Aug
28
Tue
TAM & Safety Plan Workshop Hosted by OTA & OTTC @ Riverwind Hotel
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day

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Training Description

The FTA due date for Tier II transit provider Transit Asset Management Plans (TAMP), including those of tribal transit systems, is scheduled for October 2018. This workshop is being conducted so that each attending tribal and other Tier II provider in attendance will leave having developed a draft of their TAMP. In preparation for the workshop, each attendee will bring information on its assets (vehicles, equipment and facilities), other materials and their maintenance manager or other maintenance representative.

In addition to the TAMP, the workshop will include drafting an Agency Safety Plan (ASP) structured along FTA’s Safety Management System for bus and paratransit operations. Again, attendees will be asked to bring a list of materials for their safety plans. Attendance by each system’s individual responsible for safety is also desirable.

The list of materials and other information will be sent out to registered attendees by Mid-August.

Note that Safety Plans will be dealt with on Tuesday, August 28th.  TAM Plans will be on Wednesday and Thursday, August 29th & 30th.

Presenter: Walt Diangson serves as SWTA’s Certified Safety Officer, Safety Consultant and Lead Trainer. Walt provides training and technical support in transit management and operations, as well as, in safety risk management. His safety risk management experience includes transit safety and security, property and casualty insurance, loss control, transit management, safety and leadership training, and FTA’s Transit Safety Management Systems (SMS). Walt’s transit experience includes management and operations of fixed-route, general public paratransit, ADA paratransit, human service transportation, resort transit and university transit.

Walt is the administrator of SWTA’s Safety Certification Training Program, which provides training and certification on principles of safety management systems (SMS), safety risk management, safety culture and safety leadership within the SWTA Region. The SWTA Region consists of eight (8) member states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SWTA membership includes tribal, rural small urban and large urban transit systems; state transit associations; state departments of transportation; and business members.

Walt is also certified under FTA’s certified safety training through the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) and holds a Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) Certificate and World Safety Organization Certification. Mr. Diangson is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and of Columbia University, New York, with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), with a special emphasis in urban planning and economics.

Oct
16
Tue
2018 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Training Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Oct 16 – Oct 19 all-day

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Hotel Information: To book your hotel rooms call the Embassy Suites reservations line (1-866-577-1273) and ask for the OTA room block. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation today to ensure availability. The special rate of $99 is available until September 26th or until sold out. You can also book your room on-line by clicking here and using the code OTA.


Conference Schedule (
tentative)

Tuesday, October 16

2:00 to 5:30 pm – Registration (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F Foyer)

3:00 to 5:30 pm – Board of Directors Meeting (Noble Board Room)

6:00 to 7:30 pm – Transit OK|Vision 2020 Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales and the Norman Chamber of Commerce (Creative Bus Hospitality Suite, 2nd Floor of Hotel, Room 206)

Transit OK|Vision 2020 is the Oklahoma Transit Association’s campaign designed to meet four objectives: increase state funding for public transit; ensure that state funding in spread across all types of transit providers (urban, small urban, rural and tribal); secure a dedicated state funding source; and provide for alternative local funding sources.

Speaker: Scott Martin was born and raised in Tulsa. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. As President/CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Martin leads Norman’s premiere business advocacy organization. Prior to his Chamber career, Martin served the people of House District 46 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2006-2017. As a citizen legislator, Scott also worked for Republic Bank & Trust for 10 years. From 1995-1999 Martin worked for the City of Noble as Projects Director and Public Works Director.  From 1999-2006 he worked for the City of Norman as the Assistant to the City Manager. Scott is a graduate of Leadership Norman class of 2000. Martin has been selected as one of OKC Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, the Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40, and the Norman Transcript’s 15 Under 40.  He has also received the State Chamber of Commerce’s Defender of Free Enterprise Award, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Distinguished Service Award, the Governor’s Arts Award, and the OCAST Impact Award. He and his wife Angie are the proud parents of three sons; Luke, Blake, and Colton, and a daughter, Gentry. They attend Bethel Baptist Church in Norman, where Scott teaches Sunday School and is a Deacon.

Speaker: Rep. Carol Bush (R-District 70) was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, Carol successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years. She then turned to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network. Carol is a freshman legislator that currently serves as Vice Chair of the Long-Term Care and Health Services Committee, member of the Public Health Committee, Children Youth and Family Services and Finance A&B subcommittee. 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. Carol 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, Moriah, a teacher in Kansas City, and Nicole, a student in Denver.

7:30 to 9:00 pm – Board of Directors Executive Session (Noble Board Room)

Wednesday, October 17

7:00 am to 3:00 pm – Registration (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F Foyer)

7:00  to 7:30 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (Oklahoma Ballroom A)

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

Speaker: Oklahoma Speaker of the House, Rep. Charles McCall (R-District 22) was born and raised in Atoka. He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. He became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1993 before earning an MBA in banking at the University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School of Banking. Beginning in high school, McCall started working as a part-time bank teller at AmeriState Bank, a family-owned bank. He became president of AmeriState in 2001 and CEO in 2008. McCall resigned from his positions as CEO and president in 2012 after being elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, but remained as chairman of the board. From 2004-2005, McCall was a city councilman for Atoka’s Ward 4 before serving as the mayor of Atoka from 2005-2012. McCall was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2012. In May of 2016, the Republican caucus voted to have McCall as their next Speaker. He was elected Speaker-designate by the Republicans in November of that year, and was formally elected Speaker in January of 2017. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons: Chase and Carson. They attend the Cornerstone Church in Atoka, where he serves as a church elder and teacher.

8:00 to 9:20 am – Opening General Session sponsored by Routematch (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

Welcome by Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART)

Speaker: Kris Glenn is the director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Oklahoma, which includes the CART public transportation system that also provides service to the City of Norman. As a 2005 OU graduate with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Healdton native was a four-year letter winner and four-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member as a high jumper on the Sooners track and field team. Kris and his wife, Casey, live in Norman with their two children, Lilly and Vincent. As a civic volunteer, Kris has been awarded Norman NEXT Under 40, graduated from Leadership Norman and has served on the following boards: Thunderbird Clubhouse, Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, Norman Regional Health Foundation, OU Varsity O Association, OU Spike Club, and Citizens Advisory Board.

Panel Discussion – The Transit Political Landscape

Mid-term elections, Governor’s race, blue waves & ripples vs. red walls, education funding vs. everyone else, 2020 Presidential campaign, FAST Act reauthorization, mounting pressures for new performance measures, increased funding to there’s no money left! The panel will explore what it all means for the future of public transit funding, structure and service.

Panel Introduction: As Vice President of Transit Solutions for Routematch, Pepper Harward is responsible for technical and product strategy for conventional transit, mobility and integrated payment markets. He has spent the last six years identifying trends in transit, the challenges they present to the market and the potential technology solutions that will help move the industry forward. Pepper received a degree in Economics from the University of Utah and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Moderator: AJ Griffin is a former Oklahoma state senator who served the 20th Senate District for six years. A community and social services professional who brings skills in nonprofit organizations, analytics, coaching and grassroots initiatives, AJ graduated from Oklahoma State University with her bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration, and received her master’s degree in human environmental science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She spent eight years as a classroom teacher and has worked with kids and families in direct care service for more than 20 years. AJ is currently the Director of Government Affairs at Paycom running government relations efforts, both locally and nationally. AJ, her husband Trey, and daughters Alex and Reagan live in Edmond.

Speaker: Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Executive Director Scott Bogren has been working with, writing about and covering the community and public transportation industry for nearly three decades. His experience with CTAA includes serving as Editor-in-Chief of Community Transportation magazine; crafting the Association’s various legislative, policy and regulatory positions on Capitol Hill; and shaping CTAA’s communications, training and leadership activities. A graduate of Indiana University’s Journalism program, Scott lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife Beth and their two
children Riley and Ella.

Speaker: Darnell Grisby is an expert on the emerging mobility landscape. As the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Director of Policy Development and Research, he is a leader in the development of industry strategy and advocacy.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Grisby has experience at all levels of government—municipal, state and federal — and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Grisby has degrees from Harvard University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Speaker: Kristen Joyner is the Executive Director for the South West Transit Association (SWTA). SWTA is an 8-state regional organization committed to delivering education, communication and advocacy services for public transportation providers. Prior to SWTA, Kristen was a national trainer for Fred Pryor and Career Track Seminars. Her hands-on transit experience comes from working at Central Arkansas Transit Authority in Little Rock. This combined background allows her to develop progressive educational materials and provide interactive instruction on leadership, coaching, and mentoring principles for transit managers and employees. She serves on the White House task force for Transportation and Human Trafficking; is involved in efforts to train veterans for jobs in public transportation; and was named one of METRO Magazine’s Top Women in Transportation. She is currently the Region 6 representative for the CTAA Board and serves as the Chair of the Access Sub-Committee on Technology and Training for APTA.

