Aug
28
Tue
2018
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
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
2019
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)

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Conference Schedule (tentative)

Tuesday, October 22


1:30 pm – Registration (Convention Desk)

2:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Seville I)

4:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Urban/Small Urban/Suburban Task Force Meeting (Seville I)

6:00 pm – Transit OK|Vision 2020 Welcome Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce (Creative Bus Sales Hospitality Suite, Room 237)

Speaker: Michael S. Neal is in his 13th year as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, which serves twenty counties in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa People named Mike the 2011 Tulsan of the Year for his limitless energy, can-do optimism and tireless efforts toward making Tulsa a better place. Southern Business and Development in 2011 recognized him as one of the Top 10 Economic Developers in the South. In 2010 he was named the Chamber Executive of the Year by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives. Prior to coming to Tulsa, Neal spent four years as President and CEO of the Nashville, TN Area Chamber of Commerce and twelve years as President and CEO of his hometown, Monroe, LA Chamber of Commerce. Previously he served as District Office Manager for U.S. Congressman Jerry Huckaby and as a Trust Officer for Central Bank (now Chase) in Monroe, LA. Through 2,400 member organizations, the Tulsa Regional Chamber represents more than 180,000 regional employees and utilizes 3,500 volunteers to achieve its mission. Mike led the creation of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Coalition and their OneVoice Regional State and Federal legislative agendas. He is heavily involved in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, Accreditation Commission, and Transportation Infrastructure & Logistics Committee. Mike currently serves on the boards of the International Economic Development Council and the Southern Economic Development Council. He is a 1980 accounting graduate from the University of Louisiana Monroe where he played baseball.

Wednesday, October 23

6:30 am – Registration (Convention Desk)

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast sponsored by Ecolane (Seville I)

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

Moderator: Allen Leaird — Division Director, SORTS

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

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

Moderator: Charla Sloan — Transit Director, KI BOIS Area Transit System

Welcome:  Ted Rieck is the general manager of Tulsa Transit, a position he has held since 2017. Ted has more than 35 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology, and community partnerships. He also 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. Ted earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Rockhurst University and a master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University

Greetings: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum was sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Tulsa in 2016. His focus on public safety, community development, fiscal stewardship and creating a more equitable and welcoming city for all Tulsans, is transforming Tulsa into a world-class and globally competitive city. Mayor Bynum’s vision has led to the successful recruitment of two of the largest employers in the history of Tulsa, while outpacing cities throughout the country in job growth. Bynum continues to receive national recognition for his work in implementing one the most comprehensive community policing programs in the country, opening the greatest park gift in American History and creating new programming such as A Better Way, New Tulsans Initiative and the Resilient Tulsa Strategy – programs aimed to improve outcomes for residents. In a career engrained in public service, he has worked in the United States Senate for two Oklahoma Senators and served eight years as a Tulsa City Councilor prior to his election for mayor. As a native Tulsan, Mayor Bynum and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Robert and Annabel – the sixth generation of Bynums to call Tulsa home.

Keynote Address: Public Transit’s Role in Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma

Speaker: Katie Fitzgerald is the chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of food banks. Prior to joining the Regional Food Bank in 2016, Katie served as president and CEO of Make-a-Wish Oklahoma and was the executive director at the Center for Children and Families in Norman from 2010-16 where she led the largest expansion in operating and capital revenue in the agency’s history and established the first Boys & Girls Club in Cleveland County.  Before moving to Oklahoma, Katie served as program director with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – the 13th largest private foundation in the world. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Katie is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, class 35.  Katie and her husband, Brad Stevenson, live in Norman with their three children.

Recognition of Training Conference Session Sponsors:

    • Creative Bus Sales
    • GreenPower Motor Company
    • Lone Star Handicap Vans
    • CWI Digital Systems
    • LiquidSpring
    • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
    • Enviro-Mist
    • Gillig
    • Trillium
    • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
    • Mobility One Transportation
    • NewbyVance
    • TRANSIGN
    • Ecolane
    • ProAir – ACT
    • Herzog Transit Services
    • PAVLOV Agency

9:30 am – EXPO (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

    • Creative Bus Sales
    • GreenPower Motor Company
    • Lone Star Handicap Vans
    • CWI Digital Systems
    • LiquidSpring
    • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
    • Enviro-Mist
    • Gillig
    • Altro USA
    • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
    • BraunAbility
    • Gerflor USA
    • LogistiCare Solutions
    • Master’s Transportation
    • Mobility One Transportation
    • MobilityTRANS
    • NewbyVance
    • Routematch
    • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
    • TRANSIGN
    • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles
    • BAE Systems
    • Mobile Climate Control
    • Rosco Vision Systems
    • United States Seating
    • American Seating Company
    • Ecolane
    • Freedman Seating
    • InterMotive
    • ProAir – ACT
    • Voith Turbo
    • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

10:00 am – Driver Training: Trauma Informed Training sponsored by Gillig (Seville I)

Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or circumstances that can have lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. This session describes individual trauma, and its effects and symptoms.   Transit professionals will learn how to recognize, respond to, communicate with and when necessary, provide appropriate assistance to their passengers and others who have experienced traumatic events.

Moderator: Jesse Rush — Streetcar Operations Manager, EMBARK

Speaker: Kary Hughes currently serves as Member Services & Operations Manager for South West Transit Association (SWTA).  Kary has been with SWTA since May 2014.  Her responsibilities include oversight of SWTA’s ongoing operations and procedures, providing training, workshop and conference planning and support, and member relations. Before joining SWTA, Kary was at Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Local Government Technology (CLGT) for sixteen years. In this capacity she managed the Oklahoma Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).  Duties included developing and providing training and technical assistance for Oklahoma’s rural and tribal transit providers, oversight of the Oklahoma Transit Consortium’s DOT Drug and Alcohol program as well as assisting ODOT in the audit, review and reporting of all aspects of 5311 grant compliance for the Oklahoma sub-recipients. Kary is a Certified Master Trainer for Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) Driver Certification Program.  She has taught PASS Driver Certification classes for rural and tribal transit systems since 2009, while adding resources and activities that complement and enhance the curriculum. She has a BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Kary and her husband Mike, live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

10:00 am – Leading from Where You Are Part 1 sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

Moderator: Jeannie McMillin – Director, Little Dixie Transit

In order to really “show up” as leaders, we need to lead with who we really are. Showing up in the workplace involves knowing where we come from, what is important to us, and how we hope to be treated. It involves guiding principles that allow us as leaders to honor another’s dignity. This session will provide an opportunity to consider the values that shape your work and to consider ways that you can better value your colleagues and customers. The session will include instruction, conversations and tabletop discussions to learn from each other and connect with your colleagues.

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Gannon is a leadership consultant and clinical psychologist with practical experience across the transportation sector. As principal of GannonConsult, she and the GannonConsult team help executives calibrate their strengths with the rigorous demands of the work. Dr. Gannon is respected for her expertise in workforce strategy and in the design and delivery of professional development programs. Throughout her career she has trained and mentored over 2,000 transportation professionals, many of whom now serve as general managers and executive team managers in agencies and organizations across the country. Dr. Gannon was an instructor for Northeastern University’s National Transit Management Seminars and developed the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership, where she served as Executive Vice President until 2012. Today, she directs the executive seminar for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and designs senior and mid-level training courses throughout the transportation industry. A former transit operations and general manager coupled with her training as a clinical psychologist gives Dr. Gannon the ability to quickly establish trust, listen carefully to the issues, and to strengthen teams as they recalibrate, focus and adopt new directions. Her consulting experiences include facilitating of forums and retreats, ensuring successful partnering on transportation construction projects, designing workforce development plans, and guiding the strategic planning process. Barbara Gannon is an active member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and is a 2014 honoree at the organization’s award ceremony, Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation. She serves on the board of the American Public Transportation Foundation, is the Chair of the Workforce Development Subcommittee of the APTA Human Resource Committee and serves on the National Park Scholars Foundation Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and was granted a degree in Clinical Psychology from the William James College in 1998. In January 2014, Dr. Gannon was elected to the William James College Board of Trustees. Barbara Gannon lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with her husband, Robert Sullivan.

12:00 pm – Lunch sponsored by ProAir – ACT (Madrid I)

Moderator: Ryan Landers – General Manager, Lawton Area Transit System

Speaker: A native of Bartlesville, Debbie Hendrickx received an undergraduate degree from College of the Ozarks. Following graduation, Debbie spent three months in Europe where she met her husband, Richard. The couple stayed in Germany for 30 years and started a family. While overseas, Debbie held jobs on U.S. military bases as both a teacher and a child care leader among other positions. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Debbie continued her work on a military post in her position at Ft. Sill in Lawton. Soon after returning to the United States, Debbie began experiencing vision problems and was soon diagnosed with macular degradation and went from having good vision to low vision in the span of just a few weeks. This diagnosis meant an end to driving, depending upon others for assistance and changing how her family’s life functioned. Debbie joined the Lawton Council of the Blind. She became very involved with the council and served as its president in 2017 and 2018. In her last year as council president, the organization hosted the Oklahoma Council of the Blind state convention in Lawton. Through the council, Debbie has worked with Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) to help train its drivers on how to help serve visual impaired customers. Last April the Council helped LATS set up a training for their bus drivers on better ways to help serve the Visual Impaired. Debbie hasn’t left her macular degradation limit her on making an impact in her community. “There is always more that can be done no matter how limited you are as an individual,” she says. “Joining together with others make us all stronger motivated and successful.”

1:00 pm – Leading from Where You Are Part 2 sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

The practice of “leadingfrom where you are”involves the ability to coach others and to be coached by others. Though not formallytrained as coaches, transit leaders nudge, mentor and coach their employees to deliver service excellence. Sometimes, the most important skill is the ability to ask the right question, voice the goals, and allow an employee the space to reach the goal in his or her own way. This workshop will provide participants with reminders of the skills and concepts of delegating, coaching, and encouraging employee engagement. Participants will consider their management approaches and identify ways they can better encourage employees.

Speaker: Kate Young travels nationally as a leadership trainer, facilitator and leadership Coach. She has worked with Gannon Consult for the last decade offering multi-day leadership courses and facilitation within the transportation industry. She continues her work with Gannon Consult and loves transit, believing in the importance of the necessary services transportation provides everyday in communities large and small. Kate is the Coaching and Training Program Supervisor at HopeNet, a non-profit, in Wichita, Kansas. In heading up the Training and Coaching Department of HopeNet, Kate leads training seminars and workshops designed to empower leaders, strengthen teams and promote community wellness. She is a Level 2 Certified Leadership Coach, helping leaders and executives create customized plans to live with purpose, influence and a clear vision of their next step. Kate and her husband started MayDay Group LLC in 2018, as a way to bring together their passion for community, personal growth and faith. She and her husband of 20 years live in Wichita Kansas with their children ages 5 -18.

1:00 pm – Roadeo Briefing, Driver & Judges Check-in & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Seville I)

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.

1:30 pm – Driver Training: Wheelchair Securement Training Part 1 sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Seville I)

Moderator: Erica Pogue — Operations Director, JAMM Transit

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

3:00 pm – EXPO (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

3:30 pm – Making Better Transit Decisions sponsored by LiquidSpring (Ballroom Salon IV-IX)

Significant transit projects and services are often stymied or delivered in sub-optimal operating environments due to poor ideas & understanding of options, especially in relation to their relative costs and value. The problems we face aren’t really physical or financial issues, but ones of political will, and whether you can generate the will to do the right thing. This session will elevate the level of knowledge, development and support for meaningful transit projects in North America by exploring factors such as the economic advantages of driving, housing and land use policy at or near transit nodes, vehicles and infrastructure (including dedicated lanes), sunk costs, service frequency, capital cost escalation, the role of labor, electrification and alternative fuel vehicles.

