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 Transit CEOs Seminar Program

Chief executives and deputy CEOs - senior executives whose careers aim towards becoming a CEO - of APTA-member public transportation agencies are invited to APTA's Transit CEOs Seminar January 30-February 2, 2016 at the B Hotel, 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL (a mile from Disney Springs in Orlando; best to use Orlando International Airport.)

Engage in open discussions about your agency's successes and challenges. Come away with new ideas and fresh perspectives.

Last Updated: January 28, 2016

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30

12:30–4 p.m.
Majestic II & III

Registration

1:30–2 p.m.
Majestic I

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee Meeting

  • Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

2–4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

Joint Meeting of CEOs' Committees & Conversation with FTA and TSA Leadership

Participate in this open forum with Federal Transit Administration and Transportation Security Administration officials.

First, hear from FTA's Acting Administrator Therese McMillan on the impacts of the FAST Act, an update on Rides to Wellness, and a sneak peek at what the President's budget will mean for transit. Following, TSA's Sonya Proctor will give an overview from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In Part II of the afternoon, FTA and TSA together will talk about their respective roles and responsibilities in transit safety and security in a forum facilitated by FTA's Carolyn Flowers.

Presenters:

  • Hon. Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Sonya Proctor, Director, Surface Division, Transportation Security Administration, Washington, DC
  • Carolyn Flowers, Senior Advisor, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Thomas Littleton, Associate Administrator for Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

4:30–5 p.m.
Majestic I

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Meeting

  • Chair, Carl G. Sedoryk

5–6 p.m.
Enchanted

Welcome Reception

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31

7:3011 a.m.
Majestic II & III

Registration

8–9:15 a.m.
Majestic I

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:

  • Emmett Heath, CEO, Community Transit, Everett, WA

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Grand Foyer

Continental Breakfast

Presiding Officer of the Day

  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Access Services; and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

9:30–10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

 

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

As the 2016 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, LYNX. In creating jobs, boosting the economy, strengthening infrastructure, and contributing to energy independence, public transportation offers key benefits and choices for everyone with fresh solutions for growing livable, sustainable communities. This energizing kick-off to the seminar will open doors as you and your colleagues network, share new ideas, and confirm our association's advocacy theme, "Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows."

Presiding:

  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Access Services; and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Sponsor Recognition:

  • Arjan van Andel, Director, Business Development, GIRO Inc., Annapolis, MD

Presenters:

  • Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA, and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Susan Black, Interim Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA

General Session sponsored by GIRO Inc.

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10–11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

 

How New Technologies and Autonomous Vehicles May Transform Public Transportation

Integrated mobility and partnering

Join this session to hear about research findings on the implications of technology on travel behavior, including the impact of transportation network companies (TNCs) and autonomous / connected vehicles. We'll explore sequentially shared vehicles (such as Uber, Lyft or Bridj), smart phone apps to hail transportation services, ridesourcing rather than ridesharing, real-time arrival information, and electronic payment. We'll discuss artificial intelligence (AI) as it has to do with autonomous vehicles. By the mid-2020s, we may see safety and incident-reduction benefits plus capacity impacts, and by the mid-2040s, dedicated high-capacity lanes and high-volume corridors.

Overall, lower cost mobility means more travel; more travel will mean greater employment access, and greater consumption of education and other services, products, and experiences. What should transit agencies do now? How best to move forward? First, understand and monitor the impacts of technology on travel behavior. Second, leverage modes and services to be complementary to transit, for example, first-and-last-mile services, door-to-door services, or a guaranteed ride home. Third, integrate the emerging technologies into public transportation, such as blind-spot warning / turning warning and collision-avoidance systems. This includes exploring using transit agencies to pilot test new automated technologies. Agencies and our APTA association can support transit in preparing and adapting the new technologies, and advocating for transit goals and strengths -- the market will still need high-capacity vehicle services and some travelers will not be able to afford market priced mobility services.

Automation creates a great deal of uncertainty regarding the future of transportation and public transportation. The uncertainty regarding the future challenges the longer time frames for major capital investments and creates a need for the public transportation professionals to position the industry to advocate for our customers and stakeholders as well as adapt and thrive in this dynamic environment.

