Busworld Academy North America Speakers

Meet our speakers

Industry leaders and inspirational speakers to inspire and educate you on what you need to know.

  • Alberto Lacaze

    Alberto Lacaze

    Busworld Speaker

    Mr. Lacaze is President and co-founder of Robotic Research and has conducted extensive research and practical field testing of software, sensors, and techniques to support unmanned autonomous mobility for ground and air vehicles. This includes development of planning algorithms for many uses, specifically, on and off‐road autonomous vehicles; software for terrain perception using LADAR hardware; registration algorithms from multiple sensors data; and a variety of work supporting applications for maritime and collaborative environments using unmanned platforms. Recent work includes innovative approaches to highly accurate human and robot localization capabilities in GPS‐denied areas that allow for effective human/robot teaming. Mr. Lacaze has been a technical lead and/or managerial leader for a wide range of DoD and other government programs starting with his work at NIST in the 1990s and continuing to the present. He serves as an expert advisor to the US State Department in matters related to the field of autonomous unmanned systems.

  • Amy Cummings

    Amy Cummings

    Busworld Speaker

    Amy Cummings, AICP, LEED AP, is the Interim Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.  She joined the RTC as Director of Planning in 2010 and was appointed Deputy Executive Director in 2018. Amy has an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Anna Grönlund

    Busworld Speaker

    Anna Grönlund is Deputy Managing Director for the Swedish Bus and Coach Federation, a part of The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv) is Sweden’s largest and most influential business federation representing 49 member organizations and 60 000 member companies with over 1.6 million employees.


    Before that Anna has worked as a public transport expert at The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, SALAR. She started her career as a journalist at several newspapers and as a PR- and communication manager within business federation in the field of public transport, infrastructure and building. She is 53 years old, married and has two grown-up sons.


    The Swedish Bus and Coach Federation is the trade organization representing the professional bus and coach industry in Sweden. BR is proud to include nearly 400 unique member businesses as active members, representing 90 % of the total bus and coach industry in the country of Sweden. These companies collectively own in the order of 11 000 busses and coaches, and employ in excess of 20 000 skilled employees. They represent all aspects of the bus and coach service industry including both commercial and tendered public transport in cities, rural transport services, long distance municipal and intra-county travel, tourism and tourist travel services in Sweden and abroad, school bus services, vital airport transit connections and charter bus services. 

  • Becky Knox

    Becky Knox

    Busworld Speaker

    Becky Knox is Senior Director, Electric Transportation and Customer Solutions for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association that represents all domestic investor-owned electric companies.  Ms. Knox leads EEI’s efforts to advance electric transportation and smart community activities.  She is responsible for identifying business development opportunities, accessing market potential, and advancing electric company opportunities to accelerate electric transportation and smart community programs.  Additionally, she is responsible for leading advocacy efforts to develop legislative and regulatory policies that support such programs.

    In addition, Ms. Knox works directly with state utility commissioners and staff, consumer advocates and other stakeholders to coordinate policy development and build regulatory support for positive treatment on important electric company issues through education and outreach.  

    Previously, Ms. Knox worked for Louisville Gas and Electric/Kentucky Utilities (LG&E/KU), where her focus was on long-range strategic planning for marketing and business development opportunities for the electric company’s residential, industrial and commercial customer segments.  Prior to her work at the electric company she was as an attorney for the City of Louisville. 


  • Bill Deville

    Bill Deville

    Busworld Speaker

    Bill Deville is Chief Executive Officer for the Baton Rouge Capital Area Transit System (CATS); Bill was appointed by the CATS board in Oct 2016 (CATS);

    Bill brings 36 years of management experience in the Transportation industry; having successfully overseen a large, high profile organization with multiple components, Bill is an award-winning transit professional.

