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Atlanta Maas Market
Wed 9th May 2018 to Thu 10th May 2018
Loudermilk Center

Speakers

Mahrokh Arefi

Mahrokh Arefi

Mahrokh Arefi is CEO of Emovis technologies US and has more than 25 years’ experience in the design, implementation and operation of transportation and transit technologies, including recent all-electronic toll collection programs in North America and Europe. She has managed and provided advisory services to stakeholders to define, develop and implement various transportation programs. Arefi is a registered professional engineer has had many speaking engagements in the tolling, Road User Charging, ITS and transit related conferences.

 

Andy Boenau

Andy Boenau

Andy Boenau, AICP is the Director of Mobility Strategy at the Gotcha Group, a company providing mobility as a service in the form of bikeshare and rideshare. He’s been working in the transportation industry for 20 years. His experience ranges from managing ITS traffic engineering contracts to long-range transportation plans to community outreach.

He sees tremendous opportunity for professional planners and engineers to pair new technologies with old philosophies to improve the built environment and our way of life. He insists we have the tools and policies already in place to make a radical shift in the way we approach mobility. 

Andy has produced three award-winning short films, an award-winning podcast, and a series of digital courses for transportation planners. He has had the opportunity to teach thousands of professional planners and engineers how to change design philosophy to improve the safety and vitality of transportation systems. His latest book is Emerging Trends in Transportation Planning.

Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur best known as co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s largest car sharing company. However, she is also the founder and former CEO of peer-to-peer car sharing service Buzzcar, is co-founder and executive chairman of vehicle network communications specialist Veniam, served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and was a member of the World Economic Forum's Transportation Council. 
Named as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2009, Chase explores how rethinking “excess capacity” can be combined with technology and platforms for participation to unlock innovation, new profit centres and ultimately lead to a sustainable planet.

 

Michael Cottle

Michael Cottle

As VP of sales and customer success, Michael Cottle leads the teams responsible for all sales and support activities with Bestmile’s worldwide customers and has more than 25 years of experience leading software and SAAS organizations. Previously he was vice president of sales and customer success at Ridecell, and before that he was vice president of worldwide sales at deCarta which was acquired by Uber and has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Dallas. 

Faye DiMassimo

Faye DiMassimo

Faye DiMassimo has 36 years of experience in transportation planning, project development and program delivery. She holds B.S., MPA and MCP degrees from Auburn University, is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary and the American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP). Including her current position as the City of Atlanta Renew Atlanta Bond and TSPLOST programs General Manager, she has spent 27 years in the public sector at the local, regional and federal levels and 9 years with private sector planning and engineering consulting firms. During the 20+ years she has lived in the Atlanta region, she has been active in numerous organizations and leadership programs including the SRTA Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Board and the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Atlanta Hall Management Board of Directors. She is also a member of the 2007 Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) and 2013 Leadership Cobb programs, the current Chairman of the Strand Theatre Board of Trustees, a member of the American Planning Association and a 2011 LiveSAFE (formerly Northwest Georgia YWCA) Women of Achievement honoree, and the WTS Atlanta Chapter 2012 Woman of the Year. In addition to her most recent recognition as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s Notable Georgians of 2018, Faye was named one of Creative Loafing’s 20 People To Watch in 2017. 

Chris Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

Chris Dorobek

Chris Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better. Previously, he has been the anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program and served as the editor in chief of Federal Computer Week.

Anita Draa

Anita Draa

Anita Draa, Ph.D.  Bio, has a breadth of experience in transportation from public transit to traffic and parking. She is a Global Product Director at Cubic Transportation Systems in San Diego overseeing Cubic’s tolling, traffic management and NextBus product lines. Prior to joining the product management group, she was a Key Account Manager for the southwest region at Cubic. In that role, she was responsible for business growth in that region, with a focus on transit fare collection systems. Anita was also Director of Sales at Parkeon, an on-street parking and transit equipment supplier.  Before entry into the transportation industry, Anita held account management, product management and market consulting positions at Lam Research, Emcore, and YEBY in the semiconductor industry. She also worked with the Environmental Defense Fund doing energy utility analysis and advocacy. Anita has a Ph.D. from Stanford and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.
 

Cory Ershow

Cory Ershow

Corey Ershow, Traport is an attorney and self-described policy wonk focusing on emerging technology transportation solutions. He joined Lyft in 2017 as a Transportation Policy Manager, working with government officials and other stakeholders to develop policies and promote Lyft's vision for the future of transportation. Prior to joining Lyft, Corey served as Senior Advisor to the EV Everywhere initiative at the United States Department of Energy, and before that, as Transportation Counsel to former Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida. Corey holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A from Rutgers University."