Speaker: Representative Collin Walke (D-District 87) grew up in Del City where he learned family values from his parents, who have been married for more than 40 years. For years, Collin watched his father, who is now a judge, serve and advocate for their neighbors as an attorney, which inspired Collin to follow him into the practice of law. He graduated valedictorian in his class at Del City High School. He went on to study Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. Collin earned his J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Collin has long been committed to working for the common good. He has proven himself as a community leader through his service as a board member and current board president of Oklahoma’s largest homeless shelter, which also runs the most successful private drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in the state. Collin was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2016. He serves on the A&B Finance Committee, the A&B Judiciary Committee, the Insurance Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Collin and his wife Lori live in Warr Acres.

9:20 to 10:00 am – Introduction of Vendors & Visit Vendor Exhibits (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Gillig
  • Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
  • Braunability/NewbyVance
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTRANS
  • Routematch
  • ACC Climate Control
  • ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • Cobbs Allen
  • Mobile Climate Control
  • Altro USA
  • American Cooling Technology
  • American Seating Company
  • BAE Systems
  • Brigade Electronics
  • CMI Enterprises
  • Enviro-Mist
  • Freedman Seating Company
  • Gerflor USA
  • GMV Syncromatics
  • Hometown Trolley
  • Rosco Vision Systems
  • Transign
  • Grand Splash Marketing
  • National Safety Council
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

10:00 to 11:10 am – Driver Training – Pre-Trip Inspection sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Boomer A & B)

The session will review the four segments to Pre-Trip Inspection:  (1) The Approach – Assess as you approach the vehicle.  (2) Under the Hood – Check engine fluids and components.  (3) The Walk-Around – Check the outside of the vehicle.  (4) On-Board – Inspect on board areas, equipment and supplies.

Speaker:  Michael Jordan is the Safety and Training Supervisor for KI BOIS Area Transit Sysem (KATS) in Stigler. He is certified by the ALICE Training Institute and the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP). Mike is also PASS certified by CTAA. A retired Oklahoma State Trooper, Mike attended Eastern Oklahoma State College.

10:00 am to 12:00 noon – Making Dollars & Sense of Transit Finance sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

Part 1: Where does the money come from? A look at the traditional funding sources: (FTA 5309, 5311. 5310, 5307, and tribal) and some not so traditional funding sources (HHS, USDA, State, Private).

Part 2: Managing the money: Exploring the need for internal controls, audits, cost allocation planning, consistency and documentation.  Under the procurement side the session will review the boundaries and constraints from the various funding streams.

Speaker: Rex Knowlton has more than 40 years of transportation experience, from both local and interstate trucking operations, and from the nonprofit transportation sphere. At Wheels of Wellness in Philadelphia, he served first as Fiscal Project Manager, then as Assistant Executive Director, and ultimately as the Executive Director from 1989-2005. Rex is principal of Knowlton Advisors working on both fiscal and transportation projects. He currently serves as the Director of Finance for the Association as well as the Treasurer of the Moravian Church Board of World Mission.  Rex served on the CTAA Board of the Directors, as an Ambassador through the United We Ride program and as Adjunct staff completing various tribal and rural technical assistance projects. Rex currently host the “Keys to NEMT Success” program which runs four or five times a year via the internet. Rex graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in accounting and economics.

11:10 am to 12:00 noon – Roadeo Briefing, Check-in & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Boomer A & B)

This is a required session for the Roadeo driver-competitors. During the session there will be a briefing with regard to the driving portion of the competition to be held on Thursday, video introductions of drivers will be filmed, and the drivers will take the written test portion of the Oklahoma State Driving Championships competition.

12:15 to 1:15 pm – Lunch sponsored by MobilityTRANS (Oklahoma Ballroom I & J)

Speaker: Kevin Stitt is a conservative Republican candidate for governor who is running to end politics as usual at the state Capitol and to lead Oklahoma with a vision to be Top Ten in growth, education, infrastructure, healthcare, and government efficiency. Stitt is an Oklahoman entrepreneur and businessman who founded Gateway Mortgage in 2000 with $1,000 and a computer. By delivering strong leadership and vision, Stitt has grown Gateway into a nationwide mortgage company that today employs 1,200 people, has 164 field offices in 41 states, and holds a loan servicing portfolio of more than $16 billion. Stitt is promising to bring his proven business experience to state government where he will put Oklahoma’s checkbook online, apply performance metrics, and audit every state agency. Stitt is a fourth-generation Oklahoman, raised in Norman where his dad was a pastor of a Bible church and spent many summers as a youth in Skiatook where his grandfather owned a dairy farm. Stitt graduated from Norman High School and worked his way through Oklahoma State University by selling books with the Southwestern Company. Stitt is a man driven by faith and family. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for nearly 20 years and together they have six children and live in Tulsa. The Stitts are active members of Woodlake Church in Tulsa.

1:30 to 3:30 pm – Managing Transit People and Process sponsored by NewbyVance (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

Part 1: Building a Sustainable Workforce — Creating a workplace that employees find motivating and enriching is perhaps the most effective and low-cost retention strategy your organization can implement. It’s essential to recruit and hire the right people that are a good fit for the position and your organization while committing resources to employee development and demonstrating to employees that they are valued as part of your mission-centric organization.

Speaker: Caryn Souza has been active in the customer service field from both the private and nonprofit sectors. For 25 years she has served as CTAA’s Membership Director, with a focus on strategizing, assessing and implementing activities and services that provide value to members and promote membership growth and retention. Currently, Caryn brings her customer service orientation to her leadership position as the Training and Certification Program Director, working to promote CTAA and its mission to better meet its members’ professional development needs. Prior to joining CTAA, she served as Executive Director of the Association for Commuter Transportation and was a Human Resource Director at Macy’s. With her expertise in personnel management she has developed full-day classes, conference workshops and webinars around a wide variety of topics that involve effective human resource management. Caryn has a degree in Business Administration from Stonehill College.

1:30 to 3:30 pm – Driver Training – Wheelchair Securement sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Boomer A & B)

This training is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to wheelchair securement best practices.  The following topics will be covered:  Safety & Liability, Securement Equipment Operation, Securing the Wheelchair, Securing the Occupant, and Hands on Training. Completion of both sessions will provide certification.

Speaker:  As the Southern Regional Manager for Q’Straint and Sure-Lok, Trisha Nolen represents both product lines for all school bus and paratransit applications.  She has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and has been with Q’Straint and Sure-Lok since 2013. She conducts training programs both on-site and at conferences at the local, state and national level.  She has been invited by agencies throughout the country to speak on safe and effective wheelchair securement practices and regulatory issues.  Trisha was recognized as the Vendor of the Year in 2017 by TAPT. She is a native Texan where she resides with her husband and enjoys spending time with their two grown daughters.

1:45 to 3:15 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Associate Vendor Member Meeting (Sooner A & B)

Oklahoma Transit Association will share with current and potential Associate Vendor members the new membership program which will begin in 2019.

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 in Oklahoma 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.

3:30 to 4:00 pm – Visit Vendor Exhibits (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Gillig
  • Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
  • Braunability/NewbyVance
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTRANS
  • Routematch
  • ACC Climate Control
  • ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • Cobbs Allen
  • Mobile Climate Control
  • Altro USA
  • American Cooling Technology
  • American Seating Company
  • BAE Systems
  • Brigade Electronics
  • CMI Enterprises
  • Enviro-Mist
  • Freedman Seating Company
  • Gerflor USA
  • GMV Syncromatics
  • Hometown Trolley
  • Rosco Vision Systems
  • Transign
  • Grand Splash Marketing
  • National Safety Council
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

4:00 to 6:00 pm Managing Transit People and Process sponsored by NewbyVance (con’t) (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

Part 2: Strategic Planning Becomes Strategic Management for Your Transit Organization — When you’ve established a solid foundation and overall direction for your organization, you’ll find that your strategic plan helps align your people, services, projects and processes. You achieve this through your agency’s mission which reflects your core values, goals and objectives that lead to decision making that connects with short and long-range goals. The internal benefits include helping the agency become more customer oriented, creating better alignment between the board, management and staff while the expected external benefits include stake-holder awareness and input that can be expected to lead to greater stakeholder support. All of this ultimately helps to define or re-define an agency’s core role and responsibilities to their community.

