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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2018 Transit CEOs Seminar will delve into topics relevant to your vision and skills in advancing your organization! Chief executives and deputy CEOs - senior executives whose careers aim towards becoming CEOs - of APTA-member public transportation agencies are invited to join us at the Hyatt Regency Miami for an insightful 3 days.​​​​​​​

​​Please note that this program is preliminary and subject to change.

Last Updated: Jan. 11, 2018

 

Saturday, February 10

Registration

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Azalea, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

DAY THEME: Leadership & Policy Development: Planning an Integrated Approach

11 a.m. -

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Chair, Karen H. King

Rail Transit CEOs & Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittees

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hibiscus, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Chairs, Neil S. McFarlane & Doug Allen 
 

Opening Session

12 - 12:45 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

(buffet lunch will be served)


Host Welcome
  • Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director, Department of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL
Welcomes
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

CEOs Coordinating Council

1 - 2 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Organizing the voice, message, and agenda of Transit CEOs within APTA

The role of the Transit CEOs Coordinating Council will be two-fold - to ensure all CEO committees are represented in major APTA decisions and that all CEO committees can be consulted through a single governing council. This advancement of operations aligns the CEO committees with the functioning of the BMBG and the Transit Board Members reporting and decision-making structure.

Moderator
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Industry Leadership Summit

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Coordinating conversation with Transit Board Members, Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG), and Transit CEOs

In November 2018, APTA will host its first Industry Leadership Summit, bringing together the key leaders in the public transportation industry; Transit CEOs, Business Members, and Board Members. This session will highlight the similarities in priorities of these three distinct APTA membership categories. Join us as we work together to ensure cooperative leadership.

Moderator
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Panelists
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Vice Chair, APTA; Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Immediate Past Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Jeffrey Wharton, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; President, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC

CEO Leadership Development

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Learn from peers, continually improve

This session will highlight how industry leaders have addressed challenges and improved upon their efforts to create the best transit systems possible. Come prepared to share how you have improved your agencies though networking, lessons learned, and involvement in APTA.

Session sponsored by Elerts
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Sponsor Recognition
  • Chris Russo, Executive Vice President, Elerts Corporation, Weymouth, MA
Moderator
  • Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
Labor Relations
  • Peter Varga, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
Board Relationships
  • Jeanne Krieg, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Immediate Past Chair, Small Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA
Media/Crisis Management
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA

Welcome Reception

5 - 6 p.m.
Upper Promenade, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

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.

 

Sunday, February 11

Registration

7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Azalea, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

DAY THEME: The Future of Mobility: Developing an Implementation Action Plan

7:30 a.m. -

President and CEO's Breakfast for New CEOs & Deputy CEOs

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Orchid CD, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

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. Deputy CEOs are invited to engage in a conversation about your career path, work experience, and professional development.

Presenters
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Continental Breakfast & CEO Exchange

8 - 9 a.m.
Lower Promenade, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Mobility at a Crossroads: Transit Adaptation Strategies and the Path Forward

9 - 11 a.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Our long-standing notions about mobility are about to change. Public transportation is facing the greatest transformational moment of our generation. Technology is facilitating such change, at a pace difficult to keep up with. Some of that will be disruptive to our industry. 

But this is also a time of great opportunity. Public transportation agencies are positioned to become the backbone of an emerging network of mobility providers involving new and different partners and technologies.

Looking ahead, public buses, subways, streetcars, and commuter trains will complement driverless automobiles by serving as our transportation network’s high-capacity trunk lines. Transit agencies, serving as mobility managers, will bring all means of travel together into an integrated, customer-friendly service removing the hassle of trip planning and one-off payments.
 
Sound futuristic? It’s not that far off. Our panel of big-thinkers will say why.
 
Session sponsored by GIRO Inc.
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Sponsor Recognition
  • Arjan van Andel, Director, Mobility on Demand, GIRO Inc., Annapolis, MD
Moderator
  • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • Tony Seba, Keynote Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Advisor, and Instructor, Continuing Studies Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Neil J. Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
  • Robert Puentes, President and CEO, Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Javier Rodriguez, P.E., Executive Director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Miami, FL

LUNCHEON: Federal Partners Roundtable

11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lower Promenade, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Join us in a robust discussion with representatives from the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration on the future of transit in America. They will provide insight for next steps in dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, investing in workforce development, and new technologies.

Presenter
  • Hon. K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Workforce of the Future

1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Executive leaders in public transportation recognize their pivotal role in reinventing their organizations, defining a progressive culture, responding to evolving needs of customers, communities, and stakeholders, and delivering high-quality performance. This three-part session will provide insight and tactics used by your peers. 

Part 1
Learn how one of your peers is transforming the culture of their organization to build and sustain a highly-recognized and respected workforce of the future.
 
Part 2  
Transit agencies are developing cutting-edge apprenticeship programs for the frontline workforce created through the partnerships of management, labor, education and government support. These programs help to establish career pathways to critical jobs in the transit industry. Learn how existing apprenticeship programs in Cleveland, Santa Clara Valley, and Philadelphia are providing technical training and curricula, and opportunities for career progression for bus and rail operators and maintainers. These model programs may help you “grow” your own.
 
Part 3
This session concludes with a preliminary report of a transit and development needs assessment conducted by the National Transit Institute (NTI). The purpose of the assessment is to identify future workforce training needs for public transportation.
 
Moderator
  • Sue Dreier, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Corporation (Pierce Transit), Lakewood, WA
Panelists
  • Jerry R. Benson, Ph.D., President/CEO, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Joseph A. Calabrese, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Nuria I. Fernandez, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager/CEO, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Robert B. Noland, Ph.D., Director, Voorheees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Policy, New Brunswick, NJ

Labor Best Practices Roundtable

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

A look at the past, a plan for the future

Join us as Tom Hock leads a roundtable discussion on labor issues in public transportation. Bring your best ideas and labor problems to the table.