 

Donovan Guin

Donovan Guin

Donovan Guin leads IBM's practice for customer engagement, for clients using SAP. A 25-year veteran of the digital space, he has helped some of the world's leading clients across industries transform the way they engage their customers, around the world. As part of his current role for IBM, he has been helping clients in the public sector improve the way they serve their citizens, with a growing emphasis on the areas of transportation and tolling.

Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson, PE, PTOE, is director of intelligent mobility for Atkins in North America. He has more than 20 years of experience in traffic engineering and shares the firm’s global best practices in intelligent mobility and advances in technology with clients he assists throughout the United States. Jim has worked with a variety of local, state and federal agencies around Colorado, the United States and internationally and is well versed on the differing needs of various clients, stakeholders, and projects. He uses his broad range of experience to develop innovative and effective project solutions. Prior to joining Atkins, Mr. Hanson was a municipal traffic engineer in California and Colorado.

Wendy Henry

Wendy is a specialist leader in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Federal Technology practice and works with clients to distill emerging technologies into simple business value discussions. An ever-curious individual, she thrives on understanding how emerging technologies can drive her clients’ business towards newly created value. She is a hands-on technologist with 30 years of large-scale, complex system integration experience across a wide variety of technologies, including blockchain, cloud, digital innovation, and location-based technologies.

Sampo Hietanen, CEO, MaaS Global

Sampo Hietanen

Sampo Hietanen is the CEO of MaaS Global Ltd and widely regarded as the “father” of the Mobility as a Service concept.. A civil engineer by background, Sampo has held many executive positions in both the civil engineering and ITS sectors.

The company MaaS Global aims to bring the concept of Mobility as a Service into reality, by building the world’s first Mobility Ecosystem. MaaS Global aspires to upgrade the service level of transportation by joining together public and private transportation providers, creating a seamless and compelling travel experience  through collaboration and the integration of services.

Previously, Sampo was CEO at ITS Finland, CEO at Helpten Ltd, a Finnish based driving data operator, and Executive Vice President at Destia, the largest Finnish infrastructure and construction service company. 

Sumithra Jagannath, president and CEO, Zed Digital

Sumithra Jagannath

Sumithra Jagannath is the founder, president and CEO of Columbus-based Zed Digital which develops web and mobile applications for the transit industry and government agencies. Her company has recently introduced a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform to the transit industry aimed at increasing ease of planning a trip and paying for it across multiple modes of transit in one single interface. 

 

Abhay Jain

Abhay Jain

Abhay Jain is a serial entrepreneur, speaker and mobility expert, Abhay Jain is CEO and co-founder of ActiveScaler Inc., which provides Managed Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) powered by Artificial Intelligence.  ActiveScaler’s Managed MaaS represents the underlying mobile + cloud technology required by private and government organizations to implement mobility solutions that exponentially improve the flow of people and goods. Over the last decade, Abhay has founded several successful startups, including Jinvani Systech, an SD card testing tool and embedded software for consumer applications and ZeoTech software, a B2B portal for property agents. He also has extensive experience in building world class products and services at Verifone, AgreeYa, ARC, Parsec and Newgen.

 

Tim McGuckin

Tim McGuckin

Tim McGuckin has been active in the transportation policy and technology community for more than two decades and has founded or led organizations that have advanced standards and interoperability for payment systems and connected vehicles. He views innovative technology in the hands of forward thinking people as the key to success. Tim is currently the CEO of A-to-Be USA, the NA arm of A-to-Be, a new venture that reflects a challenging and inspiring era of integrated transportation solutions. Previously, Tim worked for a variety of transportation technology entities such as Leidos and GeoToll, and was the founder of the OmniAir Consortium where he worked with tolling, automotive, RFID and DSRC suppliers and other stakeholders to offer interoperability testing and certification services. Tim started in tolling as IBTTA’s first Director of Technology Programs and managed IBTTA's ETC and EPS committees and organized more than a dozen Technology Workshops. He began his transportation career at American Trucking Associations where he worked on national programs that improved freight mobility through technology. He holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Urban Affairs & Planning from Virginia Tech. 