    For 22 of those years Bill, worked for the New Orleans Regional Transit System (NORTA), where Bill worked his way up the ladder from Budget Director, in 1984, to GM/President from 2002 to 2006, retiring a year after the Katrina Disaster, but not before bringing in millions of recovery funding for NORTA;

    Bill went into consulting for the next 9 years; noteworthy, is that he worked the last two years of that term via a MV Transportation consulting contract with the Baton Rouge CATS, where, soon after the consultant contract concluded, CATS hired Bill as its new CEO late in 2016;

    It’s notable here, that after Katrina shut down the Big Easy, and after practically losing the entire RTA transit system and staff of about 1,300 employees in August 2005, Bill, ironically, found himself as a six month evacuation guest of CATS management in a shared office there in the CATS AOM Facility; he landed there after an emergency evacuation of himself and 100 NORTA Hurricane Emergency personnel (and 200 family members).  While there, Bill, was instrumental in working with USDOT, USDHS-FEMA, US Military, FTA, and CATS leadership, and led the way in developing a strategic plan that resulted in the successful initial procurement of a $47M funding contract bridging FEMA, FTA, NORTA, and CATS as a team in the transportation recovery process – the first of its kind in US history – a key start to getting RTA, and the city of New Orleans, back on the road to recovery;

    Upon hiring Bill in 2016, to be the new CEO for CATS, the board’s charge to him, was to turn around the decades long problematic, media whipping boy agency, and so far, he has the agency headed in the right direction, as confirmed by key Baton Rouge collaborators, stakeholders, and media reports; i.e.:

    • Replaced 32 of the 70 plus aged and expensive to maintain buses with clean diesel buses;
    • Created a SMART Strategic Plan that included a Network of Rapid Bus Routes;
    • Produced an alternative fuel study by University of New Orleans, that recommended electric buses, which was  approved by its board
    • Received FTA funding and its first 3 electric buses in 2018, with more to come;
    • Baton Rouge is the first city to receive BYD Electric Buses in Louisiana, with 6 more remaining on a current CATS BYD Purchase Order;
    • In November, 2019, $15 million USDOT BUILD  grant award  toward a $40 million Bus Rapid Transit Corridor TOD project with electric buses being the flagship of the BRT routes; the first in Louisiana, and supported with first mile last mile TNC ride share service, bike share, and  pedestrian amenities via smart city and complete streets functionalities;
    • In the first quarter of 2020, Bill will have both fixed route Microtransit, and ADA paratransit ride share/on demand pilot projects underway, contracted and managed by CATS;
    • Implementing SMART technology, including a first agency wide enterprise system in place by end of 2020;
  • Brian Wynne

    Brian Wynne

    Busworld Speaker

    Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets. 

    Wynne is an influential unmanned systems industry thought leader. In 2017, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to a three-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC), which provides counsel to the FAA on policy and regulatory matters, as well as the agency’s management and spending. He is also a member of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a federal advisory committee of key decision makers formed by the FAA to support the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace. 

    Additionally, Wynne is a member of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), which is comprised of stakeholders from government and the aviation industry that gather and analyze data to enhance UAS safety and operations. He also served on the FAA’s UAS Registration Task Force and Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee. He was recently selected to serve on the Aviation Advisory Committee at MITRE, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers that are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world.

    Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained through leadership roles with industry associations and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AUVSI in 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a trade association that promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. 

    Before being selected to lead EDTA in 2004, Wynne was senior vice president for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). Previously, he was CEO of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). He has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He started his career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois.

    Wynne earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.

    He has been an instrument-rated, general aviation pilot for more than 20 years and flies a Socata Trinidad. He recently received a commercial pilot certificate and holds a remote pilot certificate to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as drones.

  • Charlie Zelle

    Charlie Zelle

    Busworld Speaker

    Charlie Zelle has over 30 years of experience in transportation policy and operations, including serving as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation from 2013-2019. In that capacity, he oversaw a multi-modal state transportation agency with an annual budget of more than $4 billion. Charlie serves as Chairman of Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company with scheduled passenger routes in 14 heartland states from Minnesota to Louisiana. He held the position of President and CEO for more than 20 years before being appointed to the position of Commissioner by Governor Mark Dayton. Charlie has served as a board member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), served on its Executive Committee and was Chair of its Public Transportation Council. In addition, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, Past President of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) and Past Chair of the American Bus Association (ABA) Board of Directors. Charlie received a BA from Bates College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

  • Busworld Speaker

    Curt Simon

    Busworld Speaker

    Curt has spent his entire working career in the surface transportation industry, currently serving as Executive Director for Metro Transit, a positon he has held for the past 15 years. Reporting to the Metro Board of Directors, he serves as Chief Executive Officer for all aspects of the metropolitan public transit service, its employees and management off its 30.2-million-dollar annual budget. He came to Metro in 1987 as Director of Operations from Greyhound Lines where he was a Regional General Manager, overseeing operations in 9 States.  He serves on numerous committees, including, Omaha by Design, the Metropolitan Transportation Technical Advisory Committee, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, is a Board member for the Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers and serves as an ex-officio member of the Douglas County Board of Health.