Moderator: Jesse Wood — Marketing Coordinator, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System

Speaker: Rich Sampson is the Executive Director of the South West Transit Association (SWTA). He oversees all SWTA programs and activities, including member services, training and events, communications and advocacy, including growing investment in transit at all levels of government and refining regulations and policy impacting transit and mobility providers. Previously, Rich spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), including most recently serving as its Membership & Communications Director. During his tenure at CTAA, Rich oversaw its many communications platforms – including launch of its bi-weekly Fast Mail e-newsletter, managed member services and benefits programs, participated in development of its legislative and policy agenda, attended meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and along with those at several federal agencies, and coordinated CTAA’s annual National Community Transportation Roadeo.

3:30 pm – Driver Training: Wheelchair Securement Part 2 sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok (Seville I)

3:30 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Associate/Affiliate/Professional Member Task Force Meeting (Seville II-III)

5:30 pm – Tulsa Night Out sponsored by PAVLOV Agency

    • Peoria BRT
    • Denver Street Transfer Station
    • Angry Axe

Thursday, October 24

6:30 am – Registration (South Parking Lot Tent)

Master of Ceremonies: DJ Blake O

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

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

Judges:

      • Robert Barnes, Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicle— Starter
      • Brian Beebe, MobilityTRANS — Left Reverse
      • Rep. Carol Bush (R-Tulsa) — Starter
      • Scott Coleman, Rosco Vision Systems — Right Turn
      • Cody Cornwell, Routematch — Judgement Stop
      • Todd Collier, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn
      • Mitch  Drouillard, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement
      • Daniel Flynn, ARBOC Speciality Vehicles — Passenger Pick-up
      • Darryl Glaser, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Jennifer Hankins, Oklahoma Department of Transportation – Passenger Pick-up
      • Milton Hanson, Oklahoma Highway Patrol — Smoothness/Timing
      • John Heavrin, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Right Tire Clearance
      • Chelley Hilmes, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Right Tire Clearance
      • Tim Hinton, Mobile Climate Control — Diminishing Clearance/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Randy Hogan — Scoring
      • Sara Hogan — Scoring
      • Kary Hughes, SWTA — Scoring
      • Chris Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Jamie Lipka, TRANSIGN — Passenger Pick-up
      • Todd Long, InterMotive — Diminishing Clearance/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Larry Mabery, Gerflor USA — Pre-Trip Marshall
      • Eric McCullick, ProAir-ACT — Right Turn
      • Keith Najera, Oklahoma Highway Patrol — Smoothness/Timing
      • Bill Niederhofer, Lone Star Handicap Vans — Wheelchair Securement Marshall
      • Norma Niederhofer, Lone Star Handicap Vans — Wheelchair Securement Marshall
      • Trisha Nolen, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement
      • Rita Preble, LogistiCare Solutions — Pre-Trip Marshall
      • Joe Saldana, Gillig — Right Reverse
      • Mike Severe, Master’s Transportation — Left Reverse
      • Susan Starwalt, Ecolane — Offset
      • Doug Studer, Altro USA — Diminishing Clearance
      • Claude Terry, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services — Pre-Trip Inspection
      • Colton Walle, BraunAbility — Right Reverse
      • Travis Ward, LiquidSpring — Offset
      • William Ward, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn

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

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

Presentation of Colors

National Anthem

Welcome by Ray Hoyt, Visit Tulsa

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.

Recognition of State Driving Championships Sponsors:

    • Creative Bus Sales
    • GreenPower Motor Company
    • Lone Star Handicap Vans
    • CWI Digital Systems
    • LiquidSpring
    • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
    • Enviro-Mist
    • Gillig
    • Trillium
    • Altro
    • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
    • BraunAbility
    • Gerflor USA
    • Logisitcare Solutions
    • Master’s Transportation
    • Mobility One Transportation
    • MobilityTRANS
    • NewbyVance
    • Routematch
    • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
    • TRANSIGN
    • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles

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

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

Mini Van Drivers

  • 101 – Vicky Wilson, Central Oklahoma Transit System
  • 102 – Fernando Marquez, Red River Public Transportation Service
  • 103 – Samantha Rabbit, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation
  • 104 – Gilbert Mendez, Pelivan Transit
  • 105 – Deborah Merkey, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 106 – Ray Meely, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services
  • 107 – Frances Pierce, Little Dixie Transit
  • 108 – Aretha Brown, Muskogee County Public Transit
  • 109 – Will Craddock, Pelivan Transit
  • 110 – Eva Leflore, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 111 – Michael Boatner, KI BOIS Area Transit System
  • 112 – Steven Mazey, JAMM Transit
  • 113 – John Loudakis, Southwest Transit
  • 114 – Roy Hale, First Capital Trolley

Shuttle Bus Drivers

  • 201 – Sunny Cozad, Comanche Nation Transit
  • 202 – Joe Jackson, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation
  • 203 – Freddie Lovett, Jr., KI BOIS Area Transit
  • 204 – Kenny Williams, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 205 – Andrew White Crow, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 206 – Beverly Jaquez, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 207 – David Dotson, Muskogee County Public Transit
  • 208 – Randy Sherman, Southwest Transit
  • 209 – Mark Marshall, Comanche Nation Transit
  • 210 – Marouane Hamdi, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 211 – Nancy Romero, The Ride
  • 212 – Lakesha Robinson, EMBARK
  • 213 – Raymond Jackson, Little Dixie Transit
  • 214 – Delfred White Crow, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Transit
  • 215 – Warren Shrout, Pelivan Transit
  • 216 – Pamela Evans, SORTS
  • 217 – Wendall Gaines, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services

City Bus Drivers

  • 301 – Keith Ingram, Tulsa Transit
  • 302 – Arlis Williams, Tulsa Transit
  • 303 – Jason Davis, Lawton Area Transit System
  • 304 – John Morgan, EMBARK
  • 305 – Tonya Ames, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System

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

8:00 am – Projects and Best Practices for Rural & Tribal Transportation sponsored by Enviro-Mist (Seville I)

We learn by hearing how our peers have successfully navigated the process and practice of providing excellent rural and tribal transportation through the coordinated planning process. This presentation will focus on those best practices and allow time for a peer exchange of ideas.

Moderator: Amy Hill — Tribal Transportation Coordinator, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Transportation

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

8:00 am – Data & Performance Metrics: Know Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Using Them (Seville II)

There’s an old saying in politics, that you run on your record or run away from it. Transit should – and must – run on its record, using data. This session will provide information and examples on how to measure and track system performance and communicate the benefits of transit to a wider audience, including elected officials, policymakers, the business community, non-riders and others.

Moderator: Kendra McGeady — Director of Transit, Pelivan Transit

Speaker: Rich Sampson, SWTA Executive Director

8:00 am – Driver Simulator Training (South 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 driving on ice, lane changing, four-way stops, and interaction with bikes. There will also be a portion of the training with an emphasison on not striking fixed objects. 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.

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

10:30 am – Understanding ADA Part 1 sponsored by Mobility One Transportation (Seville I)

Moderator: Melissa Fesler — Director, First Capital Trolley

The goal of this course is to teach transit professionals the legal background of ADA and paratransit requirements. Topics covered include: ADA legal requirements that apply to public and private transportation related entities; 14 service provisions documented in 49 CFR Part 37, Subpart G; Requirements to determine if a public or private entity must provide complementary paratransit service; Criteria for complementary paratransit service; Requirements for existing and new transportation facilities; Compliance and enforcement responsibilities of FTA, DOT, and DOJ; Responsibilities and compliance procedures for public and private entities; and Enforcement and investigation processes, including hearings, decisions, and notices.

Speaker: Monica L. Simon is Principal of SIMON & SIMON Research and Associates, Incorporated, a minority, woman-owned consulting practice she co-founded in 1999. SIMON and SIMON assists organizations with workforce training and diversity issues, customer service and organizational development in the United States and Canada. Ms. Simon has assisted numerous transportation providers with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and accessible transportation policies. She also has extensive, first-hand experience with the ADA paratransit eligibility process and regularly designs and delivers training to paratransit, fixed route, rural, and rail operators and staff. Her participant centered approach to adult learning demonstrates her commitment to understanding behavior, organizations and learning. The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved Ms. Simon as the sole instructional designer and classroom instructor for a mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act employment training program. In this role, she designed and delivered training for 1,100 managers, directors and supervisors. Ms. Simon also teaches regularly at national and regional transportation conferences. She is a trained mediator in the state of Maryland (Facilitative and Restorative Dialogue models), experienced focus group moderator and Certified John Maxwell Leadership Team Coach. Ms. Simon has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from American University, in Washington, D.C.; and has completed graduate studies in organizational development from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, in Baltimore, Maryland. She will earn a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University in 2019. Ms. Simon is Co-Chair of the Accessibility Committee of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); and Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Elizabeth School, a non-public school for children with disabilities, in Baltimore, Maryland.

10:30 am – Crisis Communication for Transit Employees (Train the Trainer) Part 1 sponsored by NewbyVance (Seville II)

Moderator: Richard Maxwell — Director of Transit, PAVLOV Agency

Effective communication is essential to the management of transit crises — whether they are accidents, power outages or prolonged service delays. Crisis Communication Training for Transit Employees will equip frontline and supervisory transit personnel with the skills and techniques they need to communicate effectively within their organizations and with passengers throughout a crisis to enable successful response and recovery. The session provides an educational opportunity for the session attendees and also equips the attendees with the ability to instruct other staff members of their organizations.

Speaker: Rich Foerch has served as a Workplace Safety Senior Instructor at the National Transit Institute (NTI) for 12 years. Foerch trains front-line and Supervisor personnel in Crisis Communications for Transit Employees; All-hazard Awareness and Preparedness for Transit Employees; Assault Awareness and Prevention for Transit Operators; Developing a Transit Emergency Management Plan; Harassment Prevention for Transit Employees; and Violence in the Transit Workplace – Prevention, Response, and Recovery. Foerch has delivered over 500 courses in 30 states. Foerch served for 30 years at the Woodbridge, NJ Fire Department ascending to the rank of Battalion Chief. He also currently serves as a Fire Service Level 2 Instructor and has served as a Fire Instructor for Middlesex County, NJ for the past 25 years.

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

1:30 pm – Understanding ADA Part 2 sponsored by Mobility One Transportation (Seville I)

1:30 pm – Crisis Communication for Transit Employees sponsored by NewbyVance (Train the Trainer) Part 2 sponsored by NewbyVance (Seville II)

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

4:00 pm – Advanced Paratransit Management Operations sponsored by Mobility One Transportation (Seville I)

Speaker: Christian Kent is a charismatic change agent and turnaround specialist with a proven track record for transforming organizations. A 31-year veteran of the public transportation industry, Christian has built, restored, and expanded transit operations from coast to coast. His consulting practice serves public and private sector organizations, primarily in business strategy, to: facilitate the transition of public transit into an integrated mobility network; support public transit agencies in retaining and attracting new ridership; assist private sector firms in demonstrating and enhancing their value as partners to public transit, particularly with technology; and invest in the people of public transit, providing technical training and honing leadership skills. In the public sector, Mr. Kent served with distinction for 13 years at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he became an expert and thought leader in transportation contracting as he took the helm of the nation’s fifth largest paratransit service. After restoring the flagging MetroAccess paratransit service through the introduction of technology; the implementation of industry best practices; and the selection and development of a top-notch management team, he developed, implemented, and managed a 10-year, $1 billion procurement comprised of multiple paratransit contracts. Leveraging the credibility he had gained with the WMATA Board of Directors, he influenced a shift in emphasis from paratransit cost controls to the promotion of fixed-route and other alternatives to paratransit. This strategy has become a major component of today’s “mobility” movement. Many of Mr. Kent’s self- designed business approaches are now being emulated by transit agencies all across the United States and abroad. To this day, MetroAccess is often cited as an exemplar of best practices by regulators and peer agencies. Mr. Kent was competitively selected to serve as acting chief executive over Metrobus, the nation’s sixth largest bus system, with over 4,000 employees, a fleet of 1,500 buses, a budget of $500 million annually, and annual ridership of over 132 million customers. Mr. Kent’s tailored approach to customer service and application of technology in paratransit were cited as essential to enhance the performance of the fixed- route system. For 18 years in the private-sector, Mr. Kent secured contracts and managed start-up operations; expanded a number of operations by as much as 1,000% through improved customer relations; efficiency improvements; and better marketing of the service. Mr. Kent has shown particular proficiency in recognizing changing conditions and helping organizations to prepare for and adapt effectively to those changes. He was often tapped to restore under-performing contracts, and he identified innovative ways to meet the needs of his customers while improving profitability.

