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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: January 19, 2017

 

Saturday, February 11

Registration

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Art Foyer, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Meeting

1 - 2 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 2, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Chair, Carl G. Sedoryk

Commuter Rail CEOs & Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittees Meeting

1 - 2 p.m.
Gallery 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Chairs, Doug Allen & Keith T. Parker

Pending Changes to APTA Governance and Bylaws

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 2, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Effective work by APTA’s Governance and Bylaws Review Task Force has led to a set of strategic recommendations that were approved unanimously by APTA’s Executive Committee and by an overwhelming vote of APTA’s Board of Directors. These changes will ensure that APTA will have a representative and effective governance structure. The changes outline a balanced composition for the APTA Board and Executive Committee, and clarify the Board’s standing as APTA’s strategic body, with the Executive Committee as the operational body. Please join APTA Chair Doran Barnes, and Governance and Bylaws Review Task Force Chair Nuria Fernandez as they go through recommended changes and the benefits that will come from them.
Presenters
  • Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Art Guzzetti, Vice President - Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

CEO Search Discussion

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 2, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Join us for a status update and discussion on APTA’s search for our next President & CEO.  We want to hear from you on what you believe are the most important attributes that the President/CEO should embody to lead APTA into the future.  This is one of a series of listening sessions that the CEO Search Task Force is holding to guide the development of the job description and the recruitment of APTA’s next leader.
     

Welcoming Reception

5 - 6 p.m.
Palm Terrace, 6th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

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 12

Registration

7 - 11 a.m.
Art Foyer, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

President's Breakfast for Newer CEOs

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Balboa 1, 5th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

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.
Host
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Continental Breakfast - CEOs Exchange

8 - 9 a.m.
Art Foyer, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Presiding Officer
  • Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Opening Session

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Host Welcome
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
Welcomes
  • Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Industry Perspectives

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Moderator
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Jeffrey Wharton, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; President, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Chairman, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Future Transit Challenges & Opportunities

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

The rapid development of automated vehicles, aligned with other market trends, will bring about big changes in the ways people move. Big corporate investments are betting on it. These forces will challenge traditional transit operations, but will also provide significant new opportunities. Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar and author of “Peers Incorporated: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism” will discuss how adjustments to business models coupled with innovation can favorably position public transportation agencies in an era where automobile ownership will be less prevalent.

Panelist
  • Robin Chase, Founder & Vice Chair, Zipcar, Cambridge, MA

Lunch by System Size: Executive Discussions

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Balboa Foyer, 5th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

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.
Facilitators
  • Andrew J. Johnson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Small Operations Committee; General Manager, Connect Transit, Normal, IL
  • W. Curtis Stitt, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mid-Size Operations Committee; President/Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Keith T. Parker, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Small Operations Committee (100 buses or fewer)

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Balboa 1, 5th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Mid-Size Operations Committee (101 - 500 Buses)

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Balboa 2, 5th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Large/Multi-Modal Systems (500+ and multimodal)

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Balboa 3, 5th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Generational Shifts in Transit Safety

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

New FTA and FRA oversight authority, Industry Implications and, Agency Case Studies

As FTA and the FRA implement their significant oversight authority the way they engage with State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOA) and even directly with Transit Agencies is evolving. While agencies large and small are managing a variety of topics, the number one priority has been and will always be safety. As such it is critical that CEO’s not only fully understand the new regulatory environment but specifically learn from those agencies that are on the leading edge of these new regulations and relationships. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has been partnering with the FTA on implementing an Safety Management System (SMS) pilot that even includes United Airlines. As the FTA has been responsible for the direct safety oversight of WMATA, this agency has a vast amount of experience in how new regulations and authorities can be used. These Agency Case Studies will delve into these changes and discuss what you as a CEO can do to create and improve your safety culture and overall safety program.