Speaker: Caryn Souza, CTAA  Director of Training and Certification

4:00 to 6:00 pm – Driver Training – Wheelchair Securement sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (con’t) (Boomer A & B)

Speaker: Trisha Nolen, Southern Regional Manager for Q’Straint and Sure-Lok

6:00 to 6:30 pm – Visit Vendor Exhibits (Oklahoma Ballroom E & F)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Gillig
  • Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
  • Braunability/NewbyVance
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTRANS
  • Routematch
  • ACC Climate Control
  • ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • Cobbs Allen
  • Mobile Climate Control
  • Altro USA
  • American Cooling Technology
  • American Seating Company
  • BAE Systems
  • Brigade Electronics
  • CMI Enterprises
  • Enviro-Mist
  • Freedman Seating Company
  • Gerflor USA
  • GMV Syncromatics
  • Rosco Vision Systems
  • Transign
  • Grand Splash Marketing
  • National Safety Council
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

6:30 pm to … – CART Tours & Norman Night Out sponsored by Hometown Trolley (Board Trollies at Main Hotel Entrance)

Enjoy a night out in Norman starting with a bus tour of the CART facilities and the University of Oklahoma campus. While on campus, CART will lead you on a tour of the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Then its off to HeyDay for dinner and games where you can compete with your favorite transit colleagues in laser tag, on the rope course, in a round of miniature golf, on the bowling lanes, or in the arcade. Food and drink will round out your night in Revolutions Bar, Boomerang Grille, or DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks.

Thursday, October 18

6:30 am to 3:00 pm – Registration (East Parking Lot Tent)

6:30 to 7:00 am – Roadeo Judge Check-in (East Parking Lot Tent)

Roadeo Judges:

  • George Altevogt, Alliance Bus Group
  • Robert Barnes, ACC Climate Control
  • Stephen Climer, Rosco Vision Systems
  • Jennifer Cobb, Alliance Bus Group
  • Scott Coleman, Rosco Vision Systems
  • Cameron Colter, NewbyVance
  • Cody Cornwell, Routematch
  • DeAnn Crane, National Safety Council
  • Mitch Drouillard, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • Joey Dunow, Hometown Trolley
  • Tim Hinton, Mobile Climate Control
  • Randy Hogan
  • Kary Hughes, South West Transit Association (SWTA)
  • Mike Hughes
  • Chris Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems
  • Jamie Lipka, Transign
  • Marcus Newby, Newby-Vance Mobility
  • Bill Niederhofer, Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Norma Niederhofer, Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Trisha Nolen, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • Rita Preble, LogistiCare Solutions, LLC
  • Jen Rodriguez, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • Dave Rose, Freedman Seating Company
  • Kevin Rupe, Creative Bus Sales
  • Joe Saldana, Gillig, LLC
  • Doug Studer, Altro USA
  • Claude Terry, Chickasaw Nation
  • C. Weibrenner, Oklahoma Department of Transportation
  • Mark White, Brigade Electronics

6:30 to 7:30 am – Breakfast at the Roadeo sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (East Parking Lot Tent)

7:00 to 7:30 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (East Parking Lot Tent)

Presentation of Colors

The official Air Force Honor Guard traces its history to 1948 when Headquarters Command of the U.S. Air Force directed the creation of an elite ceremonial unit. Since 1952, the University of Oklahoma has been home to Air Force ROTC Detachment 675 and the cadet Honor Guard. Cadets in Air Force ROTC volunteer for details, and upon graduating, commission into the U.S. Air Force. Cadets have served the United States in various positions including Pilots, Combat System Officers, Air Battle Managers, and many others.

National Anthem

Performer: Dr. Karl Sievers, professor of music at the University of Oklahoma, enjoys a successful and varied performance career, having performed in countless studio sessions, on live television, in jazz ensembles, chamber music of all kinds, solo recitals, and in symphony orchestras. Sievers is an Artist/Clinician for the Vincent Bach Company, is Principal Trumpet with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and is also the General Manager of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. His students continue to attain great success in all areas of professional music and music education.

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.

Remarks by VisitNorman

Speaker: Dan Schemm is the Executive Director of VisitNorman. A native of Edmond, Schemm earned two degrees at the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Environmental Sciences and a master’s degree in Business Administration. Schemm is also a 2010 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He came to Norman directly from GoWichita, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the director of destination sales and services. Prior to GoWichita, Schemm was the vice president of existing business for the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and the import manager for an international manufacturing company in Topeka. Schemm serves as the Downtown Norman chair, is Leadership Norman graduate, serves as an ex-officio on the Norman Chamber of Commerce board, sits on the executive board for the Norman Rotary Club, is a board member for Oklahoma Travel Industry Association, serves on the National Weather Museum and Science Center board and a is member of the Downtown Norman Fall Festival planning committee. Dan and his wife, Lindsey, are the proud parents of Jack and Eloise.

7:30 am to 3:30 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships presented by Creative Bus Sales (East Parking Lot)

7:30 to 8:00 am – Roadeo Drivers Check-in (East Parking Lot Tent)

Mini Van Drivers:

  • Sharon Arnett, KI BOIS Area Transit System (114)
  • Nancy Brown, Muskogee County Public Transit Authority (106)
  • Harley Buffalohead, White Eagle Transit (112)
  • Dena Deroin, White Eagle Transit (113)
  • Tabitha Dick,Grand Gateway/Pelivan Transit (101)
  • Roy Hale, First Capital Trolley (115)
  • Jeff Hudgins, Citizen Potawatomi Nation (117)
  • Vickie Jamison, CART (107)
  • Shalyn Jay, Grand Gateway/Pelivan Transit (118)
  • David Lena, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Transit (108
  • Frances Pierce, Little Dixie Transit (103)
  • Tomas Revilla, Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group (119)
  • Lydia Rhodd, White Eagle (104)
  • Phyllis Rush, White Eagle Transit (116)
  • Stephen Smith, Cimarron Public Transit (110)
  • Richard Steckley, Red River Public Transportation Service (111)
  • Lyndsey Warrior, White Eagle Transit (105)
  • Brandi West, White Eagle Transit (109)
  • Vicky Wilson, Central Oklahoma Transit System (102)
  • Lynn Youngblood, Chickasaw Nation (120)

Shuttle Bus Drivers:

  • David Dotson, Muskogee County Public Transit Authority (2098)
  • Sam Hooshiarnejad, CART (208)
  • Melinda Kelsey, JAMM Transit (211)
  • Justin Lars Billy, Red River Public Transportation Service (205)
  • Geron Ledbetter, Cimarron Public Transit (212)
  • Russ Linton, Chickasaw Nation (206)
  • James Jackson, Little Dixie Transit (207)
  • Yvetta McClain, First Capital Trolley (202)
  • Melvin Marable, Citylink of Edmond (214)
  • Rpy Pitchford, EMBARK (210)
  • Herb Reeve, Citylink of Edmond (213)
  • Randy Sherman, Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group (204)
  • Warren Shrout, Grand Gateway/Pelivan Transit (201)
  • Joe Sorrells, KI BOIS Area Transit System (203)

City Bus Drivers:

  • Kevin Calvert, CART (304)
  • Tim Chamberlin, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System (301)
  • Diane Havlik, LATS (302)
  • John Morgan, EMBARK (303)

7:45 to 9:45 am – Tribal & Rural Design Thinking (Boomer A)

Speaker: Ken Hosen is a transportation planner and operations expert with more than 30 years of experience managing and planning for transit systems of all sizes. His background includes paratransit management and planning, human service transportation management and planning, rural and small urban transit systems, project evaluation, technology research and procurement, and writing practical guidebooks for transit professionals. Ken is a nationally recognized trainer, with hands-on transportation management and operations experience in both the public and private sectors. He served on the Certification Council of CTAA, and is a member of the Access Committee of APTA.

7:45 to 9:45 am – Transit Marketing and Communication for Community and Public Transportation sponsored by Grand Splash Marketing (Boomer B)

This workshop offers an overview of communications strategies to help any transit agency build visibility, community support and ridership. The class begins with basic marketing and communication principals and shows how these apply specifically in the public transportation environment – whether fixed route or demand response. Particular emphasis is placed on user-focused and innovative passenger information tools that make transit easy to use and also on community-based marketing strategies that capitalize on transit’s connections within the local community. Throughout the workshop, the presenter uses real-world examples from her 20+ years as a transit marketing consultant working with more than 100 community transportation systems throughout the United States.

