Special Presenters

Jay Trumbull – Chairman, Florida Transportation Commission

Jay Trumbull is the President/Owner of Trumbull Bottled Water, Inc. Chairman Trumbull currently serves on the Bay County Planning Commission, Panama City Housing Authority, Bay Medical Board Foundation, and has just finished his term on the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. Chairman Trumbull also serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Bank and Trust and serves on several boards within his industry: Culligan Dealers of North America and on the Culligan Dealer Advisory Council. Chairman Trumbull was appointed to the FTC in March, 2011; his term ends September 20, 2019.

Phillip Gainer, P.E. – Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation District 3

Phillip Gainer, P.E., is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Mr. Gainer has more than 30 years of experience in transportation engineering, 24 years of managerial/leadership experience, and a solid background in emergency management operations. His work tenure includes FDOT Central Office, FDOT District 3, and the private sector. Mr. Gainer was named the FDOT District 3 Secretary in October 2016.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Monica Scamardo – Variate Consulting

Dr. Monica Scamardo is the founder of Variate, an organization focused on leadership and team effectiveness. Dr. Scamardo has worked with hundreds of leaders in profit and non-profit organizations over the last 15 years to achieve better, faster results. Dr. Scamardo assists in identifying problems that exist which undermine the organizational trust, and therefore, impact productivity, profitability, communication, employee engagement, and overall success. As a leadership coach, Dr. Scamardo uses research-based assessments to work with emerging and experienced leaders to gain mastery in key competency areas. Dr. Scamardo speaks at the national, regional, and state levels and she is known for her approachable style and ability to make research practical to the world of work.

Michael Willis – Color Nine Group, LLC

Michael Willis leads a team of professionals that helps clients find funding and policy solutions to their immediate needs. The Center for Public Integrity and First Street Research have both labeled Michael Willis as one of Washington’s most influential transportation and infrastructure lobbyists. Having served as the senior legislative staffer to the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mr. Willis has extensive experience working with federal officials to address the transportation needs of local government entities. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Willis provided counsel to the Chairman on matters pertaining to the appropriations of federal funds to 27 cities and seven counties, and on all matters of national security.


Complete Streets

Complete streets are multi-use environments that enable safe and comfortable access for all users. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities. This panel will discuss the roles that complete streets play in creating a more vibrant, productive, and sustainable community. Panelists will also discuss challenges to implementing complete streets elements and steps to making them integral parts of the planning process.

Moderator: Nathan Boyles, Commissioner, Okaloosa County 

Panelist Presentations:
Jared Purdue – Director, Transportation Development FDOT
Mary Raulserson – Principal Planner, Kittleson & Associates, Inc.
Nick Uhran – Executive Director, Palm Beach MPO
Artie White – Principal Planner, Tallahassee-Leon Planning Department


Financial investment and long-term planning are crucial for creating and maintaining a unique melding of transportation and infrastructure that supports tourism. This panel will focus on how airports, roadways, transit, bike paths, and traffic management are all crucial elements of a successful tourism industry.

Moderator: Rob Williamson, Commissioner, Santa Rosa County

Panelist Presentations:
Parker McClellan – Executive Director, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Dr. Mark Bonn – The Robert H. Dedman Professor in Services Management
Dan Rowe – Executive Director, Bay County Tourist Development Council
Wiley Blankenship – President and CEO, Coastal Alabama Partnership


What does it take to get every day goods to a local store? This panel will reveal the many facets of the freight transportation management process from the perspective of supply, demand, and policy. The session will include discussion on the challenges that inhibit efficiency and the solutions the private and public sectors are developing to improve freight mobility

Moderator: Rickey Fitzgerald, Freight and Multimodal Operations Manager, Florida Department of Transportation

Panelist Presentations:
Rashard Howard – Manager Industrial Development and Ports, CSX Transportation Inc.
Amy Miller – Port Director, Port of Pensacola
Holly Munroe, AICP – Transportation Planner and Project Manager, CDM Smith
Kwentin Eastberg – Transportation Planner, Apalachee Regional Planning Council

Emerging Transportation Technologies

Market demands and technology innovation are changing transportation, therefore, transportation planning must anticipate these realities. From alternative energies to autonomous and connected vehicles, planners can leverage technologies to both protect and improve the transportation network. The panel will explore emerging technologies and discuss how innovation is improving transportation planning.

Moderator: Rodney Friend, Commissioner, City of Lynn Haven

Panelist Presentations:
Maynard Factor – Director of Business Development, Kratos Defense
Doug Kettles – Coordinator, Central Florida Clean Cities
Tanner Martin – Data Analytics Office, FDOT
Ben Pierce, PMP – Transportation Technology Program Lead, HDR NO PRESENTATION 

Public Involvement

Citizen participation is crucial early and throughout the transportation planning process. The panelists will explore strategies in the identification of target audiences and the subsequent development of approaches that are appealing to those audiences while maintaining Environmental Justice and Title VI best practices.

Moderator: Brittany Ellers, Public Involvement Coordinator, West Florida Regional Planning Council

Panelist Presentations:
Carey Shepherd, Civil Rights Officer, Federal Highway Administration
Danielle Blackshear – Transportation Planning Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
Marybeth Soderstrom – Community Engagement Manager, Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization
Rusty Ennemoser – State Community Resources and Public Involvement Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation

Public Transportation

Public Transportation or “Transit” is experiencing many trends throughout the globe. This panel will address ways that local governments can facilitate developments that can provide efficient, attractive, and successful transit systems while avoiding common obstacles they may face.

Moderator: Mike Nichols, Chairman, Bay County Transportation Planning Organization, and Commissioner, City of Panama City 

Panelist Presentations:
Ken Westbrook – Executive Vice President, Transdev Services NO PRESENTATION 
Jay Liles – Policy Consultant, Seaside Institute
Corey Ershow – Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft
Gabriell Mathews – Transit Planning Administrator, Florida Department of Transportation


Transit-oriented development and integrated emerging technologies have the ability to transform regional economies. REMI will discuss best practices when evaluating the macroeconomic impacts over time of the benefits and costs of proposed transportation policy. This presentation will include examples of recent studies and two hypothetical scenarios modeled within the western Florida economy.

Moderator: Caitlin Cerame, Planner, West Florida Regional Planning Council

Panelist Presentations:
Chris Judson – Managing Economic Associate, REMI

Intelligent Transportation Systems

An intelligent transportation system (ITS) is an advanced application that aims to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management, affording various users more coordinated use of transport networks. The panel will explore how regions in Florida are providing innovative transportation system management and operations (TSM&O) solutions through ITS and regional collaboration.

Moderator: Ben Faust, Vice President, DRMP, Inc.

Panelist Presentations:
Keith Bryant, Public Works Director, Bay County Board of County Commissioners
Allison Deffenbaugh – Transportation Planner, HNTB
Lloyed Reshard – CEO, Cognitive Big Data Systems
Russel Allen, P.E. – ITS Program Development Engineer, State Traffic Engineering & Operations Office, Transportation Systems Management and Operations Division, Florida Department of Transportation

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