4:00 pm – Crisis Communication for Transit Employees sponsored by NewbyVance (Train the Trainer) Part 3 sponsored by NewbyVance (Seville II)

4:00 pm – Driver Training: Human Trafficking & First Observer Training sponsored by Trillium (Seville III)

The First Observer Plus™ Program provides transportation professionals with the knowledge needed to recognize suspicious activity possibly related to terrorism, guidance in assessing what they see, and a method for reporting those observations. The Blue Campaign is an initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives.

Moderator: Tina Lowery — Director, Central Oklahoma Transit System

Speakers: Jonathan Martinez is a Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) – Surface, within the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since 2008, as part of the OSO team, he has been securing airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America’s transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. With a multi-disciplined background, he is dedicated to making sure that our transportation systems are secure, and that he fosters great working relationships with their industry partners. In 2016, he completed his Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), enhancing his ability to work as a risk-based facilitator.

Eric Fischer is 20 year retired Air Force veteran. Started with TSA in the spring of 2002 on the Mobile Screening Force. He helped roll out Baltimore International, LaGuardia and Midway airports prior to returning to Will Rogers World Airport. Eric worked as a supervisor at the security checkpoint until 2011 when he became a Transportation Security Inspector-Surface.

6:30 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Reception sponsored by TRANSIGN (Madrid Foyer)

7:00 pm – Oklahoma State Driving Championships Awards Banquet sponsored by Lone Star Handicap Vans (Madrid II & III)

Oklahoma State Driving Championship Award Presentations

  • Top Pre-Trip Inspection Score sponsored by ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Top Wheelchair Securement Score sponsored by ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Top Written Test Score sponsored by ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Top Rookie Mini Van Driver sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • Top Rookie Shuttle Bus Driver sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company
  • 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 LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • Shuttle Bus Driving Champion sponsored by LiquidSpring
  • City Bus Driving 3rd Place sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Driving Reserve Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems
  • City Bus Driving Champion sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

OTA Hero of the Year presented by Lone Star Handicap Vans

Entertainment: James Robert Webb sponsored by Herzog Transit Services

 

Friday, October 25

8:00 am – Oklahoma Transit Association Rural Task Force Breakfast & Meeting (Seville I)

8:00 am – Conference Breakfast (Madrid I & II)

9:00 am – The State of Oklahoma Public Transit (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: LaQuita Thornley — Executive Director, JAMM Transit

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

9:30 am – Strategic Traction Implementation of HB1365 (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: Steve Spradling — Director of Parking & Transportation Services, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System

Speaker: Dawn Sullivan was named the deputy director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in May 2019, effective in July 2019. In this senior staff position, Sullivan will oversee all day to day administration and strategic planning for the department. With more than 30 years dedicated to the department, Sullivan began her career as an engineering student at the Sand Springs Residency in 1988 and continued as a student engineer as part of the OU Bridge Design Squad. She then interned at various departments within the agency before becoming an engineering manager in Roadway Design. In 2000, she worked as an assistant division engineer for the Planning & Research Division before being promoted to division engineer. Sullivan then became the division engineer for the then-newly formed Environmental Programs Division in 2007. In 2016, she was named the Director of Capital Programs where she remained until becoming the deputy director. Sullivan is a founding member of Women’s Transportation Seminar International, Oklahoma Chapter; a co-chair for the Oklahoma State Transportation Innovation Council and is the Southern Plains Transportation Center Advisory board chairman. She has completed Gov. Mary Fallin’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and the National Transportation Advanced Leadership Institute certifications. A graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Sullivan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has been a Professional Engineer since 1995. Sullivan and her husband, Kenny, reside in Norman. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Speaker: Colleen Flory has served over a decade in government program and project management and has established performance management systems for multiple state agencies and leaders. She was trained by McKinsey consultants in performance management and strategic planning. She studied strategic data use in policy making and implementation at Harvard University. She currently serves in the role of the Director of Statewide Performance for both OMES Budget and Policy Division and the Office of the State Chief Operating Officer.

10:30 am – Break (Madrid I & II)

11:00 am – Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan Update  (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: Ted Rieck — General Manager, Tulsa Transit

Speakers: Laura Chaney started her career in transportation with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in 2004. She brings a wealth of transportation knowledge to the table, serving in different capacities in Roadway Design Division, Right-of-Way & Utilities Division, Local Government Division, and the Planning & Research Division over the course of her 15-year career.  In 2010, she was named the MPO and RTPO Coordinator for the Planning & Research Division, where she served as a member on various planning committees statewide. She provided oversight and direction for the States MPO planning activities, served as a voting member on several technical and policy driven committees, and played an integral role in the establishment of the first Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in the State of Oklahoma in 2012.  In 2016, Ms. Chaney was named the Planning & Performance Branch Manager for the Strategic Asset & Performance Management Division at ODOT.  In this position, she oversees the development of all statewide planning documents for the Department, MPO and RTPO coordination and planning activities, and Active Transportation statewide planning and policies. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership and Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership, both from the University of Oklahoma. Laura currently resides in Oklahoma City, Okla., with her two children.

Speaker: Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan Consulting Team — Nelson\Nygaard & The KFH Group

12:00 pm – Working Lunch on the 2020 Oklahoma Legislative Session

Moderator: Mark Nestlen — Executive Director, Oklahoma Transit Association

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. 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.

1:00 pm – Office of Mobility & Public Transit Program Briefing (Madrid I & II)

Moderator: Brent Morey — Executive Director, Red River Public Transportation Service

Speakers: Ernie Mbroh & ODOT Transit Staff including Steve Jagosh, Jason Huff, Eduardo Machuca, John Heavrin, Veronica Clark, Bobby Patterson, Denotria Davis and Julianne Halliday.

1:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Tribal Task Force Meeting (Seville I)

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association 5310 Task Force Meeting (Madrid I & II)

 

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TransitPAC Breakfast @ Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
Oct 23 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am

Click here to register for the TransitPAC breakfast on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 am.

7:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (Seville I)

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

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2020 Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO driven by GreenPower Motor Company @ Apache Casino Hotel
Jul 6 – Jul 9 all-day

Due to safety protocols for the Conference, registration is closed and walk up registrations will not be allowed. Email oktransit@oktransit.org with any questions.

 

Hotel Information: To book your hotel rooms click here for online booking or call Apache Casino Hotel Reservations at 580-248-5905 and mention Oklahoma Transit Association or ask for the group code G20OTA. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation today to ensure availability. The special rate of $94 plus tax is available until June 21st or until sold out.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Monday, July 6

8:30 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

9:00 am – OTA Urban/Small Urban Task Force Meeting (360 Private Dining Room)

9:30 am – OTA 5310 Task Force Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

11:00 am – Leave Apache Casino Hotel for Clay Shooting Tournament (lunch provided at departure) (Apache Ballroom Entrance)

12:00 noon – Clay Shooting Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales (separate registration required) (Chisholm Trails Sporting Clays; Duncan, Oklahoma)

  • Team Ryan/Creative Bus Sales
  • Team Brent/Creative Bus Sales
  • Team Brendan/GreenPower Motor Company
  • Team Ryne/GreenPower Motor Company
  • Team Ecolane
  • Team LiquidSpring
  • Team Routematch
  • Team CWI Digital Systems
  • Team INSURICA
  • Team Q’Straint/Sure-Lok

6:30 pm – Faces of Transit Welcome Reception hosted by the Lawton Chamber of Commerce & GreenPower Motor Company (Hotel Pool Area)

Welcome: Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Sylvia “Woogie” Burgess currently serves as the interim President and CEO of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. She is a full-time, unpaid volunteer assisting the Chamber in its transition to a new leader. Prior to joining the Chamber team, Woogie was a partner and tax attorney at Burgess, Burgess, Burgess & Hightower, Inc. During the 18 years she practiced law, she was elected as the first woman President of the Comanche County Bar Association, the first woman to chair the Oklahoma Bar Association Tax Section, and the second woman to serve as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce. She then joined Cameron University, serving as Dean of the School of Business, and then as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She served as division Chair for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, as a member and presenter for the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, and as Chair of the investment committee for Phi Kappa Phi international, where she worked with more than $34 million in investments used to provide scholarships. Woogie retired from Cameron in 2019 to spend time with family, grandchildren and to travel with her husband, Dr. John Courington.  She came out of retirement to work with the Chamber team until a new CEO is hired.

Awards for Clay Shooting Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales

 

Tuesday, July 7

7:00 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by Hendrickson Transportation Group (Apache Ballroom)

Presentation of Colors by the Comanche Indian Veterans Association

Welcome: Ryan Landers is the general manager for the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) and has been with the system since 2015. He has more than 10 years of transit experience in operations and management contracts for fixed route and para-transit. Prior to LATS, Ryan was the operations director for Mountain Metro Transit in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ryan has always been involved in transit since he graduated with a Business Administration degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, Texas. After college Ryan interned at Trinity Metro formerly known as the T in Fort Worth.

Remarks: Lawton Mayor Stan Booker graduated in 1974 from Lawton Eisenhower Senior High School and attended Cameron University. Mayor Booker’s career started in the family grocery store and continued with five years working for Safeway Stores. At the age of 24, Stan moved his family to Marlow, and purchased his first business, Hop & Sack Convenience Store. He would proceed to open five more stores. In 2004, Mayor Booker divested himself of all businesses to concentrate on the commercial real estate business and moved back to Lawton. During his career, Mayor Booker has always been involved in the community and served in many capacities in different civic organizations and is an encourager of community involvement, believing that the best communities have the most citizens giving back. After a steady decline in hearing ability, Mayor Booker had been hindered in his service to the community as communication became more of a challenge. After receiving cochlear implants in May of 2015, his ability to serve his community was returned, and just a few months later he founded the Lawton Rotary Leadership Institute and served as its first Chairman and continues to produce the leadership events for the organization. He was elected Mayor of Lawton in November 2018.

Keynote Panel: The Future of Transit Post COVID-19

Moderator: Rich Sampson is the Executive Director of the South West Transit Association (SWTA). He oversees all SWTA programs and activities, including member services, training and events, communications and advocacy, including growing investment in transit at all levels of government and refining regulations and policy impacting transit and mobility providers. Previously, Rich spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), including most recently serving as its Membership & Communications Director. During his tenure at CTAA, Rich oversaw its many communications platforms – including launch of its bi-weekly Fast Mail e-newsletter, managed member services and benefits programs, participated in development of its legislative and policy agenda, attended meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and along with those at several federal agencies and coordinated CTAA’s annual National Community Transportation Roadeo.