Speaker:  Selena Barlow has more than 25 years of experience marketing public transportation services. Her areas of expertise include: market research, strategic market planning, marketing plan development, system identity development, new system introduction, design and production of passenger information materials, creation of promotional and collateral materials, development of general and targeted ridership campaigns, and training in transit marketing and customer service. Selena works exclusively within the transportation industry. She provides marketing consultation, market research and creative services to transit agencies, transportation departments of cities, counties and states and metropolitan planning organizations. She has worked for more than four dozen transportation agencies during the past 12 years. Selena is certified WBE.

8:00 am to 3:30 pm – Driver Simulator Training – Backing and Defensive Driving sponsored by Autry Technology Center (East Parking Lot)

Drivers will have an opportunity to train on a simulator. The driver simulator is a full motion base that lets you feel those bumps or curbs you may hit. It also allows for rain, sleet, and snow.  The driver simulator training will cover backing techniques — when to back, when not to back, when to pull through, and using your mirrors. The training will also discuss defensive driving. The course will cover hazard recognition and sight, speed, and space management. There will be a 15-20 minute presentation then there will be a chance to drive the simulator to practice the newly learned techniques.

Coordinator:  Jesse Ashlock, Industrial Coordinator at Autry Technology Center, has been at Autry for five and a half years. He started in safety and is now in the transportation role and Vance Air Force Base Liaison. He holds a degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.  He holds a Class B CDL with passenger endorsement. Jesse has driven a school bus for Pioneer Technology Center, Autry Technology Center, and Hennessey Public Schools.

9:45 to 10:15 am – Conference Break & Roadeo Sponsor Visits (East Parking Lot)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Gillig
  • Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
  • Braunability/NewbyVance
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTRANS
  • Routematch
  • National Safety Council

10:15 to 11:15 am – Tribal TRAMS Training (Boomer A)

Speaker: Gail Lyssy is the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Region 6 office of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  Based in Fort Worth, Region 6 is responsible for providing funding and oversight to transit providers in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Gail joined FTA in 1996 as the Regional Engineer in Region 6 after spending 10 years as a transportation engineering consultant in Dallas.  She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Speaker: Margaret (Maggie) Schilling is the Program Manager for FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD). The NTD collects financial and service information from more than 2,000 transit agencies across the United States and drives the apportionment of over $8 billion in federal formula funds each year. Prior to joining the FTA, Maggie spent 6 years at the Chicago Transit Authority focusing on budget and performance management and overseeing transportation data analysis and process improvement out of the COO’s office.   Maggie is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

10:15 am to 12:15 pm – Transit Marketing & Communication for Community and Public Transportation sponsored by Grand Splash Marketing (con’t) (Boomer B)

Speaker:  Selena Barlow

11:15 am to 12:15 pm – NTD Reporting sponsored by Alliance Bus Group (Boomer A)

Speakers: Margaret (Maggie) Schilling, Program Manager for FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD)

12:15 to 1:15 pm – Roadeo Lunch & Sponsor Visits provided by Creative Bus Sale (East Parking Lot)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Gillig
  • Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
  • Braunability/NewbyVance
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTRANS
  • Routematch
  • National Safety Council

1:15 to 3:00 pm – THE CPRs of Procurement sponsored by Alliance Bus Group (Boomer A)

Speaker: James Harper, Jr. is the Director of the Office of Acquisition Management for FTA in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for procurement operations and administration of all prime and related contracts in support of national and international programs of the FTA valued at more than $13.1 billion. He is also responsible for the review of third party contracts in support of the FTA grant program. James earned degrees at North Carolina A&T State University and Central Michigan University. He is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and Federal Acquisition Institute Certified Level III Contracts Manager. James is also a respected educator and lecturer, having served during his military career as the Deputy Director for Academic Affairs at the Defense Acquisition University; Assistant Professor and Course Director at the Air Force Institute of Technology; and, as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia and as an instructor for a Virginia woman-owned small business.

1:15 to 3:00 pm – Transit Marketing & Communication for Community and Public Transportation sponsored by Grand Splash Marketing (con’t) (Boomer B)

Speaker:  Selena Barlow

3:00 to 3:30 pm – Conference Break & Roadeo Sponsor Visits (East Parking Lot)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Lone Star Handicap Vans
  • Alliance Bus Group
  • Gillig
  • Q’Straint/SURE-LOK
  • Braunability/NewbyVance
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTRANS
  • Routematch
  • National Safety Council

3:30 to 6:30 pm – Facing the Challenges in Drug and Alcohol Testing (Boomer B)

This session will focus on issues directly related to creating and maintaining an FTA/DOT compliant drug and alcohol program for transit systems. It will also review upcoming DOT D&A regulatory revisions, marijuana use laws and other current issues.

Speaker:  Robbie Sarles is President of RLS & Associates, Inc., a transit consulting firm headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with offices in Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana. For more than 37 years, Robbie has provided consulting assistance to state departments of transportation, local governments, and rural, small urban and human services transportation systems, both across the country and internationally. She is a nationally recognized expert in several areas, including the FTA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing regulations. In this regard, she oversees statewide drug and alcohol testing regulatory compliance program and policy assessments for 19 states and has personally conducted countless drug and alcohol program assessments throughout the nation. Robbie writes for the quarterly FTA-published Drug and Alcohol Regulation Updates and was a co-author of the Implementation Guidelines for Drug and Alcohol Regulations in Mass Transit and the FTA Drug and Alcohol Best Practices Manual. She also developed a model Fitness for Duty Policy that addresses prescription and over-the-counter medication use; led a national project to assess the impact prescription and over-the-counter medication use has on transit system safety; and was the primary contributor to the Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication Tool Kit. Robbie has graduate degrees in Transportation Engineering and City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a degree in Geography and Psychology from Western Kentucky University.

3:45 to 6:30 pm – Driver Training – The Secret Sauce: Improving Customer Service for You and Your Customers sponsored by SWTA (Boomer A)

Keeping customers happy and satisfied is the “Secret Sauce” to the success of any public transit service. When transit operators have employees who are properly trained and who demonstrate professional customer service skills, the system will see improved customer satisfaction and customer loyalty toward the transit service.  Effective customer service will, in turn, help the system retain customers, improve ridership, gain added support from the community and, as a driver, help you feel better about your job. Find the “Secret Sauce” and you will love your job.

Speaker: Kristen Joyner is the Executive Director for the South West Transit Association (SWTA). SWTA is an 8-state regional organization committed to delivering education, communication and advocacy services for public transportation providers. Prior to SWTA, Kristen was a national trainer for Fred Pryor and Career Track Seminars. Her hands-on transit experience comes from working at Central Arkansas Transit Authority in Little Rock. This combined background allows her to develop progressive educational materials and provide interactive instruction on leadership, coaching, and mentoring principles for transit managers and employees. She serves on the White House task force for Transportation and Human Trafficking; is involved in efforts to train veterans for jobs in public transportation; and was named one of METRO Magazine’s Top Women in Transportation. She is currently the Region 6 representative for the CTAA Board and serves as the Chair of the Access Sub-Committee on Technology and Training for APTA.

6:30 to 7:15 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Reception (University B & C Foyer)

7:15 to 10:00 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Awards Banquet sponsored by Lone Star Handicap Vans (University B & C)

Oklahoma State Driving Championship Award Presentations

Pre-Trip Inspection Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Wheelchair Securement Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Written Test Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Top Rookie Mini Van Driver sponsored by Token Transit

Top Rookie Shuttle Bus Driver sponsored by Token Transit

Top Rookie City Bus Driver sponsored by Token Transit

Minivan Driving 3rd Place sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Minivan Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Minivan Driving Champion sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Shuttle Bus Driving 3rd Place sponsored by Transign

Shuttle Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by Transign

Shuttle Bus Driving Champion sponsored by Transign

City Bus Driving 3rd Place sponsored by Gillig

City Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by Gillig

City Bus Driving Champion sponsored by Gillig

OTA Hero of the Year presented by Lone Star Handicap Vans

Speaker: Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.), is the Sr. Vice President of the Folds of Honor Foundation — a veteran’s charity that provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded with educational scholarships. Additionally, he is a founding member of Warriors for Freedom Foundation — a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and wellness support of wounded veterans and their families. Major Ed is also the spokesperson for AROGA Health. He is also the founder of Warrior Nation, a movement focused on the rights of liberty, freedom and patriotism with an autobiography titled Warrior for Freedom: Challenge, Triumph and Change, the Major Ed Pulido Story. On the 17th of August, 2004, Major Pulido hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or roadside bomb while serving with the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus. Due to the extensive injuries to his left knee, doctors had to amputate his left leg on October 1, 2004. For his heroism and valor on that August day, the President of the United States along with General Petraeus awarded him the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals.

