Freight in the Southeast, 2011

 

Attached are the speaker bios for the conference.

1:00 Opening Session

Opening Remarks and Welcome to North Carolina

Sec. Gene Conti, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Gene Conti was appointed Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation by Governor Beverly Perdue in January 2009. He brings more than 30 years of public service and private business management experience to this position, including tenures as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the United States Department of Transportation; and Vice President of PBS&J, an engineering consulting firm.

Since taking office, Secretary Conti has directed a sweeping reform of the NCDOT. He has focused on removing politics from the decision making process so that projects are selected based on objective, data-driven analysis of their benefits and costs. Under his leadership, NCDOT has also undergone an internal transformation that emphasizes performance management, transparency and accountability.

Secretary Conti is also leading the effort to create a transportation system for the 21st century that will attract businesses and jobs to North Carolina. This multi-pronged approach envisions an interconnected network of roads, rail, airports, ferries, mass transit and greenways that offer a range of options to move people and goods. He chairs a national committee focused on developing high-speed rail and intercity passenger rail across the country and is widely recognized as an authority on innovative transportation finance strategies.

Secretary Conti is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and a long-time resident of Raleigh. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology as well as his master’s degree in policy science and public affairs from Duke University, whose Blue Devil teams run a close second to his beloved Steelers.

He and his wife Betsy have four children.

Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies

Mr. Lambert serves as the Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies. ITTS is a multistate research institution formed to assist member states on understanding the relationship of transportation needs to international and commercial traffic.

Mr. Lambert has worked for various firms researching trade and transportation activities. At the Corps of Engineers, Mr. Lambert worked on general maritime policy and planning, while also serving as the Secretary to the U.S. Section of the International Navigation Association (PIANC), and worked on technology exchanges with the Latin American maritime community. Prior to joining the USACE, Mr. Lambert worked at the Federal Highway Administration. Mr. Lambert managed the Freight Analysis Framework study; the first large-scale project to map and outline the underlying transportation flows of the United States economy for national and regional policy research. In addition, Mr. Lambert developed performance measures for trucking movements on the interstate system. For his efforts, Mr. Lambert received the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Award of Meritorious Achievement in 2004. Before joining FHWA, Mr. Lambert worked as a Senior Economist at Standard and Poor’s DRI (now IHS Global Insight), where he examined global maritime shipments and international trade forecasts. Mr. Lambert spent six years at the Port of Long Beach as the Port’s Trade Analyst, conducting market research for senior management. Mr. Lambert also spent a year at LSU as a researcher studying the importation of Latin American produce into the Gulf South.

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Louisiana State University, Mr. Lambert earned a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee.

1:30 Panel #1 Thoughts on State Freight Planning Activities

Topic Areas: This session discusses the role of freight planning and the challenges associated with analyzing freight activities.

Panelists

Tom McQueen, Georgia Department of Transportation

Tom McQueen serves as a Branch Chief in the Georgia DOT's Office of Planning, responsible for the 20-county Metro Atlanta region.  Since starting with GDOT in 1995, Tom has served as Project Manager for some of the state's largest and most complex planning studies for statewide plans, regional plans, and corridor plans.  His project portfolio includes GDOT's Interstate System Plan, the most recent Statewide Transportation Plan Update, and current development of the Statewide Freight Mobility Plan.    He has also led GDOT's Statewide Truck-Only Needs Identification Study and the SW Georgia Interstate Study, aimed at helping that area grow its economic engines.  He also assists the Atlanta Regional Commission develop their long-range transportation plans, modal plans, corridor studies, and transportation improvement programs.

Georgia's location makes freight mobility a huge policy topic with major interstate corridors, such as I-95 and I-75 traversing the state, the world's busiest aviation facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the nation's fastest growing container port at the Port of Savannah, and two of the nation's largest Class I railroads, CSX and Norfolk-Southern.  Improving freight mobility in Georgia is a huge part of Tom's job.

Prior to joining GDOT, he served as a Transportation Planner at the Dayton, Ohio MPO.  He earned his Master's degree in Planning from the University of Cincinnati in 1992.  He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1993.

George Schoener, Executive Director, I-95 Corridor Coalition

Mr. Schoener, Executive Director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, is responsible for managing the day-to-day implementation of the Coalition’s program, projects and activities.  The I-95 Corridor Coalition is a partnership of state departments of transportation and related organizations from Maine to Florida, with affiliate members in Canada.  Prior to his position with the I-95 Corridor Coalition, Mr. Schoener retired from the U.S. Department of Transportation and FHWA; most recently he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of USDOT.  Mr. Schoener holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Bachelors of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Jason Bittner, Deputy Director, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education

Jason Bittner is the Deputy Director and a Research Scientist with the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a primary staff member for the Mid-America Freight Coalition, a collaborative effort of the ten state DOTs in the AASHTO Midwest region.  He has completed research projects ranging from an analysis of the Panama Canal Expansion on Midwest Grain exports to a look at Performance Impact of Freight Projects.  He has published several articles and authored numerous conference and seminar presentations.

Jason is also a member of the TRB Committee on Transportation Asset Management and co-chair of the Committee on Conduct of Research.  He has completed research on transportation asset management and was a principal developer of the Maintenance Quality Assurance Resource Library.  He led a research effort to create asset management systems for tracking environmental commitments and was the program chair for the last two national transportation asset management conferences.

He holds a Master’s Degree from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin and his Bachelor’s from the American University in Washington, D.C. Jason is a lecturer in Transportation Management and Policy at UW-Madison and was an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Edgewood College.  

He is a member of the executive committee for the American Society for Public Administration, Section on Transportation Policy Analysis. Previous to his work at the University of Wisconsin, Jason was an Assistant Municipal Manager in New Lebanon, Ohio, responsible for public works and council relations.  