Jack Opiola

Jack Opiola

Jack Opiola brings over three decades of experience as a project manager, expert consultant and senior policy advisor to local, state, national and international transportation agencies and private clients in the area of advanced technology for enhanced, integrated mobility with value added Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications.  He is dedicated to transforming Highway/Motorway Transportation into a sustainable funding model through "user pays " policy and road charging by distance combined with value added services, also called Mobility as a Service. It is a 50-50 proposition - 50% technology and 50% payment and pricing platforms to manage demand and provide a common account methodology to simplify our mobile lifestyle.  Jack sees the synergistic fit of CAV and ITS through Road Charging as the creation of a rational funding mechanism to sustain transport funding into the future as well as the technological applications to integrate seamless transport for mobility from A to B and beyond.

Dr Vassilis Papayannoulis

Dr. Vassilis Papayannoulis

Dr. Vassilis Papayannoulis, VP of Analytics Group, Metropia, leads the Urban Analytics Group (UAG) of Metropia Inc., a fast growing transportation technology and analytics firm composed of transportation engineers, computer scientists, and analysts, with a passion for solving urban traffic congestion problems.
Under Papayannoulis’ leadership, UAG leverages the data acquired by Metropia’s patented technology to provide clients with creative and cutting‐edge solutions. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Papayannoulis’ in‐depth technical knowledge of transportation system operations has engaged him in pioneering projects at the local, regional, and national level and an integral role in Metropia’s vision of bridging Active Demand Management (ADM) and Transportation System Operations and Management (TSM&O) strategies.
He has authored or co‐authored a number of papers, participated in Peer Review Panels and served as the Project Manager or Principal‐in‐Charge for numerous advanced technical studies. In addition, Dr. Papayannoulis has taught transportation graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor and as an Instructor for an on‐line course on Multi‐Resolution Models sponsored by the NYU School of Engineering and Scientific American.
Dr. Papayannoulis holds a master’s degree in highway and transportation engineering and a Ph.D. in transportation planning and engineering from NYU and is currently a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

 

Jeffrey Parker

Jeffrey Parker

Jeffrey Parker is the newly appointed general manager of Marta (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) having returned to the authority in March from infrastructure and design firm HNTB where he was vice president at Corporation’s Atlanta office. Between 2005 to 2008 he was a senior director of transportation at Marta and has also overseen transit operations in Boston and Connecticut. Parker holds a degree computer science from Northeastern University

Jignesh Patel

Jignesh Patel

Jignesh Patel is the Founder and President at Lumenor Consulting Group. As a principal, he brings an extensive background in consulting and technology implementations, most recently with the MARTA Breeze Card Program. At MARTA, Jignesh worked with several key areas including information security, design and layout of Regional Clearinghouse processes and subject matter expert on the Cubic Nextfare Central System.
Prior to MARTA, Jignesh has worked with several Fortune 500 clients, including AT&T, Eastman Chemical, Lexis-Nexis and JPMorgan Chase. As both a certified Project Manager as well as a Certified Architect, Jignesh has led multiple complex projects to successful completion by working closely with both the business users as well as the technology teams and vendors. Jignesh's interest lie in Emerging Technologies, and how they can be used in day-to-day life.

 

Jonna Pöllänen

Jonna Pöllänen

As the collaboration manager, Jonna Pöllänen is responsible for cooperation and early-market entry in the MaaS Global team. She joined from ITS Finland and was part of the organizing team of the world's first high level MaaS Summit hosted by the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications and has acted as secretary for a MaaS business planning process that engaged twenty-four key public and private organisations to cooperate in the establishment of the first Mobility-as-a-Service operator. Pöllänen holds a Bachelor of Cultural Studies from Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences.
 

Amanda Rhein

Amanda Rhein

Amanda Rhein is Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate at MARTA, the nation’s ninth largest transit system, which includes heavy rail, bus and paratransit services. She oversees the Office of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Real Estate, whose vision is to create transit-oriented communities that connect people to opportunities, drive sustainable community development and promote regional prosperity. Ms. Rhein previously served as Interim Managing Director of Redevelopment at Invest Atlanta, Atlanta’s Development Authority and the economic development agency for the city of Atlanta. She oversaw the team responsible for managing and marketing the City’s primary economic development tools, tax allocation districts (TADs) and New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs). While at Invest Atlanta, Ms. Rhein doubled the number of TADs and funded over 30 projects, which resulted in the investment of $3.5 billion in Atlanta’s most underserved communities.

