Chief Executive Officer, Polston Applied Technologies, LLC, November 2011 – Present. Polston Applied Technologies, LLC manufactures specialty trucks that have a proprietary capability to remove sand and grit from deep and/or submerged conditions. Polston Applied Technologies, LLC also provides service using their proprietary technology to remove sand & grit in wastewater treatment facilities and collection systems, as well as in the oil industry. As CEO, Stutler provides day to day management responsibilities and overseas the many facets of this company.
Mr. Stutler’s career of more than 20 years includes a unique combination of both public and private service at an executive level. Mr. Stutler was the Chief Executive Officer of P3 Development Company. He also served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Prior to joining FDOT, Mr. Stutler served as Chief of Staff for Governor Bush. He began working in the Bush Administration as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) after serving on the gubernatorial transition team.
Prior to entering public service in 1999, Mr. Stutler was a Principal with Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., an international environmental engineering firm. He served as Senior Fellow for Senator Connie Mack (R-FL) in the 105th Congress, where his duties included environmental and water related appropriations and policy. Mr. Stutler was a delegate in 1994 to the NATO sponsored research conference on Remediation and Management of the Degraded River Basins in Vienna, Austria. Additionally, he participated in an Engineering Ministries International Project team to Kinshasa, Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa, to engineer infrastructure improvements.
Allen Douglas is the Executive Director for the Florida Engineering Society (FES) and Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)/American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Florida. Allen is an accomplished association professional with over 20 years of strategic management experience, of which 17 years was performing all facets of non-profit trade association operations including financial management, strategic planning, political operations, media relations, and event planning. He is very much committed to leading the society of professional engineers because he knows the importance of infrastructure development to Florida’s communities, and how critical it is to our state’s economic wellbeing.
John M. Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. This regional transportation system has an operational coverage of more than 2500 square miles serving in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Prior to joining LYNX, Mr. Lewis served as the CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC). During Mr. Lewis tenure with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Lewis held a series of progressively important management positions including Director of Rail Operations and Director of Bus Operations.
Under his leadership, GRTC was awarded the American Public Transportation Association’s System of the Year. While serving at MTA, Lewis implemented safety operational initiatives that are still being used at MTA today.
Lewis currently holds the following leadership positions:
Lewis serves as a member of the Nap Ford Community School Advisory Board; Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board; and the African-American Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors.
Currently at LYNX, Lewis is overseeing two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando’s LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managing three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the 192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). Lynx is also working diligently to provide feeder service to region’s first commuter rail line, SunRail.
Lewis graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Robert (Rob) Vickers was a Senior Program Manager at CDM Smith. With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of transportation, community
development and energy, Mr. Vickers has a unique understanding of Florida's infrastructure-related policies and programs. Prior to joining CDM Smith
in 2010, Mr. Vickers served in a variety of policy and management roles in Florida state government, most recently serving as the Executive Director
for the Governor's Energy Office and the Florida Energy and Climate Commission. In this capacity, he provided policy and programmatic recommendations
to the Governor, the Commission Chairman, and other policymakers on a range of state energy, environmental and economic development issues. During the
course of his lengthy career in the Florida Legislature Mr. Vickers staffed the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation, the Senate
Committee on Transportation, and the Senate Committee on Community Affairs.
Since joining CDM Smith Mr. Vickers was engaged in a variety of projects involving transportation planning and policy analysis, federal and state energy policy and programs, program performance and assessment, intergovernmental relations, and project management. Mr. Vickers is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Environment and Energy Committee.
Project Manager, 2013 SIS Planning and Support, Florida. (2013) Mr. Vickers was managing a recently initiated task work order for the Office of Policy Planning that will address the development of mechanisms and linkages to better coordinate SIS investments with economic development and trade strategies. Specific tasks will include analyzing the impact of SIS investments in enhancing Florida's economic competitiveness, evaluating how current SIS requirements align with key state and federal economic development plans and strategies, evaluating emerging intermodal passenger centers within the SIS policy framework, and assessing the role of SIS in funding transportation facilities in rural areas. This effort will also be instrumental in framing the next SIS Strategic Plan and assist the Department and its transportation partners in determining how to focus the next SIS strategic planning process.
Project Manager, eSIS Upgrade and Enhancement, Florida. (2012) CDM Smith was engaged in a project through the Office of Policy Planning to update and enhance the SIS data and document management application (eSIS). The eSIS provides information from multiple internal and external sources to support SIS planning and reporting. Mr. Vickers and the CDM Smith team worked collaboratively with a steering committee composed of key SIS stakeholders to address existing eSIS limitations and enhance system usability and operability. Enhancements to eSIS will include the integration of both GIS and data portions of the application into a single application, allowing users to navigate, search, and query all information from the map interface directly and visually. The project will incorporate all existing SIS-related data into an integrated SIS database, and make the new application compatible with other FDOT applications and tools.
Project Manager, Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Performance Assessment, Florida. (2012) Mr. Vickers served as the manager for this project which will evaluate existing and potential SIS performance measures for consistency with and applicability to the 2060 Florida Transportation Plan and the SIS Strategic Plan. Additionally, this effort will identify new performance measures for mobility and reliability across all modes and track FDOT's progress in addressing SIS commitments and action items. The final product will serve as the basis for the statutorily-mandated SIS Performance Report.
Courtney Cunningham is president of the Cunningham Group, Inc., a public involvement and strategic communications firm. Mr. Cunningham has had a long career in law, government, and strategic communications making him one of the most experienced and knowledgeable consultants in Florida.
He has served as an intermediary to address the interests of all stakeholders while seeking formal approval of projects ranging from transportation infrastructure to residential and commercial development. Each of these projects required public outreach, public hearings and public government votes. He also has worked with clients to amend laws to facilitate the construction of public infrastructure.
Before establishing the Cunningham Group, Cunningham worked as chief of staff in the Office of the Chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission. In that position, he served as top political and legislative advisor to the Chairperson and as a liaison to the Office of the Mayor.
Cunningham also has managed government relations for Ryder System Inc., a Fortune 250 transportation and logistics company, and for the American Trucking Association. He served in the administration of President George Bush, as deputy chief counsel at the Republican National Committee and on Gov. Jeb Bush’s transition team.
Mr. Thibault has more than 25 years of professional engineering experience in the public and private sectors. He was the first executive director for the Florida Rail Enterprise, a unit within the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) responsible for implementing the state's passenger rail program. He also served for six years as the assistant secretary for engineering and operations for the FDOT where he served as the agency's chief operating officer for more than 7,100 employees with an annual budget in excess of $6 billion. He also served as the interim executive director and production director of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, the state's largest toll entity.
Mr. Thibault joined Parsons as Vice President and Market Development Manager for state transportation programs in the United States. In this role, he will be responsible for developing Parsons' relationships in strategic markets as well as other multimodal transportation initiatives.
Mr. Thibault is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA. He is based in Tallahassee, FL.
Joining the URS Corporation in May of 2008, Mr. Warren is highly skilled in the management and the development of multi-disciplined transportation projects including highways, bridges and toll facilities. As Business Line Leader of the Surface Transportation Group in the Tampa office, Mr. Warren is responsible for overall operations. This includes management of preliminary engineering activities ranging from planning, project development, roadway design, bridge design and post design services. He also serves as principal-in-charge for URS.
Mr. Warren began his career with the Florida Department of Transportation in 1988. In his tenure with the Department he held several leadership positions at both the District Office and State level including the State Roadway Maintenance Engineer. As the State Roadway Maintenance Engineer, he was responsible for the development and implementation of maintenance policy throughout the state. In 2000, he was appointed Director of Maintenance for Florida’s Turnpike System and was responsible for the road and bridge maintenance on the statewide Turnpike system. In 2002, the Florida Legislature transformed the Turnpike into Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. The Enterprise operates the Turnpike System like a business from within the Florida Department of Transportation. As a result of the transformation to the Enterprise, Mr. Warren was appointed the Turnpike’s first Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in 2003.
In 2003, Mr. Warren was awarded the Thomas B. Manual Leadership Award, which is the most prestigious award given to a Turnpike manager. He is also active in the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) and the Turnpike and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL) A long time resident of Florida, he is involved in community activities including Leadership Florida, Florida Engineering Society, Little League and the Boy Scouts of America, in which he is an Eagle Scout. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Central Florida and an M.B.A. from the University of North Florida. He resides in the Orlando area with his wife Charlotte and his two children, Mary Elizabeth and John.
Craig Elmore is Executive Vice President of Hardrives Inc., and has been for several years. He is currently Treasurer of South Florida Fair for 2008 and 2009, National Director of Associated General Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter 2006 through 2009.
Craig has served as President of Engineering Contractors Association for 1996, Florida Transportation Builders Association for 2002 through 2003, and Associated General Contractors of America for 2005. Craig was also a Trustee for South Florida Fair for 5 years.
Craig and his wife Lisa have 3 children, TJ who is married, Amy who is a Senior at University of Florida, and Jesse who is 16 years old and attends Lake Worth Christian High School.
Craig enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.
Executive Director, Watermeier Bay County Economic Development Alliance, Panama City, FL
Watermeier has over 15 years of experience in the private and public sectors. She served as the economic development director for Lee County, FL for seven years. During that time, she facilitated the creation of nearly 5,000 jobs in 105 target industry expansion and location projects producing a combined annual economic impact of over $350 million. She served as chair of the Airport Special Management Committee as the Southwest Florida International Airport grew in its $470 million expansion. Her service on the committee allowed her to be instrumental in the economic development efforts associated with the industrial and technology parks around the newly expanded airport.
Over the past five years, Watermeier has been an economic development consultant to a host of cities and counties across Florida. She has also held positions in a number of statewide economic development organizations, including vice chair of the Florida Transportation Commission, the Enterprise Florida (EFI) Partners Council, chair of the EFI Marketing Committee and Team Florida Marketing Committee, the Florida Long Range Economic Strategic Plan Task Force and was vice president of programs for the Florida Economic Development Council.
Awards and Honors:
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Maryam Hosseini Ghyabi was born in Mashad, Iran. From an early age, her Grandfather knew she would not be someone to settle down as a housewife. Maryam, herself, also knew that someday she would run her own engineering company. She studied hard and after taking exams that only 3% of students ever passed, she was admitted to the National University where she excelled in her studies. Her future looked very bright. However, Iran became embroiled in revolution and her parents decided to send her to the United States, where her Brother was attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, to complete her college education.
Maryam H. Ghyabi is a graduate of UCF with a BS in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Transportation Engineering. Ms. Ghyabi has taught as an adjunct Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and worked as the Chief Transport Planner for Volusia County. She also served as a highway design engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. Ms. Ghyabi is very active in the industry’s professional associations, holding membership in ITE – National and Florida, APA, FES, ASCE and ASHE.
In 1995, Maryam realized a childhood dream of starting her own company, and by the end of the year, formed Ghyabi & Associates, Inc. As President, she is responsible for all aspects of running the Company managing large engineering projects, marketing clients and directing staff.
Ms. Ghyabi works diligently to promote transportation and economic development for the Central Florida Region and is a firm believer in supporting regional connectivity, cooperation and comprehensive approach to resolving issues and concerns. As a tireless advocate of economic growth she has led many key efforts in transportation issues; spearheaded the revision of the I-4 Master Plan including a future extension of light rail transit through Volusia County to I-95, has served as the Chair and the driving force for the I-4 St. John’s River Bridge Coalition that worked to secure accelerated funding for the bridge replacement, Chaired the Volusia County Expressway Authority Coalition that recommended a study to determine toll road feasibility, was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Transportation Outreach Program (TOP) Advisory Board and elected Chair at the initial meeting, served for three (3) years as Chair of the Volusia County Area Responsible Development (VCARD), Central Florida Transportation Commission Task Force, Volusia County Women’s Network, Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Orlando Chamber/My Region, TEAMFL, THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES Advisors to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine (National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project Panel 17-21), and is a Member of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Board. Maryam also served on the Volusia County Charter Issues Advisory Committee and has recently been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the board of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
Her accomplished career is complemented with her active involvement in community service programs. Ms. Ghyabi has become a mentor to students interested in the Civil Engineering Industry. She also dedicates her time to various charity and leadership organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation- Race for the Cure, TEAM Florida Partnership and Volusia County Communitywide Traffic Safety Team just to name a few.
Maryam has been the recipient of many awards including:
Some of Maryam’s recent accomplishment include chairing a: Women in Business Symposium with Volusia County Economic Development to assist the women owned businesses in Volusia County and Flagler County to take their business to the next level. This was a very successful symposium that helped women in the counties come together to form a network between them. There were over 150 participants attend. The symposium had the Lt. Governor speak, it was broadcasted on the Marc Bernier Show, and there was a motivational speaker and breakout sessions. This will become an annual event and the plan would be to have this grow to be on a state level.
Maryam’s sprit has inspired many to achieve more and reach goals. She is currently using her influence to Chair a DBCC (Daytona Beach Community College) Women’s Center Advisory Board, where influential leaders of the community are getting together to raise funds for Women’s Center at the college. Every dollar that will be raised will be match 100% by the state. These funds will help the center have the items needed to support students who wish to get an education, but may not be as fortunate as most. Support would include, clothing for interviews, books to borrow for classes, helping find employment or daycare and the ultimate goal is housing.
Mr. Kusha is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Batchelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has completed course work for a Masters of Science Degree in Transportation design.
Sia has 25 years of experience as a transportation engineer and manager and currently serves as a Vice President for his firm, HNTB Corporation, responsible for the firm’s Southeast Division Florida District.
Besides having served as the past chairman of the FICE Transportation Committee, as well as Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Floridians for Better Transportation, he is the current Treasurer for the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers. He is a member of FES, ASCE, ITE, APWA and TRB and serves on the board of several charitable, non-profit organizations in Tampa. A recently selected member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) College of Fellows, Sia is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Minnesota and is currently pursuing his MBA.
Sia and his wife of 22 years, Judi, enjoy their two boys, Kayvan 18, a freshman at Florida Atlantic University, who is studying to become an attorney and Samuel 14, a freshman at Tampa Jesuit High School.
Sia’s family immigrated to the United States from Iran in 1968. Sia is a sailor, who enjoys SCUBA diving and golf and is an avid reader.
Thomas E. Conrecode is a vice president with Collier Enterprises, Ltd. He is responsible for the company's governmental affairs strategies at the local, state and federal levels, including legislative matters. He works closely with the management of all business units to coordinate a company-wide approach to governmental matters. Prior to joining Collier Enterprises, Tom also served as Public Works Administrator for Collier County. He has an extensive background in governmental affairs and has served in various capacities in the real estate development industry.
Mr. Conrecode is a past director of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the executive committee of the Southwest Florida Transportation Initiative and a member of the Leadership Florida Class XXII.
Mr. Conrecode is a licensed civil engineer, project management professional and general contractor. In 1983, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University and in 1986 earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Conrecode served as the original transportation consultant for the Southwest Florida Transportation Initiative (SWFTI) when the public-private partnership was founded in 1998. Now as a member of the SWFTI Executive Committee, Mr. Conrecode helps to direct the organization's efforts and strategy for advancing transportation funding into Southwest Florida. During the past four years, SWFTI's efforts have helped to advance more than $1 billion in transportation funding into Southwest Florida. Mr. Conrecode has certainly played a key leadership role in the organization's success.
In 2000, Mr. Conrecode was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Transportation Outreach Program Advisory Council, serving as its chairman during the 2001-2002 cycle. The Advisory Council is a statewide committee charged with reviewing and recommending transportation projects for funding based on a competitive application and public hearing process. The Advisory Council recommended more than $200 million in project funding statewide during the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 cycles. Of the projects ultimately funded by the Legislature during those two years, Lee and Collier counties received more than $35 million for five priority projects.
Mr. Conrecode has also assisted in the development of transportation legislation designed to restore state dollars to the Transportation Trust Fund and to maximize available funding for transportation projects throughout the state.
Mr. Allard is the President and CEO of The Hubbard Group. A native of France, raised and educated in Paris, he graduated in 1973 from l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), the top French business school.
Since he became CEO of Hubbard (which celebrates its 84th anniversary this year), the Group's revenue has more than quadrupled and should exceed $400 million in 2004. This growth is reflected in its ranking within the construction industry: in 2003, Hubbard was ranked as the 20th heavy contractor in the US and, by far, the first in Florida.
Mr. Allard is currently a director of SunTrust of Central Florida and on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida as well as several civic and charitable boards. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a member of the Corporate Council of the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of Floridians for Better Transportation and on the Board of Trustees of United Arts of Central Florida. Mr. Allard is also a member of the boards of the Florida Council on Economic Education, the UCF Foundation, the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Valencia Community College, and The National Conference for Community and Justice.
Fred, a native Central Floridian, attended the University of Florida where he received his undergraduate degree and law degree. After college he served two years as counsel to a Florida House of Representatives Committee which enacted legislation on growth management, energy and Public Service Commission issues. He returned to Central Florida and has been in private practice continuously. He is an equity shareholder, officer and director with GrayRobinson and serves as Chairman of the firm's Practice Development Committee and head of the firm's Government Law Group. Prior to joining the firm he was a partner with Holland & Knight.
Fred is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate attorney. His experience includes dealing with government on behalf of private clients with particular emphasis on land acquisition, permitting, zoning, financing, development and utilities. He has significant background in state and local government law operational matters including procurement. Fred recently served on Governor Jeb Bush's Growth Management Study Commission and now serves as a member of the “Cost Benefit Analysis” Steering Committee.
Fred was the lead lawyer for the construction joint venture team, as well as the architectural team which are designing and building the expansion of the Orange County Convention Center.
University of Florida, B.A. (Psychology, 1971)
University of Florida, J.D. (1974)
Matthew D. Ubben, a public affairs professional with more than 25 years experience working for associations, corporations and state government, began service as President of Floridians for Better Transportation in January, 2012.
Ubben’s non-profit advocacy in Florida includes serving as Executive Director of the Florida Chapter of Consumer Energy Alliance; serving as Vice President of the Florida Trucking Association; and, serving as chief development officer and director of public policy at Volunteers of America – Florida.
Ubben’s state government service in Florida includes stints as the Director of Legislative & Cabinet Affairs at the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs and the agency's chief spokesman, Executive Director of the Florida Commission on Veterans' Affairs; Public Affairs Director of the Florida Transportation Commission; Director of External Affairs at the Department of Management Services' Division of State Group Insurance; and Deputy Communications Director at the Florida Department of Education.
Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee in 1997, Ubben spent more than a decade in public affairs positions in Washington, DC. He managed political action committees for United Technologies Corporation and MCI Communications, directed a major-donor program at the Republican National Committee and lobbied for the Helicopter Association International.
Ubben, founder of Confianza Consulting, Inc., a government and public affairs consulting firm, received a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in International Relations, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ubben is married to Michelle, a partner at Ron Sachs Communications. They have six children.