Entertainment by Tammy RC and the Colas! sponsored by Ecolane

 

Friday, October 19

7:00 to 11:45 am – The OTA Square sponsored by Logisticare (Oklahoma Ballroom E)

Agency and Associate Member Introductions – All Agency and Associate Oklahoma Transit Association members will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and their staffs and discuss their agency or company.

Presentation of Long-Term OTA Strategic Plan – In September OTA’s leadership and members met to develop a long-term strategic plan for the organization. This road map is designed to lead OTA and it members into the next decade.

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 in Oklahoma 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.

Panel Discussion – Transit OK|Vision 2020 – In 1998, OTA commissioned a study to determine the economic benefit of public transit in Oklahoma. Soon after, OTA worked with ODOT to commission a transit needs assessment in Oklahoma. The goal of the assessment was to increase state public transit funding and secure a dedicated annual funding source. In the 2003-04 timeframe, state funding for public transit in Oklahoma was increased in part because of the needs assessment findings. Unfortunately, a dedicated funding source was not secured. The funding has remained flat, and today the $5.7 million allocated each year by ODOT from the State Public Transit Revolving Fund is unstable. In Oklahoma, competing forces are vying for an ever-shrinking piece of the state-funding pie. For the public transit sector to maintain and grow its level of state funding, the administrators, benefactors and users of transit in Oklahoma must join their voices together to share the transit story from a grassroots perspective. OTA has commissioned two research projects. The first – The Economic Benefits of Public Transit – is being conducted by Oklahoma State University and will show the economic impact of public transit at both the state and community level. The second – Oklahoma Transit Needs Assessment – is being conducted by the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center at North Dakota State University and will illustrate the level of need for public transit on a state and county-level basis. These studies represent the beginning of an OTA grassroots campaign to achieve the following four objectives: increase state funding for public transit; ensure that state funding is spread across all types of transit providers (urban, small urban, rural and tribal); secure a dedicated state funding source; and provide for alternative local funding sources. Transit OK|Vision 2020 is the campaign designed to meet the OTA objectives.  In addition to the research, the campaign will involve community-level alliances and a Faces of Transit component which is designed to lead to the successful passage of legislation to meet the objectives.

Moderator: Ted Rieck is Chair of the OTA Advocacy Committee and the general manager of Tulsa Transit, a position he has held since September of 2017. Ted has more than 35 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology, and community partnerships. In the mid-nineties, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis transit system, where he reversed a 15-year ridership decline. Prior to joining Tulsa Transit, Ted was a transit consultant both independently as well as with national architect, engineering, and planning firms. He was also Vice Chair of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, a transit advocacy group. Until recently, he represented the Johnson County Commission Third District on the County’s Transportation Council overseeing transit planning and operations. Ted holds a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University and a master’s of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Speaker: Dr. Jill Hough is the director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’s Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC), that focuses on research, education, and training for the public transportation industry. She has more than 20 years of experience in transportation. Currently, her primary research areas relate to workforce development, livability, mobility of the elderly and disadvantaged, intelligent transportation systems, as well as transit planning and management. Jill has authored or co-authored more than 50 research reports and journal articles and has given more than 100 presentations at the regional, national, and international level. She has served on the National Academies of Science Transit Cooperative Research Program Oversight Project Selection committee which identifies and prioritizes transit research needs in the United States. She held the vice-chair position of the National Transit Institute Advisory Board at Rutgers University and the chair position of the Transportation Research Board’s 19th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation. Jill has chaired the higher education working group for the APTA Blue Ribbon Panel on Workforce Development and currently serves as the chair of APTA’s Higher Education Subcommittee. She also serves on the executive committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers. In 1998 she was interim director for FTA’s Transit Intelligent Vehicle Initiative in Washington, D.C. Jill earned her Ph.D. from the transportation technology and policy program at the University of California, Davis. She also has earned bachelor and master’s degrees in agricultural economics at North Dakota State University.

Speaker: Dr. Ramesh Sharda is the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Watson/ConocoPhillips Chair and a Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has coauthored two textbooks (Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Science: A Managerial Perspective, 4th Edition, Pearson and Business Intelligence and Analytics: Systems for Decision Support, 10th edition, Pearson). His research has been published in major journals in management science and information systems including Management Science, Operations Research, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences Journal, EJIS, JMIS, Interfaces, INFORMS Journal on Computing, ACM Data Base and many others. He is a member of the editorial boards of journals such as the Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences, and Information Systems Frontiers. He also serves as the Faculty Director of Teradata University Network. He received the 2013 INFORMS Computing Society HG Lifetime Service Award, and was inducted into Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016.

Speaker: Kendra Sue McGeady is the Director of Transit for Pelivan Transit and the Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium, owned and operated by Grand Gateway Economic Development Association. The system, located in northeast Oklahoma, operates in seven counties and provides transit services for the general public as well as the Cherokee, Peoria, Ottawa, Quapaw, Modoc, Miami, Shawnee, Eastern Shawnee, Wyandotte and Seneca Cayuga tribes. She is past president of the Vinita Rotary Club and serves as Chairwoman of the Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board of Directors. She also serves on the Oklahoma Transit Association Advocacy Committee. Kendra, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, is an avid runner who resides in Vinita, with her husband, Tom. Her nephew Carter is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University.

Speaker: Melissa Fesler is the Chair of the OTA Communications & Public Relations Committee and is the director of First Capital Trolley. She has been with the agency since the 1990s, becoming director at the age of 23 in 1999. Since taking the reins she has implemented many new services and expanded existing services. In 2008, First Capital added job routes to expand from one county to another for a discounted rate. They were awarded business of the year in 2008 by the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce and OTA honored them with the Ridership and Expanded Service award.  Melissa was named professional of the year for 2009, and the top 40 under 40 by the MassTransit Magazine in 2011. First Capital Trolley now sits on a seven-acre space which allows for growth of a thriving transportation service. As an organization, First Capital has volunteered for the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, trash clean up days, stuff the bus, and many more fund raisers for different community needs. Melissa has even been an Easter Bunny to raise money for children in the community.  From trash pick up to sitting on boards, Melissa works tirelessly to promote transit and help the citizens First Capital serves.

Member Discussion of Relevant Issues – Members will have an opportunity to discuss topics presented at the conference as well as other relevant issues facing the public transit industry in Oklahoma.

Issue #1 – Formula Funding vs. Competitive Grant Funding at the Federal Level

Issue #2 – Issues for Fast Act Reauthorization

Issue #3 – CNG/Electric Corridors

Issue #4 – Other Issues

Announcement of 2019 Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Meeting & EXPO dates and location.

Speaker: Johnny James, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Tribal Transit Director

Speaker: Ashley Norman, Choctaw Casino & Resort Senior National Sales Manager

Speaker: Allen Leaird, Director of Southern Oklahoma Rural Transportation System (SORTS)

Speaker: Brent Roy, Creative Bus Sales Regional Sales Representative

11:45 am to 12:50 pm – Working Lunch presentation by Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson (Oklahoma Ballroom E)

Speaker: In June 2017, Gov. Fallin appointed Mike Patterson to join her cabinet as Secretary of Transportation for the state of Oklahoma.  He continues to serve as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, as he has since 2013.  Prior to that appointment he served as the Deputy Director for the agency for three years as well as filling the role of Chief Financial Officer since September 1999.  Patterson previously served as the Comptroller for the agency for 15 years, having begun his career with ODOT as the Deputy Comptroller in 1980. Patterson has been active with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for many years serving in several leadership roles.  Currently he serves as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Administration and as a member of the Strategic Management Committee. He is the founding member of the Oklahoma chapter of the international organization Women in Transportation (WTS). His education credentials consist of a degree in Accounting from Central State University, now the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Central Oklahoma. Patterson and his wife, Joy, live in Edmond and have two daughters and five granddaughters. 