Matthew H. Hardy, Program Director for Planning and Policy, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Matthew Hardy is the Program Director for Planning and Policy at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In this capacity, he supports a number of technical committees related to transportation planning, transportation asset management, and transportation performance management. In addition, he helps develop AASHTO transportation policy related to planning. Prior to AASHTO, Matthew was a Principal in the Transportation Division of Noblis serving as project lead and technical expert, supporting the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). He lead Noblis' efforts related to the research, development, and deployment of RITA's IntelliDrive program related to public transportation.

Matthew is also a doctoral candidate in George Mason's School of Public Policy. His dissertation topic, "Assessing the Application and Use of a  Simplified Transportation and Land Use Modeling Approach to Support the Metropolitan Planning Process," explores the complex relationship among decision makers and stakeholders in developing transportation and land-use policies as well as the role that a simplified modeling approach could play in supporting the decision-making process. In recognition of his innovativeness in the field and academic abilities, Matthew was recognized as an ENO Transportation Fellow in 2009. Matthew is an adjunct professor at George Mason University where he teaches in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Moderator: Jeff Pierce, Mississippi Department of Transportation

General Engineering Degree from Ole Miss 1986
Registered Professional Civil Engineer
23 Years with the Mississippi DOT, the last 7 as State Planning Engineer
Institute of Transportation Engineers
AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning
TRB Transportation Programming, Planning and Systems Evaluation Committee
Lives in Madison, MS, with wife Stacy, daughter Casey (5) and son Matt (4)

3:00 Break (open to all conference participants)

3:30 Panel #2 Experiences with Creating State Freight or Logistic Advisory Councils

Topic Areas: Experiences with developing and maintaining State Advisory Councils or working with regional economic groups on freight development projects

Panelists

Dr. Eric Kalivoda, Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

  • Native of Baton Rouge, LA
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Arizona
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), North Carolina State University
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Arizona, and North Carolina

 

  • Experience includes the fields of highway geometric design, traffic engineering, highway safety, and urban and statewide transportation planning

Cliff McKinney, Arkansas Department of Transportation

Intermodal Transportation Planner
Education:  Master of Science – Transportation, Oklahoma State University

Committee Activities

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

  • Standing Committee on Rail Transportation

  • Freight Rail and State Programs Subcommittees

  • Standing Committee on Water Transportation

  • Landside Facilities and Access Subcommittee

Arkansas Department of Aeronautics Advisory Committee

  • Program Committee for Annual Governor’s Conference on Waterborne Transportation

  • Statewide – Freight Transportation Authorities

 

Studies – Examples

  • Inland River Port Economic Model Project with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Highway Studies
    Corridor and Bypass Studies, Interchange Studies, Railroad Overpass Studies, Highway Widening Studies

  • Freight Studies – Public River Port Improvement Plans, Freight Centers Landside Access Assessments, Air Cargo Studies, Regional Freight Transportation Impact Studies, Rail Line and Railroad Bridge Studies

Statewide Transportation Plans

  • Arkansas State Rail Plan

  • Arkansas State Public River Port Study and Needs Assessment

  • Arkansas State Airport System Plan

 

Larry Goode, Consultant to North Carolina State University, (NC DOT retired)

Larry R. Goode, Ph.D., PE has over thirty-eight years of professional experience in the transportation industry. Goode is currently serving as a consultant to the North Carolina State University on the Seven Portals Logistics Study.  Previously, he served as a consultant to the North Carolina General Assembly serving as chief of staff for the 21st Century Transportation Committee.  Previously, he served as Vice President, Director of Transportation for Wilbur Smith Associates, North Carolina.  Previously, he was associated with North Carolina State University as Director of Transportation Planning, Policy and Finance with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education.  Prior to that appointment, he served the North Carolina Department of Transportation rising to the position of Chief Administrative Officer, State Highway Administrator (1993-1998).

Mr. Goode, received his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1972, his M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1975, and received his Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1980.

Larry is very active in several professional organizations and has held leadership roles in them.  Those organizations include: National Society of Engineers (Past member of Board of Directors), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (Past President of NC Division), American Road and Transportation Building Association, Transportation Research Board, Professional Engineers of North Carolina (Past President), North Carolina Society of Engineers, Raleigh Engineers Club (Past President and 1987 Engineer of the Year) and American Council of Engineering Companies.  He has served on national committees for ASSHTO, ARTBA, TRB, and ITE.  He is currently serving as a member of ITRE’s Board of Trustees.

Larry’s transportation research experience includes many publications on transportation systems, management, planning, policy and finance.  In addition, he has also conducted numerous workshops and presentations for professional organizations.  Since 1980 he has served as an adjunct faculty in Transportation Engineering at NCSU lecturing at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Robert Romig, State Transportation Development Administrator, Florida Department of Transportation

Bob Romig currently serves as the State Transportation Development Administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation where he is responsible for the department’s planning and environmental programs.  Bob has more than 30 years of governmental planning and policy experience in both the public and private sectors and has a strong background in Florida’s public policy process including transportation planning, budgeting, and policy development at the statewide, regional, and metropolitan levels. He also led the development and implementation of a series of initiatives that have reshaped Florida’s statewide policy and planning framework including:

  • the  Florida Transportation Plan, which strengthened transportation’s role in supporting economic competitiveness, community building, and conservation planning;
  • the Strategic Intermodal System, which identified the state’s most critical transportation hubs, corridors, and intermodal connectors; and,
  • a Future Corridors Initiative, which established a framework for planning multimodal transportation corridors to serve Florida over the next 50 years. 

