Sept 23-25, 2019 | Indiana Conv Center, Indianapolis, IN

2019 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Luis Montoya

Luis Montoya

Planning and Development Manager, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART)

Luis Montoya is the Planning and Development Manager at the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), where he oversees route development, scheduling, and service planning. As a mid-sized transit agency operating urban, suburban, and commuter transit services, DART seeks to leverage technology and new mobility models to adapt to evolving customer preferences and meet the needs of a growing region. Prior to joining DART, Luis was the Director of Livable Streets at the SFMTA, and he holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT.

Chris Pangilinan

Chris Pangilinan

Head of Global Policy, Public Transportation, Uber

Chris Pangilinan is the Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation at Uber. In this role, Chris works to help transit agencies and riders harness Uber's technology platform to make transit more convenient and easier to use. Prior to joining Uber, Chris was a program director at the non-profit research and advocacy organization TransitCenter, and served in various roles at New York City Transit, the San Francisco MTA, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the US Department of Transportation.

Session Speakers

Gary Blazinsky

Gary Blazinsky

Administrator, Harford Transit LINK

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. 

Stephen Brady

Stephen Brady

Lead Senior Engineer, Booz Allen Hamiton

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

Mike Brock

President and Technical Director, Immersed Technologies

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.

Jeff Cassell

Jeff Cassell

President, Motorcoach Safety Training Company

For seven years, Jeff worked at a senior level of the AIG group. He led the Captive Insurance Group in Bermuda, working with some of the largest companies in North America. Ford, Texaco, Mobil, Pfizer were just a few of his clients. Jeff then became the V.P. Corporate Risk Manager for the Laidlaw group and held that position for almost 21 years. Laidlaw operated almost 45,000 buses. Included in Jeff’s responsibilities was identifying and reducing risks including the leadership of the safety practices. The safety team reduced the accident rate by almost 78% as a rate to miles driven and the cost of losses by almost 56% as a rate to revenue.
Jeff is now the president of three companies - The School Bus Safety Company (SBSC), The Transit & Paratransit Company (TAPTCO) and The Motorcoach Safety Training Company (MCSTCO). Jeff led the creation of comprehensive, systematic, integrated training courses for each of these operations. These training courses are used by more than 3,000 school districts, 450 transit agencies and almost every contractor.

Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke

General Counsel, Director of Regulatory Affairs, NGVAmerica

Mr. Clarke serves as the General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs for NGVAmerica.  NGVAmerica is the national trade association dedicated to promoting natural gas as a transportation motor fuel.  Mr. Clarke has extensive experience in energy policy and regulatory affairs, having previously worked in government relations for the American Gas Association and in a previous role for NGVAmerica. Prior to rejoining NGVAmerica in August of 2006, he worked for New West Technologies, serving as a Senior Project Manager, providing regulatory and legislative support for government agencies.  He also previously worked in the Washington Office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), serving as a policy analyst, supporting transportation programs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.  Mr. Clarke has a J.D. in law from the University of Baltimore and an undergraduate degree from James Madison University. 

Duane Colter

Duane Colter

Regional Customer Support Manager, Allison Transmission

Duane E. Colter, Regional Customer Support Manager for Allison Transmission. Worked at Allison Transmission since 1998 (21 years); Service Engineer and Regional Customer Support Manager. Mechanical Engineer degree from Purdue University of Indianapolis. Prior to Allison Transmission was an Allison Transmission technician in Allison’s Service Channel, and Allison Transmission Product Trainer.

Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy

Area Vice President, First Transit

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

Jodi Glock

Administrative Supervisor, Harford Transit LINK

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

Frances Grinstead

CEO, CURIS System

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

Chelsey Hohensee

Manager of Operations, MetroLINK

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. 

 

Thomas Holden

Thomas Holden

President, Managing Partner, Bus Advisors

Tom started his ground transportation career with Rose Chauffeured Transportation. He was the Director of Operations and General Manager. With his guidance Rose grew from 1.2 million to over 10 million in sales. Rose added Motor Coaches nearly nine years ago. Before taking the management position, he was a part-time driver just looking to make a little weekend money. After being interviewed by Charles Tenney the consultant at the time, he was brought into the office to help grow the company. For the last four years, he has had the opportunity to speak on panels and be the moderator of panels at the LCT Shows in Vegas and Atlantic City on Educational sessions directed by the NLA. He is also a contributing writer for LCT Magazine and on the magazine Board of Advisors. This is what brought him to want to help more business owners and operators in both industries (Limousine and Motor Coach), So he decided to form a consulting company called Bus Advisors.

Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Transportation Director, Davidson County Transportation System

Richard M. Jones, Jr. is the Transportation Director for the Davidson County Transportation System.  Mr. Jones joined the Transportation department in July 2016 becoming Transportation Manager in late 2017.  Mr. Jones was appointed the newly created Transportation Director in January 2019.   Prior to joining Davidson County, Mr. Jones worked 30 years in the Hospitality Industry.  Mr. Jones and his wife owned and operated their own restaurant prior to joining Davidson County. Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University.  Mr. Jones serves as Stated Clerk of Session for his church.

Ryan Kaczmarski

Ryan Kaczmarski

Director of Technology and Content Strategy, Windy City Limousine

Ryan lives and breathes on finding solutions to make life more efficient. That goes for both work and personal life. He's been in the Industry for 13+ years and has been able to continue to grow, day in and day out. There's never a task to big for him.

