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

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 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.


          • 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.


      • 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.


      • 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


      • 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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