  • Dan Finley

    Busworld Speaker

    Dan Finley is the Vice President of Corporate Services for the Pacific Western Group of Companies. Dan started with Pacific Western in 2012 and has supported the organization in a variety of functions such as HR, Operations, Business Development, Process Improvement and Advancing Transportation Technology. He has built and grown operations teams to support significant transportation contracts such as refinery construction employee transportation programs.

    Dan is responsible for the PWT Centre for Innovation and Excellence which operates as a shared service HR centre responsible for recruitment, labour relations, talent development and front office HR functions. He also oversees the PWT Communications Centre of Excellence which is the internal and external communications group who supports the operations in marketing, online and offline communications platforms, strategy and deployment. 

    He currently leads innovation projects at PWT that involve Autonomous Vehicles, Electrification of vehicles, Demand Responsive transportation and Enhancing Connection with Customers. One of these projects launched the first fully On Demand Transit system in Canada which is in Cochrane, Alberta a town with 30,000 people located just outside of Calgary.

    Dan is a sought-after speaker and volunteer who serves on several boards.

  • Daniel Gage

    Daniel Gage

    Busworld Speaker

    Dan Gage is President of NGVAmerica, a national organization of over 200 members dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane.

    A proud Central New York native now based in Washington, DC, Dan holds over twenty-five years of political, government, corporate, and trade association issue advocacy, communications and government relations experience.

    Dan joined NGVAmerica in Fall 2017 after years in the Policy Communications and Public Affairs space, most recently with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association representing 12 of the world’s leading car and light truck manufacturers.   

    Prior to his work with major automakers, Dan helped run the Washington office of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served close to a decade as Political and Communications Director and then Chief of Staff to a longtime House Appropriations Cardinal in the U.S. Congress.

  • Darin Welt

    Busworld Speaker

    Darin Welt serves as a Senior Program Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Agency in the Washington DC area.  In this capacity he develops and manages the capitally-funded programs of the 1,584 transit bus operation.  Darin is currently leading the effort to research and develop plans for implementing electric and alternative fueled transit buses for the Agency.

    Darin has extensive experience developing and managing projects and programs.  He has successfully managed several new and innovative projects during his career.  He has a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and has held the Professional Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1997.

  • Darryl Spencer

    Busworld Speaker

    Mr. Spencer serves as the Sr. Assistant Vice President of Engineering within DART Operations. Darryl’s career spans more than 37 years with primary strengths in Project Management, Project Engineering, Fleet Engineering, Facilities and Systems Engineering, Operations Document Control, Operations Support Services, Warranty & Maintenance Services, and Asset Management. He also leads the support services and technical support group, which prepares technical specifications, scope of work development and product testing procedures.
    He professional work engagement includes:

    TXU Energy [10.5 yrs.]
    Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL) Project [1-yr.]
    DART [25.5-yrs.]
    He is a graduate of Prairie View A & M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. A Licensed Professional Engineer,
    He has been directly involved with several clean transit vehicle projects at DART, thru the acquisition of over 1,000+ Natural Gas and Advanced Technology Vehicles representing a collective contract value of over $900 million.
    He has numerous professional affiliations, served on a multitude of technical & professional committees, and completed and/or contributed to various professional technical publications.

  • Dr. Geert Wets

    Busworld Speaker

    Geert Wets received a degree as commercial engineer in business informatics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1991 and a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 1998. Currently, he is a full professor at the School for Transportation Sciences at Hasselt University (Belgium). He is also director of the Transportation Research Institute (IMOB).  His current research entails transportation behavior, activity-based transportation modeling, traffic safety and data mining. He has published his research in several international journals such as Accident Analysis and Prevention, Environment and Planning, Geographical Analysis, Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Transportation Research Record and Information Systems.

  • Dr. Joseph Schwieterman

    Busworld Speaker

    Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D., a professor of Public Service Management at DePaul University, is a nationally known authority on transportation and urban economics. He has testified on several occasions on transportation issues before subcommittees of the U.S. Congress.  The director of DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, Professor Schwieterman conducts research on mobility and transportation that regular draws national media attention.  Schwieterman is the co-author of the widely circulated “Outlook for the Industry Bus Industry” report that has been published annually for the past ten years.

