Wheelchair Securement Training
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm


These interactive webinars provide an overview of the range of securement equipment currently available and a comprehensive review of the proper way to secure passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs. Ideal for new-hire and refresher training, topics covered include:

  • Liability & Best Practices
  • Securement Equipment Operation
  • Pre-trip Inspection & Basic Maintenance
  • Securing the Mobility Device
  • Securing the Occupant
  • Sensitivity Training

All webinar attendees will receive a certificate of completion for their records (valid for one year).


Internal Controls for Tribal Programs
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
States Discuss Strategies/Guidance for Navigating Transit’s COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Recovery
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Internal Controls for Tribal Programs
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2020 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Training Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day





Hotel Information: To book your hotel rooms click here for online booking and when on the site click on the Book A Room button in the top right corner. Use the code 200427CONF_001 to receive the conference rate of $93 per night plus tax. You may also call Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Reservations at 405-964-7777 and mention the Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Conference or refer to the code 200427CONF_001 to receive the conference rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation today to ensure availability. The special rate is available until October 6th or until sold out.

Conference Schedule (tentative)

Tuesday, October 20

9:00 am – Oklahoma Tranist Association Organizational Development Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

10:00 am – Vehicle Move-in (Grand Events Center)

11:00 am – Registration (Grand Events Center Foyer)

12:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Advocacy Committee Lunch & Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

12:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Communications, Public Relations & Marketing Committee Lunch & Meeting (Ballroom 3 & 4)

2:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

4:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association 5310 Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 3 & 4)

5:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Finance & Administration Committee Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

6:30 pm – Transit OK|Vision 2020 Welcome Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales and the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce (Hotel Pool, 3rd Floor)

Wednesday, October 21

6:30 am – Registration (Grand Events Center Foyer)

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (Ballroom 3 & 4)

Separate registration by clicking here and personal contribution to OTA’s TransitPAC of at least $20.20 is required for this event.

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by LiquidSpring (Grand Events Center)

Welcome: Tina Lowery is the director of Central Oklahoma Transit System located in Shawnee. Okla. Tina started working with the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency (COCAA) in 2006. She has set on the COCAA’s Leadership team for the past five years. Tina is also a 2010 graduate for the Shawnee Leaders with honors. She has received several awards including Directors Award, Leadership Awards and Outstanding programs achievement award for a two years consecutive.

Greetings: Shawnee Mayor Ed Bolt

Keynote Panel: EMBARK Climb Ride Program

In March of 2019 the Arnall Family Foundation announced a $1 million award to the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) and EMBARK for the development and implementation of a pilot program that increases parent-child reunification in Oklahoma county for families who have children in the foster care system through innovative transportation delivery. The resulting program — The Climb Ride Program — provides individuals with a Mobility Programs Coordinator who works with them to obtain transportation to their visitations, classes and therapy sessions, court hearings and more. The participants in the program have access to EMBARK’s fixed-route bus service and on-demand trips.

Presenters: Scott Bogren (CTAA), Marilyn Dillon (EMBARK), Lucie Doll (Arnall Family Foundation)

9:45 am – EXPO (Grand Events Center)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • LogistiCare Soluitions
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
  • MORryde International
  • REI

10:00 am – Driver Training (Ballroom 1-4)

11:00 am – Panel Presentation: PICK Transportation Program sponsored by CWI Digital Services (Grand Events Center)

Presenters:  Routematch, Pelivan Transit, INCA Community Service (JAMM Transit), Cimarron Public Transit System, KI BOIS Area Transportation System

12:00 pm – Lunch sponsored by Routematch (Grand Events Center)

1:00 pm – Administrative Training sponsored by BraunAbility (Grand Events Center)

1:00 pm – Roadeo Briefing & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Ballroom 1-4)

1:30 pm – Driver Training (Ballroom 1-4)

3:00 pm – EXPO (Grand Events Center)

3:30 pm – Administrative Training sponsored by TRANSIGN (Grand Events Center)

3:30 pm – Driver Training (Ballroom 1-4)

4:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Associate/Affiliate/Professional Member Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 5)

5:00 pm – Oklahoma Mobility Institute Board of Directors Meeting (Ballroom 5)

6:00 pm – Shawnee Night Out (Depart Hotel Entrance)

Thursday, October 22

6:30 am – Registration (West Parking Lot)

6:30 am – Roadeo Judge Check-in (West Parking Lot)

Course Marshall: Rick Miller, a tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the senior operations manager for the Transportation Services Department of the Chickasaw Nation. He has served with the department since 2008. Rick currently serves on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Tribal Advisory Board.