Moderator: Bob Jilla, Alabama Department of Transportation

1998 – Present         Alabama Department of Transportation
                                    Montgomery, Alabama
                                    Bureau Chief, Transportation Planning
                                    and Modal Programs

1991 – 1998              Alabama Department of Transportation
                                    Montgomery, Alabama
                                    Assistant Bureau Chief, Urban Planning
                                   
1986 – 1991              City of Houston
                                    Houston, Texas
                                    Director of Traffic and Transportation Division
                                    Public Works Department

1975 – 1986              Birmingham Regional Planning Commission
                                    Birmingham, Alabama
                                    Transportation Engineer

1974 – 1975              Brooke – Hancock – Jefferson
                                    Metropolitan Planning Commission
                                    Steubenville, Ohio
                                    Transportation Engineer/Planner

1973 – 1974              Purdue University
                                    West Lafayette, IN
                                    Master of Science Degree in
                                    Civil Engineering (1974)

1968 – 1972              West Virginia Institute of Technology
                                    Montgomery, WV
                                    Bachelor of Science Degree in
                                    Civil Engineering (1972)

Registered Professional Engineer in the States of
Alabama, Florida, Texas and West Virginia

Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers

Member of Tau Beta Pi,
National Engineering Honorary

Thursday, February 10

ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE MARRIOTT CITY CENTER.

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00 Panel #3 Future of Multimodal Freight Corridors

Topic Areas: While the recent elections will change the political landscape in D.C., there are many different topics facing operators, such as funding, and other policy issues that will face transportation operations and planners.

Panelists

Gene Conti, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Transportation

John Boyd, Associate Editor, Journal of Commerce

John Boyd, who covers railroads and policy issues from our Washington, D.C., offices, brings in-depth experience to reporting on international trade, transportation and the economy. He worked for local newspapers in Tennessee and Missouri, covered economic news at the Knight-Ridder Financial business news wire service and The Journal of Commerce when it was a daily newspaper, and was managing editor of a weekly trucking industry publication before joining Traffic World magazine in 2005. He has covered barging and air cargo as well as freight rail and trucking, and the Great Flood of 1993 across the Midwest. He is a regular contributor to the World Book Encyclopedia Yearbook.

John Gray, Senior Vice President, Policy & Economics, American Association of Railroads

John Gray is Senior Vice President – Policy and Economics for the Association of American Railroads (AAR).  He assumed this role in 2008; his responsibilities include the collection, analysis, and presentation of economic data related to railroads and their economic environment as well as development of policy positions on current significant rail issues.

Prior to joining the AAR he worked for Union Pacific where he was responsible for the commercial relationship with other transportation carriers and ports and for strategic policy analysis on issues involving regulatory proposals, legislation, and potential litigation.  He also held the positions of Vice President, Business Development and Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Products.

Before working at Union Pacific he was Vice President, Network Development at Southern Pacific Railroad.  He has also worked in commercial and strategic positions at Burlington Northern Railroad, ARCO-Alaska and The Alaska Railroad as well as holding a faculty position at the University of Alaska.  Prior to that, he held a commission in the U.S. Army and served in Germany for four years.

He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from Tulane University and did post-graduate work in mathematical modeling of transportation networks and rail cost analysis at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the John W. Barringer III National Railroad Library.

He and his wife, Joan, both raised in Alaska, now reside in Bethesda, Maryland.

Tony Furst, Director, Office Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration

On August 25, 2003, Tony Furst became Director, Office of Freight Management and Operations.  He directs a multi-level staff, which develops freight policy for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); provides data analysis and decision-support tools for transportation professionals evaluating freight projects; develops and promulgates professional capacity building programs and training for freight professionals; provides the truck size and weight program guidance and interpretation; and evaluates and promotes freight technology development for national and international deployment.

Prior to joining the FHWA, Tony held a range of positions in the Department of Transportation with the Maritime Administration as a program coordinator, the Office of the Secretary of Transportation’s Office of Intermodalism as a regional coordinator for intermodal projects in the Northeastern States and California, and the Transportation Security Administration as the Branch Chief of the Maritime Infrastructure Security Branch in the Maritime and Land Security Directorate.

Moderator: Marsha Fiol, Transportation and Mobility Planning Director, Virginia Department of Transportation

Mrs. Fiol is the State Transportation Planner for the Virginia Department of Transportation and serves as the Director for the Agency’s Transportation and Mobility Planning Division.

She is responsible for developing and issuing statewide policy and procedures for  VDOT’s transportation planning efforts related to roads, bicycle facilities and pedestrian facilities.  She also has a responsible role in coordinating with multimodal transportation planning efforts such as VTRANS and the Surface Transportation Plan.

Fiol has a responsible role in research and implementation of innovative practices in transportation planning within Virginia and serves as the Chairman of Virginia’s Transportation Planning Research Advisory Committee, as well as a committee member on the National Academy of Science, National Cooperative Highway Research Program Committee for the National Domestic Scan Program (NCHRP 20-68).  She serves on the Transportation Research Board Committee for Transportation for Small and Medium Sized Communities (ADA30) and as “friend” to several technical committees of the Transportation Research Board.

Mrs. Fiol has served with the Virginia DOT for more than 20 years with experience in the Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering and Local Assistance Divisions in the Agency and in both the District Office as well as the Central Office.   She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and a Masters of Science Degree in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  

 

9:30- Break (open to all conference participants)

10:00 Panel #4 Managing Truck Movements in Multi-State corridors

Topic Areas: Along a corridor, truck operations can be influenced by security, Intelligent Transportation Systems, parking and other related items.