1:00 to 2:00 pm – Presentation by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Transit Programs Division for Sub-Recipients (Oklahoma Ballroom E)

Speaker: Oklahoma City resident Ernestine “Ernie” Mbroh was named Transit Programs Division Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in March 2013. In her role with the Transit Programs Division, she is responsible for managing both urban and rural public transit programs and administering technical assistance and funding for public transportation providers in Oklahoma. Through federal and state grants administered by ODOT, many communities in Oklahoma provide bus routes and other public transit services, which are especially important for the elderly and those with disabilities to remain independent and active. Mbroh has more than 20 years of experience with ODOT, beginning as a Drafting Technician in the Roadway Design Division in 1991. She also served as a Transportation Specialist in the Traffic Engineering Division, Special Projects Coordinator for the Transportation Enhancement Program, Contract Administrator in the Project Management Division, Director of the Safe Routes to School Program and Assistant Division Manager of the Civil Rights Division. Mbroh graduated from Oklahoma State University with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Industrial Engineering. She has three brothers and one sister and lives in southwest Oklahoma City.

1:00 to 2:00 pm – Presentation by FTA Region 6 for Direct Recipients (Noble Board Room)

Speaker: Gail Lyssy is the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Region 6 office of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  Based in Fort Worth, Region 6 is responsible for providing funding and oversight to transit providers in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Gail joined FTA in 1996 as the Regional Engineer in Region 6 after spending 10 years as a transportation engineering consultant in Dallas.  She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

 

Apr
30
Tue
Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO presented by GreenPower Motor Company @ Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant
Apr 30 – May 3 all-day

Hotel reservations should be made by direct phone calls to the HOTEL reservations office at 1-800-788-2464.  When calling in for reservations be sure to refer to the block name Oklahoma Transit Association-OTA or block code 1905OKLAHO in order to receive the special OTA rate of $93 plus tax and for your request to be handled as efficiently as possible.  Reservations need to be made by Sunday, April 14th at 5:00pm.

 

Attendees click here to register.

Vendors & Exhibitors email barnonemark@gmail.com for information and registration opportunities.

 

The conference will take an in-depth look at the mobility needs of Oklahoman’s and investigate opportunities, policies and the funding local transit agencies have to meet those needs. In addition we will preview new and innovative tools and practices available to enhance service and safety while ensuring coordinated and effective transit service statewide. At the Annual Meeting, OTA will elect the annual leadership team and we will honor systems across the state for service to public transit.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 30

10:00 am – Registration (Grand Theater Landing – 2nd Floor)

11:00 am – Leave Choctaw Casino & Resort for Lake Texoma (Grand Theater Landing – 2nd Floor)

12:00 noon – Striped Fishing Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales (separate registration required) (Lake Texoma)

Team Ryan/Creative Bus Sales

Team Brent/Creative Bus Sales

Team GreenPower Motor Company

Team Lone Star Handicap Vans

Team CWI Digital Services

Team LiquidSpring

Team Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Team MobilityTRANS

Team TRANSIGN

Team TransitPAC

6:30 pm – Faces of Transit Welcome Reception hosted by the Durant Chamber of Commerce & GreenPower Motor Company (The Oasis Pool)

Welcome: Jenny Sanchez has lived in the Durant area for 25 years. She is married to Samuel Sanchez and has an 8 year old son named Gaius. Jenny is the President of Cherokee Communications and is active in her community. She is the president of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, the chairman of the Magnolia Festival, and serves on the board for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. Jenny also attends the First United Methodist Church where she serves on the Children’s Council and teaches Sunday School.

Welcome: Jana Boykin Deputy Director of Choctaw Nation Tribal Transit, has worked for Choctaw Nation for almost 16 years, worked for Tribal Transit for 11 of those years, started with the program as a dispatcher, and was later promoted to Deputy Director.  Married, with three children, and four grandchildren, she lives in Hugo, Oklahoma.  An active member of Chisum Trails Cowboy Church, Jana is a member of the Choctaw Bike Team and the Choctaw Nation Trail of Tears Bike Team, serves on the Hugo Soccer League board, is Secretary for Springs Chapel Cemetery Association. Her hobbies are coaching soccer and cheer, cycling, running 5ks, beadwork/jewelry making, spending time with family and watching kids and grandkids in their activities.

Awards for Striped Fishing Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales

 

 

Wednesday, May 1

7:00 am – Registration (Events Center Foyer)

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

Welcome: Johnny James, Choctaw Nation Tribal Transit Director

Remarks: Chief Gary Batton is the 47th Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest Indian tribe in the United States with more than 200,000 citizens. After being sworn into the Office of the Chief in 2014, Chief Batton set a clear direction in his inaugural address indicating a specific vision for his administration. He believes his main purpose is to create a better future for the Choctaw people. He spends countless hours in the communities with the tribal members he serves. He works to protect their culture, provide opportunities for education, improved healthcare, employment, and ultimately, do what is best for Choctaws. Through diversification, the Nation now has over 70 businesses in 13 different industries including hospitality, entertainment, agriculture, defense and more. Chief Batton has established a sound economic base for the Choctaw Nation with annual revenue exceeding $1.5 billion. Chief Batton and his wife, Angie, make their home in Clayton, Oklahoma. They have two children, Stacy and David, and two grandchildren.

Choctaw Cultural Exhibition: The origins of today’s Choctaw traditional dress in Oklahoma goes back to the 1700s. Ancestral Choctaw women began obtaining cloth from French trader’s European trade routes and settlements came into Choctaw homeland of the Southeast.  Today’s dress is the product of a long line of development and adaptations working tribal designs into the ribbon work or applique.  Modern traditional dress is worn mostly for special occasions and dances, but some tribal elders still dress in this fashion every day. Modern Choctaw regalia for men includes a cotton shirt with either a round neckline or an open collar with applique or ribbon work.  Most are bold colors with contrasting trim representing one of the traditional Choctaw Motifs: Full diamond or half diamond.  The shirt is paired with black pants and shoes, as well as a wide brimmed black felt hat.  Other accessories for men include hat bands made of ribbon or beads, baldrics (a sash made of fabric with beadwork designs or applique ), belts, handkerchiefs, beaded medallions, beaded collars, and colored silk ribbons pinned at the waist. Choctaw women wear colorful cotton dresses that consist of a bodice with fitted waist and a long full skirt trimmed with ruffles.  An apron of a contrasting color completes the outfit.  Their clothing is adapted from European designs of the 1700s and also feature applique or ribbon work in traditional Choctaw motifs such as full diamonds or half diamonds, or a series of circles and crosses which represent the game of stickball. The forerunners of today’s dresses are separate cotton skirts and blouses with very simple, but elegant ribbon work.  They are pictured in paintings of the 1840s-1870s.  Other variations of the dress still exist today as either separate skirts and blouses or more simple versions of the full dress with shorter sleeves and hemlines in calico print cotton fabric.  These are considered work or everyday clothes.  There is no true pattern for the dress, but traditionally all the fabric is torn by hand instead of cutting, to create the piece of the dress or shirt. The Choctaw women have many accessories they wear with their dresses.  Extensive sets of beaded jewelry, hair combs, beaded belts, basket purse, handkerchiefs, sashes, and colorful silk ribbons pinned to the back of the dress are only a few of the adornments seen today.

Keynote: Mobility and the Role of Multi-Modal Opportunities in Oklahoma Transit

Beth Osborne serves as the director of Transportation for America, where she leads transportation policy development and advocacy as well as technical assistance with departments of transportation. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy beginning in 2009. At DOT, Beth managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal, and the implementation of MAP-21. Before joining DOT, Beth worked for Sen. Tom Carper (DE) as an advisor for transportation, trade and labor policy, as the policy director for Smart Growth America and as legislative director for environmental policy at the Southern Governors’ Association. She began her career in Washington, DC, in the House of Representatives working as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ron Klink (PA-04) and as legislative director for Rep. Brian Baird (WA-03).

10:00 am – EXPO (Events Center Main Floor)

GreenPower Motor Company

Creative Bus Sales

Lone Star Handicap Vans

CWI Digital Services

LiquidSpring

Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Enviro-Mist

Gillig

Trillium

Altro

BraunAbility

Gerflor USA

LogistiCare Solutions

MobilityTRANS

Mobility One Transportation

Routematch

Safe Fleet Bus & Rail

TRANSIGN

Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles North America

Mobile Climate Control

NewbyVance

Rosco Vision Systems

United States Seating

Apollo Video Technology, Luminator Technology Group

Ecolane

Freedman Seating Company

Hanover Displays

Master’s Transportation

MORryde International

ProAir/ACT

National Transit Institute

National Rural Transit Assistance Program

Transportation Security Administration

11:00 am – The Role of Alternative Fuels in Oklahoma Transit – Panel Discussion sponsored by Lone Star Handicap Vans (Events Center Main Floor)

Moderator: Eric Pollard became Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) in December 2014. Since joining ACOG, he and coalition stakeholders have celebrated several exciting milestones, including: the Coalition’s 20th Anniversary in 2016; the State of Oklahoma meeting its goal of opening a public CNG station on every 100 miles of interstate within its borders; Oklahoma City meeting EPA ozone standards; the opening of the first electric vehicle fast charging station at an Oklahoma convenience store; and historic growth in the use of CNG, electricity, propane, and E85. Pollard manages the activities of the coalition and works to increase the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Central and Western Oklahoma fleets, support the many Oklahoma businesses and industries that benefit from increased use of these fuels and vehicles, and communicates with the public about benefits to regional air quality.