  • Peter Lawrence

    Dr. Peter Lawrence

    Busworld Speaker

    Dr. Peter Lawrence has authored numerous articles for trade publications within the pupil transportation and education industries. He is a nationally Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT), through the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). He currently serves as the NAPT Region 1 Director and served as co-chair of the NAPT Special Needs Advisory Committee. He teaches regularly for NAPT across the United States. Dr. Lawrence has presented internationally on multiple occasions to transportation professionals in Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, India, Turkey, and Russia. He is looking forward to sharing best practices and networking with transportation professionals at the Busworld Academy North America Powered by ABA!  

  • Eric Reese

    Busworld Speaker

    Eric Reese is the Chief Executive Officer & President of Bytemark, a Siemens Company.  He was appointed to this role effective January 1, 2020.  Eric joined Bytemark in July of 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer.

    Prior to leading Bytemark, Eric served on Gannett Fleming’s Global Transportation Leadership team starting in January 2018 and was the Leader of their Global Transit & Rail Business Development efforts. In this role, he helped define and build strategy for expanding Gannett’s Transit & Rail practice Business Line.  

    Prior to joining Gannett, Eric was responsible for Scheidt & Bachmann’s (S&B) Global Strategy for their Fare Collection group.  In that role, Eric led their strategic sales, pursuits and delivery to transit and rail clients around the world.  He started at S&B in 2014.

    Prior to Scheidt & Bachmann, Eric served in various leadership roles with Chicago Transit Authority (starting in 2007), including most recently as Director, Revenue where he oversaw all the CTA’s revenue streams, including Fare Collection, Marketing, Real Estate, Advertising, Business Development, Public Private Partnerships, and others.  

    Prior to that, he served as Deputy Budget Director for the Chicago Park District (2004) and as an Assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley (2002).  He started his career as an early stage employee at a “dot com” named B2P Commerce, the team successfully sold the business in 2001.

  • Erik

    Erik Bigelow

    Busworld Speaker

    Erik Bigelow is a Senior Engineering Consultant and the Director of Midwest Operations leading the CTE office in St. Paul, MN. Mr. Bigelow is the senior CTE staff member responsible for many advanced transportation projects, including battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, and has been focused on successfully implementing zero emission transit for over 10 years. In addition, he leads CTE’s efforts in Key Performance Indicator reporting across CTE’s portfolio of projects and is central to CTE’s engineering analysis efforts for large-scale fleet deployment simulation and other analysis initiatives.

  • François Tremblay

    Busworld Speaker

    François Tremblay

    Vice-President General Manager Prevost & Volvo Bus

    François Tremblay held different management positions in different companies such as Procter Gamble and  Bombardier.  His latest function at Bombardier being the General Manager of one of their business unit (Special Vehicle Group).  He  spent 6 years working abroad developing and expanding markets for the different product segments in more than 76 countries on all continents.

    François joined the Prevost team January 1, 2016.  He now holds the position of Vice-President General Manager for Prevost (coaches and bus shells for conversion) and Volvo Bus (coaches for the NA market).

    François holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a CPA designation (accounting).

  • Gary Horvat

    Busworld Speaker

    Navistar Vice President of eMobility Gary Horvat has over 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, with an educational background in both industrial and manufacturing engineering, including a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. Gary started his career at Eaton Corporation working on Heavy Duty Truck Axles and Transmissions.  The majority of his career was at General Motors where he was responsible for the engine controls on the third-generation small block V8 and as assistant chief engineer, launched the 3900 V6 Engine, winning the Popular Mechanics “Breakthrough” Award.  Gary’s last position at GM was as Executive Director of engineering operations, managing powertrain global development, testing and validation facilities. After his GM career he was Vice President of Product Development at Fisker Automotive as well as Vice President of Powertrain at DENSO International. Gary was the CTO at Proterra from 2015 through 2018.  At Proterra, Horvat was responsible for all engineering and technology development for that company’s electric bus product line. Accomplishments included setting a world record of 1101.2 miles for the longest range of any electric vehicle on one charge.  At Navistar, Horvat is responsible for augmenting and aligning Navistar’s eMobility team in all commercial, technical, and implementation activities for Navistar’s various product lines.

  • Ian Smart

    Ian Smart

    Busworld Speaker

    Ian joined the New Flyer Group (NFI) in 2011.  He was appointed to the role of President, Motor Coach Industries (MCI) in 2017.