You may be interested in the new TRB Special Report 319, for which Dr. Polzin served as a panel member, Between Public and Private Mobility: Examining the Rise of Technology-Enabled Services, available at the National Academies Press, www.nap.edu Released December 11, 2015, this report features policy recommendations for public transportation organizations -- as well as governmental entities -- in moving forward by 1) integrating services with the e-hail services available on smart phones and 2) standardizing aspects of taxi/limo and e-hail services such as Uber, Bridj, and Lyft.

Presenter:

11:30 a.m.–
1 p.m.

Lunch buffet in Grand Foyer

 

Small Operations
Grand Ballroom III

 

Mid-Size Operations Grand Balroom IV

 

Large/Multi-modal Systems Grand Ballroom V

 

Lunch Discussion by System Size

From the Grand Foyer, take your buffet lunch into a breakout room and join the group discussions organized by the size of your fleet at peak hour service. The small and mid-size system groups will be committee meetings. The large-system group will have an information exchange, updating one another on their challenges and successes. At the beginning of the afternoon session, the Chair & President's Round Table facilitators will summarize these break-out discussions.

Small Operations Committee Meeting, 100 or Fewer Buses
Facilitator:

  • 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


Facilitator:

  • 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
Facilitator:

  • Neil S. McFarlane, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, APTA Rail Transit Committee and Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; and General Manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

1:15–2 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II


 

Chair and President’s Round Table

New legislation, the regulatory environment, association initiatives, and members' hot topics

You are invited for a conversation with APTA’s Chair, President, and other association leadership about the new Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, regulations and upcoming Notices of Public Rule Makings, the association's scholarship and leadership programs, and our 2015-2019 Strategic Plan centered on safety and security, resource advocacy for funding and financing, workforce development, evolving lifestyles / changing demographics, and technological innovation. Bring up ideas and subjects you'd like to explore together.

Facilitators:

  • Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA, and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, APTA

Legislative and Regulatory Presenters:

  • J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Legislative Committee; Vice Chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; and Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY
  • Robert L. Healy, Jr., Vice President - Government Affairs, APTA
  • James P. LaRusch, Chief Counsel and Vice President - Corporate Affairs, APTA

2–4 p.m. Grand Ballroom I & II

Listening Session: APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration

Business members, board members, and transit CEOs engage in association improvements and partnerships

Opening Remarks: 
  • Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA, and Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
Facilitator:
  • Ann D. August, CCTM, Co-chair, APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration, and Professional Consultant, Ann August Consulting, Dalzell, SC
Presenters:
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Co-chair, APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration;
    Chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; and Chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Patrick J. Scully, Member, APTA Executive Committee, Co-chair, APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration; Chair,
    APTA Business Member Board of Governors; and Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries,
    Des Plaines, IL


4–4:15 p.m.

Grand Foyer

Networking Break


4:15–5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

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.

Presenters:

  • Gregory S. Dash, President, John A. Dash & Associates, Havertown, PA
  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., Vice President, Labor Relations, Transdev North America, Cincinnati, OH
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

8–10 a.m.
Majestic I


 

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:

  • Stephanie Wiggins, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Materials Management Subcommittee; and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
10–10:15 a.m.
Grand Foyer

Networking Break

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Majestic I

 

 

 

Deputy CEOs Track
Transformative Leadership

Analyzing your methods, inspiring creativity

Behind each successful company lies a culture that inspires excellence. A major component that drives this success is the introduction of a transformative leadership style into an organization. Transformative leadership has the ability to alter the destiny of an organization. Through the years, we have seen new-star entrepreneurs move their organizations from startups to billion dollar business enterprises. Advancements in computer technology have fueled innovation and created new models for moving and transporting people in ways we have never seen. This rapid, competitive evolution has encouraged organizations to promote not only, thinking outside of the box but breaking or at least disrupting in creating positive change. Drawing on comparative examples from some of the world’s most transformative business leaders and unique business cultures - this Leadership APTA Class of 2015's research paper produced a thought provoking resource that will help transit CEOs, deputy CEOs, and other industry professionals analyze their leadership methodologies to become agents for change and build focused, result-driven teams. In addition, readers will envision better ways to inspire willful efficiency through credibility, confidence, and collaboration.