Panelists

David Cooper - Chief - Threats, Vulnerabilities & Consequences Branch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Highway & Motor Carrier Division

Mr. Cooper is the Chief of the Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (TVC) Branch in the TSA Highway and Motor Carrier Division (HMC).  The HMC Division is one of eleven modes of transportation within the Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM) Office.  His primary role in the TVC Branch is to assess the risk to the highway modes and recommend mitigation strategies to inform decision making within the HMC Division and TSNM.  Over the last several years this has included developing and implementing guidance documents, best practices and training programs that are currently used by industry stakeholders.  It has also included serving as a subject matter expert (SME) in conducting risk assessments for specific highway modes as mandated by Congress and also as a SME for the TSA TSNM regulatory development team. 

 Mr. Cooper came to TSA in 2004 from a large manufacturing and shipping company.  As an Operations Manager, Mr. Cooper was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Shipping, Receiving and Material Handing Departments.  He was also responsible for managing consolidation and distribution centers and utilized many modes of transportation to deliver final products.  These included LTL, TL and small packaging via truck, contracted postal (USPS) shipments, freight rail, air cargo and small packaging.  Mr. Cooper joined the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War and served on active duty as a Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) team medic, LPN, EMT, and combat medic in Infantry and Armored Cavalry units.

Skip Yeakel, P.E. - Principal Engineer - Advanced Engineering, Volvo Group North America

Skip Yeakel, principal engineer in advanced engineering, has been with Volvo Trucks in Greensboro, NC for more than 26 of his 48 years in American trucking.  He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. 

Skip recently completed his second term as Chairman of the Truck Manufacturers Association, and has served many roles with the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he has been a member for more than 47 years.  He has also been very active with the American Trucking Associations, serving on ATA's Board of Directors, as Chairman of its Technology and Engineering Policy Committee, as a member of the American Trucking Research Institute Advisory Council, and as a frequent speaker at Technology and Maintenance Council events.  He has a wife of 45 years, two married daughters, and four grandchildren - all of whom live in the Carolinas

David Congdon, President and CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line

David S. Congdon was named Chief Executive Officer of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. January 1, 2008.  Previously he held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer since May of 1997 and has been a member of Old Dominion’s Board of Directors since 1978.

David was born in Richmond Virginia where Old Dominion was originally founded by his grandparents.  Since 1960, he has resided in the Piedmont Triad area of N.C. where the company has its headquarters in Thomasville.  David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he received his B.S. degree in Business Administration. 

During his 35 year tenure in the transportation industry, he has held positions of Dockman, Mechanic, City Driver, Road Driver, Industrial Engineer, Director of Employee Relations, Director of Safety & Personnel, V.P. Maintenance & Equipment, President of Old Dominion Furniture Division, V.P. Linehaul, and V.P. Quality Management.

In addition to his responsibilities at Old Dominion, he is on the Board of Directors for the NC Trucking Association, the American Trucking Association, SMC3, and the Piedmont Triad Partnership where he also chairs the Piedmont Triad Aerotropolis Leadership Board.  In addition he serves on the Governor’s Statewide Logistics Task Force.  He has served on the board of Communities in Schools of High Point, N.C. and as the Chairman of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Greater High Point, NC..  Old Dominion is an active member of both the Thomasville, NC and High Point, NC Chambers of Commerce.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is the sixth largest U.S. less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $1.5 billion dollars in sales in 2010. Through its non-union work force and four operating groups, OD•Domestic, OD•Expedited, OD•Global and OD•Technology, Old Dominion offers an array of innovative products and services and provides complete nationwide coverage within the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central States, Gulf States and West regions of the country as well as  international services around the globe.  OD also participates in other areas of supply chain service solutions such as warehousing services, logistics technology, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting.

Clifton Parker, President and General Manager, G&P Trucking

Clifton Parker is President and General Manager of G&P Trucking Company, Inc., a provider of International Transportation Services located in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been in this position since 1986. During his leadership G&P had sales growth from a $5 million to sales of $102 million in 2008.
Clifton was born in 1955 into a trucking family in a trucking town. His father was a driver for the late Carolina Freight Carriers of Cherryville, North Carolina. After receiving his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 1977, he went to work for Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, where he managed several terminals and was promoted to Assistant to the Vice President. Shortly thereafter, he served as Vice President of Operations for Red Arrow Freight Lines.
During his tenure at G&P he has been active in the South Carolina Trucking Associations where he served as Chairman for two years, and presently is Chairman of the TruckPac. He served as National Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association for an unprecedented two terms. Presently he serves on the Executive Committee of the American Trucking, and a member of the safety, environmental, technology and intermodal policy committees.
Clifton has been recognized by the South Carolina House for Outstanding Leadership in the field of transportation and was appointed recently to a Study Committee on Public Private Partnerships in Transportation to make recommendations to the Governor for Highway funding.
Clifton is a member of Mount Horeb UMC in Lexington S.C. He has served as Chairman of the Trustees and is presently a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
He is married to the former Kim Hayes of Spartanburg S.C. and has one daughter Natalie, also a proud owner of his dog Odis.

Moderator: Charlie Diehl, Transportation Consultant to NCDOT

Over the past year Charlie has worked closely with the NC Global TransPark, the Governor's Logistics Task Force, and other NCDOT initiatives.

From 1999 until 2010, Charlie served as President of the North Carolina Trucking Association.  In that capacity he represented the state trucking industry's interests before the NC General Assembly and various state and federal agencies.  In addition to legislative accomplishments, Charlie is proudest of the NCTA's focus on highway safety during his tenure.  Each year the American Trucking Association recognizes one of the 50 state trucking associations as having the nation's best highway safety program.  NCTA secured that prestigious Excellence in Safety Award 4 times in Charlie's last 5 years at the association.  The most recent winner, Colorado Motor Carriers Association, has one three times total and joins NCTA as the only state trucking associations to win more than once.

Prior to 1999, Charlie served as Executive Director of the NC Outdoor Advertising Association for 5 years and Associate General Counsel for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation for 3 years.