    In his role at MCI, he is responsible for the financial performance of the coach business including all elements of design, manufacture, sale and support of coach products.  The MCI business today includes two manufacturing sites and seven service centers located in Canada and the US.

    From 2011 through 2016 he was the Executive Vice President, Aftermarket.  He was  responsible for New Flyer Transit Aftermarket business, which included Parts, New Flyer Connect, Customer Training and Publications. 

    Prior to joining New Flyer, he worked in the aerospace maintenance, repair & overhaul industry with StandardAero.  As the Senior Vice President for Airlines and Fleets, he was responsible for revenue of nearly $600M and over 900 employees that supported airline customers around the world.

    Ian holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.

  • Jack Hall

    Busworld Speaker

    Mr. Hall is the ITS CV/AV Program Manager for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority which is led by Randy Iwasaki, its Executive Director. CCTA leads and facilitates a collaborative partnership at America’s largest and most comprehensive CV/AV test bed with affiliated multi-modal, real-world pilot deployment projects in Concord, California, known as GoMentum Station. Jack is a Professional Engineer, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the US Air Force Academy, and has a Masters in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose State University.

  • Jan De Man

    Busworld Speaker

    Jan Deman has been working in the bus- and coach sector since 2007. In 2011 he became the director for the Flemish federation for bus- and coach companies (BAAV). He is the first director of the Busworld Foundation, which is the holding company over the Busworld Academy. Both positions allow to experience the daily needs of the operators as well as the manufacturers, and to detect the needs from public authorities and from private travellers.

    Current projects focus on safety, sustainability and comfort matters, the development of niche markets and the improvement of the image of the sector.

  • Jean-Pierre Geelen

    Jean-Pierre Geelen

    Busworld Speaker

    • Master in Product Design
    • 6 years Product Designer @ IDEA Design
    • 21 years Design Consultant / Partner / Director @ Enthoven Associates Design Consultants
    • Since 2010 Business Development Director Asia @ Yellow Window Design
    • Jury member at Busworld awards since 2011
    • In charge of various bus, coach and rail vehicle designs for global manufacturers.  
  • Jeff Madura

    Busworld Speaker

    Jeff Madura is the Director of Public Sector Sales, North America for Van Hool US Sales LLC. Van Hool is a Belgium based bus manufacturer with current locations in Lier Belgium, Skopje Macedonia and the soon to be constructed state of the art facility to be located in Morristown Tennessee. We currently export motor coaches into the North American market but also manufacture 30’, 35’, 40’, 60’ and 80’ Heavy Duty low floor buses. We produce these buses using clean diesel, Hydrogen fuel cell, CNG, electric and hybrid electric power. 

    Jeff has worked as a transportation specialist since 1995. His career started as a design engineer that then transitioned into sales. He has worked for bus manufactures such as Daimler Chrysler Commercial Buses as well as a few North American bus dealerships. His duties will include developing, training and managing a sales team focused on the north American Public Transit market.

  • Jim Mullen

    Jim Mullen

    Busworld Speaker

    Jim Mullen is the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and expert guidance on policy matters, legislative initiatives, regulatory implementation, communications, and stakeholder and Congressional relations – all with the focus of helping FMCSA further its safety mission. The Agency he leads regulates more than 530,000 trucking companies, 12,000 bus and motor coach operators and approximately 4 million interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.

    Jim brings an extensive portfolio of experience and providing senior leadership in the law arena – the vast majority occurring in the trucking sector.  

    Prior to launching his own consulting firm in 2016, Jim served for more than a decade as the executive vice president and general counsel for Werner Enterprises, one of the five largest truckload carriers in the United States.  

    His professional background also includes expertise in the areas of government relations and human resources.  

    A proud Nebraska Cornhusker, Jim obtained his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska.

  • Joachim Reinhard Danchell

    Joachim Reinhard Danchell

    Busworld Speaker

    Joachim Reinhard Danchell  has worked at Movia since 2009. Movia is the largest Public Transport Authority (PTA) in Denmark and transports approx. 215M passengers annually and is owned by the 45 municipalities and 2 regions on Zealand and is responsible for all bus operations, local railway services and demand-responsive transport in Copenhagen and Zealand.

