Jim is an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has a 20-year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a huge, diverse global client base, combined with a previous professional financial background, including 12 years with the world’s largest professional services firm.
Robert was the Executive Director of Central Midlands Transit before assuming the Executive Director role at PRTC in spring 2017. His previous positions include General Manager at Veolia Transportation, General Manager at ValleyRide, COO, and Director of Program Administration at Knoxville Area Transit. He was also one of Mass Transit Magazine's Top 40 under 40 back in 2013.
Gary was the interim CEO for MATA back in January 2017 until he assumed the role of CEO in the fall. He has over thirty years of experience in the transit industry and previously held the position of General Manager at Delaware North - Yosemite Transportation System.
Lauren is responsible for the planning, budgeting, and operation of transit services for the Coachella Valley. Operating 100 revenue vehicles, SunLines serves communities stretching 1,120 square miles and delivers transit from Palm Springs to Thermal and Mecca. She was previously the CEO at Delaware Transit Corporation.
Paul Comfort is Vice President of Business Development for Trapeze North America. He is the former CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore and a board member of the American Public Transportation Association. He is also the host of the podcast, Transit Unplugged, which interviews transit CEOs on their career journeys and lessons learned.