      • Rep Carol Bush
      • Joe Carroll, MORryde International
      • David Copper, INSURICA
      • Ryan Frost, Creative Bus Sales
      • Gretchen Hall, REI
      • Rita Preble, LogistiCare Solutions
      • Brent Roy, Creative Bus Sales

6:30 am – Breakfast at the Roadeo sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

7:00 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

Presentation of Colors

National Anthem

Welcome by Creative Bus Sales

Speaker: Brent Roy is a bus sales professional with Creative Bus Sales specializing in the sale and support of custom vehicles for public transit agencies throughout the Southwest. For more than 16 years, Brent has worked closely with public transit agencies in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas including large metro, small urban, and rural public transit agencies. An expert in bus technical specifications and regulations, Brent is an advocate for public transit agencies with multiple bus manufacturers. His consultancy is widely relied upon by public transit fleet managers and directors during the vehicle planning and purchasing process. Brent has served on boards of directors for the Oklahoma Transit Association, the New Mexico Transit Association, and the South West Transit Association. He lives in Burleson, Texas with his wife Jennifer and is the proud father of Ashley and Blair.

7:30 am – Roadeo Judges Briefing (West Parking Lot)

7:30 am – Roadeo Drivers Check-in (West Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships presented by Creative Bus Sale (West Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Training Track I (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

8:00 am – Training Track II (Deer Room)

8:00 am – Driver Simulator Training (West Parking Lot)

10:00 am – Training Track Break (West Parking Lot)

10:30 am – Training Track I (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

10:30 am – Training Track II (Deer Room)

12:30 pm – Lunch powered by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

1:30 pm Training Track I (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

1:30 pm – Training Track II (Deer Room)

3:30 pm – Training Track Break (West Parking Lot)

4:00 pm – Training Track I (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

4:00 pm – Training Track II (Deer Room)

4:00 pm – Driver Training (Bear Room 1 & 2)

6:30 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Reception sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Grand Events Center VIP Balcony)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Awards Banquet sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Grand Events Center)

Oklahoma State Driving Championship Award Presentations presented by Creative Bus Sales

  • Top Pre-Trip Inspection Score sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK
  • Top Wheelchair Securement Score sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK
  • Top Written Test Score sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK
  • Top Rookie Mini Van Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie Transit Bus Drive sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie Shuttle Bus Drive sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie City Bus Drive sponsored by INSURICA
  • Minivan Driving 3rd Place sponsored by Routematch
  • Minivan Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by Routematch
  • Minivan Driving Champion sponsored by Routematch
  • Transit Van Driving 3rd Place sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • Transit Van Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • Transit Van Driving Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • Shuttle Bus Driving 3rd Place sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Driving Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • City Bus Driving 3rd Place
  • City Bus Driving Reserve Champion
  • City Bus Driving Champion

Maj. Ed Pulido OTA Hero of the Year presented by Ecolane


Friday, October 23

7:00 am – Registration (Grand Events Center Foyer)

7:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Rural Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Ballroom 1 & 2)

7:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Tribal Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Ballroom 3)

7:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Urban/Small Urban Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Ballroom 4)

8:30 am – Perspective on the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan by INSURICA (Grand Events Center)

Speaker: In early 2019, Tim J. Gatz was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Transportation Commission named him Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director, effective April 1, 2019. Prior to that appointment, Gatz was named the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority in 2016 and previously served more than two decades at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Tim started his career at ODOT as a Drafting Technician in 1990. Then in 1992, he became the Enhancements Program Coordinator and moved up to Special Projects Manager in 1997. In 2000, he became Division Manager of the Project Management Division where he was instrumental in the development of ODOT’s Eight-year Construction Work Plan. Gatz was promoted to the Senior Staff position of Director of Capital Programs and Information Management in 2006 and led the department’s coordination with county governments to develop and deliver the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Program which provides dedicated funds for high-priority county transportation projects statewide. He served as Deputy Director from 2013 until his appointment to OTA in 2016. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and is a registered professional landscape architect. He has received several honors including the Oklahoma Good Roads & Transportation Association’s Bill Skeith Stewardship Award, the Governor’s Public Service Award and the Federal Highway Administration’s Partners In Quality Award. He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Tim and his wife, Sandy, live in El Reno and have two sons.