Charlie is a licensed attorney, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Elon College and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

12:00 Lunch

 

1:30 Panel #5 Managing Multimodal Projects within a Corridor

Topic Areas: How do multimodal corridors compare, such as making investments in railroads or waterways? What does the TIGER/ARRA program suggest for future multimodal freight allocations?

Panelists

Lauren Brand, Director, Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services, Marad

Mrs. Brand is the Director for the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Vessels for the Maritime Administration, a part of the US Department of Transportation (MARAD).  In this role, she is responsible for carrying out MARAD’s mission to improve and strengthen the US marine transportation system to meet the economic and security needs of the Nation.  She had an active role on the teams for both TIGER I and II Infrastructure Development programs.  Prior to this she was the South Atlantic Gateway Director for MARAD where she was responsible for stakeholder and industry outreach, representing the many programs of the Maritime Administration.

Before joining MARAD in July 2008, Lauren was the Senior Director for Business Development at Port Canaveral, FL.  For 13 years she was part of the management team that worked to change the port from a niche cargo port to one of the top cruise ports in the world. In the mid-1980’s Lauren developed the International Trade-Customs Practice for Arthur Andersen & Co., serving as the US Practice Director and Worldwide Coordinator.  She has also worked as a freight forwarder and was the Import Manager for Hitachi Metals America in NYC.  Finally, if asked, Lauren will be happy to tell you stories from the 9 years she owned and operated a marina and tiki bar in Florida.

Lauren has a degree in Transportation from Niagara University, earned a US Customhouse Brokers license in 1987 and, in 2000, earned a Professional Port Manager Certification from the American Association of Port Authorities. 

Scott Greene, Senior Economist, Federal Railroad Administration

Mr. Greene has been a senior economist with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for over 20 years and has considerable experience with intramodal and intermodal competition, grain transportation, and issues related to rail safety.  He is currently the Acting Director for Policy in the Office of Railroad Policy and Development with responsibilities of developing the congressionally mandated National Rail Plan.  He has been a member of the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Team, where he has assessed the jobs impact from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as well as participated on teams to assess the benefits and costs of TIGER grant applications.

He is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he received his M.A. degree in Economics.

Pat Simmons, Director of Rail Division North Carolina Department of Transportation

Patrick Simmons is the Director of the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation, Rail Division.  Under his leadership, the NCDOT Rail Division has become best known for their nationally recognized innovations improving highway-railroad crossing safety, development of multi-modal stations and in intercity passenger train operations.  The Rail Division engineers railroad infrastructure improvements, acquires and manages rail properties, designs passenger facilities, plans for future conventional and high speed passenger rail services, industrial development, marketing, and conducts safety inspections of rail freight and transit facilities. 

Pat’s transportation credentials span design and operation of rural and regional transit systems, to planning for high-speed rail development.  He successfully managed the State’s Rail Program from 1988 to 1992.  In 1994 he was chosen to become the Director of the newly formed Rail Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

In 2008, Pat was appointed Chairman of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Passenger Rail Equipment and Systems Integration and he serves as a member of the TRB Committee charged with oversight of the Federal Railroad Administration’s Research Program. 

Pat is a member of the Passenger Rail Working Group, the States for Passenger Rail Coalition and represents North Carolina on AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Rail Transportation. In 2010 he was named Tarheel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer, received AASHTO President’s Award for Rail Transportation and was named to the Advisory Board of the American High Speed Rail Alliance.

Pat has been the featured speaker at numerous conferences and working groups supporting Rail Transportation.  He continues to promote and emphasize the importance of completing the SEHSR (South East High Speed Rail) project.    

Pat and his wife, Sue, reside in Raleigh, NC.  They enjoy motorcycling, sailing, and landscaping.  They have one son, Reid, who is an attorney in New York.

Greg Pritchett, Executive Director, Henderson County Riverport Authority

Executive Director,  Henderson County Riverport Authority,  Henderson Kentucky Kentucky Association of Riverports, Chairman Kentucky Waterways Advisory Board, Chairman Kentuckians for Better Transportation, Member IRPT Member Transportation Research Board, Inland Water Transportation Committee BS University of Kentucky

Mr. Pritchett came to his current position as Executive Director of the Henderson County Port Authority in 2004.  Previous to this, he had been engaged in the Food processing and export Distribution, Bank Trust Services and Agri-business. He is married with two children.

Moderator: Doug Frate, South Carolina Department of Transportation

Doug is Director of the Office of Public Transit within the Division of Intermodal and Freight Programs at SCDOT, managing that office along with freight transportation planning responsibilities for the agency.  Doug has over 15 years of public and private sector experience in a variety of areas, including transportation, land-use and environmental planning and programming, and regional economic development. 

Doug was raised in South Carolina, and received both his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USC.  He also pursued a second graduate degree in Urban Development & Design from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Doug and his wife, Anne, reside in Columbia and have a six-year-old daughter, Maisie, and a three-year-old son, Will, who happily keep them entertained at all times. 

3:00 Break (open to all conference participants)

3:30 Panel #6 Trends in Urban Freight Development and Delivery

Topic Areas: How do we support local freight movements, either for local delivery or to support large freight activities (ports, terminals). The focus on moving local product must be connected to shippers' needs as well as sound infrastructure planning.