Panelists:

          • As the Manager for Transportation Initiatives for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Pete Metz oversees a coalition of business leaders advocating for expanded investment in transportation that connects people to jobs, education and healthcare and all that the Cincinnati region has to offer. The Chamber is focused on making sure Cincinnati is a connected region by expanding access for public transit, investing in infrastructure projects, providing people with transportation options that fit their lifestyle and preparing the region for the future of mobility. In this role, he served as a senior advisor to the Move Forward campaign, the first successful transportation levy in Hamilton County history.  As part of a two-step election sequence, Metz managed the development of the policy, oversaw the campaign’s historic coalition building efforts and helped raise more than $2 million for the successful effort to double transit funding in Hamilton County, create a dedicated revenue source for infrastructure and reduce the City of Cincinnati’s earnings tax. Through his work at the Chamber, Metz also led the development of the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, a public-private partnership between transit authorities, government entities and Uber. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was the chief of staff to Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann. Additionally, Metz spent time in Washington, D.C., where he worked on federal transportation policy at Transportation for America. A native Cincinnatian, Metz studied political science, urban geography and urban governance at The Ohio State University.
          • Sam Sargent serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas. Prior to becoming a member of the authority’s senior management team, Sam served as project manager in the agency’s Community Engagement office. In his current role, Sam focuses on Project Connect, the region’s long-range high capacity transit plan, microtransit and first-mile/last-mile solutions and small city pilot projects. A lawyer by training, he spent time in the Austin and Washington offices of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, focusing on transportation, housing and public safety. Sam also worked for the Travis County District Attorney’s office after law school. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. Sam was a 2019 Mass Transit 40 Under 40 award winner and was an Austin Under 40 finalist in 2019 and 2020. He is an active runner and rower, living in central Austin with his wife, Orsi, and dog Gracie.
          • Laura Hanson, AICP, has 20 years of professional planning experience in the public and private sector focusing on a range of issues from land use, to urban design, public policy, environmental and transportation. She joined the Utah Transit Authority in 2017 as the Director of Planning. There she oversees the agency’s Long-Term Strategic Planning and Service Planning Divisions. Currently she is serving on a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force for the agency, with the goals of emerging from the crisis with: higher ridership than before, greater financial stability for the agency and improved customer confidence. Prior to UTA, Laura served as the first Executive Director for the Jordan River Commission, an inter-local cooperation of cities and counties along Utah’s Jordan River. Her biggest accomplishments there include completion of the 60-mile Jordan River Parkway Trail and raising $33 million for restoration of the riparian corridor. Prior experience also included work as a private planning consultant. She holds a Master’s of Urban Planning degree from the University of Utah. Laura has served on many nonprofit boards including Envision Utah, GREENbike and the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association. Laura enjoys spending her free time outdoor exploring Utah’s mountains and deserts with her husband Derrek, two smart and funny children, and Penny the puppy.

Vendor & Member Introductions

      • GreenPower Motor Company
      • Creative Bus Sales
      • Ecolane
      • LiquidSpring
      • Routematch
      • CWI Digital Systems
      • INSURICA
      • BraunAbility
      • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
      • LogistiCare Solutions
      • Luminator Technology Group
      • Mobility One Transportation
      • MobilityTRANS
      • ProAir
      • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
      • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles
      • MORryde International
      • National Rural Transit Assistance Program

10:00 am – EXPO (Apache Ballroom)

10:45 am – Facing the Challenges of CBD & Legalized Marijuana sponsored by BraunAbility (Apache Ballroom)

In Oklahoma, medical marijuana dispensaries are on every corner, categorized as essential health services. According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, a record volume of medical marijuana was purchased in April 2020.  Marijuana is considered a positive test result, but what about CBD?  Does the use of CBD products lead to a positive drug test result?

Moderator: Kary Hughes currently serves as Member Services & Operations Manager for South West Transit Association (SWTA). Her responsibilities include oversight of SWTA’s ongoing operations and procedures, providing training, workshop and conference planning and support and member relations. Before joining SWTA in 2014, Kary was at the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology for 16 years. In this capacity she managed the Oklahoma Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).  Duties included developing and providing training and technical assistance for Oklahoma’s rural and tribal transit providers, oversight of the Oklahoma Transit Consortium’s DOT Drug and Alcohol Program as well as assisting ODOT in the audit, review and reporting of all aspects of 5311 grant compliance for the Oklahoma sub-recipients. Kary is a Certified Master Trainer for Community Transportation Association of America’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) Driver Certification Program.  She has taught PASS Driver Certification classes for rural and tribal transit systems since 2009, while adding resources and activities that complement and enhance the curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Kary and her husband Mike, live in Edmond.

Panelists:

      • Adam W. Childers is a director and shareholder at Crowe & Dunlevy, and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science (1997) and his Juris Doctor degree (2000), both with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended the Summer Program at the Queens College at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Adam is currently an Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Department of Labor and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Barristers. In 2013, he was chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court. Since joining Crowe & Dunlevy in 2000, Adam has successfully represented management in cases brought by employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Oklahoma’s non-compete and non-solicitation statutes and Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records Acts. In addition to his litigation work for employers, Adam has handled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Oklahoma Human Rights Commission investigations as well as Oklahoma Employment Security Commission hearings.
      • Sean Oswald joined RLS Associates in 2011, bringing more than five years of GIS analysis, management, and training experience. Building on that experience, Sean is now Project Manager for all RLS drug and alcohol projects for transit systems and state Departments of Transportation (DOT). He has quickly advanced to become a nationally respected and recognized expert on Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Drug and Alcohol Program regulations—conducting comprehensive grant compliance monitoring reviews and providing training and technical assistance to transit system and state DOT staffs across the country. His experience includes the conduct of more than 700 annual and quarterly compliance and policy reviews for the states of California, Georgia, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. He provides technical assistance to both local transit systems and state DOTs both on-call and during FTA drug and alcohol testing program audits. As an experienced and nationally recognized trainer, Sean developed the curriculum for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association’s Substance Abuse Professional Training Manual and Course and continues to be a primary trainer on this topic. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.
      • Michael Koch is the Transit Manager for The Lift transit system in Winter Park, Colo., and has been working in the transit industry for more than eight years. Since its inception four years ago, he has worked to develop Winter Park and Grand County’s transit program from the ground up. He has overseen asset acquisition, the branding of the system, introduced real-time technology to the fleet and created regional transit connecting the rural mountain communities of eastern Grand County, Colo. Under his leadership, the system has grown to more than 520,000 annual riders per year. Recently, he has secured more than $14 million in state and federal grants to assist in the design and construction of a central transit facility that is due to break ground in 2021. Michael is an active member in the Northwest Colorado Transportation Planning Region, Regional Transportation Coordinating Council of Northwest Colorado and currently serves as the representative for the Central and Northern Mountain regions on the Colorado Statewide Transit & Rail Advisory Committee. Michael is passionate about improving the quality of life for residents and tourists of his community by making transit safe, reliable and accessible, particularly to disadvantaged populations. Michael has a dual Bachelor’s in Geography & Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a Professional Graduate Certification in Geographic Information Systems (GISP) from the University of Denver.

11:00 am – OTA Associate/Affiliate/Professional Task Force Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

12:15 pm – Lunch sponsored by Routematch (Apache Ballroom)

Welcoming Remarks: Kevin Pohawpatchoko, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, is the Training Specialist for the Comanche Nation Transit. Kevin is married to Shirley from Apache and they reside in Cache. Kevin served on Active Duty in the US Navy and I the US Naval Reserves. He participated in Operation Praying Mantis, Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi & Enduring Freedom combat operations. While Kevin transitioned from Active Duty to the Naval Reserves, he was appointed as a Correctional Administrator with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He later accepted a position as a Federal Police Officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Law Enforcement Services and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Federal Police Officer Academy in Artesia, N.M. After serving as a Federal Police Officer, he was promoted to a Special Agent and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Criminal Investigator Academy in Glynco, Ga. He is currently serving as the 11th elected Commander of the Comanche Indian Veterans Association and served as Commander from 2007-08. He is member of the Comanche Warrior Society, the Comanche Little Ponies and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Program: During a time when civil unrest is front and center, it can be difficult to know how to navigate issues like inclusion in the workplace. This training will provide organizations with practical tools they can implement in the workforce and day-to-day lives to begin the shift towards more equitable and inclusive policies and practices.

Speaker: Cindy Nguyen (pronounced “Win”) serves as the Director of Social and Economic Justice at the YWCA in Oklahoma City. Since joining the YWCA in 2017, she has led their Stand Against Racism campaign, Multicultural Committee, and Equity and Inclusion trainings.

1:30 pm – Regional Transportation Coordination as the Foundation for Mobility Management sponsored by Transign (Apache Ballroom)

This panel session will highlight the key characteristics of regional coordination networks that facilitate the advancement of mobility management. The National Center for Mobility Management, along with three states, will share their experiences regarding developing statewide regional coordination including:

      • Identifying key components of regional coordination systems;
      • Leveraging existing resources and identifying new sources of support;
      • Overcoming challenges and barriers; and
      • Measuring coordination and mobility management.

Moderator: Judy Shanley, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President, Education and Youth Transition at the national office of Easterseals in Chicago, Ill. and serves as Easterseals Director of the FTA-funded National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM). She manages federal projects, supports the Federal Transit Administration, provides technical assistance to build mobility management and the capacity of human services, health care and transportation professionals to coordinate service. Shanley is skilled in convening diverse audiences and providing professional development to ensure that mobility solutions are aligned with the needs of all riders. Prior to Easterseals, Shanley worked at the U.S. Department of Education, where she wrote federal grants and monitored programs and institutions to ensure compliance with federal regulations, and for more than eight years, was a Principal Research Analyst at the Americans Institutes for Research. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida and an MBA and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.

Panelists:

      • Olivia Hook is the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Statewide Mobility Coordinator located in Columbus, Ohio. Working in the Office of Transit, she is responsible for overseeing the Mobility Management Program that provides mobility solutions for Ohio residents, HST Coordinated Plan management and the Regions Pilot Project. After spending nearly a decade working in marketing, Olivia knows what truly drives conversations, enhances coordination and improved communication. Prior to that she drove commercial semi-truck over the road and has traveled through almost every state in the contiguous 48 states with the exception of Rhode Island and Maine. Olivia holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Franklin University and resides in Grove City, Ohio with her husband and three beautiful dogs.
      • Born and raised in Chicago, Mike Spadafore has 10 years of transportation planning experience in Kansas. Currently the Mobility Manager for the Topeka/Shawnee County region, Mike focuses on creating and sustaining collaborations among agencies, providing travel training, supporting workforce transportation and working with regional and national partners in developing a transit system that is accessible, affordable and reliable for riders of all ages and abilities. Previous positions include Public Transportation Manager with Kansas Department of Transportation as well as Associate Planner with the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization). Mike earned Bachelor’s degrees from Carthage College and Judson University, as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy.  He lives in Topeka, Kan. and enjoys gardening, reading and Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza.
      • Jeremy Johnson-Miller serves as the Mobility & Transit Programs Administrator for the Iowa Department of Transportation, within the Public Transit Bureau. He provides technical assistance to Iowa’s 35 public transit systems, acting as a resource for enhanced mobility for all Iowans. He facilitates efforts between various state agencies and advocacy organizations, providing education and awareness of public transit through presentations, marketing campaigns and project oversight. Jeremy is a graduate from the University of Iowa, with a Master’s of Public Administration at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

3:00 pm – EXPO (Apache Ballroom)

4:15 pm – Lawton Area Transit System Tour sponsored by INSURICA (depart Apache Ballroom entrance)

7:00 pm – Lawton Night Out & Rep. Don Armes Chuckwagon Dinner sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Museum of the Great Plains)

