Widely cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology, and transportation, on the design and resiliency of cities, and on how to create more innovative workplaces, he's been described as "intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking." He shares fascinating hints and visions of our globally interconnected future, the challenges it poses, and the opportunities for those prepared to meet it.
Katharine Eagan Kelleman is Chief Executive Officer of Port Authority of Allegheny County. Prior to joining Port Authority, Kelleman worked at Hillsborough Area Regional (HART) in several executive leadership roles.
During her tenure at HART, Kelleman grew ridership by more than 20 percent; adopted technologies like the OneBusAway application; expanded public-private partnerships with entities like MegaBus, Red Coach and Coast Bike Share; launched a regional fare program; and oversaw HART HyperLink – the nation's first transit agency-operated rideshare program.
Prior to her time at HART, she worked in leadership roles for the Maryland Transit Administration and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Micheal Carroll is a dynamic information technology leader with more than 30 years of technology, strategic planning, change management and organizational improvement experience in companies ranging from Fortune 100 to small, startup ventures and across a multitude of industries.
Micheal has a proven success record leading in team environments, working across business units to develop and maintain amazing company cultures, drive operations, execute strategic plans and deliver on established goals.
Micheal became Chief Information Officer of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) on January 1, 2017.
Panel discussion: C-Pass – A new way to ride! Eligible Central Ohio downtown employees can get unlimited COTA bus access at no cost to the employee, thanks to a partnership of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District downtown property owners. Come learn about this first-in-the-nation successful program that was deployed in 2018 and has grown substantially over the past nine months.
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.
Panel discussion: Today’s transit for tomorrow’s world. Lauren will talk about how transit operators can envision and launch new forms of service that riders demand. Her presentation will cover ride share and flexible modes, energy management, and technology solutions.
John has over 25 years experience in the transit and transportation field. His career began in 1993 in the former Railroad Administration section of Delaware Transportation Authority (DTA). He has also worked in the Technology and Support Section of DelDOT and for an engineering firm in the private sector. Highlights of John’s career include the new I-95 Welcome Center, restoration and renovation of the Biden Train Station in Wilmington, and implementing DTC’s Performance Management program. As Chief Executive Officer of Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), John has overseen the ongoing implementation of DTC's Transit Redesign Plan. He has played a key role in the Corporation’s efforts to rethink the way transit is delivered in Delaware, and was instrumental in the creation of a more sustainable financial model that has resulted in improved service performance, including the expansion of alternate-fueled vehicles, the introduction of real-time transit information, and most recently, the release of the DART Transit app, including mobile payment. Under John’s direction, a new transit center in the beach area is now operational, and construction has begun on a state-of-the-art transit center in Wilmington.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Robbie Makinen has led the Kansas City region through a dramatic transformation aimed at bringing together five different transit systems under one umbrella called RideKC. Today, those transit agencies work together as one network to provide more than 16 million trips throughout the metropolitan area. Under Robbie Makinen’s leadership, several innovative programs have launched. For example, RideKC Freedom On-Demand is an app-based ride hailing service that is providing premium service to those with disabilities and offering another safe transportation option for those who are not disabled. More than 85,000 trips have been taken so far.
Rolando began his career in public transportation in 1995 as the Finance Manager at Long Beach Transit and three years later moved to Maintenance to become the Fleet Maintenance Manager. In January 08, he was named Executive Director and Vice President of Maintenance and Infrastructure. In November 2016, Rolando joined the City of Santa Monica Big Blue Bus as the Chief Operations Officer. As the COO his responsibilities include coordination of technology for Big Blue Bus with the Department of Information Services.
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.
Sean has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience directing as many as 3,500 employees in organizations with operating budgets in excess of $850 million. Sean has helped lead these organizations through tough economic times as well as through transformational organizational changes.
Sean was named Chief Operating Officer at MDOT MTA in December of 2017. Prior to that, he spent 4 years as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the MDOT MTA and prior to that, 3 years as Deputy Administrator for Field Operations at the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA). Before joining the public sector, Sean spent most of his career working in Fortune 500 companies in a variety of mid-level management positions. His understanding of both private and public-sector management as well as experiences in retail sales, financial services, regulatory development and enforcement, human capital management, project management, emergency management and preparedness, and facility maintenance and management has helped to shape Sean into the well-rounded leader that he is.
Tim Harrington is the CIO for the Greater Dayton RTA. Prior to joining the Greater Dayton RTA in 2016, Tim worked at the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 13 years as the Director of Information Technology.
During his tenure at both Cincinnati and Dayton, Tim was responsible for sponsoring and managing multi-million dollar projects to upgrade the systems’ CAD/AVL, including radio, systems. A significant focus of those upgrades was implementing technology which significantly improved the customer experience by provided accurate, reliable and timely real-time information in easily accessible formats.