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American Public Transportation Association

 Transit CEOs Seminar Program

Chief executives and deputy CEOs - senior executives whose careers aim towards becoming CEOs -  of APTA-member public transportation
agencies are invited to APTA's Transit CEOs Seminar February 11-14, 2017 at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 L Street, San Diego, CA. 
Engage in open discussions about your agency's successes and challenges. Come away with new ideas and fresh perspectives.

Last Updated: December 1, 2016


12 - 4 p.m.


1 - 2 p.m.

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Meeting

Chair, Carl G. Sedoryk

1 - 2 p.m.

Commuter Rail CEOs & Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittees Meeting

Chairs,  Doug Allen & Keith T. Parker, AICP

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Governance and Bylaws Discussion

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

CEO Search Discussion

5 - 6 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Renew friendships and introduce yourself to your colleagues at this high-energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for a week of professional development and networking.


7 - 11 a.m.


7:30 - 9 a.m. 

APTA President & CEO’s Breakfast for New CEOs

If you began your position as a first-time chief executive in public transportation during the past year, you are invited to attend this breakfast session to talk about your new responsibilities and learn more about APTA resources that will help you to lead your organization.


  • Richard (Dick) White, Acting President & CEO, APTA

 8 - 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - CEOs Exchange 

Presiding Officer of the Day

  • to be announced

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome Remarks

  • Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Industry Perspectives

  • Richard (Dick) White, Acting President/CEO, APTA
  • Jeff Wharton, Chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors Committee, and President, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC
  • David M. Stackrow Sr., Chair, APTA Transit Board members Committee, and Chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

General Session

Future of transit challenges & opportunities: mobility, technology and urbanization

11:45 a.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Lunch by System Size: Executive Discussions

Share your insights & give an update on your organization

Small Operations Committee Meeting, 100 or fewer buses


  • Andrew J. Johnson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; and General Manager, Connect Transit, Normal, IL

Mid-Size Operations Committee Meeting, 101 to 500 buses


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

Large, 500 + Buses, Rail, and Multimodal Systems


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

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


General Session: Generational Shifts in Transit Safety 

FTA/FRA oversight authority and industry implications, generational shifts in transit safety, an agency case study 

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

General Session: Labor Relations Trends

Discuss the reports, transit labor update, and management report of transit industry issues

Attend this session for analyses by leading industry consultants on labor activities over the past year. You will receive two labor trends reports at APTA's registration desk. Please bring the reports to this session along with your questions.


  • Gregory S. Dash, President, John A. Dash & Associates, Havertown, PA
  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., Vice President, Labor Relations, Transdev North America, Cincinnati, OH

 6:00 p.m.

Transit CEOs Sunday Night Reception

Sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

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8:00 - 9:30 a.m.



APTA President & CEO’s Breakfast for Deputy CEOs

Engage in a conversation over breakfast with APTA's President & CEO about your career path, work experience, 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.


  • Richard (Dick) White, Acting President & CEO, APTA

9:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Deputy CEOs Session: Federal Government Relations

What you need to know

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Presiding Officer of the Day

  • to be announced

9 - 10 a.m. 

CEOs Session: Leadership 

Developing leadership attributes and CEO knowledge transfer

10:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.

CEOs Session: Professional Development

Using social media to improve the customer experience in good times and bad

12 - 2 p.m.    

General Luncheon

Guest Speaker

  • to be announced

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

21st Century Transit Policing

Community relations and inclusion

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Special Events Planning

Operations, security, political considerations, media, case study panel


8 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Presiding Officer of the Day

  • to be announced

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

General Session

Strategic discussion on workforce shortages and critical maintenance/engineering talent

10:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.

General Session: President (Elect) Trump and the 115th Congress

Come learn how the new administration and changes in Congress have shaken up Washington and its impacts on the public transportation industry.

The 2016 election results took many political observers by surprise and could fundamentally change the way Washington works. The new President, an emboldened Republican-led Congress and the ascendance of Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to Senate Minority Leader together present unique opportunities and challenges to the public transportation industry for which we must understand and prepare.

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Closing Luncheon: CEOs Exchange

Key takeaways and lessons learned


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