Ashley Duplechien, Manager of Business Development at Trillium – A Love’s company, has been operating in the alternative-fuels industry since 2016. She previously managed Marketing and Communications for Trillium, and has run the company’s annual golf charity event for the last four years, raising over $1.74 MM for Texas Children’s Hospital alongside sister-company Musket Corporation. Prior to her work at Musket Corporation and Trillium, Ashley trained and performed as a classical vocalist, completing her M.A. at The Royal Academy of Music in London in 2013.

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.

Brendan Riley is President of GreenPower Motor Company. He comes to GreenPower with more than 23 years of experience in the area of Business Development, Sales Strategy and Operations. Previously, Brendan was North American Vice-President of Fleet Sales for BYD Motors, where he ran multiple electric vehicle business units including the material handling, truck and the bus groups. It was here that he secured the largest privately funded electric bus contract in North America two years in a row (for 25 and 36 respectively). He was also instrumental in negotiating the purchase and setup of two manufacturing facilities for BYD (an electric bus assembly plant and an EV battery assembly plant in California). Brendan served two terms as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the AVS for Science and Technology, and is currently serving as an advisor on the EPRI Bus and Truck Charging Interface Group.

Jared Schnader began his career by running a start-up transit bus OEM at the age of 26 focusing on CNG propulsion. He was later brought in to run market development for an advanced propulsion system for transit buses. Leaving the OEM side, he branched out to run a Software as a Service company, Shopbuses.com, which was the first commercial bus dealer specific Dealer Management Software (DMS). Jared was given a web address, and little more to start with. Within eight months, Shopbuses.com, the hosting platform, was the largest bus inventory website in the western hemisphere. In 2016, Jared left the tech arena and started his own Non-Emergency Medical Transport company in Panama City, FL. In 2018 his company was acquired, and he joined CALSTART as the Small Urban and Rural Transit Agency Program Manager in January of 2019, where he focuses his efforts on enabling agencies to pursue, procure, and deploy alternative fuel vehicles in their fleet. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Finance, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a member of MENSA, and lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with his wife and three children.

12:30 pm – Lunch & Visit Vendor Exhibits sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Events Center Main Floor)

The Lord’s Prayer

Welcome: Kent Watson is the Executive Director of Big Five Community Services with its Home office in Durant, Oklahoma. Under his leadership, the Agency has undergone rapid expansion and now provides community development services in 28 counties with a workforce of over 300. Kent received a BA in Ed. from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma in 1987. He is a former prosecutor, private practitioner, and consultant and has been a licensed member of the Oklahoma Bar Association for more than 30 years.

Presentation of Oklahoma Transit Association Economic Study and Needs Assessment: 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 in Oklahoma 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.

1:30 pm – The Role of Autonomous Vehicles in Oklahoma Transit – Panel Discussion sponsored by Enviro-Mist (Events Center Main Floor)

Moderator: Prior to founding Solid Foundation Consulting, Tom Robins served in Governor Mary Fallin’s Administration as the Deputy Secretary of Energy for Oklahoma. In this role, Tom worked with the public and state energy related boards agencies and commissions to help implement the Governor’s state energy plan. He also served as the Governor’s representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Southern States Energy Board and the Western Governors Association. Previously, Tom worked at Williams Energy and was a member of the government relations team at Chesapeake Energy where he managed all employee political engagement on issues impacting the energy industry. Before moving to Oklahoma, Tom worked in Washington D.C. on the staff of the United State Senate Judiciary CommitteeTom holds a B.A. in History from Utah State University and a M.A. in Political Management from George Washington University.

Dan Hoffman took over as Assistant City Manager for the City of Gainesville, Florida in July of 2017 after spending five years as the Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland. In his role as Assistant City Manager Dan oversees approximately 700 employees covering Fire and Rescue, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Transportation and Technology. Recently he created the Department of Mobility in the City of Gainesville. This new department oversees all of the City transit services including an autonomous shuttle project and a first mile/last mile initiative. Prior to his time in local government Dan was an appointee at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He speaks frequently on subject of smart cities and open data. He holds degrees from George Washington and Johns Hopkins Universities.

Adriane Jaynes is the Alternative Fuels Planner at INCOG, where she works to prepare the Tulsa region and the state for emerging transportation technologies with an emphasis transportation electrification and vehicle autonomy. In this role, she also serves as Coordinator for Tulsa Area Clean Cities Coalition, a US Department of Energy program hosted at INCOG, with a goal of reducing dependence on imported petroleum. She serves on several state and local taskforces convened to prepare for on-road advanced transportation technologies, is a founding member of the Oklahoma Electric Vehicle Coalition and serves on its executive committee. Jaynes has been at INCOG since 2011 and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

3:00 pm – EXPO (Events Center Main Floor))

4:15 pm – Choctaw Transit & SORTS Tour sponsored by LiquidSpring (Depart from Front of Hotel/Valet)

Big Five Headquarters

Bryan Hotel

Durant Head Start

Big Five Weatherization Porject

Choctaw Nation Tribal Complex

7:00 pm – Choctaw Nation Night Out sponsored by LiquidSpring (Cheif’s Stickball Field)

 

 

Thursday, May 2

7:00 am – Registration (Grand Theater Landing – 2nd Floor)

8:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (separate ticket required) (Redbud Room)

Remarks: Allen Leaird is the Division Director over Transportation, Housing and Weatherization for Big Five Community Services. He has also served as the Director of Housing and Energy for Big Five. Allen is certified EEO from the Department of Labor, and is a two-time winner of the Ted Allen David Walker award.  This award recognizes a single individual in the state that has gone over and above promoting Housing in Oklahoma. He has also received the life time achievement award, Transit Professional of the Year, and Transit Project of the Year (twice) from the Oklahoma Transit Association. Allen has served as a legislative liaison between state programs and elected officials in DC as well as the Oklahoma Capitol.  He has worked closely in developing and expanding public transit, and continues to do so. He currently serves as the TransitPAC Chair for the Oklahoma Transit Association. Allen has been active in economic development with the cities Big Five serves and was directly responsible for more than $4 million in new construction in a single year. Allen holds degrees from both East Central University in Ada and the University of Oklahoma.

Speaker: TBA

9:15 am – Morning Vendor Speeding Dating (Conference Center)

CWI Digital Services (Pecan Room)

Enviro-Mist (Willow Room)

Trillium (Cedar Room)

Altro (Redbud Room)

Gerflor USA (Magnolia 5 Room)

LogistiCare Solutions (Oak Room)

Routematch (Cypress Room)

Safe Fleet Bus & Rail (Pine Room)

TRANSIGN (Magnolia 7 Room)

Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles North America (Magnolia 6 Room)

12:00 noon – Lunch sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Events Center Foyer)

Terrorists Threat in Public Transit: An intelligence briefing on Oklahoma’s mass transit system and highway modes of transportation, covering terrorism and domestic threats, recent trends and incidents impacting mass transit sector, and training materials on active shooter preparedness.

Speaker:  Rich Cummings works as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Field Intelligence Officer (FIO) for the State of Oklahoma. Based in Oklahoma City, Rich supports the Federal Security Director for Oklahoma, and provides intelligence support and information sharing to the aviation sector and airports in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, and Stillwater, as well as supporting other modes of transportation in Oklahoma, to include freight and passenger rail, highway (bussing, trucking), and pipeline.  Over his career, Rich has worked at TSA headquarters in multiple areas within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, as an Intelligence Officer with the Department of Defense, and served on active duty in U.S. Marine Corps.

