May
16
Sun
National RTAP Tribal Transit Workshop hosted by the Oklahoma Transit Association @ Stride Bank Center
May 16 – May 18 all-day

 

 

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Hotel Information: The Best Western Glo Hotel is a new hotel adjacent to the Stride Bank Center. Visit Enid is serving as the Housing Bureau for the 2021 OTA Annual Conference & EXPO driven by GreenPower Motor Company and is ready to take your reservation today. Please call Jenna at 580-233-3643, ext. 1 to reserve your room. Rooms are limited so call today to make your reservation. The room rate is $96 per night plus tax.

 

Tribal Transit Workshop Tentative Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 16

1:00 pm – Registration (Convention Center North Lobby)

3:00 pm – NTD for Tribal Agencies (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

3:00 pm – National RTAP Website, GTFS, Procurement Pro (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 403 & 404)

6:00 pm – Meet & Greet Reception sponsored by PCTrans

Enid Brewing Company & Eatery:  Developed from a concept to bring together rural agriculture and urban communities, Enid Brewing Company takes pride in creating locally grown and brewed “Grain to Glass” craft beer. Enid Brewing Company was started by Brady Sidwell, owner of Enterprise Grain Company, and Justin Blasier, an award-winning home brewer. Enterprise Grain Company is Oklahoma’s newest, independent grain company supplying locally grown grain to the brewery. The menu items use locally raised beef from Sidwell Farms fed “spent grain” from the brewing process.

 

Monday, May 17

7:00 am – Registration (Convention Center North Lobby)

8:00 am – Welcom (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

Speaker: Angie Gilliam, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the director of the Transportation Services Department for the Chickasaw Nation, a role she has served in since 2007. She also serves as President of the Oklahoma Transit Association and a member on the board of the Community Transportation Association of America. Angie is the treasurer and transit subcommittee chair for Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council and has been a member of the Southwest Transit Association executive board.

8:15 am – Transit Planning (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

8:15 am – Breakout Tribal Transit Compliance Reviews (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 403 & 404)

10:15 am – Networking Break (Convention Center Ballroom Hallway)

10:30 am – Transit Safety (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

10:30 am – Breakout Tribal Transit Compliance Reviews (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 403 & 404)

12:15 pm – Lunch sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Convention Center Grand Ballroom B & C)

Presentation: How to Effective Use A Camera System in Tribal Transit

Speaker: For nearly 20 years, Chris Ishmael was a noteworthy leader in the telecom world (i.e., Southwestern Bell, BellSouth, US West and finally Qwest Communications) before jumping into the world of small business.  While you know Chris from his current business, CWI Digital Systems, he can also be accredited with contributions to his community in Allen, Tex.  Chris established the girl’s lacrosse league at the grade school level and eventually, in concert with Allen Independent Public Schools, establishing the high school team for the mighty Eagles.  By the time the first class of lacrosse players graduated, five of the players ended up with college scholarships. Chris is the President and co-owner of CWI Digital Systems out of Van Alstyne, Tex. and has 17 years of experience in fleet technology.  Chris holds an MBA from Webster University and provides mentorship for young people seeking collegiate paths and career choices at his church and local community.  Chris is an Okie from Atoka County. He iss married to the other co-owner of CWI Digital Systems, Gwen and has three children Kyle, Ryan and Ashley and six beautiful grand-children who he loves to spoil.

1:45 pm – Training Systems in the Aftermath of COVID (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

1:45 pm – Breakout Tribal Transit Compliance Reviews (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 403 & 404)

3:15 pm – Networking Break (Convention Center Ballroom Hallway)

3:30 pm – Project Management (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

3:30 pm – Breakout Tribal Transit Compliance Reviews (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 403 & 404)

 

Tuesday, May 18

7:00 am – Registration (Convention Center North Lobby)

8:30 am – National RTAP Training – Problem Passengers (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

8:30 am – Breakout Tribal Transit Compliance Reviews (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 405)

10:00 am – Networking Break (Convention Center Grand Ballroom West Annex)

10:15 am – Tribal Transit Roundtable (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

 

Click Here for the Tentative OTA Conference Schedule of Events which Follows the Tribal Workshop May 18-21

 

 

May
18
Tue
2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO driven by GreenPower Motor Company @ Stride Bank Center
May 18 – May 21 all-day

 

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TRIBAL TRANSIT ATTENDEES CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

VENDORS EMAIL MARK NESTLEN AT OKTRANSIT@OKTRANSIT.ORG FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Hotel Information: The Best Western GLO Hotel is a new hotel adjacent to the Stride Bank Center. Visit Enid is serving as the Housing Bureau for the 2021 OTA Annual Conference & EXPO driven by GreenPower Motor Company and is ready to take your reservation today. Please call Jenna at 580-233-3643, ext. 1 to reserve your room. Rooms are limited so call today to make your reservation. The room rate is $96 per night plus tax.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 18

