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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: Dec. 11, 2017


Saturday, February 10


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rail Transit CEOs & Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittees

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Opening Session

12 - 12:45 p.m.

(buffet lunch will be served)

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

CEOs Coordinating Council

1 - 2 p.m.

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

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

Industry Leadership Summit

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Coordination conversation with Transit Board Members and the Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) leadership.

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

"Learning from my peers, how can I continually improve?"

  • to be announced
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; Chair, APTA Awards Committee; 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.

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


7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

7:30 - 9 a.m.

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.

  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, Incoming President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

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

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Continental Breakfast & CEO Exchange

8 - 9 a.m.

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

9 - 11 a.m.

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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  • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • 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.

Stay tuned for details.

Workforce of the Future

1:15 - 3 p.m.

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.

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.

Public transportation is also experiencing workforce skills gaps that reflect national trends and challenges – lack of skilled employees -- being addressed by other industries.  APTA represents the transportation sector on the board of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (the Network), an organization under the auspices of the Business Roundtable (BRT), focused on bridging the skills gaps by better connecting the worlds of learning and work. The BRT is an association of CEOs of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving economy and global competitiveness.

Examine best practices as the BRT and Network are helping industries and employers adjust their hiring and business practices to focus on the competencies, skills and recognized credentialing opportunities for workers to have and develop in today’s evolving economy.
The session concludes with a report on the findings of a transit and development needs assessment conducted by the National Transit Institute to identify the future workforce training needs in public transportation.

Labor Best Practices Roundtable

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for details.

  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., Vice President, Labor Relations, Transdev North America, Cincinnati, OH

Monday, February 12

Deputy CEOs Leadership Workshop

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Stay tuned for details.

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

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Continental Breakfast & CEO Exchange

8 - 9 a.m.

Legislative and Regulatory Landscape

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Stay tuned for details.

Resiliency & Sustainability in Action

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Stay tuned for details.

LUNCHEON with Guest Speaker

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for details.

Cyber Security and Terrorism Briefing and Exchange

1:45 - 3:45 p.m.

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. This exchange, regarding cyber security and terrorism, as well as the sharing of lessons learned and the chance to join colleagues in 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.

Transit's Value Added and Ways to Monetize It

4 - 5:30 p.m.

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.

  • Kevin Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
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
Transit and the Metro Economy
  • Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY

Closing Reception

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
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