Come and learn about all the latest trends in transit, including a look at electric buses, autonomous vehicles, and a keynote address that will discuss how forging partnerships can help boost the services public transit offers to their communities. Also featured is a special training session from the National Transit Institute and the return of the Transit Maintenance Forum, which focuses on all the latest topics staff is facing in the shop. In addition to all that, BusCon also gives you the opportunity to network with your public transit peers, as well as peers from other bus industries.
Highlighted Transit/Paratransit exhibitors include:
Last updated: August 5, 2019
Gary is the Harford Transit LINK Administrator, a small-urban locally operated transit system in Maryland, and the current sitting president of the Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM), a non-profit organization that supports locally operated transit systems in Maryland. To better serve the TAM membership efforts were made to improve vendor participation and financial results. Gary has refocused the organization towards growth and training opportunities, relocated the TAM office into facilities which now host training for Maryland transit agencies, diversified fiscal management growing the reserves by 30% and has relocated the “Annual TAM Conference”. Additionally, Gary serves on the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board and the Harford County Accident Review Board. His career spans more than 30 years of management experience in distribution, transportation both private & public, and warehousing, twenty years managing single facilities, and ten years managing multiple facilities along with regional director responsibilities primarily in the food, MRO and third party distribution industry. He is a results oriented manager committed to improving bottom line performance along with team building, operation turnaround/revitalization and optimizing costs with controlled planning and strengthened operational procedures. He works to build long-term partnerships, build leaders and motivate organizations to higher levels of performance.
Mr. Brady is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 28 years of experience in vehicle engineering and testing and wind tunnel testing. Testing experience includes heavy duty trucks and buses, aircraft, fuel-cell, electric, hybrid, and solar-powered vehicles as well as rail vehicles. Mr. Brady has supported the FTA Bus Testing Program for more than 25 years as well as other Federal, State and commercial agencies and organizations.
Mike Brock is the President and Technical Director for Immersed Technologies, a technical training services and communications company. He is also the lead program manager for technical training courses and service publications for predominately automotive and transportation industry clients, including Audi of America, Los Angeles Metro, BYD Heavy Duty Industries, Kia Motors America, Karma Automotive, and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC). Immersed Technologies is a major industry partner with the SCRTTC. With more than 20 years of experience as a technical writer, technical trainer and project manager, Mike is equally business-minded and passionate about his work. He understands that clients’ objectives span departments, and he never loses sight of what it means to break new ground. Mr. Brock combines his experience and expertise to bring a level of understanding, problem solving, and insightful expertise to complex projects. He is a speaker at national learning and development conferences and his projects have earned numerous industry awards.
Scott Conroy is the area vice president for First Transit’s East Region Campus Transit and Shuttle operations. Scott oversees 25 university and airport systems across a broad spectrum of service needs. Scott joined First Transit following the acquisition of Cognisa Transportation in January of 2007. With over 25 years of experience in contract management for public and private institutions, he has developed a team which brings together talented mobility specialists to meet unique customer needs.
Jodi Glock is the Administrative Supervisor for Harford Transit LINK, a small-urban locally operated transit system in Maryland and serves on the Transportation Association of Maryland’s Roadeo Committee. She has over 22 years in accounting, grant and federal funding experience with seven years in public transit, five of those years performing contract operations oversight, program administration, and contract management, 2 years in direct transit operations and fifteen years higher education, finance management and accounting. Supervising the transit accounting team, she is a transformation leader. She works with her team to identify opportunities for change, developing methods to implement in tandem with all areas of transit operations, the County impacted programs and services. Through her fiscal team oversight she develops and manages proposed budgets for operations and projects, grant reimbursements, identifies additional funding for growth opportunities and has streamlined financial processes.
Frances Grinstead has been working in bio-decontamination for over a decade and has been at the forefront of innovation in high-level disinfection in high traffic facilities nationally and internationally. As the first to develop a truly portable decontamination device and the first to establish a bio-decontamination service for the purpose of outbreak control, she has created a market that others now emulate, all in an effort to improve innovation and understanding of infection prevention and control. Specializing in organizations with high traffic areas, she has personally worked with multiple facilities to develop and implement fact-based programs to minimize risks, helping prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Chelsey Hohensee is Manager of Operations at the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), which is based in Moline, Illinois and provides fixed-route, paratransit, and passenger ferryboat services within the Illinois Quad Cities. Chelsey currently oversees MetroLINK’s operations, maintenance, and facilities departments. Prior to joining MetroLINK in 2011, Chelsey spent four years as Senior Planner with the Bi-State Regional Commission, which serves as the MPO in the Greater Quad Cities Area.