Presenters:

  • Roland M. Cordero, Director of Maintenance & Vehicle Technology, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Sidney Dimanche, Manager, Systems Assurance, Bombardier-Airtrain JFK, Jamaica, NY
  • Kenyatta Lee, Senior Manager, Technology and Innovation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Kimberly J. Williams, J.D., Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

8–8:30 a.m.
Grand Foyer

CEOs Track
Continental Breakfast

Presiding Officer of the Day

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

8:30–10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

 

CEOs Track
Managing Board Ethics

Ethical governance: leading the organization's culture

Does your agency publish a code of ethics and conduct for its board? With close public scrutiny and the need for transparency, board members face seemingly complex, often subtle ethical issues in directing, influencing, and overseeing the agency's business. What happens when board members are propositioned with benefits by outside benefactors? Do they consult the agency's general counsel? Do they make demands on the CEO that could be considered beyond bounds? You may want to review the chapter on ethical governance in APTA's Transit Board Member Handbook, available for members only (log in as a member at www.apta.com) at: http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/2014-Transit-Board-Member-Handbook.pdf. Join this frank discussion, bring your issues.

Moderator:

  • Alexander D. Clifford, CEO/General Manager, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Santa Cruz, CA

Presenters:

  • Jill Hough, Ph.D., Chair, APTA Higher Education Subcommittee, and Associate Professor of Transportation, Program Director-
    Small Urban and Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Thomas M. Downs, Business Advisor, Network Rail Consulting Inc., Washington, DC
    (Has held positions as CEO/executive director and board chair/commissioner at Washington DC's Metro, New Jersey DOT, Amtrak, and the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (now FTA); he speaks about ethics for chief executives and
    board members.)

10–10:15 a.m.
Grand Foyer

Networking Break

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

 

CEOs Track
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 research comparable remunerations and benefits.

Learn how APTA's survey findings regarding compensation packages can be customized for your system size, and how your peers have used this data in their own negitiations last year.

And, based on the questions and discussion following Mr. Boylan's presentation on this topic a year ago, he has compiled additional information to better prepare you for executive compensation negotiations. 

Facilitator:

  • KellyAnne Gallagher, CAE, Assistant Vice President - Member Programs and Services, APTA

Presenter:

  • Christopher P. Boylan, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, APTA Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative Subcommittee; and Director, Transportation and Infrastructure, Harris Rand Lusk, New York, NY

Round Table:

  • David Cangany, Chief Executive Officer, South Bend Public Transportation Corporation, South Bend, IN
  • Bill Carpenter, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Secretary, APTA Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; and
    Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Rochester, NY
  • Claudia Amrhein, General Manager, Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, Kent, OH
  • Len Engel, Executive Director, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA

11:45 a.m.–
1 p.m.
Buffet
Grand Foyer

Lunch Program Grand Ballroom I & II

 

 


 

LUNCHEON PROGRAM
Building Private Sector Partnerships and Growing Your Own Teams with a New External Focus

When the business sector partners with public agencies, one outcome can be a new sports stadium without parking. In a unique relationship with LYNX, Orlando City is building a new, privately funded stadium in downtown Orlando with no onsite parking garage. The site is served by LYNX' BRT line. How does a CEO best begin these win-win relationships and build internal teams that focus on a newer external framework, as well as internal operations? Come hear from this keynote speaker who was voted CEO of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal, Orlando's Downtowner of the Year for his work in helping to develop the downtown area, and Entrepreneur of the Year by I-4 Business magazine. Recently inducted into the United Soccer League's Hall of Fame, Phil Rawlins was owner and director of his hometown English Premier League team, Stoke City FC, and founded OnTarget sales and marketing consultancy that worked with most of the world's leading technology companies. A great supporter of public transportation, Rawlins was honored by MBA Orlando as Community Champion.

Presenter:

  • Phil Rawlins, Founder and President, Orlando City Soccer Club, Orlando, FL
1:152:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

Diversity Inclusion: LGBT Listening Session

APTA's Diversity Council is developing activities and resources that APTA-member organizations can use to enhance the inclusiveness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community members in the workplace and in community and passenger outreach. This session will be to listen to your thoughts, questions, ideas, and best practices. This open discussion will center on legal and customer service aspects, as well as a work environment of acceptance. What are your agency's experiences? In which areas does your organization do well?
 
