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Distinguished  Leadership Academy Alum of the Year, 2022

George Christopher, Business Development Manager, Emovis

George Christopher, JD

LAAA Class of 2022

George Christopher serves as Business Development Manager, North America, at Emovis.  He has over 10 years of Tolling experience and specializes in operations, call center technology, print/mail/fulfillment, artificial intelligence & RPA, BOS & OBO, project delivery, collections, and sales/marketing.  Prior to joining Emovis, George was the founder of Douglas Stuart LLC, a Virginia based DBE/MBE/VSOB, that does Print/Mail/Fulfilment, Staffing, Operations, and AWS Cloud Services across the tolling, finance, health care, child support enforcement, and collections industries.  

George serves on the Emerging Technology Committee, the DEI Committee, Council of Platinum Sponsors, and as a Board Member of the IBTTA Foundation.  He is a father of 4, a veteran, a novice vintner, and a member of of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  

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About the Award

This award recognizes a leader that has demonstrated and made significant commitments to tolling and the transportation industry after graduating from the IBTTA Leadership Academy. Nominees for the IBTTA Distinguished Leadership Academy Alum of the Year has mirrored IBTTA's focus on advancing leaders in the industry as well as served to inspire others while building relationships.  This outstanding Alum embodies emerging mindsets and the evolution of transportation in their respective organization or agency, along with demonstrating an intense commitment to providing excellent service to the tolling industry and maintaining perseverance in the face of adversity.  

Purpose

The Distinguished Leadership Academy Alum of the Year will honor an Academy graduate who has made significant contributions to the transportation/tolling industry in a way that mirrors the Association’s focus on advancing transportation by attracting and developing talent with a keen recognition of the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive leadership and membership.

The Distinguished Leadership Academy Alum of the Year will honor an Academy graduate who has made significant contributions to the transportation/tolling industry in a way that mirrors the Association’s focus on advancing transportation by attracting and developing talent with a keen recognition of the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive leadership and membership.

This outstanding Alum will have personal and professional priorities that exemplify overall leadership within a tolling agency, forging genuine human connections within and across diverse teams and people, and mentor and cultivate employees, and creating a culture of respect that fosters an atmosphere conducive to advancement and enthusiasm for the tolling industry. This outstanding Alum will embody emerging mindsets and the evolution of transportation in their respective organization or agency, along with demonstrating an intense commitment to providing excellent service to the tolling industry and maintaining perseverance in the face of adversity. 

This distinguished Alum should inspire and encourage personal and professional development in others; build strong relationships that support a high level of trust and credibility; promote the transfer of knowledge and influence from person to person, and recognize and respond to different learning preferences while cultivating other’s abilities and talents.

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Nomination Criteria

The Leadership Academy Alum Award is open to all IBTTA Leadership Academy graduates.  Nominations may be submitted by an individual familiar with the work of a nominee. Self-nominations are also accepted. Previous winners are not eligible.

Nomination Criteria

The Leadership Academy Alum Award is open to all IBTTA Leadership Academy graduates.  Nominations may be submitted by an individual familiar with the work of a nominee. Self-nominations are also accepted. To be considered for the award, a nominee must meet the following criteria: 

  • The nominee must be a graduate of the IBTTA Leadership Academy.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated a continuing interest in and support of IBTTA and the Leadership Academy through the contribution of time, talent, or resources.
  • The nominee must have contributed to the betterment of the bridge, tunnel, and tolling industry.
  • The nominee should have demonstrated, through personal, professional and/or organizational achievement, initiatives outlined by IBTTA President during his term.
  • During the current year, the Nominee must have served as a Leadership Academy mentor or must have guided and assisted others during participation in IBTTA committees, conferences, or activities.
  • The nominee must be a current member of IBTTA.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.

Selection Methodology:
  • Nominations will be submitted and distributed to the LAAA Awards selection committees. Only the nomination forms will be reviewed by the committee and numbered.  The LAAA Awards committee will select three finalists and from there, will make the selection, based on numerical scoring.
  • All nominees will be considered but only will be notified if they are selected for the award.
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LAAA Officers (2022-2023)

The LAAA Officers serve a two-year term.

  • Co-Chair - Stephanie Blanco, Capital Projects Manager (Toll), Riverside County Transportation Commission
  • Co-Chair - Alan Williamson, Construction Engineering Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • Vice-Chair, Programs/PAPC Chair - Mike Davis, VP, Tolls and Technology Service Group Leader, RS&H
  • Vice-Chair - Membership/Sponsorship - Carlos Campo, Assistant Vice President, WSP, USA
  • Treasurer - Mark Hicks, Senior Toll Technology Specialist, RS&H
  • Secretary - Tyler Milligan, Managing Partner, Milligan Partners LLC
  • Ambassador - Lauren Hakos, Training and Development Manager, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
  • Ambassador - Mary Sallach, Director of Strategic Initiatives, State Road & Tollway Authority
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