2018 Keynote Speakers

Billi Lee


Entrepreneur & Consultant

“How Savvy Are You?"


Monday, July 16


"The Bear Story" is a timeless and timely, entertaining and thought-provoking fable that will help STN EXPO attendees assess how workplace savvy they are. This simple yet profound story has helped people from very diverse cultures like Russia, Mexico and Australia, and in organizations as different as the CIA, Caterpillar and Comcast understand themselves, their colleagues and the system in which they work more clearly.

Learn when to:


  • Exert control and when to be resilient
  • Practice personal exclusivity and when to form professional alliances
  • Be personal and when to depersonalize


The lessons student transporters will walk away with will result in an enhanced ability to avoid damaging political pitfalls.

Ross Bernstein


Author of “The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World”


Tuesday, July 17


The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance hall of fame business speaker who's keynoted conferences on five continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. His program is based on a series of books he wrote that chronicled more than 500 professional athletes and coaches he interviewed. They all had one thing in common — they were members of championship teams. Bernstein concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common in peak performers in business. He learned, champions have a very unique DNA — and his goal in this keynote session is to get audience members thinking about their own DNA — and about the differentiators they possess to ultimately lead customers to choose to do business with them. At the core of his message is the simple fact that we like to do business with people who we trust, who we like, and who just “get it” — champions. In an engaging, provocative, and visually entertaining style, Ross will use inspirational stories and poignant life lessons from the world of sports to show attendees how to:


  • Create a “culture of excellence” by giving extraordinary customer service
  • Generate momentum by utilizing the "currency of karma"
  • Follow their moral compasses to win "the right way," with respect and integrity
  • Be better leaders and create more "buy-in" by embracing change and failure
  • Evolve from "order takers" to "trusted partners" by enhancing the quality of their relationships

Dave Jaworski


Microsoft Executive & Author of Microsoft Secrets: An Insider’s View of the Rocket Ride from Worst to First and Lessons Learned on the Journey


Sunday, July 15


Dave Jaworski is a sales and technology expert, consultant, author and speaker. With over thirty years of sales, technology and executive management experience, Jaworski speaks to various businesses, executives and leaders about the lessons he learned on his incredible journey as one of the first employees of Microsoft Canada. Jaworski rose through the ranks to ultimately lead the U.S. Sales Operations, Microsoft University and more. He is the first ever recipient of Bill Gates Chairman’s Award of Excellence and was one of six at table when Microsoft Office was created. Jaworski was part of the executive team at Microsoft as it rose from dead last in the industry to becoming #1 in every major category and created the technology that changed the professional world. He and his colleagues took on the powerhouse that is known as IBM and won.


How did Microsoft do it? Jaworski explains in his new book Microsoft Secrets: An Insider’s View of the Rocket Ride from Worst to First and Lessons Learned on the Journey that released September 26, 2017.


"Microsoft was the company that drove the hardest and built the fastest. I was there during their rapid rise to the top," said Jaworski. "I kept meticulous notes, took photos, documented the risks we took, the dreams we shared, the lessons learned, the hopes realized and the mistakes we made. Many of the issues we faced at that time are the same issues confronting leaders in business today."

Exclusive Transportation Director Summit Keynote

Ryan Avery

Go From A to THE®:
Stop Being A Leader. Start Being THE Leader!


Ryan Avery is one of the Millennial generation’s most profound speakers on generational leadership and strategic communication. At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International.

Ryan has delivered keynotes and trainings on every continent in the world, is an Emmy-award winning journalist, and a two-time best-selling author. Ryan currently lives in the United States with his wife Chelsea and daughter Atlas. He is the highly sought-after headliner at conferences and for conducting companywide trainings on the power of strategic communication and corporate storytelling.


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2018 Speaker Lineup

(Confirmed as of 6/07/18. Subject to change.)

Derrick Agate

MNAPT President
 Supervisor of Transportation

Hopkins (Minnesota) Public Schools


David Anderson

Owner, Anderson Consulting

Littleton, Colorado


Nate Baguio

Vice President of Sales

The Lion Electric Bus Company


Kathy Anneken

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Easy Way Safety Services


Anna Borges

State Director

California Department of Education


Pamela Caro

Alternative Fuels Manager

Blue Bird Corp.


