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BMBG Looks Forward at Annual Meeting

The APTA Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG)—chaired by Patrick Scully, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Motor Coach Industries—considered its plans for the coming year, including how to support APTA’s strategic plan and initiatives, at its recent Annual Business Meeting.

About 80 business members, speakers and APTA officers attended the meeting in Oahu, HI, including APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy, Chair ­Valarie J. McCall, Vice Chair Doran Barnes and Secretary-Treasurer Kim Green.

McCall discussed her vision for the future in her remarks, focusing on her initiative to strengthen collaboration among the three sectors of APTA membership—the BMBG, transit board members and agency CEOs—and further enhance the strength and effectiveness of the association.

Alan Wulkan, president, the Wulkan Group, moderated a session on the use of social media, which featured speakers Scully; Scott Wilkinson, president, AlphaVu; and Teresa Stepic, vice president-client relations, DDC Public Affairs. The session examined different uses of social media for managers, including engaging and retaining employees, expressing opinions and engaging customers.

A CEOs’ roundtable titled “The ­Public Sector Funding Landscape—How Has Your Agency Overcome the Funding Minefield?,” moderated by Scully, brought together Barnes, executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA; J. Roger Morton, president and general manager, Oahu Transit Services; and Dan Grabauskas, executive director and chief executive officer, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). They reported on funding at their properties and discussed their challenges in working with their communities and funding sources to continue to provide safer, more sustainable public transit solutions.

The meeting also included a technical tour of the HART rail project, led by Grabauskus and Deputy Executive Director Brennon Morioka.

Participants also had numerous opportunities to ask questions and continue talking with panelists during session breaks and many scheduled networking activities.

HART Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Dan Grabauskas gave a presentation on the Honolulu rail project as part of a technical tour during the BMBG Annual Meeting.

Photo by Huelon Harrison

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