The Museum of the Great Plains started with the formation of the Comanche County Historical Society, on Dec. 12, 1952. A grant from The McMahon Foundation in 1958 enabled the organization to begin construction of the museum in the municipally-owned Elmer Thomas Park, adjacent to the McMahon Memorial Auditorium. The Museum of the Great Plains officially opened in 1961. The Comanche County Historical Society expanded its purpose and mission, transitioning to the Great Plains Historical Association (1961) and finally the Institute of the Great Plains (1970). The Association began publishing the Great Plains Journal in 1961, which continues today under the direction of the Institute. In 1972, the Museum of the Great Plains became the first facility in Oklahoma to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums. In 1997, through a $2.5 million grant from The McMahon Foundation, the Museum of the Great Plains added 25,000 square feet of gallery space, a new foyer and a new store. The same areas in the old building became offices, workrooms, a classroom and research space, and permitted the expansion of collections storage, the library and archives. The Institute of the Great Plains and the City of Lawton jointly operated the facility until January 1998, when the museum reorganized as a municipal trust. The Institute of the Great Plains, housed within the building, continues to assist in research, education and publishing. The Museum of the Great Plains Authority serves as the governing board and includes appointees from the city, The McMahon Foundation, the Institute and at-large representatives. Although a trust of the city of Lawton, the Authority also operates as a 501(c)(3). In 2003 the Museum of the Great Plains became the first partner, along with Science Museum Oklahoma, in the Oklahoma Museum Network (OMN). This event marked the beginning of the Museum of the Great Plains’ association with the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the grantor behind OMN. The Museum of the Great Plains received a $4.2 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation in 2012. Over the next three years, working with Science Museum of Minnesota, the Museum of the Great Plains remodeled the entire main gallery, and separately the adjacent public areas. Today, the Museum of the Great Plains offers traditional exhibit presentation coupled with innovative discovery-based learning activities, as it continues the mission to “Explore the human history of the Great Plains.”  

 

Wednesday, July 8

6:30 am – Executive Committee Meeting (360 Private Dining Room)

7:00 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

8:00 am – TransitPAC Breakfast (separate ticket required) (Summit Ballroom)

Speaker: Daniel Pae currently serves as the state representative for House District 62. Before he was elected, Rep. Pae worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Lawton City Manager’s office. Born and raised in Lawton, he is a proud graduate of Lawton High School’s Class of 2013 where he served in Student Council, Media Productions and as a member of National Honor Society. He was the state champion for the Lions Club Speech Contest and the recipient of the Hugh Bish Award, given to the top student in each graduating class. Rep. Pae recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with two majors in economics and political science, two minors in history and international area studies, and a master’s degree in public administration. He served as OU’s Student Body President, along with volunteering his time with The Oklahoma Group, Loveworks Afterschool Leadership and Generation Citizen. Rep. Pae graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. In Lawton, he serves on the Young Professionals of Lawton Board of Directors and Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Board of Trustees. Rep. Pae is also a member of the Lawton Fort-Sill Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Lawton-Fort Sill Class 28, graduate of the 2019 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, panelist at the 2019 Oklahoma Academy Town Hall, graduate of the inaugural City of Lawton’s Citizens Academy and is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 33. He enjoys going on unexpected adventures with family and friends, working out at the gym, and reading books from the Lawton Public Library.

9:15 am – Morning Vendor Speeding Dating

  • Creative Bus Sales (Apache Ballroom)
  • Ecolane (Summit Ballroom B)
  • CWI Digital Systems (Summit Ballroom A)
  • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles (Apache Ballroom)
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail (360 Private Dining Room)
  • Mobility One Transportation (Apache Ballroom)
  • ProAir (VIP Room)

12:00 noon – Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Meeting & Luncheon sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company (Apache Ballroom)

New $5 million in Oklahoma State Funding for Rural Transit in FY20-21 Budget (Apache Ballroom)

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

OTA Annual Business Meeting

2:00 pm – Afternoon Vendor Speed Dating

  • GreenPower Motor Company (Apache Ballroom)
  • Routematch (Summit Ballroom A)
  • LiquidSpring (Parking Lot Apache Ballroom Entrance)
  • BraunAbility (Apache Ballroom)
  • INSURICA (Summit Ballroom B)
  • LogistiCare Solutions (VIP Suite)
  • Luminator Technology Group (360 Private Dining Room)
  • MobilityTRANS(Apache Ballroom)
  • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles (Sky Suite A)

6:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Awards Reception sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

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

Awards Program

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

Entertainment by Raina Cobb and Ben Brock sponsored by Ecolane

 

Thursday, July 9

7:00 am – Registration (Apache Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 am – OTA Rural Task Force Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

7:15 am – OTA Tribal Task Force Meeting (360 Private Dining Room)

8:00 am – Breakfast (Apache Ballroom)

8:30 am – The State of Public Transit in Oklahoma sponsored by LiquidSpring (Apache Ballroom)

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

9:00 am – Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (Apache Ballroom)

  • Moderator: Dawn Sullivan was named the deputy director for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in May 2019, effective in July 2019. In this senior staff position, Sullivan oversees all day-to-day administration and strategic planning for the department. With more than 30 years dedicated to the department, Sullivan began her career as an engineering student at the Sand Springs Residency in 1988 and continued as a student engineer as part of the OU Bridge Design Squad. She then interned at various departments within the agency before becoming an engineering manager in Roadway Design. In 2000, she worked as an assistant division engineer for the Planning & Research Division before being promoted to division engineer. Sullivan then became the division engineer for the then-newly formed Environmental Programs Division in 2007. In 2016, she was named the Director of Capital Programs where she remained until becoming the deputy director. Sullivan is a founding member of Women’s Transportation Seminar International, Oklahoma Chapter, a co-chair for the Oklahoma State Transportation Innovation Council and is the Southern Plains Transportation Center Advisory board chair. She completed then-Gov. Mary Fallin’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and the National Transportation Advanced Leadership Institute certifications. A graduate of Broken Arrow High School, Sullivan has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has been a professional engineer since 1995. Sullivan and her husband, Kenny, reside in Norman. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Presentation on Market Analysis & State of the System

Panelist:

      • Ted Rieck is the general manager of Tulsa Transit, a position he has held since 2017. Ted has more than 35 years of transit experience spanning operations, planning, technology and community partnerships. He also 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. Ted earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Rockhurst University and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.
      • Rob Endicott is a Tulsa native whose spent the last 25 years serving as the transportation planner for the Cherokee Nation. Rob has an extensive highway background and has served on numerous federal rule-making committees. His crowning achievements include helping tribal governments to attain self-governance, creating a stable highway formula for tribal governments nationwide and assisting legislators and administrators in making the Tribal Transit Program a reality.
      • 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.

10:30 am – Break

10:45 am – Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan sponsored by Q’Straint/Sure-LOK (con’t) (Apache Ballroom)

Presentation on Best Practices and Peer Review & Stakeholder/Regional Meetings Finding

12:00 noon – Lunch sponsored by Ecolane (Apache Ballroom)

Presentation: How COVID-19 has challenged employers’ Human Resources departments with situations associated with return to work.

Speaker:  Lindsay Neal is an Employee Benefits Consultant for INSURICA. She works with companies to provide comprehensive benefits solutions that control costs, increase overall profitability, improve employee engagement and retention and enhance company culture. She is passionate about helping business owners deploy strategies that will make their companies flourish. A Lawton native, Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma with am emphasis in Management Information Systems and Marketing. She has nearly 20 years of local insurance industry experience and is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

1:00 pm – OTA Task Force Reports & Policy Discussion (Apache Ballroom)

Moderator: LaQuita Thornley is the executive director of INCA Community Services that operates JAMM Transit, a rural public transportation system serving Johnston, Atoka, Marshall and Murray counties in southeastern Oklahoma. LaQuita has been with the agency since 1998 during which time she served as an outreach worker, county director and transit director and was named executive director for the community action agency in 2014. In her early years working with the community she realized there was a vital link missing, which was public transportation services. In1999, working with the communities, she wrote the first 5311 grant and in 2000 opened public transportation in the four-county area INCA serves. She served as JAMM Transit’s first transit director, a title she is proud to hold today.

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting (Summit Ballroom)

 

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Conference Schedule (tentative)

Tuesday, October 20


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

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

12:00 pm – Vehicle Move-in (Grand Events Center)

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

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

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

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

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

6:30 pm – Transit OK|2020 & Beyond Welcome Reception hosted by Creative Bus Sales (Hotel Pool, 3rd Floor)

 

Wednesday, October 21

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

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

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

Speaker:  Rep. Logan Phillips (R-Mounds) is the co-chair of Oklahoma’s Rural Broadband Expansion Council. The Council was created through House Bill 4018, the Rural Broadband Expansion Act, with the goal of improving broadband access throughout rural Oklahoma. The state is ranked 47th in the nation for rural broadband access. Rep. Phillips was principal House author of HB 4018.

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

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

Greetings: Shawnee Mayor Ed Bolt graduated from Mustang High School and attended the University of Oklahoma as a Political Science Major.  He has been a Shawnee resident since 2002.   He worked 29 years for AT&T where his final assignment was as a Regional Sales Manager for State Government and Higher Education.  Since retirement in 2008, Mayor Bolt started his own photography business in Shawnee and opened a photo studio and art gallery on East Main St.  He bought a condemned building and completely rebuilt it in an effort to help revitalize our downtown area.  Mayor Bolt is very active in a number of local civic organizations.  He serves as Community Coordinator for Safe Events for Families, Vice Chair for Historic Shawnee Alliance, and Secretary for Visit Shawnee Inc. Mayor Bolt and his wife, Phyllis, attend St. Benedict Catholic Church and Wesley United Methodist Church.

Keynote Panel: EMBARK Climb Ride Program

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

Panelist: Marilyn Dillon was selected as the Mobility Management Administrator for EMBARK in April 2016. She began her career with the City of Oklahoma City in 1989 as a technician with the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Laboratory Services Division. In 1998, Dillon entered private sector employment specializing in laboratory operations, sales, and transportation logistics across a five-state region. Dillon returned to the City of Oklahoma City in 2012 as a Budget Analyst and was promoted to Audit Manager in 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma City University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Marilyn holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Northcentral University. She is a member of the Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns, the Oklahoma City Health Community Collaborative, and serves on the Community Advisory Council for NewView Oklahoma.

Panelist: Kary Hughes serves as a consultant to OTA for the Climb Ride Program related to the development and implementation of trauma informed training. Kary also currently serves as Member Services & Operations Manager for South West Transit Association (SWTA). Her responsibilities include oversight of SWTA’s ongoing operations and procedures, providing training, workshop and conference planning and support and member relations. Before joining SWTA in 2014, Kary was at the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology for 16 years. In this capacity she managed the Oklahoma Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).  Duties included developing and providing training and technical assistance for Oklahoma’s rural and tribal transit providers, oversight of the Oklahoma Transit Consortium’s DOT Drug and Alcohol Program as well as assisting ODOT in the audit, review and reporting of all aspects of 5311 grant compliance for the Oklahoma sub-recipients. Kary is a Certified Master Trainer for Community Transportation Association of America’s Passenger Service and Safety (PASS) Driver Certification Program.  She has taught PASS Driver Certification classes for rural and tribal transit systems since 2009, while adding resources and activities that complement and enhance the curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Kary and her husband Mike, live in Edmond.

Panelist: Stephanie Davis recently joined the Mobility Management team at EMBARK.  She is a former educator and business owner with a background in project management.  For the last several years, Stephanie coordinated multi-site commercial and residential property management in Oklahoma City.  She brings many years of non-profit and volunteer experience with multiple agencies and is thrilled to apply her experience to continued growth and expansion of the Climb Ride Program across Oklahoma City. Stephanie is a B.S. candidate in Management and Ethics at Mid-America Christian University and is completing her testing for Microsoft Certification.  She has been a licensed Master Barber Instructor since 2002 and is excited to bring her teaching experience to EMBARK to support travel training services for Climb Ride participants.  Stephanie serves on EMBARK’s Special Transportation Advisory Committee.

