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Thirty-Six Emerging Transportation Leaders Convene at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association's 2016 Leadership Academy; February 7-12, Washington, D.C

For Release: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Contact: Bill Cramer, Communications Director
202-659-4620 x26 | 202-210-2962 (mobile)


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To provide emerging transportation leaders with leadership training geared specifically to the toll road industry, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) convenes its 2016 Leadership Academy, February 7 to 12, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

"From New York City to Orlando, from Dallas to San Diego, and from Portugal to Nova Scotia, IBTTA is bringing together the best and brightest members of the tolling industry to prepare them to be extraordinary leaders of the future," said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA.

Selected through a competitive application process, the 36 global participants will participate in this intense, one-week course taught by internationally recognized toll industry leaders, business partners, management consultants and educators. The curriculum is designed to include all facets of toll agency operations including administration, finance, customer service, communications, business development and board relations.

"The 2016 Leadership Academy prepares the leaders of tomorrow to understand the full range of today's executive responsibilities," said Jones. "That includes understanding the multifaceted business of tolling; improving communication and interpersonal skills; and broadening their peer-to-peer network."

Led by clinical psychologist, educator and former operating transit manager Barbara Gannon, PhD, GannonConsult, IBTTA's Leadership Academy features a mix of workshops focused on transportation policy, the business of tolling, the future of transportation, an executive director roundtable, and internal and external communication and branding. Leadership topics include looking at tolling from a leaders' perspectives, managing your career--succession planning, building resilience, understanding emotional intelligence, and understanding the connection between satisfied employees and an improved bottom line.

Featured speakers and workshop leaders include: Buddy Croft, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and IBTTA president; Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA; Peter Norton, Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia; Greg Hulsizer and Jim Barbaresso, HNTB; Larry Yermack, Cubic Transportation Systems; Steve Van Beek, ICF International; Rob Horr, Thousand Islands Bridge Authority; Joe Waggoner, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority; Mark Compton, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Lisa Telles, Transportation Corridor Agencies; Lauren Hakos, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission; and Elizabeth Veliz, Faneuil.

For more information about IBTTA's Leadership Academy, please visit

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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 22 countries 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, please visit or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.