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  • Transit Board Members Seminar Program – Last updated August 1, 2013, adding PowerPoint presentation links

Transit board members and commissioners of APTA–member public transportation agencies are welcome to register for this seminar. Sessions and committee meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Please note that this is a preliminary program and is subject to change. For registrants arriving Friday, there will be a get-together at Threadgill's starting at 6 p.m. at 301 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704, across from the hotel.

* Sessions and events for both board members and support staff.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Padre Island


10 – 11:30 a.m.*
Big Bend A-D

This is APTA: Maximizing Your Membership*
Your best industry resource; how to get involved in leadership on a national scale

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you as a member and cover everything you want to know about getting involved in your association to gain the full value of your membership. Find your unique path to work with colleagues from all over the U.S. and Canada.



  • Doran J. Barnes, secretary/treasurer, APTA Board of Directors; board member, Access Services, El Monte, CA; executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Janet S. Tarantino, secretary of the district, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Francisco, CA 
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.*
Big Bend A-D

APTA Chair & President’s Roundtable
The national perspective

Board members and support staff will join the conversation with APTA's chair and president/CEO about the chair's initiatives including diversity, workforce development, strengthening the roles of transit and medical transportation, and new surface transportation legislation. Come with questions, comments, and direction to guide APTA's work on behalf of board members and transit agencies. 


  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Big Bend A-D

Transit Board Members Committee Meeting & Election of Officers

Chair Frederick L. Daniels, Jr.

You are welcome to attend this meeting, one of three convened each year: during this July seminar, in conjunction with the APTA Annual Meeting in September/October, and the Legislative Conference in March.  The election of committee officers will be held at this meeting.  According to the committee bylaws, candidates must submit a letter of intent and a letter of support from their board chair (unless they chair their board) to APTA 30 days prior to the election.  The chair, vice chair, secretary, and representatives for regions III and IV, V, and VII are open.

6 – 7 p.m.*
Foothill II, 17th Floor

Welcoming Reception

Mix and mingle…renew friendships and meet new colleagues at this high–energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for a week of networking and learning more about public transportation and your leadership style.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Today’s Presiding Officer:

  • Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., board member, APTA, chair, Transit Board Members Committee, and chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Padre Island


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.*
Hill Country Foyer

Continental Breakfast

Gospel singers sponsored by CorrLine International, LLC.

8:30 – 10 a.m.*
Hill Country A-D

Opening General Session: It's All About the People

Warm welcomes from Capital Metro and APTA

Whether it’s creating jobs or improving quality of life, public transportation plays a significant role in taking us there. And it's the people – employees, customers, board members, and everyone in your community whom we have to thank. Come join this session to discuss industry priorities and governance practices, and enjoy host Capital Metro's Southwestern hospitality.



  • Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., board member, APTA, chair, Transit Board Members Committee, and chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA


  • Mike Martinez, board chairman, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Linda Watson, president/chief executive officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

  • Sandy Guzman, Legislative Director for Texas state senator Kirk Watson, Austin, TX
  • Honorable Samuel T. Biscoe, Travis County Judge and member, Capital Area Planning council of Governments Executive Committee, Austin, TX
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

  • Beth Vidaurri, chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee, and manager of the executive office, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Capital Metro will oversee its raffle drawing and provide gifts to the winners!

10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.*
Hill Country A-D

Resolving Conflict: Understanding What Motivates People
Ways to assess the situation and focus on everyone's needs to achieve the best outcome

Join the discussion and contribute your ideas in this leadership development workshop. How do leaders best discuss the issues, ask the right questions, and build strong relationships? Learn more about your individual approach and gain powerful perspectives. Improve the way you handle conflict and create resolutions to move forward.  Participate in this interactive worksop to lead conflict resolution with less stress and more time spent on the successful outcomes. You will have the opportunity to practice recognizing others' motivations during role playing set within a safe, supportive training environment.

Tami Gaines, MBA, founder, Sage Enterprises, LLC, Montclair, NJ

12 – 2 p.m.
Buffet - Texas Foyer East



Regions I, II & VII
Room: Texas V
David M. Stackrow, CPA
Marcel C. Acosta
Bernard Blanchet

Regions III & IV
Room: Texas VI
Andre Gibson
Bonita Johnson

Region V
Room: Texas VII
Facilitator: Jeff Walker


Region VI
Room: Texas III
Facilitator: Carol Herrera

Board Members Luncheon: Discussion by APTA Region
Enjoy this energetic discussion of legislative and other topics of your choice.

