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APTA to Welcome Transit CEOs in Santa Monica

Jim Austin, MPA/MURP, director of executive education at Decision Strategies International Inc., and Stephen Van Beek, Ph.D., president/chief executive officer of the Eno Transportation Foundation, will be among the keynote speakers at the 2009 APTA Transit CEOs Seminar, Jan. 24 to 27 at the Lowes Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.
APTA has designed this unique forum to meet the professional development needs of public transportation agency chief executives and their deputies.
Austin will lead discussions about decision-making patterns, leadership and strategy, and creating a local vision for the future. He has more than 25 years in executive development programs on strategy, communications, organizational change, and helping organizations grow across industry segments.
Van Beek will provide a political and strategic overview of the effort to prepare a new federal transportation authorization bill. The current law, SAFETEA-LU, expires Sept. 30, 2009.
The seminar schedule also will include discussions of trends in labor relations, workforce development, CEOs’ compensation packages, sustainability, and more. One session will feature presentations by CEOs on their organizations’ best practices, new programs, and initiatives, such as successful November ballot issues and the light rail service beginning operation later this month in Phoenix.
While most of the sessions will involve the entire group, a set of concurrent sessions will focus on engaging legal counsel and working with an executive coach, respectively. Lunchtime discussions about diversity and strategic processes, as well as individual system updates, will be organized by system size so the emphasis will be on solutions and challenges in similar population and service situations.
The Eno Transportation Foundation’s Center for Transportation Leadership will provide additional training on changing the way organizations do business and overall business models. The discussions and case study reviews will include technology, health care and other benefits, financing, policy, and thinking across modes and jurisdictions.
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, host system for the seminar, will offer a Sustainability City Tour and will show its video, The Bus of the Future, depicting bus designs centered on quality customer service.
The preliminary program and registration/hotel forms are available at www.apta.com. For information, contact Lynne Morsen at (202) 496-4853 or email lmorsen@apta.com.

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