Presenters and Facilitators:
 
  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, APTA Diversity Council; Chair, Access Services; and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Co-chair, Diversity Council LGBT Task Force; Chair, Legislative Committee; Vice Chair, Sustainability Committee; and Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY 

2:453 p.m.
Grand Foyer

Networking Break

3–5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

 

CEOs XChange

Small group presentations and informal discussions on innovation and best practices
Presenters will tell their groundbreaking stories and facilitate small group discussions. Everyone will begin at one table and move to another for a new presentation, so you'll participate in more than one group during this session.
 

Moderator:

  • Carl G. Sedoryk, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; and General Manager/
    Chief Executive Officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
Facilitators:
Title VI and the Beavercreek Route Addition -- A New Film Documents a Community Victory over Bias
 
  • Mark Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Dayton OH

Providing Rides to Wellness for Non-Emergency Transportation Needs

  • Edgar H. Benning, General Manager/CEO, Mass Transportation Authority, Flint, MI

How Transit CEOs Can Use Social Media to Reach Millennials and New Audiences

  • Dwight A. Ferrell, General Manager & CEO, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro, Cincinnati, OH

Consistent Absenteeism Reductions: Strategies that Work

  • Brian R. Marshall, Director, Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express, Fresno, CA

Bridging the Last Mile - Public Transportation, Communities, and Businesses Partnering to Connect People to Jobs

  • 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

Using Transit Technology to Improve the Agency's Image

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

Bus Design to Mitigate Pedestrian Collisions

  • Neil S. McFarlane, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, APTA Rail Transit Committee and Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; and General Manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Porland, OR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

8–8:30 a.m.
Grand Foyer

Continental Breakfast

Presiding Officer of the Day

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

8:309:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

TCRP Report 181, Labor-Management Partnerships for Public Transportation

While the Sunday labor trends session focused on specific issues, agreements, and contract settlements in the past year -- such as pensions, wages, health benefits, the Affordable Care Act's excise tax, earned sick leave, family medical leave, and wages -- this morning, we'll hear from two of the co-principal investigators for Transit Cooperative Research Program Report 181, Labor-Management Partnerships for Public Transportation. The report/toolkit is available at www.tcrponline.org. We'll review the resources, skills, and guidance for public transportation managers and labor union leaders to establish and maintain good relationships.

Presenters:

  • Scott H. Baker, Senior Consulting Manager, Transportation Strategic Planning Services, AECOM, Arlington, VA
  • William F. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Workforce Solutions, LLC, College Park, MD
9:309:45 a.m. Grand Foyer Networking Break

9:4511:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

The Talent Review Process and Succession Planning

Managing the organization's talent movement is as important as managing the brand, finances and budget, or other key resource. The Talent Review or Assessment Process drives the organization's succession planning activities, putting the right people in the right positions at the right time for a sustainable leadership pipeline. This process allows the agency's leadership to identify high potential talent, assess potential and readiness, as well as the candidates' mobility status. This process allows the CEO and deputies to identify and prepare suitable employees as possible successors to incumbents in roles through job rotation, development, and mentoring, while aligning individual career aspirations with the transit agency's needs, as much as possible. Managers identify gaps in the short- and long-term leadership pipeline, then create action plans to fill those gaps. Join this discussion on five key steps in succession planning and the breakout discussions by system size. You'll find TCRP Report 162 of value: Building a Sustainable Workforce in the Public Transportation Industry--A Systems Approach. (www.tcrponline.org)
 

Moderator:

  • Faye Moseley, Vice President-Human Resources, Access Services, El Monte, CA

Discussants:

  • Samuel M. Desue, Jr., Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
  • Sue Dreier, Chief Executive Officer, Pierce Transit, Lakewood, WA
  • Ryan I. Daniel, WSO-CSS, Executive Director, St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission, St. Cloud, MN
  • Jesse D. Oliver, Esq., Member, APTA Board of Directors, and Deputy Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit

12–1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom I & II

 

CLOSING LUNCHEON
Working with the National Transportation Safety Board

A conversation...

In January, the NTSB released its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements -- the most challenging transportation safety issues on which it will focus attention for this year and beyond. The NTSB Chairman will discuss this annual roadmap as a way to assist in improving transportation safety and encourage agencies to take action. Regarding incidents, in this discussion, you'll learn more about how the NTSB works once its representatives arrive on site to investigate. Hear how the preventative measures it suggests have resulted in better environments, cost savings, and life-saving work habits.

Presenter:

  • Hon. Christopher A. Hart, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC

 

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