Panelists

Suzann Rhodes, Senior Project Manager, Wilbur Smith, Principal Investigator, NCFRP-15, Understanding Urban Goods Movements

Suzann S. Rhodes, AICP – is located in Columbus, Ohio and currently serves as a senior project manager as part of the freight and planning national practice groups of Wilbur Smith Associates.  She possesses over 35 years of experience in transportation, project management; freight, corridor, environmental, and land use planning; policy analysis; planning process and procedure development; program administration; planning training; public involvement; survey research and statistical analysis; and regulatory compliance.  Prior to joining WSA, she served as Ohio DOT’s Central Office Planning Administrator, (1998-2005) and as the Executive Director of BHJ a multi-state MPO and a LLD for Appalachian Regional Commission (1995-1998).  While at ODOT she helped develop and authored a number of planning documents including the first ODOT statewide freight plan (2003); the statewide multi-modal transportation plan Access Ohio 2004-2035; and various ODOT policy guidebooks including the planning sections of the Project Development Process, the guidebook on environmental justice and the public involvement guidebook.  She is currently managing the $3.75 million, four-state I-70 corridor dedicated truck lanes planning feasibility study, the Ohio Statewide Rail Plan and the Transportation Research Board’s NCFRP 15 – Urban Goods Movements study to develop a guidance manual for local governments on how freight is impacted by local ordinances and regulations. She also works as an advisor to FHWA’s Headquarters Office of Freight Management assisting with their Freight Professional Development programs.  She is an instructor for several NHI/FHWA Freight Planning courses.  Ms. Rhodes was the task leader for the Corridor analysis of the Michigan Statewide Transportation plan, worked with Florida DOT in developing the SIS performance metrics, and is on the WSA team preparing the Arizona SLPR.  Ms Rhodes holds two Masters Degrees from the Pennsylvania State University; one in Public Administration and one in Regional Planning. Her undergraduate degrees in Urban Affairs and Sociology are from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently services on two TRB standing committees, ADA10 Statewide Multimodal Planning and AT045 Intermodal Freight Transport.

 

Michael Kray, Principal Planner. Atlanta Regional Commission

Principal Transportation Planner, Freight
BA – History, University of Iowa
MPA – Urban Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Lead staff for the Atlanta Freight Advisory Task Force which serves as a conduit for private sector input into the MPO planning process. Coordinate freight planning activities with state and local governments. Recently served as project manager for the Atlanta Strategic Truck Route Master Plan which established a regional truck route network along with project and policy recommendations for the 18 county Atlanta metro area.

Dan Gross, North American Surface Transportation Network Planning Coordinator, United Parcel Service

Dan Gross, a 30-year veteran of UPS, is currently Surface Transportation Network Planning Coordinator for the company’s North American operations. Based at UPS‘s world headquarters in Atlanta, Dan is an experienced manager in all facets of transportation operations. He currently is responsible for all North American ground transportation network planning, including package sorting, processing, and loading using multi-modal transport of both tractor-trailer and rail. Additionally, Dan leads UPS’s transportation long-range planning. This encompasses building and managing strategies for all contingency planning for natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, and other unexpected and unplanned events.

Randy Butler, Office of Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration

Randy joined Federal Highway Administration in November of 2003 as a Transportation Specialist on the Operation and Technology Team.  Prior to joining FHWA, Randy completed a thirty-five year career in the private sector in managing freight transportation operations, engineering, customer service, business process reengineering, information systems and project management.  Randy’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from University of Memphis, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science Management Information Systems from Bellevue University, Master of Arts in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from George Mason University and currently is completing a Doctor of Business Administration in Global Supply Chain Management at Walden University.  Randy also holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute.   

Jimmy Yokeley, Director Community Economic Development, North Carolina State Ports Authority

Jimmy Yokeley joined the NC State Ports Authority in Jan. 2006 as Director, Distribution Services & Economic Development.  In August 2010, he joined the executive department reporting to Ports’ CEO Tom Eagar as Director, Community Economic Development.  His main tasks include developing a close working-partnership with the local, regional and statewide economic development community all across North Carolina, helping to increase the awareness of the value the Ports brings to the retention and recruitment of jobs from globally-dependent businesses and industries. He oversees a  marketing plan recruiting global distribution and assembly manufacturing facilities to North Carolina, with companies who have a strong need for the NC Ports.  In addition, he  is engaged with industrial real estate developers to establish shovel-ready sites, build global distribution and assembly manufacturing facilities.  Mr. Yokeley is the primary liaison with the N.C. Department of Commerce, working with his colleagues to create information and financial incentive packages for the successful recruitment of companies’ global industrial facilities and representing the Ports Authority at Commerce Department meetings.

He joined the Authority after gaining 25 years of experience in the container ocean cargo carrier and global logistics industries, with most of his time serving in senior management positions.  Mr. Yokeley’s tenure included duty with Expeditors International, one of the world's top 10 most successful global logistics companies headquartered in Seattle, WA, where he was global sales executive in Charlotte.  He was a vice president of American Steamship in Charlotte, NC from 1996 to 2004, a non-vessel operating ocean cargo carrier based in NJ, and prior was a managing director with Carotrans International, Inc., the international cargo carrier subsidiary of Carolina Freight Carriers Corp. based in Cherryville, NC.  Mr. Yokeley worked the first 12 years of his career with Audnel America International, Inc., the first international nvocc entity in the southeast USA, with global headquarters in Charlotte, NC where he earned the title of vice president/COO.  

A native of Charlotte, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife of 28 years. Their daughter is a 2009 honors graduate from Appalachian State University, by way of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. and, a son who is a junior at Appalachian State University and a redshirt sophomore quarterback on the football team.