8:30 am – Registration (Convention Center North Lobby)

9:30 am – OTA 5310 Task Force Meeting (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 402-404)

9:30 am – OTA Urban/Small Urban Task Force Meeting (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 401)

10:30 am – Communications, Public Relations & Marketing Meeting (Convention Center 4th Floor, Rooms 401)

12:00 noon – Depart for Meadow Lake Park (Arena-Convention Center Connector)

12:30 pm – OTA Horseshoe Pitching Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales (separate registration required)

  • TeamCreative Bus Sales
  • Team GreenPower Motor Company
  • Team Ecolane
  • Team LiquidSpring
  • Team Routematch
  • Team CWI Digital Systems
  • Team INSURICA
  • Team Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

5:45 pm – Buses Depart for Faces of Transit Welcome Reception (Arena-Convention Center Connector)

6:00 pm – Faces of Transit Welcome Reception hosted by the Visit Enid and GreenPower Motor Company – Adventure Quest at Leonardo’s Children’s Museum (200 E Maple Ave)

Welcome: Marcy Jarrett, director of Visit Enid, has made a career of marketing cities for more than 20 years. A Certified Destination Management Executive, she is a board member of the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, Red Carpet Country, Enid Arts Council, Tri-State Music Festival and Enid Rotary Club, as well as a City Council appointee to the Public Arts Commission of Enid and a new Governor’s appointee to the Oklahoma Humanities Council. She is also a past member of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executive Leadership Class and the Texas Office of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Committee. Marcy previously served as Executive Director of Visit Norman and Visit Lubbock before coming to Enid in 2009. She’s a graduate of the leadership classes of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma Municipal League. A native of Woodward, She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Her husband, Jim, is a teacher and their daughter is a sophomore at OU studying vocal performance.

OTA Horseshoe Pitching Tournament Awards presented by Creative Bus Sales

 

Wednesday, May 19

7:00 am – Registration (Arena Lobby)

7:00 am – OTA Affiliate/Associate/Professional Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Arena 2nd Floor, Hospitality Suites A-C)

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Arena Floor)

Presentation of Colors

Welcome: Mary Beth Williams is the General Manager for the Enid Public Transportation Authority at the City of Enid, Okla.  She grew up in a world of transportation as her family has owned and operated a trucking company for more than 70 years.  Mary Beth has participated and served in her community most of her life as a previous member of Christmas in Action, Garfield County Community Alliance, Aging Caregiver Support Group and many other organizations.  She also worked with children for many years as a part of Opportunities, Inc. Head Start and the Enid Public Library.  Mary Beth is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.  She has two children with her husband, Shannon of more than 30 years.  She spends much of her time with her grandson or at rodeos with her son.

Remarks: Enid Mayor George Pankonin enlisted in the US Air Force after graduation from South Saint Paul High School in Minnesota in 1970. He served as an Air Force Enlisted Man from 1970-1978 and as an Air Force Officer from 1978-1993. During that time Mayor Pankonin received his bachelor of science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha under Operation Bootstrap and his maser of science from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He retired from the Air Force as a Major after achieving his career goal of becoming a squadron commander in 1993. Mayor Pankonin worked as a Logistics Manager for several defense contractors at Vance AFB after his retirement from active duty. He also taught for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as an adjunct instructor at Vance AFB and Altus AFB from 1994-2003. His final job before retirement was as the Community College of the Air Force Advisor at Vance AFB. Post retirement Mayor Pankonin volunteers for many organizations on and off base including serving as the Director for the Vance AFB Retiree Activities Office, Chairman of Enlisted Appreciation Night for the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the local Air Force Association Chapter as well as the Oklahoma State Organization, Secretary/Treasurer for the Community Development Support Association and a trustee on the 4RKids Foundation. He was selected as the Enid Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and inducted as a Partner in the Sky at Vance AFB in June 2016.  Mayor Pankonin enjoys golf and traveling in his spare time. He is married to Melody who works at Vance AFB as the School Liaison Officer.

Keynote Speaker: Dwight Brashear joined the transit industry in 1985 as a part time bus driver. On September 1, 2005, three days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Dwight was commissioned by then Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco to coordinate the evacuation of the entire city of New Orleans. He was recognized for his efforts when Gov. Blanco bestowed upon him a hero’s designation. He was again recognized in October of 2006 when he received the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) first and only Special Award for Extraordinary Leadership. Dwight is a published author and most recently served as a contributing writer on the book Guts, Grit and the Grind Volume 3, a self-help manual for men. He has written numerous articles and was featured for his accomplishments in Mass Transit Magazine. Dwight is the Transit Director for Wilsonville, Oregon’s transit system – SMART (South Metro Area Regional Transit), and is a graduate of APTA’s elite leadership program. He graduated Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University and holds a degree in Applied Leadership.