 
Session sponsored by Future Systems, Inc.
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Sponsor Recognition
  • Mark Sidon, Technical Director, Future Systems Inc., Toronto, ON
Moderator
  • to be announced
Presenter
  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., President, Transit Labor Services LLC, Bradenton, FL
 

Monday, February 12

DAY THEME: Enterprise Risk Management: Funding, Safety, and Cyber Security: A CEO's Primary Responsibility

7:30 a.m. -

Transit Agency Deputies: Next in Command – First-Rate in Leadership Workshop

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Orchid CD, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Transit agency deputies play instrumental roles in supporting their chief executive, boards, staff, stakeholders, partners and many others. Some hold their positions for a few years and move on; some are in these positions for much longer. You as deputies bring strength and leadership to the foundation and future of your organizations. You represent your organization and your chief executive. You provide, and role-model, the critical leadership skills and experiences to carry out your roles and exceed expectations. And, at a moment’s notice, you may be asked to take charge. 
 
This early morning workshop provides a forum to hear insights from industry leaders and fellow colleagues to engage in frank conversation on issues, challenges, and key leadership competencies that matter the most to this group.
 
Our planned conversation topics include:            
  • What factors are driving the shifting and changing landscapes in which you operate? 
  • What new responsibilities have you recently assumed?  Are you being set up for success? 
  • What new tools, skills, safety nets, and partners do you now need to succeed and sustain levels of expected excellence and contributions?  
  • Your career journeys, pathways, and decisions -- did you land where you are by design or by luck? 
  • How will you leverage the expertise of those in the room? What do new successes look like? What does your new plan look like?
Facilitator
  • Shawna Russell, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA), Harrisburg, PA
Discussants
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Vice Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Assistant Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • Hunter Harvath, Assistant General Manager, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA

Continental Breakfast & CEO Exchange

8 - 9 a.m.
Lower Promenade, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Legislative and Regulatory Landscape

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

APTA Legislative Committee leaders and government affairs staff will lead this interactive discussion on legislative and regulatory issues that will impact the industry in the year ahead. Issues will include the status of the FY 2018 Appropriations and how that bill affects the Capital Investment Grant program going forward, the Administration budget proposal for FY 2019, status of a federal infrastructure initiative, and development of APTA recommendations on the next authorization bill. The session will also review Administration efforts to streamline regulations and how APTA works with coalition partners to advance its legislative agenda.

Planning Resilient Infrastructure

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Designing your system and your community to withstand extreme weather

Although South Florida has endured many storms over the years, the growing intensity and impact of recent storms has underscored the need for community design and infrastructure that will withstand increasingly severe weather. South Florida has planned accordingly, and their story has lessons and take-aways that can inform how other regions plan and prepare.

Local leaders will describe those efforts, with an eye on the over-arching principles that are applicable to transit agencies everywhere. The commitment to sustainability is also a core value going forward.
 
Moderator
  • J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Discussants
  • Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director, Department of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL
  • Jack L. Stephens, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Thomas J. Murphy, Jr., Former Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, PA and Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC

LUNCHEON: Why Corporations are Seeking to Locate in Transit-rich Environments

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Amazon has made it clear that high-performing public transportation service will among their top criteria as they select a location for their second corporate headquarters. They are not alone.  In recent years, Marriott, McDonalds, Panasonic, and Motorola are among the several dozen corporations that have located or relocated to places where transit can provide access to the high-tech, high-skill talent required for them to succeed in the current “knowledge economy.” Research by Brookings Institution puts its finger on why public transportation is essential to the effectiveness of the regional economies of today.

Guest Speaker
  • Adie Tomer, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Terrorism and Cyber Security Address and Exchange

1:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Transit security is an important concern for transit CEOs. The inclusion of the executive team as well as the engagement of transit employees, the riding public, federal partners, and state and local law enforcement is critical to ensuring the safety and security of transit systems in preventing crime and terrorism. The TSA Administrator and FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism will provide insights and priorities on stakeholder partnerships regarding cyber security and terrorism. The sharing of lessons learned and the chance to join colleagues in a conversation regarding the importance of security, demonstrates that “Safety and Security Is Our Number One Priority” isn’t just an expression, it’s a pledge.

Introductions
  • Lester W. Bryant, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Board Secretary, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
Presenters
  • Hon. David P. Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Washington, DC
  • Christine Halverson, Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, DC
Moderated Exchange
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL (invited)

Transit's Value Added and Ways to Monetize It

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Jasmine, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Transit adds value to communities, businesses, and regional economies in a wide range of ways. Corporations are identifying transit as a prerequisite in making their location decisions. They do so to access the pool of skilled workers that today’s economy demands, and because of the appeal of transit-oriented communities. Our discussion will amplify on transit as a spark for community investment and the ways transit agencies might monetize those forces.

Moderator
  • Kevin Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster
Corporate Funding for Transit Stations
  • John M. Nations, President & CEO, Bi-State Development Agency, St. Louis, MO
Corporate Relocations and Transit
  • Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Transit and Tolling: Perfect Together
  • Christopher Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road & Tollway Authority , Atlanta, GA
New Ways to Attract the Student Sector
  • Karl P. Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

Closing Reception

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lower Promenade, Terrace Level, Hyatt Regency Miami

Join your fellow CEOs as you reflect on the lessons learned for the 2018 Transit CEOs Seminar, take this time to make connections to strengthen your leadership and agency.

 

 
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