9:45 am – EXPO (Grand Events Center)

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • GreenPower Motor Company
  • Ecolane
  • LiquidSpring
  • Routematch
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • INSURICA
  • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • BraunAbility
  • TRANSIGN
  • Altro, USA
  • ARBOC Specialty Vehicles
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • Mobility One Transportation
  • MobilityTRANS
  • ProAir
  • MORryde International
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
  • BYD
  • Freedman Seating
  • REI
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program

10:00 am – Driver Training – Communicating with Passengers in Times of Crisis (Ballroom 1-4)

Presenter: Debbie Ruggles has served as a transit professional for more than 40 years. While serving as general manager at the transit agency in Boise, Idaho, her agency was named Outstanding Public Transit System by the American Public Transit Association. Debbie retired from Tulsa Transit in 2017 and has been an independent trainer/consultant since that time. She has trained across the country in a variety of topics, including but not limited to leadership, customer service, and the Americans Disabilities Act. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in counseling.

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

PICK Transit will introduce an integrated on-demand service in 21 rural communities across eastern Oklahoma. The service will include 41 vehicles providing after hours and weekend service and will allow the rider the capability to book trips in real time, include driver rating and rider experience in app surveys. The PICK Transit project is funded in part from a $1.5 million IMI grant through the FTA and includes Pelivan Transit, INCA Community Service (JAMM Transit), Cimarron Public Transit System, KI BOIS Area Transportation System.

Panelist: As a Regional Sales Consultant for Routematch Software, Cody Cornwell manages sales and account management for the central United States and Canada. Prior to joining the sales team Cody was a Project Manager responsible for the successful deployment of large-scale technology projects. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.B.A in Information Systems. Cody loves golfing, snowboarding, and hiking. If you can’t find him on the course he, is probably playing with his dog, Izzy!

Panelist: Kendra Sue McGeady has served as director of transit for Pelivan Transit and Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium, owned and operated by Grand Gateway Economic Development Association, since 2016. 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. Kendra 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 is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Panelist: Charla Sloan is the transit director of KI BOIS Area Transit System, Oklahoma’s largest rural transit system that operates nearly 240 vehicles in 12 counties. She is a leader in building partnerships evident by the Road to Work – Job Access Collaboration with all rural transit agencies in Oklahoma that earned a Distinguished Service Award from the Community Transit Association of America in 2001. She has twice been recognized as OTA’s Transit Manager of the Year and KA Bois as Transit System of the Year. In 2000, Charla received OTA’s Professional of the Year Award and served as OTA president for three years. Charla is the state delegate to the Community Transportation Association of America and earned that association’s Certified Community Transit Manager Certificate. She has also served as chair of the Governor’s United We Ride Council and on the National RTAP Board from 2014-17.

Panelist: Erica Pogue serves as the Transit Operations Director for JAMM Transit, a sub-division of INCA Community Services, Inc. Erica has been with the CAP agency since 2006 serving in many different roles. Since 2011 she has led the JAMM Transit team and been part of INCA’s Leadership Team. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2018 and is currently pursing an MBA. She serves on the City Council in Atoka, Oklahoma and has been involved in various areas within the community throughout her years at INCA.

12:00 pm – Lunch sponsored by Routematch (South Event Center)

1:00 pm – Afternoon General Session sponsored by BraunAbility (Grand Events Center)

The Future of NEMT in Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan (OPTPP) has found that non-emergency medical trips (NEMT) are essential to the long-term well being of public transit systems. It states that many times these contracts are the only local match for agencies. The OPTPP also found that NEMT trips are being lost to private transportation providers who do not always meet the regulations and safety requirements of the federal government. The session looks at what it all means when you throw in the passage of State Question 802 which is projected to result in as much as a 24% increase in SoonerRide trips, and couple that with the impeding RFP from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to solicit Manage Care Organizations (MCOs).

Speaker: Rep. Marcus McEntire (R-Duncan) is a fourth generation resident of Stephens County.  Upon graduation from Duncan High School, he attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in communication studies, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia. In 2003 Rep. McEntire, his wife, Leigh, and son Ian returned to Duncan to raise their family and expand their young and rapidly-growing business, Distinctive-Decor.com. Their daughter, Ainsley, was born in 2006. Rep. McEntire has been the president of the Duncan Rotary Club and regularly volunteers as a television auctioneer for the Rotary Auction. He has served on the Duncan Regional Hospital Foundation board for more than 5 years, currently as the Finance Chair. He has also served on the Advisory Committee for the Business Development Services Program at Red River Technology Center for the past 6 years.  Rep. McEntire has served on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Board of the Duncan Pubic Schools and currently serves on the STEM advisory board, and is a Boy Scout leader for Troop 4434. Rep. McEntire attends the First United Methodist Church in Duncan where he has served as a young adult Sunday school teacher, youth Sunday school teacher, worship leader, liturgist, staff perish relations committee member, finance committee member, church council member, nominations committee member and currently serves as a church trustee.

The SWTA Report

Speaker:  Rich Sampson is the Executive Director of the South West Transit Association (SWTA). He oversees all SWTA programs and activities, including member services, training and events, communications and advocacy, including growing investment in transit at all levels of government and refining regulations and policy impacting transit and mobility providers. Previously, Rich spent more than 17 years in a variety of roles at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), including most recently serving as its Membership & Communications Director. During his tenure at CTAA, Rich oversaw its many communications platforms – including launch of its bi-weekly Fast Mail e-newsletter, managed member services and benefits programs, participated in development of its legislative and policy agenda, attended meetings with members of Congress, their staffs and along with those at several federal agencies and coordinated CTAA’s annual National Community Transportation Roadeo.

1:00 pm – Driver Wheelchair Securement Training (Ballroom 1-4)

Instructor: 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.

2:30 pm – EXPO (Grand Events Center)

3:30 pm – Back on Board, Communicating Post COVID sponsored by TRANSIGN (Grand Events Center)

Moderator: As Manager of Strategic Communications for the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), Brittany Burton is responsible for the development and execution of OTA’s marketing and communications strategy in support of the organization’s strategic goals and core values. She is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations and marketing activities designed to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness of public transit.

Panelist: Morgan Lyons advises CEOs, corporations, public agencies and trade associations primarily in the fields of transportation and infrastructure. His career in communications began as an award-winning journalist telling stories about everything from presidential candidates to rattlesnakes. For more than 20 years he served as the spokesperson for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), one of the nation’s leading public transportation agencies. As Vice President, External Relations Morgan provided strategic counsel to executive and board leadership as the agency grew into a multi-modal transit operator. In that capacity he was part of the communications team for the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), the region’s first commuter rail service linking Fort Worth and Dallas. Working jointly with executive leadership of Trinity Metro, this included public engagement for all TRE openings and events and ongoing media relations and social media support. A recognized innovator in public transit communications, he has served as chair of APTA’s Marketing and Communications Committee, and as a member of APTA’s Board of Directors. Morgan is also a member of the Legislative Committee. Morgan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University and a graduate degree from the University of Iowa.

3:30 pm – Driver Wheelchair Securement Training (con’t) (Ballroom 1-4)

4:30 pm – Roadeo Briefing & Driver Written Test sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (Ballroom 1-4)

4:45 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Associate/Affiliate/Professional Member Task Force Meeting (Ballroom 5)

5:30 pm – Oklahoma Mobility Institute Board of Directors Meeting (Ballroom 5)

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

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze with dinner by Backdoor BBQ

 

Thursday, October 22

7:00 am – Registration (West Parking Lot)

7:00 am – Roadeo Judge Check-in (West Parking Lot)

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

Judges:

      • Rob Barnes, MobilityTRANS — Smoothness/Timing
      • Rep. Carol Bush — Starter
      • Joe Carroll, MORryde International — Right Turn
      • Laura Chaney, Oklahoma Department of Transportation – Passenger Pick-up
      • Todd Collier, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn
      • David Copper, INSURICA — Right Tire Clearance
      • Cody Cornwell, Routematch — Judgment Stop
      • Mitch Drouillard, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement Marshall
      • Ryan Frost, Creative Bus Sales — Smoothness/Timing
      • Darryl Glaser, CWI Digital Systems — Passenger Pick-up
      • Gretchen Hall, REI — Right Turn
      • Jennifer Hankins, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Scoring
      • Chelley Hilmes, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Right Tire Clearance
      • Kary Hughes, South West Transit Association — Scoring
      • Chris Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Gwen Ishmael, CWI Digital Systems — Serpentine
      • Braden Jones, First Capital Trolley — Sanitation Marshall
      • Jamie Lipke, TRANSIGN — Passenger Pick-up/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Eric McCullick, ProAir — Diminishing Clearance
      • Lindsay Neal, INSURICA — Right Reverse
      • Trish Nolen, Q’Straint/Sure-Lok — Wheelchair Securement
      • Kevin O’Brien, Complete Coach Works — Left Reverse
      • Michael Perez, GreenPower Motor Company — Smoothness/Timing
      • Rita Preble, LogistiCare Solutions — Pre-Trip Marshall
      • Kevin Riley, INSURICA — Left Reverse
      • Brent Roy, Creative Bus Sales — Judgment Stop
      • Rich Sampson, SWTA — Diminishing Clearance
      • Susan Starwalt, Ecolane — Offset
      • Doug Studer, Altro USA — Diminishing Clearance/Passenger Pickup 2 (City Bus)
      • Shelby Templin, Oklahoma Department of Transportation — Scoring
      • Claude Terry, Chickasaw Nation Transportation Services — Pre-Trip Inspection
      • Travis Ward, LiquidSpring — Offset
      • William Ward, Mobility One Transportation — Left Turn
      • Jason Yan, BYD — Right Reverse

7:00 am – Breakfast at the Roadeo sponsored by Creative Bus Sales (West Parking Lot)

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

Presentation of Colors

National Anthem

Welcome by Creative Bus Sales

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

8:00 am – Roadeo Judges Briefing (West Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Roadeo Drivers Check-in (West Parking Lot)

Mini Van Drivers

      • 101 – Leo Maldonado, Southwest Transit
      • 102 – Domico Warrior, White Eagle Transit
      • 103 – Bill Ramsey, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 104 – Rhonda Bilbrey, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 105 – Frances Pierce, Little Dixie Transit
      • 106 – Kylie West, Delta Public Transit
      • 107 – Anita Warrior, White Eagle Transit
      • 108 – Phyllis Rush, White Eagle Transit
      • 109 – Joby Chuculate, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 110 – Mark Marshall, Comanche Nation Transit
      • 111 – Steven Mazey, JAMM Transit
      • 112 – Everett Harrison, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 113 – Claude Boyster, First Capital Trolley
      • 114 – Scott Baird, Central Oklahoma Transportation System

Transit Van Drivers

      • 201 – Jennifer Smith, EMBARK
      • 202 – Amos Christie, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 203 – Brenton Carney, White Eagle Transit
      • 204 – Jon Moore, Muskogee County Transit
      • 205 – Sally Rhodd, White Eagle Transit
      • 206 – Garrith Arkeketa, White Eagle Transit
      • 207 – Freddie Lovett, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 208 – Billy Wilson, KI BOIS Area Transit System

Shuttle Bus Drivers (Body on Chassis)

      • 301 – Ben Biddle, Pelivan Transit
      • 302 – Joe Sorrell, KI BOIS Area Transit System
      • 303 – Nancy Romero, The Ride
      • 304 – Randy Sherman, Southwest Transit
      • 305 – Jackie Gritz, City of Norman/EMBARK
      • 306 – Tarra Harrison, Red River Public Transportation Service
      • 307 – David Krosp, EMBARK

City Bus Drivers

      • 401 – John Morgan, EMBARK
      • 402 – James Smith, City of Norman/EMBARK
      • 403 – Dayton Campbell, OSU/Stillwater Community Transit System
      • 404 – Jeromy Love, Lawton Area Transit System
      • 405 – Alicia Moore, Tulsa Tranist

8:30 am – Oklahoma State Driving Championships presented by Creative Bus Sale (West Parking Lot)

8:00 am – Empowering Your Board to Lead (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Presenter: Carol Wright Kenderdine serves as the director of Easterseals Transportation Group which includes serving as co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. Carol’s work experience includes serving as Associate Director for the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, at North Dakota State University, where her primary responsibilities were the development and delivery of national training programs and outreach efforts. She has more than 12 years of experience as Executive Director of senior services and public transportation for a multi-county agency in central North Dakota, served as director of a residential facility for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, held management positions in long-term care, and was an independent consultant in marketing and development. Carol holds a M.S. in Human Development and Education/Gerontology from North Dakota State University and a B.S. in Speech/English/Education from North Dakota State University.