Take your buffet lunch into a breakout room to join your group for an open discussion of ideas on the economic vitality and sustainability of your transit agency.

  • Region I: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island
  • Region II: Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina
  • Region VII: Canada


  • Region III: Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Region IV: Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota


  • Region V: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri


  • Region VI: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii


2:30 - 3 p.m.
Hill Country A-D

Report-outs of the lunchtime discussions by APTA region

The facilitators of the discussions will report to the entire group of board members the issues that were raised, how APTA can be of help, and the best ways to engage more board members in their national association. 

3 – 5 p.m.
Hill Country A-D

MAP–21 and Beyond
Legislative goals for the public transportation industry

The transportation authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), includes performance measures, a new safety program, and other requirements that board members at individual systems will need to understand. It also expires in just over a year, meaning that Congress and the industry must develop and negotiate the terms of a new bill in the year ahead. Congress could also act on issues related to commuter benefits in the tax code, financing the Mass Transit Account that funds the federal transit program, and bills dealing with commuter rail safety systems and high-speed intercity passenger rail.  Learn more about how Congress and federal law affects your transit system and what kind of policies APTA's committees are developing to address industry concerns in the federal area. 


6 – 9 p.m.*

Capital Metro's Dinner Boat Cruise

Courtesy of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, enjoy a fajita dinner aboard a boat on Lady Bird Lake to see the world's largest urban bat population.

The dinner cruise is sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Today’s Presiding Officer:

  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, board member, APTA and American Public Transportation Foundation; vice chair, Transit Board Members Committee and its Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.*
Hill Country Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Hill Country A-D

Workshop – The Board's Selection of the CEO, Part 1
"Superheros!" Determining the Qualities Needed and Hiring a New CEO
How the board makes its assessment and sets its priorities

Each board determines where in the organization's cycle its needs are as they relate to a new top executive. The board assesses the current political and capital situations and the health and needs of the agency; deliberates about the skills and qualities a new CEO will ideally bring; and sets priorities.  While it's easy to design needs that only a superman or superwoman could meet, the board will tend to set high standards for a CEO with evidence of vision and strategic thinking, team leadership and communication skills, knowledge of technology and good business practices, customer orientation, and more.  You will hear from board members who have recently hired a new CEO about their hiring process and participate in discussions organized by system size:  small systems (100 or fewer buses); medium (101–500 buses); and large/multi–modal systems (over 500 buses and/or more than one mode).


  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, board member, APTA and American Public Transportation Fouondation; vice chair, Transit Board Members Committee and its Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Presenters and Facilitators:

  • Small-size transit systems: Ed Hildreth, co-chair, Transit Board Members Committee Engagement & Membership Subcommittee, APTA, and board member, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Mid-size transit systems: Johnnye P. Lassiter, board member, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (MAX), Birmingham, AL
  • Large/multi-modal transit systems: Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., chair, Transit Board Members Committee, member, APTA Board of Directors, and chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Large/multi-modal transit systems: Tom Nolan, chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Hill Country A-D

Workshop – The Board's Selection of the CEO, Part 2
"Onboarding" and Goal Setting with Your New CEO
Beginning a new era at your agency

The board will want to plan how the new CEO is introduced to community leaders and elected officials – "onboarding."  The board will discuss the challenges and help the CEO to set leadership goals relating to the the organization's priorities; allocation of time; relationship with the board, staff, and the community; and performance of the transit system.  As well, strategic planning and long–term system growth will be balanced with shorter–term financial and managerial leadership. One new CEO began work at the transit system with surveys of employees and community stakeholders to help determine the top five things they thought he should accomplish. This continuation of the workshop on selecting the CEO will also feature breakout discussions by system size. 


