Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO presented by GreenPower Motor Company

April 30, 2019 – May 3, 2019 all-day
Choctaw Casino & Resort - Durant
3735 Choctaw Road
Durant OK 74701

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

11:00 am – Leave Choctaw Casino & Resort for Lake Texoma

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

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 MobilityTRANS


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

Welcome: Janet Reed, Executive Director of the Durant Chamber of Commerce

Striped Fishing Tournament presented by Creative Bus Sales Awards



Wednesday, May 1

7:00 am – Registration

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

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

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 – Visit Vendor Exhibits

GreenPower Motor Company

Creative Bus Sales

Lone Star Handicap Vans

CWI Digital Services








Gerflor USA

LogistiCare Solutions


Mobility One Transportaion


Safe Fleet Bus & Rail


Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles North America

Mobile Climate Control


Rosco Vision Systems

United States Seating


Freedman Seating Company

Hanover Displays

Master’s Transportation

National Transit Institute

National Rural Transit Assistance Program

11:00 am – The Role of Alternative Fuels in Oklahoma Transit – Panel Discussion sponsored by Lone Star Handicap Vans

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.

Alycia Gilde oversees CALSTART’s Fuels and Infrastructure Initiative and is currently advancing the nation’s largest programs to develop and implement alternative fuel corridors for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles.  Working in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Alycia is building regional multi-state partnerships throughout the U.S. to expand federal designation of corridors for electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen. She is also co-leading U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s West Coast Collaborative Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Corridor Coalition to evaluate infrastructure gaps and implement alternative fuel projects along transportation corridors in California, Oregon and Washington. In the last five years at CALSTART, Alycia has played a key leadership role with the organization’s Market Acceleration Program including strategic development, problem solving and industry engagement to advance commercialization of clean vehicle technologies. Initiatives include California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program, New York’s Truck Voucher Incentive Program and Illinois’s Drive Clean Chicago. Prior to CALSTART, she managed some of the nation’s largest vehicle and freight emission reduction programs including; The Port Authority of NY and NJ Regional Truck Replacement Program, the South Bronx Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program, and San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and Clean Truck Programs. Alycia graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Global Environmental Mass Media and served in the Peace Corps as an Environment Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. In 2017, she received an Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. EPA and The Responsible 100 CSR Award for Sustainability from City and State NY.

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.

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 $1.39 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.

12:30 pm – Lunch & Visit Vendor Exhibits sponsored by Q’Strain/Sure-Lok

The Lord’s Prayer

Welcome: Kent Watson, Big Five Community Action Agency

1:30 pm – The Role of Autonomous Vehicles in Oklahoma Transit – Panel Discussion sponsored by Enviro-Mist

Moderator:  Tom Robins, President Solid Foundation Consulting

Leslie Gamble is a lifelong Oklahoman with great state pride. For the past year-and-a-half she has served as Public and Legislative Affairs Manager for AAA Oklahoma. The role has provided the opportunity to address the legislature on traffic safety issues and lead initiatives to reduce vehicle crashes. Efforts are focused on decreasing distracted and impaired driving and improving driving practices among teens and senior adults, the most vulnerable on Oklahoma roads.  Prior to working at AAA, Leslie’s career was in healthcare public relations including leadership roles at OU Physicians and Oklahoma Blood Institute. That experience has provided a natural fit with AAA’s mission to reduce motor-vehicle related crashes, the number one cause of unintentional death for Oklahomans, ages five to 24.

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 – Visit Vendor Exhibits

4:15 pm – Choctaw Transit & SORTS Tour sponsored by LiquidSpring

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



Thursday, May 2

7:00 am – Registration

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

Remarks: Allen Leaird, TransitPAC Chair and SORTS Transit Director

Speaker: Rep. Dustin Roberts (R-Durant) (invited)

9:15 am – Vendor Speeding Dating

GreenPower Motor Company

Creative Bus Sales

Lone Star Handicap Vans

CWI Digital Services








Gerflor USA

LogistiCare Solutions


Mobility One Transportation


Safe Fleet Bus & Rail


Valeo Thermal Commercial Vehicles North America

National Transit Institute

11:30 am – Lunch sponsored by Trillium

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.

12:30 pm – Vendor Speed Dating (con’t)

3:45 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Membership Meeting

6:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Awards Reception sponsored by Creative Bus Sales

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

FTA Region 6 Awards

Safety & Training Award

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 Holly Beth Band

10:00 pm – Awards Celebration hosted by the Choctaw Nation



Friday, May 3

7:00 am – Registration

7:30 am – Breakfast

8:00 am – The Future of Oklahoma Public Transit – Panel Discussion

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. 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.

Oklahoma Public Transit Policy Plan: Jamie Baldwin, Training Program Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation (invited)

Microtransit: TransLoc (invited)

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

Moderator: Rep. Joe Dorman

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 Houses.

12:00 noon – Working Lunch

Speaker: Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz (invited)

1:00 pm – Agency Briefings

ODOT Briefing

Region 6 FTA Briefing

2:00 pm – Oklahoma Transit Association Board Meeting

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