    At Movia he works as special advisor with responsibility for environmental strategies and advises municipalities and regions on how to achieve fossil free or emission free public transportation. He has a long track record of implementing large technological projects such as electric busses in daily operations, carrying out large tenders, upgrading existing vehicles and handling charging infrastructure.

  • John Brennan

    John Brennan III

    Busworld Speaker

    John Brennan III was appointed as Chief Counsel of the Federal Transit Administration in April 2019. He serves as the chief legal advisor to the FTA Administrator, leadership and staff.

    Prior to joining FTA, John served as Senior Counsel for the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska. His diverse corporate practice included Public Private Partnerships valued at over $1 billion, rail network and business development, public affairs, commerce law, regulatory compliance and finance.

    Before joining Union Pacific, John served as Staff Director and Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

    John served for two years as Director of Railroad Operations for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston. He also held senior legal positions with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and contract management positions at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Fidelity Investments and Guilford Transportation Industries-Rail Division.

    John is a graduate of Boston Latin School, holds an A.B. in English from the University of Massachusetts and earned his Juris Doctor degree at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

    John is married to Maureen Tierney, MD, MSc., an infectious disease physician with the Nebraska Department of Public Health. They have two sons, John and Jim.

  • Loretta Bitner

    Busworld Speaker

    Ms. Bitner began her career in commercial motor vehicle safety with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia as the Hazardous Materials Program Administrator. During this time Loretta developed multiple safety programs including West Virginia’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan and was the Special Projects Manager for the Commercial Drivers Licensing Self-Assessment.


    In 2003 Loretta was hired by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) as the Director of Driver Programs. As Director, she was the Commercial Drivers Licensing liaison to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and staffed CVSA’s Driver-Traffic Enforcement Committee, Passenger Carrier Committee and the Hazardous Materials Committee.   

    In October 2004 Loretta began her career with FMCSA in the Hazardous Materials Division, in Washington, DC.  In 2006, Loretta was promoted to the Division Chief for Commercial Enforcement.  In 2009, she transferred to the Chief of the Commercial Passenger Carrier Safety Division. Loretta is responsible for the enforcement of FMCSA’s national passenger carrier safety and ADA programs.  

  • Luis Pedrero

    Luis Pedrero

    Busworld Speaker

    “Luis Pedrero is the President of Global Passenger Network, Inc., an international organization of high quality motor coach operators and travel companies present in 36 countries. Graduated in BA for Carlos III University of Madrid, Luis is also the CEO at CAR TOUR, a motor coach company based in Spain, where he manages a fleet of over 50 vehicles and 70 employees. Luis has recently also been elected as President of ANETRA, one of the two National Associations in Spain, which cares for the interests of more than 900 small and medium motor coach enterprises within the Spanish territory, representing them at the Spanish and European Transport Administrations.”

  • Malin Lindberg

    Busworld Speaker

    Malin Lindberg is an expert for bus depot and bus terminals for the public transport authority (PTA) in Stockholm, Sweden. Before that, Malin was a traffic planer and she still is a bus driver in Stockholm regularly. For the future Malin try to prepare the infrastructure for the futures upcoming bus technologies and fuels and there needs while environmental issues are important.
    Malin work every day for coordinate the ongoing working progress to be a part of create integrated, well-connected, flexible public transport for the passenger and that is necessary input and knowledge for electrifying the bus traffic and then you need to cooperate with municipalities, grid companies, Public Transport operator (PTO) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Malin works very hard to increase the public transport by giving the best infrastructure solutions.
    Malin lives in Stockholm, is 39 years old, have a relationship and two children 7 and 10 years old. She love to be with her family, friends and colleagues. She think that it is important to being a good listener, understand person´s needs and together people can make things happened.

    The Stockholm Region is responsible for the procured public transport in Stockholm County. Every day more than 900,000 people travel on public transport in Stockholm County. As part of the Stockholm Region, Public Transport Administration work to build and develop sustainable, modern and accessible public transportation for nearly 2.3 million inhabitants. As Stockholm grows, distances should become shorter in a city that is getting larger.