8:00 am – Transit Director Training 101 (Deer Room)

Topics: The 5311 Application Cycle & Process & The 5339 Application Cycle & Process

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

10:00 am – Training Track Break featuring Holey Rollers Donuts (West Parking Lot)

10:30 am – Transit Policies in the COVID Era (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Facilitator: Kristen Joyner is the Executive Consultant and Trainer for South West Transit Association and Founder and President of KJ Backpack, LLC. Her expertise includes transit association work as the Executive Director for the South West Transit Association and administrative public transportation experience for Rock Region Metro, Little Rock, Arkansas.  She leads with energy, expertise, and creativity in executive roles, as a team leader, and as a subject-matter expert. For twelve years, Ms. Joyner has developed and delivered training programs, workshops, and conferences for the transit industry, promoting strong transit workforce development, leadership, and communication across the transportation sector.  

10:30 am – Transit Director Training 101 (con’t) (Deer Room)

Topics: NTD Reporting Data from MYLEOnet & Transit Reporting Requirements

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

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

1:30 pm – Transit Policies in the COVID Era (con’t) (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Facilitator: Kristen Joyner

1:30 pm – Transit Director Training 101 (con’t) (Deer Room)

Topics: ADA Toolkit, Title VI and VII for Subrecipients & Managing Drug and Alcohol Requirements

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

3:30 pm – Training Track Break by Scoops Ice Cream Truck (West Parking Lot)

4:00 pm – Build Your Own Adventure in the COVID Era (Eagle Room 1 & 2)

Facilitator: Kristen Joyner

4:00 pm – Transit Director Training 101 (con’t) (Deer Room)

Topics: Sources of Matching Funds, Transit Assistance and MYLEOnet Training & RTAP Resources

Presenters: ODOT Office Of Mobility & Public Transit

4:30 pm – Driver Training – Bus Sanitation & Cleanliness (Bear Room 1 & 2)

Presenter: Braden Jones is a high school student who has become an expert in vehicle cleaning during the COVID-19 crisis. He will graduate in 2021. Braden has been an officer for Guthrie FFA for two years. During his time in the Ag program he has won judging competitions, and his team went to state in speech competitions. During the current pandemic he is enrolled in mixed classes, some online and some in person. Due to the mixed classes Braden has been able to establish the sanitation protocol being used at First Capital Trolley.

Presenter: It would be hard to find someone more enthusiastic about bringing the voices of real people into the business world than Gwen. First as a teacher and then as a marketer and researcher, she is passionate about understanding what people want and need, and finding ways to help them. With more than two decades of providing consulting services to companies such as Acura, Apple, Delta Faucet, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Purina, and T-Mobile, she brings her customer-first perspective and marketing know-how to CWI Digital systems as its CEO. The Ishmael home is a house divided. Gwen graduated from Texas Tech and is a fitness fanatic who loves her Peloton bike, while her husband and CWI Digital Systems co-owner, Chris, is a life-long OU fan and prefers to cycle his way through Facebook posts. But one thing they can agree on is that they are blessed to have the most wonderful family ever.

 

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

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

Oklahoma State Driving Championship Award Presentations presented by Creative Bus Sales

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

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

Finalist: Pamela Adams has worked for The Ride in Guymon for 13 years. She has a heart of gold and displays that daily. Not only does Pamela take care of her passengers, but she also cares for her husband and grandchildren. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has stayed strong and consistent in her work, and believes her riders are safe because of all the cleaning, sanitizing and mask wearing. Although she takes many trips throughout the day, what makes Pamela’s eyes sparkle is picking the children up from school. Another consistent route of hers is taking workers to and from Seaboard Farms. Pamela loves making her passengers feel safe by all the sanitizing she does between routes, and this has also enabled her to continue working throughout the pandemic. Pamela’s daily routine includes sweeping, mopping, and using the decontamination system. Although she cleans between each ride, if she feels that the bus was more populated than normal she will go back to the shop and completely sanitize the bus again. She said, “I know how much people depend on me and without this transit system I don’t know what they’d do.” Pamela takes her job and route times very seriously and knows how much her passengers depend on her. Getting to the office early and making sure everything is intact before she begins her routes allows her and her passengers to have peace of mind when riding. Pamela’s riders trust her cleaning process, diligent routes and safe driving. Pamela appreciates the help from other coworkers when things get busy, and if the bus needs a good wash she knows someone will assist her in getting this done quickly. With the amount of care she puts into her daily activities, The Ride believes Pamela should win the 2020 OTA Maj. Ed Pulido Hero of the Year Award presented by Ecolane.

Finalist: Claude Boyster lives in Guthrie and has been a driver for First Capital Trolley for 14 years. His normal workday begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Claude does after school trips at 3:15 p.m. and takes them either home or to daycare, and they tell him about what they ate for lunch and what they did at recess. Claude’s on-demand route starts about 4:00 p.m. and he takes people to work, shopping, and other essential places until 10:00 p.m. He said roughly 70 to 80 percent are routine passengers, and most are older people. Many riders work at Walmart, McDonald’s, Braum’s, or one of the two Sonics, and sometimes Claude takes people to the park where there are walking trails and disc golf. During the late shift, Claude regularly has passengers he takes home from the bars, and he believes it’s important to help people no matter what they’ve done or what condition they are in. “It’s our job to get them home safely,” Claude said. “Without our service, I’d be nervous with them taking matters into their own hands and possibly getting hurt or injuring someone else.” When asked what he likes about his job, Claude said he likes all his customers and coworkers, and that they’re a lot of fun to be with. He truly enjoys interacting with the public. Claude is known to go above and beyond every day as a matter of routine and that is why First Capital Trolley believes Calude is worthy of the 2020 OTA Maj. Ed Pulido Hero of the Year Award presented by Ecolane.

Finalist: Maria A. Perez is a driver/dispatcher for MAGB Transportation in Fairview. She projects a warm and cheerful attitude to her riders, and she handles difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. Maria is a single mom and is the favored point of contact for many clients. Her bilingual skills have helped facilitate communication many times. When the option to eat at the Senior Citizens Center ended because it was closed due to COVID-19, she stepped up and has been picking up and delivering these meals to those in need. Maria went above and beyond the call of duty in her faithfulness to make sure everyone had the food and nutrition they needed. She has demonstrated selflessness and commitment to the project, program, and community and has truly made a difference in the lives of many during this pandemic. Maria said, “I believe my job is very important because we help serve the public and assist where we can. We are a part of something bigger and we are all in this together.” MAGB believes Maria’s daily characteristics coupled with the extra effort to deliver meals during the COVID-19 pandemic make her a candidate worthy of the 2020 OTA Maj. Ed Pulido Hero of the Year Award presented by Ecolane.

Entertainment by Tammy RC & the Colas

 

Friday, October 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chelley Hilmes

Moderator: Chelley Hilmes was named the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director of Finance and Administration in August 2019. She began her career at ODOT as the Finance Manager in the Comptroller Division in 1999 and was then promoted to Comptroller in 2006. She has worked for the state for 28 years, two decades with ODOT. Chelley graduated from Putnam City High School and then attended the University of Central Oklahoma, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. Chelley has volunteered for the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials and the Association of Government Accountants during the last several years and in various capacities. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and the Supervisory Committee for the Oklahoma Employees Credit Union. Chelley and her husband, Brian, live in Edmond.

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

10:30 am – Break (Grand Events Center)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topic: ODOT Office of Mobility & Public Tranist (OMPT) staff will lead a roundtable discussion on public transit matters in Oklahoma. This session is an opportunity for transit agencies to share challenges, opportunities and COVID-19 matters for interaction with OMPT leadership and other transit systems. Be prepared for an interactive discussion and solution session.

Presenters: Oklahoma City resident Ernestine “Ernie” Mbroh is the division manager of the Office of Mobility & Public Transit Manager at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). In her role, she is responsible for managing both urban and rural public transit programs and administering technical assistance and funding for public transportation providers in Oklahoma. Ernie 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. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Industrial Engineering. Joining Ernie will be staff from the Office of Mobility & Public Transit.

 

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

 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

 

Tribal Transit Workshop Tentative Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 16

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

3:00 pm – General Transit Feed Specification (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

Speaker: Marcy Jaffe, MBA, MPA supports and guides rural, tribal and intercity transit partners with technical assistance related to General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) and National RTAP’s GTFS Builder. She has taught GTFS workshops at national, regional and state transit conferences, effectively guiding those with no prior GTFS experience to successfully launching their data on Google Maps or other trip planners.  Marcy has worked at the Washington State Department of Transportation as well as the San Francisco’s regional planning agency, Metropolitan Transportation Commission. In 2016, the balance of Maryland’s statewide digitized transit network was built on GTFS Builder. For EMBARK, Transnnovation Inc supports real-time data integration.

6:30 pm – Meet & Greet Reception sponsored by PCTrans

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

 

Monday, May 17

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

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

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

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

Presentation: Managing Transit Emergencies will assist in the development of basic emergency protocols. No two incidents are the same but having basic plans that have been discussed and trained on will enable an agency to quickly react to specific situations. A little time and effort before the fact will allow an agency to come through in the clutch for the community.

Speaker: John Filippone is a veteran transit professional who came up through the ranks from seasonal operator to Safety and Training Manager. His skills include safety and security certifications, training, supervision, dispatching, team building and management. John has instructed people in many different endeavors such as low impact camping, raft guiding, soccer (play, coach and referee) as well as bus operations.

9:45 am – Networking Break (Convention Center Ballroom Hallway)

10:00 am – FTA Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Program

Presentation: FTA’s contractor for Tribal Transit Technical Assistance will present an overview of the FTA Tribal Transit Program covering areas that have been of most interest to Tribal Transit and finance managers over the past five years. These topics include: How are TTP formula funds allocated among Tribes? Can I receive regular FTA rural funds directly from FTA? What are the special provisions for TTP funds that differ from other recipients of rural transit funds? What are eligible expenditures? Are there local match requirements? What records should I maintain and for how long? What can I expect from a FTA TTP Technical Assistance Assessment site visit?

Speaker: Maxine Marshall, MPA has more than 40 years of experience in public transit.  She has personally led more than 25 FTA TTP Assessments and FHWA TTP Program Reviews. Maxine has subscribed to the e-weekly newsletter Indian Country Today for the past five years to stay abreast of all matters affecting Native Tribes, such as recent news on the major COVID-19 cases confirmed in the Indian Health System, which will affect the delivery of public transit. She is recognized in FTA as a subject matter expert on tribal transit related matters and is a graduate of Georgia State University.