Mark Kerstens leads ChargePoint’s Global Fleet Solutions team. Prior to this role he managed strategic sales throughout Europe for the company. Mark has more than 20 years in the energy industry across the U.S., U.K., France and Poland serving in senior roles at global energy companies including BP. In addition, he’s held positions as the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and later the CEO of a Silicon Valley based solar technology startup. He currently resides in San Francisco.
David Klinikowski serves as director of the Bus Research and Testing Center operated by the Larson Institute at Penn State. The Bus Research and Testing Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, employs a staff of approximately 30 engineers, technicians, mechanics and administrative support staff. The testing program is actively researching and testing new transit technologies, vehicle emissions, test methods, advanced materials and propulsion systems, vehicle durability, reliability, safety and performance. Mr. Klinikowski's responsibilities also include the direction of the test track operations at the Larson Institute's Research and Testing Facility, located in State College, Pa.
Regional Support Manager for the NA Bus market located in Columbus, Indiana. Kyle has been with Cummins for 5 years, 4 of which were spent in Powertrain Integration Engineering working on vehicle performance features for On-Highway HD Trucks.
As Senior Director of Business Development for North America, Warren is responsible for business alliances and partnerships in the eastern United States and for helping public and private mobility service providers plan, deploy, and manage new mobility services. Warren brings 30+ years of successful software sales and business development experience in the fields of fleet management, route optimization, geospatial platforms, and more. Prior to joining Bestmile, Warren was Vice President of Sales at fleet management software company Telogis (acquired by Verizon), and at mapping software maker deCarta (acquired by Uber).
Mr. Jeff Peterson has more than 20 years of sales experience, including nearly a decade of experience in technology-focused roles. He joined First Transit in 2016 and leads the company’s pursuit and development of shared autonomous vehicle opportunities. Throughout his career, Jeff has fostered relationships with potential clients to fully understand their needs and develop strategies to achieve their goals. To this end, he works with operations teams and senior leadership to identify the best solutions for its clients’ mobility needs. Jeff has been instrumental in First Transit’s growth and leadership in the automated vehicle space, and plays a vital role in the company’s strategic direction in this emerging market.
Robin Phillips joined National RTAP as Executive Director in 2014. She now has four and half years of experience with National RTAP and more than 20 years of experience working with transit and FTA programs. Ms. Phillips began working with transportation at Oregon DOT in 1997 to write a multimodal intercity policy and implement a program - the Oregon and Washington Intercity Networks were the first of many results. She worked with Greyhound to implement private match for FTA grants and other private operators to build strong connections with intercity, local and regional services. Ms. Phillips went to law school at Willamette University and has a BA in History from Reed College in Portland, OR. Robin practiced law for five years, including four years with US DOJ.
G Satish is the co-founder and CEO of Connixt, a cloud-mobile solutions provider focused on Asset Integrity and Force Efficiency for the transit, OEM and utility industries. Satish is a serial entrepreneur with a successful international track record in complex, enterprise, mobile and big data / analytics solutions for asset-intensive industries. Connixt’s pre-built cloud-based mobile apps digitize maintenance, inspection and workshop processes and workflows within days. Connixt implementations integrate with multiple back-end systems with minimal IT impact to deliver process efficiencies, out-of-the-box reporting and automated condition-based workflows. Transit customers have used Connixt to digitize processes related to SGR, MAP21, safety and compliance, Daily inspection reports, condition assessment and maintenance planning.
Mitch Skyer began his transit career in 2002, founded Solstice Transportation Group in 2007, and co-founded Passio Technologies in 2010. He currently serves as president of both organizations, providing universities, corporations, airports, healthcare facilities and municipalities with technology and consulting for transportation and parking operations. Mitch serves in leadership roles for the Georgia Transit Association, the Parking and Transportation Association of Georgia, and is on the board of directors for the Mid South Parking and Transportation Association. He earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo and has lived in suburban Atlanta for more than 25 years.
Ryan is the Customer Support Manager for the NA Bus and Off-Highway markets located in Columbus, Indiana. He has been with Cummins for 11 years in various service engineering and customer support roles, with 9 years focused on bus. Prior to Cummins he worked on heavy equipment in a Southern Indiana coal mine for 3 years. He has spent his entire life to date working on various junk machines on a family farm, also in Southern Indiana.
First-class workshops, seminars, panels, and roundtable discussions led by the brightest minds in the bus industry
Relationship building, one-on-one meetings, and exclusive networking functions for registered operators
Chris Pangilinan, Head of Global Policy, Public Transportation, Uber
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