Moderator: Bill Murray, West Virginia Department of Transportation

Bill Murray. P.E., is a Regional Planning Engineer for the West Virginia Department of Transportation/Division of Highways in Charleston, WV.  He is still newly appointed to this position, working in it only since August of 2010.  His responsibilities as Regional Planning Engineer involve coordination with various MPO’s and local rural planning groups throughout the state, implementing studies to design, managing projects within the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) and design of bicycle/pedestrian facilities.  In addition to this position, he has also agreed to serve as the WVDOH Freight Coordinator.   
Prior to his new position, Mr. Murray worked for over 13 years in the Engineering Division of the WVDOH as a designer, reviewer, and Project Manager.  He was involved with a variety of designs ranging from rural one-lane roads and bridges to more complex highway projects including sections of the  King Coal Highway and Corridor H in WV.   In addition to this work, Mr. Murray has served on a variety of planning committees and a research group with FHWA on complying with ADA requirements in WV.  
Mr. Murray graduated in December 1996 from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and minor in Mathematics. 
Bill currently resides in Belle, WV with his wife Sherri, son Brett, and daughter Brooke whom he considers his 3 greatest accomplishments.  He is actively involved with his local church serving as a deacon and youth director.  He also coaches both his children’s soccer teams and is an assistant scout leader with his son’s Cub Scout Pack.


Friday, February 11

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast

8:00-9:30 Panel #7 Military Logistics

Topic Areas: Role of Logistics in Military operations, working with the local community, deployment related support.

Panelists

Mark D. Needham, Special Assistant to the Governor for Base Realignment
Chairman and Executive Director, KY Commission on Military Affairs

Mark Needham graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1982 earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a commission as an Armor Officer.  He also holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies for the Army War College.  Over his 26-year career in the Army, Mark has had numerous command and staff assignments in Germany, the Balkans, and the United States.  He has commanded an Armor Battalion at Fort Knox, and was an instructor at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School in Norfolk, VA.  From 2005 to 2008 he was the Garrison Commander at Fort Knox responsible for the day-to-operations of the installation and in this role he also directed the planning and execution of all Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations affecting Fort Knox.  He is currently Special Assistant to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear focusing on coordinating federal and state efforts to support BRAC growth and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs. 

Don Parker, Deputy to the Commander, 596th Transportation Brigade, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, North Carolina

Don Parker has served as the Deputy of the 596th Transportation Brigade at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), North Carolina, since 2003.  The 596th is responsible for ammunition terminal operations and distribution under the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).  Responsibilities include the installation management and operational readiness of SDDC’s two ocean terminals: MOTSU and the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO), California.

Mr. Parker retired from the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General in 2002 after nearly 30 years of service.  His key assignments in the Army included Commander, 24th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Group, 1990-92, which deployed to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, during Desert Shield / Desert Storm and Commander, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, 1995-97.

As a senior Army leader, Mr. Parker commanded the Military Traffic Management Command Deployment Support Command, Fort Eustis, VA, from 1999-2001.  He concluded his military career as Director, Force Projection and Distribution, Office of the G4, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, 2001-2002.

Mr. Parker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri (1973) and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma (1979).  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College (1994).

Col. Beth Austin, J4/Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, North Carolina National Guard

COL Austin has more than 30 years of service as a Soldier in the North Carolina National Guard.  A career logistics officer, she received her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior University and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies, which she received upon graduation from the United States Army War College.  COL Austin received her officer’s commission in 1980 when she completed the federal Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA.
As a career logistician, she has commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels prior to assuming brigade command in November 2008. COL Austin has deployed in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and was again called to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
She is married to COL (Retired) Mike Austin and has three children, one of whom has followed her parents career into the military. 

Moderator: Lynn Soporowski, Transportation Engineering Branch Manager, Division of Planning, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Lynn Soporowski, P.E. is a Transportation Engineering Branch Manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in Frankfort, KY.   She works for the Division of Planning.  Presently, Lynn’s branch is responsible for traffic forecasting and modeling, regional air quality conformity, congestion management, and the coordination of the multimodal aspects of transportation including bicycle, pedestrian, ferry, riverport, rail, and freight traffic.

Ms. Soporowski received her BS in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1989 and Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2002.  She continues her education through the Certified Public Managers Training Program, Advanced Leadership Academy, and Community Transportation Innovation Academy. 

Ms. Soporowski has served on several national research teams and a national Scan Team for Federal Highways.  In addition, she has served on Census 2000: Kentucky’s Complete Count Committee, Kentucky’s Clean Air Taskforce, and KYTC’s Citizen Involvement Taskforce, She is a member of the TRB Committee on Transportation and Air Quality and Technical Committee on Nonmotorized Transportation where she is known as an avid spokesperson.

Personal
Lynn grew-up on a small farm outside the metropolis of White House, Tennessee.  Ms. Soporowski attends First United Methodist Church in Frankfort where she works with the children, bus, and knitting ministries.  She is involved with Habitat for Humanity, SIMON House, Adult Literacy with Thornhill Learning Center, and spoiling her niece and nephews.  She will completed fifth half marathons at the end of the month-Princess Minnie Marathon at Walt Disney World.

9:30- Break

10:00-12:00 Panel #8 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Topic Areas: Discuss where are we going regarding the region, and transportation in general, as it supports the Southern Economy.

Panelists

Ted Abernathy, Executive Director, Southern Growth Policy Board

Born in Dallas, N.C., Ted received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill; his Master’s from Johns Hopkins University, is a graduate of the 
Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics. 
 
The focus of his 30‐year economic development career has included work for cities, 
counties, regions and the private sector. Most recently he served as Executive Vice 
President and COO for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. While there Ted 
developed and implemented national award winning strategic plans that focused on 
collaboration models and innovative cluster development. 
 
For the past 2 years, Ted has been Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policy 
Board, a 39‐year old public policy think tank that provides economic development 
research and advice for 13 Southern states. Southern Growth specializes in the areas of 
technology and innovation, globalization, talent, civic engagement, alternative energy, 
and leadership. Ted speaks to over 150 groups annually on topics ranging from future 
global trends to changing leadership models. 
 
Ted’s passion is all things international. In the past few years he has traversed treetops 
on rope bridges in the Malaysian rainforest, sailed in the out‐islands of the Bahamas, 
spelunked in the caves of Middle Caicos, and four‐wheeled in Mongolia. 