Mark Kerstens

Mark Kerstens

VP, Global Fleet Solutions, ChargePoint

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

David Klinikowski

Assistant Research Professor, Penn State University, Larson Institute

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.

Mike McDonal

Mike McDonal

Director, Regulatory Compliance and Industry Relations, Saucon Technologies

Mike has been involved in the transportation industry 35 years. He began his career in the truck rental and leasing business serving in sales and operational capacities as well as Director of Safety roles for many of the company’s leasing clients. Mike also served as Director of Human Resources and Safety for a large hazardous materials carrier serving the east coast with 250 vehicles and 325 drivers. In 2005, Mike joined the motor coach industry and served as General Manager for a large motor coach operation in the Baltimore Washington corridor. Mike was responsible for the day to day operation of a 70 bus fleet to include drivers, training, dispatch, operations, vehicle maintenance and cleaning crew. As Director of Regulatory Compliance for Saucon Technologies, Mike is responsible for working with companies to implement and coordinate not only the hours of service regulations but all appropriate FMCA and OSHA regulations. Mike has presented at over 50 passenger carrier events in the last 2 years. Mike was awarded the Safety Professional of the Year by the Maryland Motor Truck Association in 2004. Mike has served as the Chairman of the Safety Management Council in Maryland. He has also served in leadership positions to include Chairman of the Bus Industry Safety Council as well as the International Motor Coach Group Safety Council and Driver Training Committees. Mike currently serves as past Chair of the Bus Industry Safety Council and is Chairing the Bus MARC, the Bus Maintenance and Repair Council.

Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald

Regional Support Manager, Cummins Inc.

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.

Jack Owens

Jack Owens

Product Marketing Manager, Samsara

Jack Owens is a Product Marketing Manager at Samsara, an IoT company focused on increasing the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of the operations that power our economy. Through his work at Salesforce, the first cloud-based business platform, and as a consultant at Bluewolf, an IBM Company, Jack has built his career helping businesses harness the technology that is transforming operations across every industry. When he’s not at the office you can find Jack volunteering in a national park or scoring average at a local trivia night.

Warren Perry

Warren Perry

Senior Director Business Development, North America, Bestmile

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).

Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson

Director of Business Development - Autonomous Technology, First Transit

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

Robin Phillips

Executive Director, National RTAP

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

G Satish

CEO, Connixt, Inc.

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.

Saravanan Selvan

Saravanan Selvan

Senior Strategic Marketing Manager , Allison Transmission

Saravanan Selvan’s role as a Strategic Marketing & Sales Manager is to help develop and support the go-to-market strategy for Allison’s products and solutions in various commercial markets. He has over 20 years of experience in the Automotive and Trucking industry in various engineering as well as marketing and sales roles. His recent focus has been in the P&D and Transit segments and he is currently focusing on the electrification efforts in these markets. Saravanan has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Marty Sennett

Marty Sennett

General Manager, CityBus, Greater Lafayette

Sennett began his 41 year transit career after graduating Indiana University. First in Knoxville, TN as Assistant Superintendent of Transportation.  After almost six years in Knoxville Sennett was hired as General Manager of the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation.  At that time CityBus transported a million riders a year and falling.  In 2019 CityBus will carry an estimated 5.2 million passenger trips.  In addition to heading up the alternative fuel program Sennett oversaw the building of two child care centers, numerous garage expansions, a new maintenance facility, and a new transit terminal.  CityBus serves the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette as well as Purdue University’s campus shuttle program.

Mitch Skyer

Mitch Skyer

President & Co-Founder, Passio Technologies

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.

Jason Starr

Jason Starr

Principal, Via Transportation

Jason Starr is a Principal at Via Transportation, where he assists public transportation agencies and private operators in implementing Via's industry-leading technology for powering on-demand, shared rides. He has implemented projects focused on urban, suburban, and rural mobility, paratransit, and first-and-last mile transportation for customers in the United States, South America Europe, and the Middle East. Before joining Via, he was General Manager for Washington, D.C. at Lime, a micromobility startup. Prior to that, he managed state and city government partnerships at Dataminr, a real-time public safety information technology company. Before entering the "startup world," Jason was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. State Department from 2010 until 2015, where he worked on a range of economic and governance issues in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as in the Department's crisis operations center.

Mark Szyperski

Mark Szyperski

President/CEO, On Your Mark Transportation, LLC

Mark L. Szyperski is President/CEO of On Your Mark Transportation, LLC, a Consulting Firm for the Bus, Motorcoach, and Luxury Ground Transportation Industry. He has over 30 years public and private sector experience in the Bus, Motorcoach, and Limousine industry, working with over 100 companies in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. He has expertise in Section 5311(f), program review and guidance, operation implementation and grant preparation. He provides technical assistance in federal regulation compliance, operations staff training and development (including bus operator recruiting, hiring and training), marketing, route scheduling and dispatching, transportation management reviews, best practices and peer research, service planning, performance and financial analysis and sustainable funding, and public-private partnerships. Mark played a key role in transportation planning and execution for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Democratic Convention. Mark learned the industry at an early age from his father a 33-year Greyhound bus operator. Prior to founding On Your Mark Transportation, LLC,  Mark served as Corporate Vice President of National Trailways Transportation System, He has developed, and implemented 5311(f) supported scheduled route service in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. His work has expanded to help Intercity Bus Companies in the United States on route development and program management for 5311(f) programs.

Ryan Vaughn

Ryan Vaughn

Customer Support Manager, Cummins Inc

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.




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