Presenters
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., Member, APTA Executive Committee; President, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Labor Relations Trends

3:45 - 5 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

This session will analyze labor activity of the past year from leading industry consultants. Please bring the labor reports provide at registration with you to the session.
Facilitators
  • Gregory Dash, President, John A. Dash & Associates, Havertown, PA
  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., Vice President, Labor Relations, Transdev North America, Cincinnati, OH

Transit CEO's Sunday Night Reception

6 - 8:30 p.m.
Stone Brewing World Bistro

APTA Transit CEOs Seminar Sunday Night Reception | Let’s celebrate transit.
Let’s celebrate each other and what we do for our cities, employees, and riders. Join us at our APTA Transit CEOs Seminar Sunday night reception at San Diego’s Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station to celebrate your hard work and dedication to the transit industry.
 
Sponsored by San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems, you’ll enjoy a reception where you can mingle with your CEO colleagues from across the country, complimentary transportation by San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), live music from Todo Mundo, professional step-n-repeat photography, natural and old-world approaches to food, home-grown brews, and local varietals.
  
Sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
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Monday, February 13

Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:30 a.m.
Art Foyer, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Presiding Officer
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Diversity Council; Vice Chair, APTA, APTA Finance Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

Deputy CEO: President & CEO's Breakfast for Deputy Chief Executives

8 - 10 a.m.
Gaslamp 1, 4th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Engage in a conversation over breakfast with APTA's Acting President & CEO about your career path, work experience, professional development you.
Host
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

CEO's Leadership Session: What's Your ROP? (Return on Purpose)

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Sheri Nasim, Founder and CEO of the Center for Executive Excellence will discuss the change in the American workforce. This session will provide actionable takeaways:

  • Learn why the single biggest challenge that an organization will ever face is its own success,
  • Discover how to codify, clarify and deploy your organizational purpose,
  • Hear examples from history, current research, and client case studies,
  • Get a roadmap for leveraging purpose as a competitive advantage and performance multiplier.
     

CEO's Professional Development Session: Using Social Media to Improve the Customer Experience in Good Times and Bad

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

The effective CEO is always looking to answer, “How am I doing?” with customers and stakeholders. Advanced social media analytics can help do that on a daily basis, but social media can also be an especially effective tool during critical incidents. Transit agency leaders can use this channel to directly deliver key messages and monitor public sentiment. This session features transit communication professionals and CEOs who are successfully using social media to advance their agendas and keep their communities growing.
 
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Moderators
  • Morgan Lyons, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Assistant Vice President, External Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Pauletta Tonilas, Chief Communications Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Presenters
  • Karl P. Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
  • Neil S. McFarlane, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; General Manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Elizabeth Presutti, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority-DART, Des Moines, IA

Deputy CEO: Deputy CEO's Session: Federal Government Relations

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Gaslamp 1, 4th Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

One of APTA’s most important jobs is to represent the interests of the industry in Washington, DC. While this effort is directly related to APTA’s Research, Communications, and Advocacy (RCA) program, it also requires APTA member involvement in the development of legislative and regulatory policy, direct member advocacy with elected officials, and work with coalition partners who share common goals. APTA regularly informs its membership about legislative issues that impact transit systems and businesses so that APTA members can make informed decisions and develop consensus recommendations that effectively advance the public transportation agenda at the federal level.
 
APTA’s Vice President – Government Affairs, Rob Healy, will facilitate this inactive session designed to solicit your views on the process, give you a better understanding of how APTA does its business at the federal level, and provide ideas on how you can play a role in that process.
Facilitator
  • Robert L. Healy, Jr., Vice President - Government Affairs, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Sheri Nasim - Ditch the Pyramid: Reimagining Leadership for the 21st Century

12 - 2 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

 This highly engaging presentation will help you understand how to meet the demands of rapid change by creating a culture that can respond swiftly, communicate freely and organize as a network of people motivated by a shared purpose.

