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CEO Advisory Committee

The following public transportation CEOs make up the CEO Advisory Committee for www.boardsavvytransitceo.com.  The primary purpose of the CEO Advisory Committee is to ensure that www.boardsavvytransitceo.com is a powerful leadership resource for public transportation CEOs/GMs and CEO/GM-aspirants.  Advisory Committee members propose blog topics, share their leadership experience via interviews and podcasts, and contribute blog posts.  CEO Advisory Committee members are not accountable for opinions expressed in blog posts.

Arndt VIA HeadshotJeffrey Arndt
President and Chief
Executive Officer
VIA Metropolitan Transit
San Antonio, Texas

Jeff joined VIA in 2012 as Deputy CEO/Chief of Business Support Services.  He previously served as Senior Vice president of Operations/Chief Operating Officer at Houston METRO.  Jeff is a member of the APTA Bus Safety Committee, is vice president of the Board of the South West Transit Association, and sits on the Board of the Texas Transit Association.

BCI_4790Carm Basile, Chief Executive Officer
Capital District Transportation Authority
Albany, New York

Carm was named Chief Executive Officer of the Capital District Transportation Authority in 2009, after serving in a variety of managerial and operating positions at CDTA during the prior 28 years. Currently President of the New York Public Transit Association, Carm has served on the boards of the Christian Brothers Academy and United Way of the Greater Capital Region, among other organizations.

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Edgar Benning, General Manager/CEO
Mass Transportation Authority (MTA)
Flint, Michigan

Prior to taking the helm at MTA in June 2011, Ed headed a consulting firm and served as a senior executive in the manufacturing sector.  A member of the Michigan Public Transit Association Board, he serves on APTA’s Small Operations Committee.  On his watch, MTA has won numerous awards, including Innovations in Transportation from the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Ed is an adjunct professor at Mott Community College and Central Michigan University.

Bland portrait colorStephen Bland, Chief Executive Officer Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority Nashville, Tennessee

Steve became Chief Executive Officer of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority in August 2014.  Over his 28-plus years as a public transportation professional, he has served as the CEO of four other transportation authorities, including the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh and the Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany.

Bill_Carpenter_RGRTA Photo 8-15Bill Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer
Regional Transit Service
Rochester, New York

Bill joined RTS in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and was named CEO in the fall of 2011.  The many public and private sector executive positions he held before taking the helm at RTS include serving as Special Assistant to Monroe County (New York) Executive Maggie Brooks.  Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association and the New York Public Transit Association.  He is Past President of the American Bus Benchmarking Group.

Alex Clifford HeadshotAlex Clifford, CEO/General Manager
Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District
Santa Cruz, California

Alex took the helm at the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District in May 2014.  His 23-year career in public transportation has also included serving as CEO of Metra in Chicago and as the Executive Officer in charge of high-speed rail for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Alex represented the Riverside County Transportation Authority on the Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority for eight years, serving as Chairman for two consecutive years.

Ann August Official PhotoAnn Dawson-August
Public Transportation Leader
Dalzell, South Carolina
During her 35 years in the transportation industry, Ann has served As Executive Director of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and of the Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority in South Carolina.  Ann is a member of the APTA Collaboration Task Force and the National Transit Institute Advisory Board.

nuria_020614Nuria Fernandez, General Manager/CEO
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
San Jose, California

Nuria’s 30 years of experience in public transportation include, in addition to her current position as CEO of VTA, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  She currently serves on the APTA Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute, and the   Advisory Board of Bradley University’s College of Engineering and Technology.

NF Headshot 6.21.14 Nathaniel Ford, Sr., Chief Executive Officer
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Jacksonville, Florida

Before becoming Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Nat served as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.  A member of the Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2014, Nat is on the boards of directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of NE Florida, among other organizations.

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Aurora Jackson, General Manager
Lane Transit District
Eugene, Oregon

Prior to taking the helm at the Lane Transit District in 2015, Aurora served as Director of Transportation for Montebello Bus Lines and held several management positions at L.A. Metro.  She began her transportation career as a bus operator in the community where she grew up.

general-managerNeil McFarlane, General Manager
TriMet
Portland, Oregon

Prior to becoming General Manager of TriMet, which serves the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, Neil served as TriMet’s Executive Director for Capital Projects and Project Control Director for the Westside Light Rail Project.  Before joining TriMet, Neil held senior managerial positions at METRO, a public regional planning and service delivery agency serving the Portland, Oregon region.

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E. Susan Meyer, Chief Executive Officer
Spokane Transit Authority
Spokane, Washington

Susan Meyer has been Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Transit Authority since 2005.  She previously served in senior management positions in a university, an economic development organization, and a global telecommunications manufacturer.  She is Chair of the Washington State Transit Association and is active in a number of Spokane-area organizations, including the Mayor’s Economic Roundtable, the Downtown Spokane Partnership Board, and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Eastern Washington University College of Business & Public Administration.

Brad Miller(2)Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
St. Petersburg, Florida

Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Florida’s fourth largest public transportation system, Brad served as General Manager of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority for five years.  He also spent six years  at the Charlotte Area Transit System, where he helped implement a new light rail system.

Karen PhilbrickKaren Philbrick
Executive Director
Mineta Transportation Institute and the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium

Named Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute in July 2014, Karen also served as Assistant Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation.  She is a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transit Advisory Committee for Safety.

David Stackrow, Chairman
Board of Directors
Capital District Transportation Authority
Albany, New York

President and Managing Partner of Scott, Stackrow and Co., CPAs, Dave has been a member of the CDTA Board since 1995 and currently serves as its Chairman.  A member of the APTA Board of Directors, he serves on the APTA Executive Committee and chairs the APTA Transit Board Members Committee.  Dave was named APTA Outstanding Board Member of the Year in 2009.

Michael Terry, President/CEO
IndyGo
Indianapolis, Indiana

Mike Terry took the helm at IndyGo in January of 2009 and has since focused on operational efficiencies and has leveraged creative strategies to build a strong foundation for growth.  He previously served as IndyGo’s Vice President of Business Development, as vice president at a human capital management firm, and as Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  One of Mike’s hallmark achievements at IndyGo is the creation of a wellness program for employees featuring an on-site primary care office and a comprehensive wellness coaching program.

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Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas, Texas

Before taking the helm at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority in 2001, Gary served as DART’s Senior Vice President, Project Management for three years and as a consulting engineer for 19 years.  Past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association and current vice chair of APTA’s RailVolution, Gary serves on the boards of several organizations, including Downtown Dallas, Inc. and the North Texas Commission.

APTA Liaison

ROSE_SHERIDANRosemary Sheridan, Vice President
Communications and Marketing
American Public Transportation Association

Rose Sheridan works closely with the CEO Advisory Committee to ensure that boardsavvytransitceo.com provides strong support to APTA in carrying out its critical mission.  Rose Joined APTA in 1998.  Her 25-year career in communications and marketing includes serving as Assistant Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the New Jersey Transit Corporation and as a newspaper editor and reporter.

Doug Eadie

Doug Eadie, president & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, Inc. (www.dougeadie.com) helps clients build high-impact board-CEO partnerships.