  • Marc Hofmann

    Marc Hofmann

    Busworld Speaker

    Marc Hofmann is CEO of CheckMyBus, the leading international meta-search engine for intercity- and airport buses. When the German coach market was liberalized in 2013, Marc created a first news blog and comparison site for buses in Germany. Now CheckMyBus offers millions daily bus departures in more than 70 countries for a global audience. Before becoming active in digital business as founder and Managing Director of several price comparison sites in 2012, he worked in international management positions at Siemens Audiology, now Sivantos, for more than 7 years. He studied Business Administration in Nuremberg and Strasbourg before starting his career at The Nielsen Company. Marc is a frequent speaker on innovation in travel, mobility and bus market. 

    Bus and shared mobility in general are helping to solve environmental problems and congestion. Following this believe Marc is actively working to facilitate growth and digitization of the bus market.

  • Marc Vanhoutte

    Marc Vanhoutte

    Busworld Speaker

    Industrial Engineer in Tooling and Machining.

    27 years of experience within the bus industry Worldwide, including 7 years with bus manufacturers, mainly within the after sales department and 20 years with Transdev one of the biggest public transport operators worldwide.

    Within the Transdev organization, supporting Bus Fleet Management for the group located within the 5 continents.  Providing expertise on fleet related issues, technical issues and within tendering processes (purchasing, acquisition, maintenance & repair, energy supply and consumption, TCO calculations, relocating surplus vehicles etc...   

    Expertise regarding the preparation of the offers for tenders with electric buses: On location, such as Santiago the Chile, Bogota; United States or with the use of conference calls, Australia, New Zeeland.

    Supporting the board with the evaluation of the offers for a tender, as it was prepared by the Transdev country organizations.

    Speaker on different occasions, regarding the experience of the implementation of an electric bus fleet within the Netherlands and Germany.

  • Marko Javornik

    Marko Javornik

    Busworld Speaker

    Marko Javornik is Vice President and General Manager Mobility & Travel at Comtrade Digital Services, where he is in charge of Comtrade's partnership with Ryanair and other key accounts. He is an internationally recognized expert in software technology innovation and digital transformation. With more than 20 years of experience, he has led large-scale innovation projects developing digital business solutions in various industry verticals, including financial services, energy management, automotive and travel. He passionate about the creation of digitally-driven solutions and is committed to forming strong partnerships based on the principles of Open Innovation to drive the digital transformation. His specific area of focus is on reinventing mobility and travel industry by bringing advanced back-end technology to the market to enable new concepts of Mobility-as-a-Service. Under his leadership, Comtrade delivers the most challenging state-of-the-art technology projects for global clients.

  • Mauro Gaspar

    Mauro Gaspar

    Busworld Speaker

    My name is Mr. Mauro Gaspar , President and Director of SGM Meeting Solutions SA, from Argentina. I have long track record in the tourism & transportation industry. 

    I have worked in the Transportation Industry since 1994. I began as a service coordinator in a local transportation company based in Buenos Aires city. 

    After just a few year I was fully dedicated to the commercial and business relations that allowed me to develop my career and expertise in this industry. 

    During all those year I had the opportunity to meet clients and colleagues from all over the world, this job allowed me to grow in the business and I decided to open my own company.  

    I founded in 2009  SGM Meeting Solutions SA, a transportation company focused in transportation for tourist, charter coach and transportation for private companies, with a MICE area. 

    Since then, I have been working and challenging myself and my team to be one of the most prestige and relievable companies in Argentina. 

  • Pierre

    Pierre Gourdain

    Busworld Speaker

    Pierre is the CEO of FlixBus US. Prior to that he led FlixBus’ expansion in France Spain and Belgium. Pierre is an avid reader, skier, marathon runner. Pierre also unsuccessfully tries to surf, he lives in California with his wife and two daughters.

  • Polina Raygorodskaya

    Polina Raygorodskaya

    Busworld Speaker

    Polina Raygorodskaya is the co-founder and CEO of Wanderu, the leading bus and train travel booking platform in North America and Europe. Prior to establishing Wanderu, Polina was the founder and president of Polina Fashion, a boutique fashion, travel and luxury PR firm based in New York City.

    In 2015, Inc. Magazine included Polina in their annual 30 Under 30 roundup of the best young entrepreneurs and Fortune Magazine featured her in their list of 40 Under 40 Women to Watch. In 2016, Polina was featured in Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list in the Consumer Tech category. In October 2017, Polina was on the cover of Inc. Magazine as one of the most innovative women entrepreneurs in America.