21st Century Transit Policing

1:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Community relations and inclusion

Whether an agency has its own Transit Police force, contracts local law enforcement or has private security, the demands on these professionals has significantly increased as transit becomes a more central component of a city’s fabric. The last few years has seen changes in the means and methods of how law enforcement interacts and assists with the public it serves. Unlike a local law enforcement agency, a transit agency does not have a defined constituency but rather a customer base that can change on a daily basis. Transit police have become more than just law enforcement on your buses and trains, but now interact with customers at stations, attend community meetings, and work side-by-side with their partner agencies during city protests and special events; they are a central part of your operation and community. As transit grows so does the need for more training, better understanding of community” and the social and political issues that will need to be addressed. In no city has this topic come home more than Dallas where DART and Dallas PD officers were tragically killed while overseeing a protest in June 2016. Hear from the Chief of DART Police about the Task Force on 21st Century Policing and how his agency has been personally impacted by these evolving issues.

Session sponsored by Elerts Corporation
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Moderator
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Presenters
  • Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief, System Security & Law Enforcement Division, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • James D. Spiller, Chair, Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee; Chief of Police and Emergency Management, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Special Events Planning

4 - 5 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

Operations, security, political considerations, media

Special events that are planned out years in advance (RNC) or happen with short notice (sport championship parades) require attention to detail and leadership to ensure that an agency is elevated and performs at its best. This session will discuss how to create action plans, communication plans and empower your employees and stakeholders to meet the needs of your core riders while making sure the events your agency supports are well executed. As transit has become a core city or regional service, it is impossible to deliver a special event without transit playing a key role. Whether it be a small or large city, the fundamentals are the same and these panelist will provide you with the insights and lessons learned from their marquee events to help you was you refine your operational and contingency plans. Here about how Cleveland prepared for the Republican National Convention and also an amazing victory parade for the NBA Champ Cavs. San Diego MTS hosts a plethora of special events but will specifically discuss their involvement in hosting MLB’s All-Star Game. WMATA has also been invited to discuss the enormous planning necessary for the 2017 Inauguration as it is truly such a unique event.

Moderator
  • J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Legislative Committee; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Presenters
  • Joseph A. Calabrese, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, BRT Council; Chief Executive Officer, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
 

Tuesday, February 14

Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:30 a.m.
Art Foyer, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
Presiding Officer
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA

Workforce Development: Strategic Discussion on Workforce Shortages and Critical Maintenance and Engineering Talent

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

From keeping rolling stock in service to ensuring assets are kept in a state of good repair, the maintenance workforce is critical to an agency’s success. However, it is often not included in the strategic planning process. In this interactive session we will highlight the importance of planning for your workforce and discuss critical factors to consider, including recruitment, training and development and career planning.
Panelist
  • Inez Evans, Chief Operating Officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

The Trump Administration and the New Congress

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel

As the incoming Trump Administration and the 115th Congress take shape, what are the opportunities and challenges for public transportation? Will the new administration and Congress be able to agree on an infrastructure initiative that helps bring the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure closer to a state of good repair? Who will shape legislation that affects public transportation and what new views are they likely to bring to the task? Will an infrastructure effort come in the shape of increased federal spending or private sector financing? What role could a comprehensive tax reform bill play in advancing and paying for such investment? How will changes in Congress potentially impact that process, and how can APTA and its members influence the federal debate? And what other legislative and regulatory issues might the industry face in the year ahead?
 
APTA Legislative Committee Chair and Executive Director of the Transit Authority of River City, in Louisville, Kentucky, J. Barry Barker, and APTA Vice President, Government Affairs, Rob Healy will lead an interactive discussion on how APTA is positioning itself to take advantage of legislative opportunities, defend industry interests in the federal process and work with key players in the new administration and Congress.
Presenters
  • Robert L. Healy, Jr., Vice President - Government Affairs, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Legislative Committee; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY

Closing Luncheon: CEO Exchange Key Takeaways and Lessons Learned

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Gallery 1 - 3, 1st Floor, Omni San Diego Hotel
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