  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall

Presenters and Facilitators:

  • Small-size transit systems: Ed Hildreth
  • Mid-size transit systems: Johnnye P. Lassiter
  • Large/multi-modal transit systems: Frederick L. Daniels, Jr.
  • Large/multi-modal transit systems: Tom Nolan

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hill Country A-D

Regionalism: Leading a Service Expansion to a County or Multi–Jurisdictional System
New institutional models with a 'customer–first' focus

Communication is often the most important and most difficult aspect of any new effort. Attend this session to learn from trial and error and hear best practices to develop your unique local or regional business model for expanding or creating services, including financial factors and an understanding of the market. 


  • Beverly A. Silas, member, APTA Board of Directors, and board member, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX


  • David Anderson, P.E., D.WRE, chairman, City of Austin Planning Commission, and client services manager, CDM Smith, Austin, TX
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, vice president, strategic planning & development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Hill Country A-D

Procurement and Construction Management Oversight

What Board Members Need to Know

The board member's role in construction projects will be the focus of this discussion. 


  • Jerry Smiley, AICP, mountain south central transit/rail business leader, URS Corporation, Dallas, TX


  • Larry Hoy, director, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Edward L. Mortimer, director, government relations, URS Corporation, Arlington, VA


Invitation to 2014 Transit Board Members Seminar & Board Support Employee Development Workshop:

  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, board member, APTA and American Public Transportation Foundation; vice chair, Transit Board Members Committee and Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

This luncheon is sponsored by URS Corporation, Wells Fargo Securities, Inc. and local organizations.


1:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Capital Metro Field Visit

You are invited to visit the Crestview Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Board members will leave the hotel via a Capital Metro bus at 2 p.m. heading for Downtown Rail Station.  At 2:15, Metro Rail leaves the station for Midtown Commons TOD with its live/work spaces - retail spaces where shop owners live upstairs.  The developer, Trammel Crow Company, will show both spaces. This TOD is the only Platinum LEED certified not-for-profit in the U.S. There is also a community-owned brew pub owned by 400 people who each contributed about $100; it is on the busiest bus route which next year will become a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route and it's on a commuter rail line as well.  A bus will take the board members to the reception.

5 – 6:30 p.m.*

Capital Metro Reception

Capital Metro is offering a reception at Stubb's Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St., Austin. Buses will transport registrants from the reception back to the hotel.

Reception sponsored by:

 CDM Smith


Herzog Transit Servies, Inc.

 Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, Inc.

McDonald Transit Associates, Inc.

 MV Transportation Inc.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today’s Presiding Officer:

  • Randall Chrisman, co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; secretary, Transit Board Members Committee and chair of its Legislative Subcommittee; and board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.*
Hill Country Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Hill Country A-C

Funding, Financing, and Revenue Sources
Capitalizing on available resources, creating new ones

Innovative approaches to developing new revenue streams, funding opportunities, and financing programs are among board members' top priorities. Discussion will include a primer on public-private partnershps, with a critical examination of what PPPs can bring to the table, and what they cannot bring. Attend this session to hear about new and existing programs as well as their regulatory and political constraints. 


  • Michael I. Schneider, member, APTA Board of Directors, chair, APTA Committee on Public Private Partnerships, and  senior vice preident, HDR/InfraConsult, Los Angeles, CA

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Hill Country A-C

Strategic Planning at the Board Level + The Board's Role in Setting the Organizational Culture
How the board's agenda reflects the agency's strategic plan

Capital Metro board members and staff will discuss developing and implementing the strategic plan and how the board's leadership has affected the organizational culture for this bus and rail system centered in Austin, Texas. 


  • John Langmore, vice chair, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Elaine Timbes, deputy chief executive officer/chief operations officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Patti Summerville, principal, Summerville Consulting, Austin, TX

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Hill Country A-C

Success Stories: Transit Board Members' Peer–to–Peer Exchange
Presentations on case studies, best practices, and new programs

This session features new ideas by high performers (like you) about initiatives that will spark ideas that may work in your organization.


 Fueling Buses and Funding Improvements to Support Alternative Fuels such as CNG

  • John Valls, chairman, Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

One Team, One Goal: A new Day for BJCTA

Rail's Positive Economic Impact in Downtown Little Rock

  • Nicole Heaps, chairman, Central Arkansas Transit Authority, North Little Rock, AR

Washington DC Metro Board's Safety Initiatives

Santa Cruz Board's Healthy Food Option Policy - and the Process to Adopt It

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