  • Rep. Sam Graves

    Busworld Speaker

    Congressman Sam Graves is a lifelong resident of Missouri's Sixth Congressional District. As a small businessman and a sixth-generation family farmer, Sam has spent his life working to make Missouri a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

    In Congress, Sam serves as the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As Ranking Member, Sam leads the Republicans on the Committee as it has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation – our aviation system, highways and bridges, transit and rail transportation, pipelines, and maritime and waterborne transportation. Sam’s role in transportation is critical as he works on behalf of Missouri’s 34,000 highway miles and 10,400 bridges in need of maintenance and repair as well as the 6th Congressional District’s two major rivers – the Missouri and the Mississippi.

    Sam is also a member of the House Committee on Armed Services. Missouri has a $15 billion military footprint and plays a critical role in ensuring our troops have the resources they need. Sam remains determined to protect Missouri’s various military installations and all of the brave men and women who serve in uniform.

    Congressman Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri on November 7, 1963. He graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982 and attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his degree in Agronomy from the School of Agriculture.

    In 1992, Sam won his first race for State Representative. In 1994, he was elected State Senator for the 12th Senatorial District and was subsequently re-elected in 1998.

    Sam’s leadership has been recognized by organizations like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Hospital Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. As a father, grandfather, farmer, businessman, and former State legislator, Sam knows the values, hopes, and beliefs of the hard-working people of the Sixth District, and continues to work tirelessly for Missouri families in the United States House of Representatives.


  • Roman Cornell

    Busworld Speaker

    Roman Cornell assumed the role as President of ABC Companies in March of 2019. This promotion was part of the ongoing initiative to ensure consistent leadership strength across ABC Companies as the third and fourth generations of Cornell family members take on roles within the organization. Prior to his current role, Roman was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer in February 2017. He continues his work as the chief commercial strategist, with responsibilities focused on all revenuegenerating aspects of the business, including oversight of all sales, after‐sales and commercial operating functions. Roman will also continue to oversee the company’s parts group which encompasses OEM and aftermarket brands, as well as transit parts sales under ABC Parts Source. Previously, Roman held the positions of Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of ABC Companies. In these capacities, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of all sales related activities including the coordination of national sales efforts, design and implementation of corporate sales policies, programs and procedures, product development, and managing key customer relationships nationwide. Roman joined ABC Companies in 1992 as a third generation of the Cornell family in ABC Companies. Roman assisted in the sales division of the New Jersey location as an Account Executive, responsible for sales in the New England area. Since that time, he served as Regional Vice President and General Manager for ABC’s Midwest Region, Western Region and most recently in the Winter Garden, FL, facility – which is ABC’s largest sales and service facility.
    Roman is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for ABC Companies, American Bus Association (ABA) and
    Trailways. Roman resides in Orlando with his wife, Michelle, and their son, Maxim, and daughter, Makena.

  • Ryan Popple

    Busworld Speaker

    Ryan Popple is the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading innovator of zero-emission, battery-electric buses. Prior to Proterra, Ryan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. An early employee of Tesla Motors, he was senior director of finance, with a focus on strategic planning, technology cost reduction and corporate finance. Ryan serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is focused on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives. He is also a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council where he provides guidance on political and legislative priorities, communications planning and development efforts. Ryan has served in the U.S. Army, received a bachelor’s in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University

  • Ryan Posten

    Busworld Speaker

    Ryan Posten has served in the Department of Transportation for more than 28 years in various escalating roles and responsibilities to advance safety in the United States. Since August 2014, Mr. Posten has served as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. Mr. Posten serves as the principal advisor to the NHTSA Administrator on matters relating to the promulgation of rulemakings and policy in the setting of motor vehicle safety standards, fuel economy regulations for motor vehicles, anti-theft and consumer information regulations, international harmonization and policy, and operation and development of NHTSA’s (5-Star Crash Rating) New Car Assessment Program.

  • Scott Bogren

    Busworld Speaker

    Community Transportation Association of America Executive Director Scott Bogren has been working with, writing about and covering the community and public transportation industry for more than three decades. His experience with CTAA includes being Editor-in-Chief of Community Transportation magazine; crafting the Association's various legislative, policy and regulatory positions on Capitol Hill; and shaping CTAA's communications, training and leadership activities. He has been Executive Director at CTAA since 2016. A proud graduate of Indiana University’s Journalism program, Scott lives in Germantown, Md., with his wife Beth and their two children Riley and Ella. In his spare time he like sports, kayaking and reading.