Mark Childers
 Powertrain & Technology Manager
 Thomas Built Buses


Charles Chilton

Engineering Director

Navistar, Inc.


Walt Commans

Western States Consultant

Automotive Service Excellence


Denny Coughlin


School Bus Training Co.


Cody Cox

Director of Transportation & Fleet Services

Bellville (Texas) Independent School District


T.J. Crockett

Transportation Supervisor

Reynolds (Oregon) School District


Andrew DeBolt

Lead Equipment Mechanic

San Jose (California) Unified School District


Sandy Dillman

Director of Transportation

Apple Valley (Calfornia) Unified School District


Denise Donaldson

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Owner & Publisher, Safe Ride News


Chris Ellison

Transportation Manager

Eugene (Oregon) Public Schools


Brooke Garcia

Managing Director

4 Seasons Transportation

Calgary, Alberta


Art Gissendaner

Corporate Communications Consultant

Art Gissander Public Relations



John Gonzales

Senior Engineer, Advance Vehicle Deployment

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Derek Graham

Transportation Consultant

D Graham Consulting

Raleigh, North Carolina


Ryan Hahn

DIrector of Transportation

North Clackamas (Oregon) School District #12


Ron Halley

Vice President of Fleet & Facilities

Student Transportation, Inc.


Launi Harden

Director of Transportation

Washington County (Utah) School District


Diana Hollander

Director, Pupil Transportation

Nevada Department of Education

NASDPTS President


Charlie Hood

Executive Director/NASDPTS

Tallahassee, Florida


Kathy Houck

Director of Transportation (Ret.)

Reynolds School District
 Fairview, Oregon


Ellen Johnson
 Transportation Manager (Ret.)
 Orange (California) Unified School District


Saundra Keister

School Bus Driver

Fremont (California) Unified School District


Brianna Lawrence

Senior Associate

Gladstein, Neandross & Associates


Jerri Levy

School Bus Driver Trainer

Fremont (California) Unified School District


Ray Manalo

Fleet Manager

Twin Rivers (California) Unified School District


Miriam Manary

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Sr. Engineering Research Assistant

University of Michigan - Transportation Research Institute


Jeff May




Pam McDonald

Director of Transportation

Orange (California) Unified School District


Joel Mooneyham

Assistant Director, Fleet Services

Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas) ISD


David Murphy

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Sales Manager/HSM Transporation Solutions


Nicole Portee

Executive Director of Transportation

Denver Public Schools


Tim Purvis

Director Transportation

Poway (California) Unified School District


Brendan Riley


GreenPower Motor Company


Alexandra Robinson

Executive Director of Transportation

New York City Department of Education


Steve Russell

Director of Transportation (Ret.)

Churchill County (Nevada) School District


Steven Satterly

School Safety Analyst

Safe Havens, International


Joe Scesny

School Bus Safety Consultant (Ret.)

New York State Department of Transportation


Tim Shannon

Director of Transportation

Twin Rivers (California) Unified School District


Michael Shields

Director of Transportation

Salem-Keizer (Oregon) School District


Susan Shutrump

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Supervisor of OT/PT

Trumbull County (Ohio) Educational Service Center


G.P. Singh

CEO & Founder

ByteCurve, LLC


Eric Smith

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Transportation Director

Seneca (Missouri) R-VII School District


Daniel Sperry

Deputy, Juvenile Detective

Bonneville County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office


Jay Thurber

CFT Services Coordinator

College of Southern Idaho Head Start/Early Head Start


Charles Vits

Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor

Market Development Manager


Jeff Vrabel, Sr.

Executive Director of Transportation & Fleet Services

Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools


Michael Warner

Associate Director, Fleet Maintenance

Cobb County (Georgia) School District


Karen Wetherald

Transportation Manager

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Columbus, Indiana


Lisa Wheeler

Safety Coordinator

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Columbus, Indiana

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