Rosa Rountree

Rosa Rountree

Rosa Rountree, the CEO of Egis Projects Inc, has over twenty years of financial, management and customer service experience. Demonstrating the ability to lead, plan, and cultivate a productive workforce,  she has supported over 14 toll agencies, transit projects and credential processing for commercial trucking. She also recently served on the Executive Committee for TRB and Board of Directors for IBTTA.

Adrian Schönig

Adrian Schönig

Adrian Schönig, CTO and Co-Founder, is leading the development teams at SkedGo, and is one of the main engineers behind SkedGo’s proprietary trip planning platform. He has lead the development of routing algorithms, and kickstarted SkedGo’s first mobile app, TripGo, which has driven the company’s trip planning platform, API and SDKs.

Adrian has extensive knowledge of backend and frontend systems and keeps the big picture in mind while paying attention to the important details. He enjoys coordinating SkedGo’s global team – on which the sun never sets.

Adrian studied information systems at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and has a Master’s degree of Information Technology, with a major in Artificial Intelligence, from University of NSW, Sydney, Australia. He participated in the university's robot soccer team, rUNSWift, and is very interested in the overlap of smart systems, user experience and addressing real-world challenges.

Adela Spulber

Adela Spulber

Adela Spulber is a transportation systems analyst with the Center for Automotive Research - an independent nonprofit research organization and focuses on new mobility services and connected and automated vehicle research. Previously she was a project coordinator at the Cross-border Operational Mission in Paris and her responsibilities included leading research projects on economic development, transportation and public transit systems, as well as other cross-border public policies. 
Spulber is multi-lingual and holds a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and European Affairs.

 

Douglas Thomas

Douglas Thomas

As Vice President for Business Development, Douglas Thomas is responsible for Masabi’s market strategy in North America, bringing extensive experience as a technology executive, helping companies expand and scale their businesses domestically and internationally.  Prior to Masabi, Doug was the Managing Director for Vix Technology’s Americas Division where he oversaw the ongoing operations and delivery of advanced fare collection solutions in the Puget Sound Region (ORCA), the cities of Salt Lake City (UTA) and Dallas (DART).  He brings a long history of assisting enterprise clients solve complex problems through the delivery of innovative technology solutions, and has passion for mobile technology and the advancement of mobility solutions to help improve both transit operations and rider experience. Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Denison University and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of International Management.

Chris Tomlinson

Chris Tomlinson

Chris serves as the Executive Director of the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA). In this dual appointment, Chris leads two state-level authorities whose mission is to connect people, jobs and communities through preferred mobility options and innovative solutions. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), where he is First Vice President.
Before joining SRTA, Chris served as General Counsel for several state agencies, including GDOT, the Georgia Technology Authority and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, where he was also Deputy Director for the Construction Division.

 

Dr Kari Watkins

Dr Kari Watkins

Dr. Kari Watkins is the Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her primary research interests are how technology and public space can be used to encourage active (biking, walking) and collective (transit, rideshare) transportation modes. Dr. Watkins has already made extensive inroads in shared mobility through development of the application OneBusAway, an award-winning open source app that provides transit information tools and assesses their impacts on riders. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Watkins spent a decade in industry as a senior transportation engineer. 

Jason Weinstein

Jason Weinstein

Jason Weinstein is the driving force behind the second generation of Clipper, the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit fare payment system that currently processes more than 20 million transactions and $45 million (USD) in revenue each month. As the principal program manager for the project, Jason is responsible for all aspects of Clipper system scoping, procurement, contracting and development for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Prior to Clipper, Jason was the principal of toll system operations for the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), operator of the region’s FasTrak tolling system used for electronic payment on seven Bay Area toll bridges and an evolving network of express lanes. Jason’s 25-year transportation career includes extensive experience in construction and contract management as well as traffic and toll operations, including 14 years with the California Department of Transportation. Jason has a B.S. in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and is a registered Professional Engineer.
 

Lee Woodcock

Lee Woodcock

Lee is the global product director for Atkins for intelligent mobility and has over 20 years’ experience in technology and transportation in the public and private sector, providing advisory, design and operational services in both the urban and inter-urban sectors. With a background in Intelligent Transport Systems, Lee has specific expertise in the innovative use of technology to enable services and solutions.

He has worked with clients and partners from around the world and recent projects include Venturer – a driverless cars research project in Bristol, Surface ITS - helping to develop the operating model for London's roads and Better Journeys - a campaign to deliver a more free-flowing Network on and around the M25, one that embraces the customer, Highways England and future innovations.

He is also focusing on product development, developing a set of new projects focused on customer experience, Mobility as a Service and data modelling, working in collaboration with clients and partners.