1:00 pm – Afternoon Vendor Speed Dating (Events Center)

GreenPower Motor Company (Events Center Main Floor)

Creative Bus Sales (Events Center Main Floor)

Lone Star Handicap Vans (Events Center Main Floor)

LiquidSpring (Events Center SW Parking Lot)

Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Events Center Main Floor)

Gillig (Events Center Hospitality Room)

BraunAbility/NewbyVance (Events Center Main Floor)

MobilityTRANS (Events Center Main Floor)

Mobility One Transportation (Events Center Main Floor)

National Transit Institute (Events Center Conference Room)

3:45 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Membership Meeting (Events Center Foyer)

6:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Awards Reception sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Redbud Room)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma Tranist Association Awards Banquet sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Magnolia 6 Room)

FTA Region 6 Awards

Keith Leftwich Distinguished Service Award

Safety & Training Award sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

Innovation Award sponsored by Lone Star Handicap Vans

Marketing Campaign of the Year sponsored by Creative Bus Sales

Transit Professional of the Year sponsored by LiquidSpring

Transit System of the Year sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Entertainment by Kyle Reid

10:00 pm – Awards Celebration hosted by the Choctaw Nation (The District)

 

 

Friday, May 3

7:00 am – Registration (Grand Theater Landing – 2nd Floor)

7:30 am – Breakfast (Magnolia 6 Foyer)

8:00 am – The Future of Oklahoma Public Transit – Panel Discussion sponsored by Trillium (Magnolia 6 Room)

Moderator: Rep. Carol Bush (R-District 70) was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, Carol successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years. She 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, Carol serves as 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. Carol 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, Moriah, a teacher in Kansas City, and Nicole, a student in Denver.

State Public Transit Policy Plan: Jaimie Baldwin is the Training Program Coordinator for the Oregon DOT’s Rail & Public Transit Division. In this role she works to enhance the knowledge and skills of public transit agency staff throughout the state of Oregon. This includes coordinating the annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference and facilitating the state Public Transit Advisory Committee, while staying apprised of innovative practices and new technologies. In doing so Jaimie’s goal is to help ensure that Oregon remains a pioneering leader in the public transportation industry.

Microtransit: Adam Yeatts is the Manager of the Business Development Executive Team at TransLoc, a Ford Smart Mobility company, based out of the Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina. He spends his weeks speaking with cities and transit agencies across the country about how to remain the center of mobility for people as technology is rapidly changing the landscape of how people move. TransLoc currently leads this space with over 100+ engagements. Since coming on board at TransLoc, Adam has had the opportunity to speak with over 250 transit agencies about the utilization of microtransit as they rethink how to deliver service in the changing landscape of technology. The knowledge he has gained during these conversations has allowed him to become a vital addition to the microtransit think tank. His hands-on approach and willingness to provide continuous support to our partner agencies is what is driving TransLoc’s mission to make transit remain the center of mobility.

Statewide Mobility Call Center: As Vice President of Transit Solutions for Routematch, Pepper Harward is responsible for technical and product strategy for conventional transit, mobility and integrated payment markets. He has spent the last six years identifying trends in transit, the challenges they present to the market and the potential technology solutions that will help move the industry forward. Pepper received a degree in Economics from the University of Utah and a law degree from Georgetown University.

10:00 am – Fast Act Reauthorization – Panel Discussion sponsored by Gillig (Magnolia 6 Room)

Moderator: Joe Dorman serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.  OICA is the statewide organization that serves as the voice for Oklahoma’s children within state government.  Since taking over this role in 2016, Dorman has returned the organization to its roots of advocacy work by equipping Oklahomans with the tools they need to call upon elected officials to do better work for the children of our state. OICA also runs OK Foster Wishes. Joe began his professional career following graduation from Oklahoma State University as an employee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, starting as a mail clerk and runner. After working in various staff positions, he served as an Assistant to the Executive Director of the House Staff, the role in which he helped create an educational component for the high school pages that rotate each week through the capitol.  He went on to serve House District 65 as the state representative for 12 years, authoring key pieces of legislation for education, public safety and government accountability, including authoring the original bill to create a training for municipal officials. He was the 2014 Democratic nominee for Oklahoma Governor and formerly served as a town council member in Rush Springs, also known as the Watermelon Capitol of the World.

Art Guzzetti, a 39-year professional in public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Mobility Initiatives & Policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group for the public transportation industry. Among other things, Art is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy development and research agenda, and for advancing policies favorable to public transportation with Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, with grassroots and stakeholder organizations, and with public policy think tanks.   A key current focus is integration of transit networks with new and emerging public and private mobility services, including microtransit, transportation network companies, automated vehicles and bicycles. The public transit agency of the future will weave these services into a system, with high-capacity transit lines in key corridors as the backbone. Prior to coming to Washington in June 1997, hei had 16 years of management experience with two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems:  New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Art has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  Among other position, he is the immediate past national president of the Transportation Research Forum.   He is married 39 years and is father to four children and the grandfather of five.

Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Executive Director Scott Bogren has been working with, writing about and covering the community and public transportation industry for nearly three decades. His experience with CTAA includes serving as Editor-in-Chief of Community Transportation magazine; crafting the Association’s various legislative, policy and regulatory positions on Capitol Hill; and shaping CTAA’s communications, training and leadership activities. A graduate of Indiana University’s Journalism program, Scott lives in Germantown, Maryland, with his wife Beth and their two
children Riley and Ella.

Kristen Joyner is the Executive Director for the South West Transit Association (SWTA). SWTA is an 8-state regional organization committed to delivering education, communication and advocacy services for public transportation providers. Prior to SWTA, Kristen was a national trainer for Fred Pryor and Career Track Seminars. Her hands-on transit experience comes from working at Central Arkansas Transit Authority in Little Rock. This combined background allows her to develop progressive educational materials and provide interactive instruction on leadership, coaching, and mentoring principles for transit managers and employees. She serves on the White House task force for Transportation and Human Trafficking; is involved in efforts to train veterans for jobs in public transportation; and was named one of METRO Magazine’s Top Women in Transportation. She is currently the Region 6 representative for the CTAA Board and serves as the Chair of the Access Sub-Committee on Technology and Training for APT.

Ed Redfern is the Executive Director of The Bus Coalition, group he founded with 17 transit CEO’s around the United States in 2013. The Bus Coalition now has more than 160 transit systems in 45 states as members. Ed started his consulting firm, Redfern Resources, in October 1989.  He provides government and public relations programs for firms and organizations in Washington, DC.  He represents the Iowa Public Transit Association, The Ruan Companies, and The World Food Prize.  Ed has in the past also been associated with Drinker Biddle Law Firm. Among the organizations Mr. Redfern represented in Washington in the past, are the Kansas Public Transit Association, Missouri Public Transit Association, Lennox International, Bandag, HNI Corporation, FMC Corp., Newton Manufacturing, as well as others. Prior to opening his own consulting company, Mr. Redfern was a staff aide to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.  He handled transportation and appropriations issues, as well as many other issues for the Senator who served on the Transportation Appropriations subcommittee. Before joining Sen. Grassley’s staff, he served for 12 years on the staff of Governor Ray of Iowa and also worked in both the Ford and Reagan White House.

12:00 noon – Working Lunch (Magnolia 6 Foyer & Room)

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.

1:00 pm – Agency Relations

ODOT Partnering (Magnolia 6 Room)

Speaker: James Sullins has served as President & CEO of ACEC OKLAHOMA, the state trade association for independent, professional private-practice engineering, architectural/engineering, and/or land surveying firms, since 1988. He is responsible for all management activities of the Council, government and regulatory relations and lobbying at both the state and national level; public relations and publications; and, continuing education coordination. Jim began his association management career in 1979 working for the Kansas Motor Car Dealers Association.  Prior to that, he worked in the radio & television industry for eleven years. Jim is a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, holding a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communications. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), receiving his certification from American Society of Association Executives in July, 1991.  He is one of approximately 3,000 CAE’s nationwide.

Region 6 FTA Briefing (Oak Room)

Speaker: Dan Peschell has been with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) since Sep. 2015 as a Transportation Program Specialist and provides Grants Management/Oversight to many recipients in Oklahoma which include ODOT, OKDHS, COTPA/EMBARK, Tulsa Transit, INCOG, Lawton, CART/OU, Miami Tribe, Muscogee Creek Nation, Pawnee Nation, and Ponca Tribe. Prior to coming to FTA he worked with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for over 25 years in finance/grants management. Dan also had previous experience with an Armored Car Company, a Savings & Loan and is a veteran of the US Navy. Dan is originally from Pennsylvania and attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA and relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1985.

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board Meeting (Cedar Room)