International Tolling Association Elects 2015 Officers and Directors to Lead Industry Into Critical Year for Transportation Funding Debate

Sept. 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON, DC — The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s (IBTTA) has elected five officers and six new board of directors to begin serving on January 1, 2015. The election took place at IBTTA’s 82nd Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The meeting was attended by nearly 1,000 transportation leaders from more than 20 countries to discuss innovative practices, policies, technologies, funding options and business models transforming mobility for drivers worldwide.

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries and on six continents.

“The tolling industry is on the cutting-edge of funding transportation infrastructure around the globe,” said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA. “As the congressional surface transportation patch is set to expire in May 2015, Congress once again addresses a need for a long-term Transportation Reauthorization bill and tolling is increasingly being utilized by states and localities, our new leadership team comes on board at a critical juncture for the industry. Tolling and user-financed based transportation funding continues to be a proven, safe and reliable option to support infrastructure development.”

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The newly elected 2015 IBTTA Officers include:

President: Javier Rodriguez, Miami, Florida; Executive Director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority;

First Vice President: Earl J. “Buddy” Croft III, Jamestown, Rhode Island; Executive Director, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority

Second Vice President: Emanuela Stocchi, Rome, Italy; Responsible for International Affairs, Associazione Italiana Societa Concessionarie Autostrade e Trafori

International Vice President: Malika Seddi, Paris, France; Director of International Affairs, Association Professionnelle Autoroutes et Ouvrages a Peage (ASFA)

Immediate Past President: Mike Heiligenstein, Austin, Texas; Executive Director, Central TX Regional Mobility Authority

Javier Rodriguez will serve as the President of IBTTA in 2015. He previously served as the 1st Vice President of the association.

“I am honored to be elected president of IBTTA. I look forward to working with our members during this critical time for infrastructure investment. Our economy and every day mobility depends on the quality of our highways, bridges and tunnels. The tolling industry is on the move in providing solutions to address congestion, mobility, interoperability, reconstruction of highways and more,” said Javier Rodriguez, Executive Director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, and 2015 IBTTA President.

The newly elected 2015 IBTTA Board of Directors include:

  • Mark Compton, CEO, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • Katharine Nees P.E, Deputy Director, Strategic Project Division, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Julian Nunez, President, SEOPAN
  • Robert Redding, Senior Director, New Toll Initiatives, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
  • Benton Tempas, IT Director, Northwest Parkway, LLC
  • Anthony Yacobucci, Chief Engineer, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission

In 2013, IBTTA launched Moving America Forward, a public awareness campaign that highlights the benefits of tolling to elected officials, policymakers, the media, and the general public. For additional information on IBTTA’s Moving America Forward campaign, including fact sheets, background documents and other materials about tolling and the industry, please click here.

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries and on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ibtta.org or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.