11:30 am – When is a bill a Bill? Just show me the money!

Presentation: The making of a US legislative bill is much like the process of making sausage: It is not pretty, sometimes you don’t know what is in it or when it’s time to consume it? Understanding when a funding bill will actually materialize as money for tribal and rural transit, there are key steps that must take place. Mastering those steps: the term, when to reach out to our representatives and when to be ready for the money are keys to building sustainable funding streams. This session will provide a primer on legislative terms, who can provide assistance when it gets confusing and why it is important to be in the know.

Speaker: Kristen Joyner is Founder and President of KJ Backpack, LLC. Her expertise includes transit association work as Executive Director for the South West Transit Association and administrative public transportation experience for Rock Region Metro in Little Rock, Ark.  She leads with energy, expertise, and creativity in executive roles, as a team leader, and as a subject-matter expert. For 15 years, Kristen has developed and delivered training programs, workshops, and conferences for the transit industry, promoting strong transit workforce development, leadership and communication across the transportation sector.

12:30 pm – Lunch sponsored by CWI Digital Systems (Convention Center Grand Ballroom B & C)

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

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

2:00 pm – Project Management (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

Speaker: Walt Diangson serves as a consultant to various public transit systems as a certified safety officer, transit management and operations consultant and management development instructor. Walt provides training and technical support in safety risk management and transit management and operations. 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 local fixed-route, general-public paratransit, ADA paratransit and human service transportation. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Architecture and of Columbia University with a Master of Business Administration, with a special emphasis in urban planning and economics.

3:30 pm – Networking Break (Convention Center Ballroom Hallway)

3:45 pm – Tribal Tranist in a Post COVID World (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

Speakers: Kristen Joyner & Walt Diangson

 

Tuesday, May 18

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

8:30 am –The Intersection of Safety and Customer Service (Convention Center 2nd Floor Ballroom)

Presentation: It is easy to think about customer service as treating your passengers well, but did you know excellent customer service is your first line of defense for front line employees and a commitment to a strong safety culture impacts customer service in ways that go beyond reward & bonus programs? This session will include modules on empathy, de-escalation, as well as why a good customer service training plan and creating a culture of safety go hand-in-hand to benefit your tribal transit operation, inside and out.

Speaker: Kristen Joyner

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Tentative Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTA Horseshoe Pitching Tournament Awards presented by Creative Bus Sales

 

Wednesday, May 19

7:00 am – Registration (Arena Lobby)

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

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

Presentation of Colors

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

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

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

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

Vendor & Member Introductions

10:00 am – EXPO (Arena Floor)

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

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

Speaker:  Neil Rodriguez joined National RTAP as a Project Manager in September 2014. Previously he worked as a management consultant providing project management and technical assistance related to economic development projects in rural Alaska. Neil was a Community Benefits Director at a regional community development organization overseeing program delivery and $20 million annually in investments to remote communities in Western Alaska.  He also worked as a Regional Economist at the Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. Neil has more than 20 years of experience in community development, outreach, community planning, project management, program development, data collection and analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.

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

Speaker: Tamara Shepherd is currently the Deputy Director/Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS). Tamara has been employed with DPS for 22 years, overseeing and administering the issuance of commercial and operator licenses. She is a member of American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). Tamara is certified through the International Driver Examiner Program (IDEC) and certified as a Certified Driver Examiner and a Certified Commercial Examiner. She is also a certified Trainer for the Commercial Driver License program.

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

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

Presentation: The Impact of Transit & Mobility on Tourism

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

Speaker:  Robert Babbitt is a principal at KL2 Connects with more than 40 years experience in the transit industry. KL2 Connects is a leader in executive recruitment for the transit profession. Mr. Babbitt’s specific consulting services focus on six areas of expertise: building better transit teams, execution, maintenance, outreach, service design, and regulatory compliance. He received is bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Arlington and his PhD in Administration from the same.

Speaker:  Timothy Lett is a transportation executive with 46 years experience in all facets of public transit. He is a specialist in evaluation and design of fixed bus route and schedules, transit performance reviews and transportation planning. Mr. Lett has won numerous awards at transit systems during his career including the APTA Outstanding Achievement Award for best transit system in the United States.

3:00 pm – EXPO (Arena Floor)

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

7:00 pm – Enid Night Out sponsored by LiquidSpring

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

 

Thursday, May 20

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

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

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

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

8:45 am – Morning Vendor Speeding Dating

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

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

2:00 pm – Afternoon Vendor Speed Dating

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

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

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

Awards Program

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

Entertainment by Harwood, Roberts & Thompson

 

Friday, May 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panelist: Carrie Slatton-Hodges is currently serving as the Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Prior to her current role, Commission Slatton-Hodges served 12 years as the Deputy Commissioner for the Department, overseeing treatment and recovery services through state operated and contracted treatment providers statewide. In this role, she managed budgets, oversaw contracts, streamlined policy, developed cutting-edge programs, cultivated the workforce, expanded partnerships and integrated evidence based practices across the State. Commission Slatton-Hodges has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University and a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor for 29 years, she has hands-on experience in the field of mental health, holding a variety of clinical and administrative positions, in both the public and private sectors, delivering and managing all aspects of behavioral health services in rural and urban settings including the role of Chief Operating Officer at Oklahoma’s largest Community Mental Health Center. Commission Slatton-Hodges has transformed the delivery of treatment services through innovative programming and strategically leveraging resources to improve Oklahoma’s behavioral health, including the launch of Urgent Behavioral Health Care Centers, integrating Comprehensive Community Addiction Recovery Centers, developing a system of ambulatory detoxification services, and transitioning to an outcome based payment system for Community Behavioral Health Centers. She has a strong commitment to mental health and addiction recovery for Oklahomans and believes everyone deserves to live a valuable, productive life in the community.

Panelist: Jean Wilms has more than 30 years of health care experience including managed care and health system leadership.  Her career has been focused on government solutions including several executive roles in Medicaid and Medicare. Ms. Wilms is the Oklahoma lead for implementation supporting Clay Frankin, CEO and other health plan leadership to make managed care in Oklahoma successful.  She joined Centene in 2005 when they acquired a FQHC owned Medicaid health plan, FirstGuard Health Plan.  She was the CEO & Plan President of Kansas Sunflower Health Plan.  For several years, Ms. Wilms built and led the Centene Business Implementation division supporting new markets and products, acquisitions and integrations throughout the country. Jean’s experience outside of Centene includes strategic planning and program development at the University of Kansas Health System.  There she worked collaboratively with physician and hospital leaders in an academic medical center to promote patient quality and strategic direction.  She has also taught several health care classes at Park University as an adjunct professor. Ms. Wilms has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. and a Master of Arts degree in Health and Human Service Administration from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minn.

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

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

Panelist: Rep. Garry Mize (R-Gurthrie) was born and raised in Guthrie and lives in South Logan County with his wife Jennifer and three kids. Rep. Mize was re-elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in November of 2020 and is currently serving his second term for house district 31. He is a business owner and has worked in the financial planning industry for 20 years. Rep. Mize is an assistant floor leader for the majority party and serves as the Chairman of the House Utilities Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation and the Insurance Committee for the 58th Oklahoma Legislature.

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

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

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

 

Sep
13
Mon
2021
2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Virtual Fall Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Online
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Register now for the 2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Fall Virtual Conference!
This one-of-a-kind conference will take place wherever YOU are, virtually. Join us for educational workshops, inspiring programs and professional development.
The OTA Fall Virtual Conference, presented by Creative Bus Sales, will be innovative and engaging, challenging your already well-honed ninja transit skills.
Every Tuesday in October from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
We hope to see you there!

 

Click on the link below to register.
Deadline to register is Friday 10/1/2021.

To Close Out Each OTA Fall Conference Day
Fun for your whole staff 
 
Every Tuesday in October
4:30 to 5:00 PM
 October 5 
 Survivor Night
A celebration of Transit Heroes
 October 12 
 Fancy like that
Driver Dance Off
October 19 
 Throwback Picture & Transit Trivia Night
October 26 
 Transit Achievements Happy Hour

More information to follow on how to participate and win prizes!


Registration fees:
$200 per agency *
* There is only one fee per agency and you can invite all of your staff members.

Click the link to register.

Once you complete the registration, watch for an email confirmation with hotel room booking information.

Sep
20
Mon
2021
2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Virtual Fall Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Online
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Register now for the 2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Fall Virtual Conference!
This one-of-a-kind conference will take place wherever YOU are, virtually. Join us for educational workshops, inspiring programs and professional development.
The OTA Fall Virtual Conference, presented by Creative Bus Sales, will be innovative and engaging, challenging your already well-honed ninja transit skills.
Every Tuesday in October from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
We hope to see you there!

 

Click on the link below to register.
Deadline to register is Friday 10/1/2021.

To Close Out Each OTA Fall Conference Day
Fun for your whole staff 
 
Every Tuesday in October
4:30 to 5:00 PM
 October 5 
 Survivor Night
A celebration of Transit Heroes
 October 12 
 Fancy like that
Driver Dance Off
October 19 
 Throwback Picture & Transit Trivia Night
October 26 
 Transit Achievements Happy Hour

More information to follow on how to participate and win prizes!


Registration fees:
$200 per agency *
* There is only one fee per agency and you can invite all of your staff members.

Click the link to register.

Once you complete the registration, watch for an email confirmation with hotel room booking information.

Sep
27
Mon
2021
2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Virtual Fall Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Online
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Register now for the 2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Fall Virtual Conference!
This one-of-a-kind conference will take place wherever YOU are, virtually. Join us for educational workshops, inspiring programs and professional development.
The OTA Fall Virtual Conference, presented by Creative Bus Sales, will be innovative and engaging, challenging your already well-honed ninja transit skills.
Every Tuesday in October from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
We hope to see you there!

 

Click on the link below to register.
Deadline to register is Friday 10/1/2021.

To Close Out Each OTA Fall Conference Day
Fun for your whole staff 
 
Every Tuesday in October
4:30 to 5:00 PM
 October 5 
 Survivor Night
A celebration of Transit Heroes
 October 12 
 Fancy like that
Driver Dance Off
October 19 
 Throwback Picture & Transit Trivia Night
October 26 
 Transit Achievements Happy Hour

More information to follow on how to participate and win prizes!


Registration fees:
$200 per agency *
* There is only one fee per agency and you can invite all of your staff members.

Click the link to register.

Once you complete the registration, watch for an email confirmation with hotel room booking information.

Oct
5
Tue
2021
2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Virtual Fall Conference presented by Creative Bus Sales @ Online
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Register now for the 2021 Oklahoma Transit Association Fall Virtual Conference!
This one-of-a-kind conference will take place wherever YOU are, virtually. Join us for educational workshops, inspiring programs and professional development.
The OTA Fall Virtual Conference, presented by Creative Bus Sales, will be innovative and engaging, challenging your already well-honed ninja transit skills.
Every Tuesday in October from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
We hope to see you there!

 

Click on the link below to register.
Deadline to register is Friday 10/1/2021.

To Close Out Each OTA Fall Conference Day
Fun for your whole staff 
 
Every Tuesday in October
4:30 to 5:00 PM
 October 5 
 Survivor Night
A celebration of Transit Heroes
 October 12 
 Fancy like that
Driver Dance Off
October 19 
 Throwback Picture & Transit Trivia Night
October 26 
 Transit Achievements Happy Hour

More information to follow on how to participate and win prizes!


Registration fees:
$200 per agency *
* There is only one fee per agency and you can invite all of your staff members.

Click the link to register.

Once you complete the registration, watch for an email confirmation with hotel room booking information.