September 23-25, 2019 | Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

2019 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Session Speakers

Tim Ammon

Tim Ammon

Chief of Business Development, TransPar Group of Companies

Tim Ammon has supported the transportation industry as a consultant for more than 20 years. His work has focused on the impact of statutory, regulatory, and policy impacts on operations including the design of compliance and performance monitoring systems. He has worked extensively with operators to design management and training structures to support improved performance and safety. Tim has also focused on addressing management and leadership challenges associated with revenue maximization in times of increased regulatory expectations. Tim holds a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from American University.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sherry Wu

Sherry Wu

Product Marketing Manager, Samsara

Sherry is a product marketing manager at Samsara, an advanced fleet management platform that helps fleets improve the efficiency, quality, and safety of their operations. Throughout her career, Sherry has worked with customers of all sizes -- from small businesses to the federal government -- to leverage technology to improve business outcomes. Sherry holds a BA and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.




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-Franco Paganuzzi, Product Sales Director - Single Deck, Alexander Dennis Inc., Canyon Lake

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