Speaker: As executive director of the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Mark Nestlen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the statewide organization that serves as the state’s voice for public transit. OTA is comprised of urban, small urban, rural and tribal transit members all focused on one, overarching priority: To improve the mobility and access for all Oklahomans. With more than 10 million rides furnished statewide every year, OTA members offer opportunity for thousands of Oklahomans daily. Under his leadership, OTA will continue to promote public transit at the local, state and federal level, telling the story and expressing the transit needs of Oklahoma citizens. OTA also provides continuing education for its members, ensuring the highest level of professionalism and service among public transit providers.

9:15 am – Presentation of the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (Grand Events Center)

In 2019, in accordance with HB 1365, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) created the Office of Mobility and Public Transit to help improve delivery and coordination of public transit services, ensuring that resources are aligned to meet mobility needs across Oklahoma. To aid in this effort, the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan, titled Oklahoma Mobility, as mandated by HB 1365, is a joint effort by ODOT and the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) and aims to: establish standards and protocols for agencies involved in the delivery and funding of public transit services; set the foundation for policies guiding transit investments statewide as well as establishing programs and strategies to enhance transit services; and aid the development of a policy that addresses current and future transit challenges while providing a strong and enduring vision for Oklahoma. The plan is required to be delivered to the Oklahoma legislature on December 1, 2020. During this session, the draft final plan will be presented and a 30-day public comment period on the plan will be opened.

Presenter: Meredith Greene has seventeen years of experience in the transportation industry. She specializes in regional transportation coordination, mobility management, and paratransit planning.  She enjoys working with stakeholder groups to come together to form a shared vision for transportation in their region. Meredith has a strong background in transportation research and practical planning, previously working as a researcher in transit mobility at Texas A&M Transportation Institute and as a long and short range principal planner for a large metropolitan transit authority. She has developed multiple trainings for transit boards, and day-to-day practitioners who desire stronger performance measures for their systems and coordinated programs. Meredith also understands the complicated politics that can play a role in planning and implementation. She is the former Executive Director of the Texas Transit Association, supporting the state’s public transit agencies in training, grant writing, legislation, and coordination of new services. She also served as the Chair of Austin’s Urban Transportation Commission, providing input on new transit initiatives and navigating the intersection of Transportation Network Companies and Taxi Cab Companies in Austin, Texas.

10:30 am – Break (Grand Events Center)

11:00 am – Presentation of the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan (con’t) (Grand Events Center)

12:00 pm – Inagural Oklahomans for Mobility Luncheon sponsored by Ecolane (Grand Events Center)

HB 1365 was passed by the legislature with a vision of enhancing the public transit system in Oklahoma to ensure the mobility needs of all Oklahomans are met in a safe, affordable, reliable, consistent and coordinated fashion. The new law mandated that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) jointly develop the Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan and deliver it to the legislature by December 1, 2020. The draft final version of the plan is now open for a 30-day public comment period, and after modifications based on public comment, the final version will be delivered to the legislature on December 1st. During this panel discussion, state legislators will discuss their thoughts on the draft final version of the plan and give perspective on legislative actions that will be taken in the 2021 legislative session as a result.

Panelist: Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa) was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, she successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years. Rep. Bush then turned to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network. In her second term, she serves as the Majority Caucus Secretary and Chair of the Children, Youth and Family Services Committee. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Commission on the status of Women, the Diabetes Caucus, the Waiting List Caucus, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Legislative Caucus and the Oklahoma Care-Giver Coalition. Rep. Bush has extensive experience as a community volunteer. Over the years she has served on various boards in the Tulsa area including; Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Tulsa Area United Way, Camp Fire U.S.A., Tulsa Public Schools Mentoring Council, Philbrook Art After Five, Board of Deacons at First Presbyterian Church, Emergency Infant Services, Philcrest Tennis Club, Brookside Merchant Association, American Advertising Federation, Carnegie Elementary PTA, YWCA and Junior League of Tulsa. She is married and has two daughters.