A View Through the Eye of a Hurricane – On August 29, 2005, a hurricane of epic proportion struck the City of New Orleans, leaving in its aftermath devastation no human being should ever witness. Dwight Brashear was there, survived, but more importantly, was able to help move thousands out of harm’s way. Come hear the story of how a former part-time bus driver came to lead one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. You are guaranteed to walk away motivated, inspired, and believing that all things are possible.

Vendor & Member Introductions

10:00 am – EXPO (Arena Floor)

  • GreenPower Motor Company
  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Ecolane
  • LiquidSpring
  • Routematch
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • INSURICA
  • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • BraunAbility
  • TRANSIGN/INTERMOTIVE VEHICLE CONTROLS
  • Altro, USA
  • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Gerflor
  • Mobility One Transportation
  • MobilityTRANS
  • MORryde
  • PCTrans
  • ProAir
  • Rosco Vision
  • Safe Fleet
  • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • BYD
  • Freedman Seating Company
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

11:00 am – National RTAP Update sponsored by BraunAbility (Arena Floor)

11:00 am – CDL Roundtable Discussion with the Department of Public Safety (Arena 2nd Floor, Hospitality Suites A-C)

12:15 pm –  Lunch sponsored by Routematch (Convention Center Grand Ballrooms B & C)

Speaker: Matt Pinnell was elected as the 17th Lt. Gov. of the state of Oklahoma on November 6, 2018.  In that role, he serves as President of the Oklahoma State Senate, and is a member of multiple constitutional boards and commissions. Lt. Gov. Pinnell also serves as Secretary of Tourism and Branding on Gov. Kevin Stitt’s cabinet. In his role as Secretary of Tourism and Branding, Pinnell oversees the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation and the state’s efforts to promote tourism, the third largest industry in Oklahoma. Pinnell led the successful effort to rebrand the state of Oklahoma, a component of the overall effort to retain and recruit more jobs to the state. He also currently serves on the Department of Commerce executive committee focusing on small business growth, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Lt. Gov Pinnell has a background in entrepreneurship and is a small business owner with his wife, Lisa, who is an inventor and entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in Advertising and lives in Tulsa with his wife and their four children who attend Jenks Public Schools.

Presentation: The Impact of Transit & Mobility on Tourism

1:30 pm – Attracting & Retaining Transit Drivers sponsored by TRANSIGN (Arena Floor)

3:00 pm – EXPO (Arena Floor)

4:15 pm – Enid Public Transit Authority Tour sponsored by LiquidSpring (GLO Hotel Lobby)

7:00 pm – Enid Night Out sponsored by LiquidSpring

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center: Voted an Outstanding New Attraction in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center stands on one of the most famed spots in the American West, on the Chisholm Trail.  The Heritage Center celebrates the spirit of the Cherokee Strip pioneers through engaging exhibits and living history events.The Heritage Center houses a varied collection of historical material including numerous eyewitness pioneer accounts, oral and video histories and more than 9,000 original and reproduced photographs, many of which depict the drama of the historic Cherokee Strip Land Run.  The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center houses over 10,000 artifacts including the first portable drilling rig invented in 1930 by George E. Failing on display in the entrance of the museum.

 

Thursday, May 20

6:30 am – Finance & Administration Committee Meeting (Convention Center 2nd Floor, Room 205)

7:00 am – Registration (Convention Center North Lobby)

7:30 am – TransitPAC Breakfast sponsored by INTERMOTIVE VEHICLE CONTROLS (separate registration required) (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

Speaker: Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader (R-Piedmont)

8:45 am – Morning Vendor Speeding Dating

  • GreenPower Motor Company (Arena Floor)
  • Ecolane (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 401)
  • CWI Digital Systems (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 402)
  • BraunAbility (Arena Floor)
  • TRANSIGN (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 403)
  • Altro, USA (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 404)
  • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles (Arena Floor)
  • MORryde (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 405)
  • ProAir (Arena 2nd Floor, Hospitality Suite A)
  • Safe Fleet (Arena 2nd Floor, Hospitality Suite B)
  • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles (Arena 2nd Floor, Hospitality Suite C)

12:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

2:00 pm – Afternoon Vendor Speed Dating

  • Creative Bus Sales (Arena Floor)
  • LiquidSpring (Arena-Convention Center Connector)
  • Routematch (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 401)
  • INSURICA (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 402)
  • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 403)
  • Gerflor (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 404)
  • Mobility One Transportation (Arena Floor)
  • MobilityTRANS (Arena Floor)
  • PCTrans (Arena 2nd Floor, Hospitality Suite B)
  • Rosco Vision (Convention Center 4th Floor, Room 405)

6:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Awards Reception sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Convention Center Grand Ballroom West Annex)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma Tranist Association Awards Banquet sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

Awards Program

      • FTA Region 6 Awards
      • Keith Leftwich Distinguished Service Award sponsored by INSURICA
      • Safety & Training Award sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
      • Innovation Award sponsored by Routematch
      • Marketing Campaign of the Year sponsored by LiquidSpring
      • Transit Professional of the Year sponsored by Ecolane
      • Transit System of the Year sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Entertainment

 

Friday, May 21

6:00 am – OMI Board Breakfast & Meeting (Convention Center 2nd Floor, Room 205)

7:00 am – Registration (Convention Center North Lobby)

7:00 am – OTA Rural Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

7:00 am – OTA Tribal Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Convention Center 4th Flor, Room 402-404)

8:30 am – The State of Public Transit in Oklahoma sponsored by INSURICA (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

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.

9:00 am – Human Transportation Needs, Policies & Programs sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

Moderator: Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa)

Panelist: Jean Wilms, Centene Corporation

10:30 am – Break (Convention Center Grand Ballroom West Annex)

10:45 am – Preparing Your Transit Fleet for Severe Weather Conditions sponsored by ProAir (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

Panelist: Rep. Garry Mize

12:00 noon – Working Lunch with ODOT’s Office of Mobility & Public Transit sponsored by Ecolane (Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

Jared Schwennesen, P.E., was named the Rail Division Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in 2019. Schwennesen began his tenure with ODOT as an Engineer in Training. Since then, he held roles in Bridge Division, Traffic Division, Maintenance in ITS and Fiber Optics, Environmental Programs Division and served as the assistant to the Director of Capital Programs. He also leads the modernization effort, directing the merger with the Office of Mobility and Public Transit and Waterways. Jared earned his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, he gained his professional engineering license in 2012. Having worked as a manager and designer in a diverse group of ODOT divisions, Jared is prepared to lead this new multi-modal division as it seeks to improve Oklahoma’s mobility through all forms of transportation. In his time at ODOT, he has contributed to special initiatives such as the update of ODOT’s Strategic Plan, the rollout of OKroads.org, installation of electric vehicle charging stations, grant applications and bundling projects. He has also served as the Oklahoma Board Member of Operation Lifesaver. Jared lives with his wife, Brittni, and their son in Oklahoma City. In his time outside the office, he supports the Sooners, golfs and running!

2:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

 

Oct
18
Mon
2021 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Training Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

 

 

Conference Schedule (tentative)

Monday, October 18

11:00 am – Registration

12:00 pm – Vehicle Move-in

2:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 pm – Welcome Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales

 

Tuesday, October 19

6:30 am – Registration

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by LiquidSpring

9:45 am – EXPO

10:00 am – Driver Training

11:00 am – Morning General Session

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Afternoon General Session 

1:00 pm – Driver Wheelchair Securement Training

2:30 pm – EXPO

3:30 pm – Late Afternoon General Session

3:30 pm – Driver Wheelchair Securement Training

4:30 pm – Roadeo Briefing & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales

6:00 pm – Durant Night Out

 

Wednesday, October 20

6:00 am – Registration

6:00 am – Roadeo Judge Check-in

6:00 am – Breakfast at the Roadeo sponsored by Creative Bus Sales

7:00 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Creative Bus Sales

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.

8:00 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships presented by Creative Bus Sale

8:00 am – Training Track 1

8:00 am – Training Track 2

10:00 am – Training Track Break

10:30 am – Training Track 1

10:30 am – Training Track 2

12:30 pm – Training Track Lunch

1:30 pm – Training Track 1

1:30 pm – Training Track 2

3:30 pm – Training Track Break

4:00 pm – Training Track 1

4:00 pm – Training Track 2

4:30 pm – Driver Training

6:30 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Reception sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company

7:00 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Awards Banquet sponsored by Creative Bus Sales

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 Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie Shuttle Bus Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Top Rookie City Bus Driver sponsored by INSURICA
  • Mini Van 3rd Place sponsored by Routematch
  • Mini Van Reserve Champion sponsored by Routematch
  • Mini Van Champion sponsored by Routematch
  • Transit Van 3rd Place sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Transit Van Reserve Champion sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Transit Van Champion sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Shuttle Bus 3rd Place sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Reserve Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • City Bus 3rd Place by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Reserve Champion by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Champion by CWI Digital Systems

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

Entertainment

 

Thursday October 21

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

8:30 am – Mobility in Oklahoma

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 Chief Executive Officer 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.

9:30 am – Morning General Session

10:30 am – Break

11:00 am – Mid Morning General Session

12:00 pm – Oklahomans for Mobility Luncheon

1:30 pm – Office of Mobility & Public Transit Program Briefing