2020 Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO driven by GreenPower Motor Company

July 6, 2020 – July 9, 2020 all-day
Apache Casino Hotel
2325 E. Gore Blvd.
Lawton OK 73501

Click here to register as an attendee.

If you are a vendor interested in the Conference & EXPO, email Mark Nestlen at oktransit@oktransit.org.


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 April 21st or until sold out.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Monday, July 6

8:30 am – Registration

9:00 am – OTA Urban/Small Urban/Suburan Task Force Meeting

9:00 am – OTA 5310 Task Force Meeting

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

12:00 noon – Clay Shooting Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales (separate registration required)

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

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

Welcome: Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce

Awards for Clay Shooting Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales


Tuesday, July 7

7:00 am – Registration

8:00 am – Opening General Session sponsored by CWI Digital Systems

Presentation of Colors

Welcome: Ryan Landers is the general manager for the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) and has been with 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, Colorado. 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 Eisenhower Senior High in Lawton, Oklahoma, and then attended Cameron University. He married his high school sweetheart in 1975 and has one son, Brian, who is married to Allison, and they have one daughter, Julia. Stan’s career started in the family grocery store and continued with five years working for Safeway Stores, Inc.  At the age of 24, Stan moved his family to Marlow, Oklahoma, and purchased his first business, Hop & Sack Convenience Store there in Marlow. He opened up five more stores.  Always entrepreneurial spirited, he also opened Super Video Stores and began investing in commercial real estate. In 2004, Stan divested himself of all businesses to concentrate on the commercial real estate business and moved back to his hometown, Lawton. Brian has taken the reins in the family investment business and Stan has concentrated on his love for the community by investing his time and talents in civic work, mostly through The Greater Lawton Rotary Club. During his career, Stan 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, Stan 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. The first event had 300 attendees and has grown into a much-anticipated event attracting 1,300 attendees annually. Stan was elected Mayor of Lawton in November 2018 and looks forward to leading his hometown into the future.

Keynote Panel: COVID-19 & Pubic Transit

Vendor Introductions

      • GreenPower Motor Company
      • Creative Bus Sales
      • Ecolane
      • LiquidSpring
      • Routematch
      • CWI Digital Systems
      • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
      • Transign
      • Altro USA
      • Gerflor USA
      • LogistiCare Soluitions
      • Mobile Climate Control
      • Mobility One Transportation
      • MobilityTRANS
      • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
      • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles
      • USSC Group
      • Freedman Seating
      • MORryde International
      • National Rural Transit Assistance Program

10:00 am – EXPO

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

10:45 am – OTA Associate/Affiliate/Professional Task Force Meeting

12:15 pm – Lunch sponsored by Routematch

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

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, IL 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. Shanley also oversees Easterseals national education and youth transition programs and brings together school, vocational rehabilitation, and public transportation providers to support the ability of youth with disabilities to access education, employment, and community living. 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 over 8 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 M.B.A. and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.

3:00 pm – EXPO

4:15 pm – Lawton Area Transit System Tour

7:00 pm – Lawton Night Out & Dinner – Museum of the Great Plains

The Museum of the Great Plains started with the formation of the Comanche County Historical Society, on December 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

7:00 am – Registration

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

9:15 am – Morning Vendor Speeding Dating

  • Creative Bus Sales
  • Ecolane
  • CWI Digital Systems
  • Q’Straint/Sure-Lok
  • Transign
  • Altro USA
  • ARBOC Speciality Vehicles
  • Mobility Climate Control
  • Mobility One Transporation

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

2:00 pm – Afternoon Vendor Speed Dating

  • GreenPower Motor Company
  • Routematch
  • LiquidSpring
  • BraunAbility
  • Gerflor
  • LogistiCare Solutions
  • MobilityTrans
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
  • Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles

6:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Awards Reception

7:00 pm – Oklahoma Tranist Association Awards Banquet sponsored by GreenPower Motor Company

  • FTA Region 6 Awards
  • Keith Leftwich Distinguished Service Award
  • 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 sponsored by Ecolane

10:00 pm – Awards Celebration hosted by the Apache Casino Hotel


Thursday, July 9

7:00 am – Registration

7:00 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – OTA Rural Task Force Meeting

7:00 am – OTA Tribal Task Force Meeting

8:30 am – The State of Public Transit in Oklahoma sponsored by Gillig

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 LiquidSpring

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 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.

10:00 am – Oklahoma State Funding of Public Transit

12:00 noon – Working Lunch sponsored by Ecolane

1:00 pm – Agency Relations & Office of Mobility and Public Transit Briefing

Moderator: Ernie Mbroh

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board of Directors Meeting


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