Panelist: Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, working in his family’s dirt work construction business.  He earned a degree from the University of Oklahoma in Accounting.  After college he opened a small business of his own, Oxford Productions, Inc., which provides professional management services.  Rep. Frix founded a summer youth camp six years ago, which has impacted hundreds of students.  In 2016, he was elected to represent District 13, including McIntosh and Muskogee counties in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Rep. Frix was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Transportation Committee for the 57th Legislature.  He enjoys fighting passionately for public education and rural economic development in Oklahoma.

Panelist: Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2012 to represent District 15. For the current 56th Legislative session, Senator Standridge serves as the Majority Whip and Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Health and Human Services and Energy Committees. Sen. Standridge earned his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Oklahoma in 1993. In 1995, he and his wife Lisa, who is also a pharmacist, purchased their first pharmacy in Blanchard. He now owns two pharmacies. Legend Care is a specialty pharmacy for disabled patients. A few years later, he created a software program called ‘Compound Assist’, the first of its kind in Windows software to manage compounding pharmacies. Over the next decade he developed numerous software products, including a complete pharmacy management system containing over a million lines of code. After 9/11 his software company, RS Software, configured every computer used to train TSA trainers, and over the last decade he has founded several international companies, including a health technology company and Health Engineering Systems (HES), located in Norman. Sen. Standridge is an ACA Fellow and a member of numerous pharmacy organizations as well as the founder of ‘Business Leaders for Oklahoma’. In addition, he belongs to several aviation organizations, several business leader organizations, is a Rotarian and a Sooner Centurion. While business and politics are extremely important to Sen. Standridge, his faith and family remain first on his priority list. He is an active member of Crosspointe Church where he serves on multiple committees and has volunteered in the youth ministry.

Panelist: Sen. Roger Thompson (R-Okemah) was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in November, 2014. He represents Senate District 8, which is comprised of Okmulgee and McIntosh counties, and parts of Okfuskee and Muskogee counties. He serves as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In 1983, Sen. Thompson graduated from Preston Road School of Preaching and later attended Southwestern Bible College and Seminary where he received his Masters in Theology in 1999 and his Doctorate of Theology in 2001. Sen. Thompson is President of the News Leader Company, Inc., which owns and publishes the Okemah News Leader. He is currently President of Okemah Community Improvement Association (CIA) and serves as Economic Development Consultant for Businesses and Municipalities. Sen. Thompson was a non-lawyer member of the Professional Responsibility Commission of the Oklahoma Bar Association from 1992-1994. He also served on the Okfuskee County Election Board and the Okfuskee County Excise Board. Sen. Thompson is past President of the Okemah Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, past President of the Okemah Lion Club and past President of Rock Creek Youth Camp in Norman. He served as President of the Board and CEO for Good News International Foundation where he was recognized for partnering with the Secretary of Religion and Science in Ukraine, while operating a publishing and benevolent outreach in Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. During this same time, he served as an advisory member of Global Christian University. Sen. Thompson and his wife Pamela were married in 1976 and are the parents of two children. They are members of New Beginnings Church.

Panelist: Rep. Kevin Wallace (R-Wellston) is the state representative for House District 32, which includes all of Lincoln County and a small portion of Logan County. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. A lifelong Lincoln County native and Wellston High School graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1993. Rep. Wallace founded American Cellular Service and Dynatek Development Services, which he sold in 2000. That same year he founded SWT Construction, where he continues to serve as a manager. He also owns an equipment rental company and a small investment firm. Rep. Wallae is co-owner of The Wilderness Refuge, a hunting reserve, and Wallahachie L.L.C., a whitetail deer and cattle breeding operation. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Wellston.

1:30 pm – Office of Mobility & Public Transit Program Briefing (Grand Events Center)


OTA Organizational Development Task Force Meeting @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
OTA Advocacy Committee Lunch & Meeting @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
OTA Communications, Public Relations & Marketing Lunch & Meeting @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
OTA October Board of Directors Meeting @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
OTA 5310 Task Force Meeting @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm