Meet Sally Patrenos, FBT President

Sally Patrenos was named President of Floridians for Better Transportation in August 2016. She is skilled in public affairs, government relations, economic development and marketing. She has over thirty years experience in executive positions working at the local, state, national and international levels. Her writings have been published throughout the US and Canada, and she has appeared on television nationally and internationally.

Executive Team

Denver Stutler, Chair

Denver Stutler’s 25-year career includes a unique combination of both public and private sector experience in the infrastructure (water) industry at an executive level. 


Mr. Stutler began his career as a civil engineer in 1989 with Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc. (CDM), an international environmental engineering firm. Mr. Stutler gained valuable technical underpinnings and rose to become a Principal at CDM. Mr. Stutler was appointed Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 1999 where he gained a working knowledge of the regulatory framework protecting our Nation’s air and water. Mr. Stutler then served as Chief of Staff (2003 – 2005) to Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) gaining important insight into the workings of government at the federal, state and local level. Mr. Stutler was appointed and confirmed by the Florida Senate as Secretary (2005 – 2007) of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) where he led a $9 billion agency responsible for transportation in Florida including highway, port, airport, public transportation and rail systems. 


Mr. Stutler currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Submergent Technologies, LLC (USST). USST has revolutionized infrastructure maintenance by specializing in submergent cleaning that removes debris from hard-to-clean environments.

Allen Douglas, Secretary

Allen Douglas is the Executive Director of the Florida Engineering Society. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Finance, the majority of his career has been spent in association management. Allen joined the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky in 1993 as Area Manager in Louisville, was chosen to serve as Executive Vice-President of that organization's Mid-Florida Chapter in Tampa in 1996, before finally relocating to Tallahassee in the position of Executive Director and Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida AGC Council in 1998.


In 2006, Allen joined the National Federation of Independent Business serving as State Director and Legislative Affairs Director. After volunteering in the campaign and serving on the economic development transition team for Governor Rick Scott, Allen has spent the last two and a half years in the position of Director for the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco overseeing the licensing, auditing, and law enforcement functions of that agency.


Allen resides in Tallahassee with his wife Kathy and two teenage daughters Ashley and Hannah.


Bob Burleson, Treasurer

Bob Burleson, is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, and grew up in the construction industry, which he has never left.


Following graduation with a B.S. in Building Construction from Virginia Tech in 1970, Bob worked for his wife’s family construction company, Wiley N. Jackson Co., a major road builder in the southeast until its sale in 1987. With offices in Orlando and Jacksonville, as well as Roanoke and Leesburg, VA, he often was on the road but was stimulated by the variety of jobs, challenges, and experiences he encountered.  He remained an integral part of company until it was sold in 1987. 


Bob accepted the position of President of the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) in January 1989 and remains in the position today. 

 

Bob’s greatest love is, without question, his family.  He and his wife, Beverly, are blessed with three sons and four grandchildren, the loves of his life. They reside in Tallahassee.


In October, 2008, he was presented the CUTR 2008 Transportation Achievement Award by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

His most recent accomplishment was receiving the nation’s highest place of honor in the Transportation Construction Industry; The American Road and Transportation Builder’s Association Inaugural Hall of Fame class.   He was one of three industry champions elected the first year.  


Kevin Thibault, Past Chair

Kevin Thibault, PE, is a senior vice president with Parsons Transportation Group and serves as the firm’s Infrastructure Leader for Florida as well as Global Toll Services Leader. With more than 32 years of professional engineering experience in the public and private sectors, Kevin has the unique aspect of having a wealth of expertise as both a consultant and a customer. 


Before joining Parsons, Kevin served in several leadership roles with the Florida Department of Transportation, including Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Operations for the Florida Department of Transportation, where he functioned as the agency’s chief operating officer overseeing an operation that included more than 7,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $7 billion, and as both  interim executive director and transportation development director for the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, the state’s largest toll entity. 


Kevin has served on the board of the IBTTA and is a past chairman of the Floridians for Better Transportation board. He is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Florida Engineering Society, and is a past president for the Tallahassee Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida, and Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.