Joe Bryan, Vice President, Halcrow

Joseph Bryan leads the Halcrow surface freight transportation practice in North America and heads the company’s office in Boston, Massachusetts.  He served as Managing Director of the Trade & Transportation practice at Global Insight, and was President of Reebie Associates until Global Insight acquired the firm.  Mr. Bryan possesses broad practical experience in freight carrier management in multiple modes.  He has been associated with truckload, LTL, air and rail freight companies, and has held senior positions in Marketing and Operations.  He assists private and public sector clientele in strategy development, policy and operations analysis and market assessment.

Mr. Bryan has been a leading contributor to the development of public and public-private freight planning in the United States, working at the urban, corridor, and national levels.  He currently is leading the New York Regional Goods Movement Plan, and is conducting trade and industry analysis for the Houston Regional Goods Movement Plan.  Previously, he aided metropolitan planning organizations in Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia to research and characterize the patterns, distribution systems, operating requirements, and future needs of goods and services movement in their regions, and to prepare responsive strategies.  He has provided strategic direction for three freight corridor studies: a public-private market study examining highway to rail diversion along Interstate 81 in Virginia; a report on truck traffic and market conditions on the Indiana Toll Road, utilized by Macquarie Bank in winning a private concession; and the I-10 National Freight Corridor study, where he analyzed multimodal freight operations across the southern tier of the U.S. and directed facets of policy assessment.  Mr. Bryan was co-principal investigator for the NCHRP 8-42 study “Rail Freight Solutions to Roadway Congestion” (Report 586); for four railroad merger applications, he led the analysis of potential highway diversion to an expanded intermodal network and prepared verified statements for submission to the Surface Transportation Board.  He directed creation of the first countrywide database of county-to-county freight traffic flows, and he was his firm’s lead member for the federal Freight Analysis Framework study, which was a seminal effort in national freight planning.  He is an author of the original AASHTO Freight Rail Bottom Line Report, a contributor to the subsequent AASHTO Bottom Line series on logistics and multi-modal freight, and a developer of the National Highway Institute’s Advanced Freight Planning Course.  He presently serves on the TRB select panel preparing national Strategies for Improved Passenger and Freight Travel Data.

Education:            MBA, Tuck School, Dartmouth College, 1980
                                BA, Princeton University, 1974

Affiliations:          Chair, Committee on Urban Freight Transportation, Transportation Research Board

Dale Carroll, Deputy Secretary/COO, North Carolina Department of Commerce

When Dale Carroll was appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue as the deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce / Chief Operating Officer in January 2009, he brought three decades of business management and executive leadership to the position.

Prior to joining Commerce, Carroll served for 12 years as the chief executive officer of AdvantageWest, an economic development partnership that serves 23 counties in the western part of the state. Before that, he worked for 18 years with Carolina Power & Light (now Progress Energy) in roles that ranged from energy services engineer to manager of economic development.

During his tenure at AdvantageWest, Carroll’s board and staff were recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, Southeast Tourism Society, Entrepreneur Magazine and Southern Economic Development Council. While serving as the Manager of Economic Development at CP&L, the company was recognized for accomplishments in economic development by the Edison Electric Institute, Utility Management Services and on the CNN “Science & Technology Series”.

He is a past president of the N.C. Economic Developers Association and has served on the state’s Economic Development Board and the N.C. Biotechnology Center’s Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in Western North Carolina.

Carroll received a bachelor of science degree from N.C. State University and a master’s degree in management and human relations from Webster University in St. Louis.

Rick Kaglic, Economist, Research/Regional, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte

Rick Kaglic is the Regional Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond serving the Carolinas.  He joined the Research Department in 2009 and is responsible for analyzing regional economic conditions and developments, as well as educating the region's diverse constituents on the role of the Federal Reserve and its District Banks.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Rick served as a Senior Economist for Eaton Corporation, a diversified manufacturing firm headquartered in Cleveland, OH.  There Rick provided analysis on the global economy as well as forecasts for Eaton’s capital equipment and aerospace end markets.  Rick was also Chief Economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department and spent eleven years as Senior Business Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  In Chicago, he monitored current economic conditions and developments in the region and wrote the District’s widely disseminated Beige Book contribution.

Rick has served in leadership roles in the Chicago and Cleveland Associations for Business Economics and provided economic analysis for Governor’s Economic Advisory Councils in four states.  He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at Youngstown State University with specializations in regional and urban economics. 

Danny McComas, President MCO Trucking, Representative NC Assembly

Professional:          MCO Transport, Inc., President
                                    Wilmington, NC
Political:                 1995-Present  NC House of Representatives
                                    19th House District – New Hanover County (Part) Republican

Committee Assignments:
Commerce and Job Development – Chairman
Banking
Finance Committee – Vice Chairman
Public Utilities
Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House
Transportation –Vice Chairman

Other Assignments:
NC Film Commission
NC Logistics Task Force

Organizations:
            Board of Directors
NC Trucking Association
World Trade Center of N.C.
Boy Scouts of America - Cape Fear Council
NC Coastal Land Trust
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Board of Visitors
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Environmental Program
Memberships
American Trucking Association
Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce – 1988 – Present
                        Chairman – Wilmington Film Office – 1994
                        Vice President – Economic Council 1994
                        Vice President – Small Business Council 1993
                        Vice President – International Trade Council 1990 – 1992
Committee of 100
Personal:
Date of Birth:             May 26, 1953, San Juan, PR
University:                  St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
                                    Degree – BBA Finance
Married:                     Betty
Children:                    Francis – 1983,  Laureen -- 1984

Church Affiliation:     Roman Catholic – St. Therese – Wrightsville Beach, NC     


Moderator: Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies