

    10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

    Career Pathways Initiatives  

    Developing dynamic career ladders for public transportation's frontline workforce

    As one of his key priorities, our APTA Chair has proposed to transit general managers and CEOs to identify and develop career pathways for the five transit industry positions for the frontline workforce that are the most difficult to fill.  There are opportunities to work within our industry, community colleges and other partners to develop training for each disciplinary pathway.  With these structured career pathways, we can better sell our industry to even more potential employment pools, including returning military personnel and their families, among others. This session highlights initiatives and best practices of public transit agencies, and reviews the preliminary findings of the recent survey sent to all transit CEOs regarding career pathways. The American Public Transportation Foundation's scholarships will also be a topic.


    Moderator:

    • Louwana S. Oliva, Vice Chair, APTA Human Resources Committee, and General Manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA

    Speakers:

    • Len Engel, Director, Operations & Maintenance, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, PA
    • Debra A. Johnson, Deputy CEO, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
    • Faye Moseley, Deputy Executive Director, Access Services, El Monte, CA
    • Pamela L. Boswell, Vice President - Workforce Development & Educational Services, APTA

    12 – 1:30 p.m.
    North Ballroom
    Third Floor

     

    Closing Luncheon
    Evolving American Lifestyles in Transit-Oriented Communities

    Fostering communities around public transit that provide opportunities for all

    People of all ages are choosing to live in places that, by their design, allow them to drive less and walk, cycle, or use transit more often. The public transportation industry has an important role in fostering broad community development in station areas and corridors it serves, while ensuring first/last mile connections that support changing travel preferences. Through early stakeholder engagement and partnerships, public transportation providers are uniquely positioned to play a central role in fostering these transit-oriented communities that provide equitable opportunities for all.

    Moderator:

    • Grace Crunican, Member, APTA Board of Directors, and General Manager, San Francisco
      Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

    Presenter:

    Winner of the 2013 William Lampkin Award for Career Excellence in Economic Development, David Krietor has been involved in nearly every major development to impact Downtown Phoenix over the past two decades, including light rail and Sky Train, the state of the art facelift to Phoenix Convention Center, restoration of the historic Orpheum Theater, the addition of the Phoenix Sheraton Downtown Hotel, and revitalization of the Roosevelt Historic District.

    Discussants:

    • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; Co-chair, APTA Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; Co-chair, APTA Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; and General Manager,
      Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR
    • Thomas (T.J.) Ross, Executive Director, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
    • Stephen R. Banta, Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee, and Chief Executive Officer,
      Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

     

     

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