Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jim Harris

Leadership Consultant

 

“Disruptive Innovation in Student Transportation”

Sunday, July 28

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He has 20 years of experience as a professional speaker and consultant and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision. He was one of just 12 Canadians who were licensed to publicly teach Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Jim works with leading businesses and Fortune 500 companies around the world. He recently finished a global consulting contract with IBM and a related white paper on how low carbon leadership drives profitability. His most recent book, “Blindsided,” is a No. 1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. He is also the author of “The Learning Paradox,” which appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and is co-author of the national bestseller “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.” He is also principal at Strategic Advantage. He previously held positions as partner at Cleantech Group and affiliate at Covey Leadership Centre.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and Backbone magazine.

Michael Dorn

School Security Expert

 

“How Much Integrity do your School Bus Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Approaches Have?”

Monday, July 29

An international authority who has keynoted conferences from Virginia to Vietnam and from Toronto to Trinidad-Tobago, Michael Dorn serves as the executive director of the non-profit Safe Havens International, the world’s largest K-12 school safety center. The author of 27 books in his field, Michael served as full-time campus safety professional for most of his 36-year career. He began his career as a Mercer University police officer at the age of 18 and was appointed the chief of school police for the Bibb County, Georgia, Public School System at the age of 27. Michael was then appointed the school safety specialist for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Office of the Governor. After Sept. 11, 2001, he was named state anti-terrorism planner and lead program manager for the Terrorism Division of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security. An FBI National Academy graduate, Michael also completed two weeks of advanced anti-terrorism training in Israel. His work has taken him around the world. He has provided oversight for school safety, security, climate, culture and emergency preparedness assessments for more than 6,800 public, charter, independent, boarding and faith-based K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad. Michael has provided post-incident assistance for more than 300 school and school bus crisis events, including 15 planned shootings in U.S. and Canadian K-12 schools and a terrorist attack in Kenya.  Michael is a highly respected expert witness for complex school and school bus shooting and sexual misconduct cases involving alleged assaults by students as well as by school and school bus personnel. Michael has frequently been interviewed by major media including CNN, Fox, 20/20, Education Week, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and many overseas media outlets.

R. Leslie Nichols

CPP, Senior Analyst

 

The Complacency Conundrum:  Why Organizations Fail to Prevent Tragedies

Tuesday, July 30

Les Nichols is an expert in developing child and youth protection programs for youth serving organizations. For more than two decades he served as the vice president of safety for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) , an international organization serving more than 4 million youth at more than 4,000 sites in 50 states on U.S. military bases and overseas. In this capacity he assessed youth centers locate in schools, military bases, tribal lands, university campuses, camps, public housing projects, parks, community centers, libraries and churches. Les has written, lectured and consulted on developing effective policies, personnel screening, training, supervision, governance, internal reporting, hazard mitigation and emergency response planning around the world. Between 2006 and 2016, Les was instrumental in developing BGCA’s “Public Trust Initiative,” which included authoring and co-authoring standard practice guides for child protection and staff screening. He moderated a quarterly, cross-departmental public trust forum and worked with insurance experts, background check agencies and industry associations to develop new standards that shaped the practices at all 4,000 local Club sites. He has consulted with dozens of youth-serving organizations worldwide, lectured at universities, written numerous books, and spoken before government agencies, symposiums and national conferences on child safety. He is a certified protection professional (CPP) through ASIS International, a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and has a master’s degree in security administration. He has certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning and has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues. He is experienced at conducting threat-vulnerability analyses and applying “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design,” “Situational Crime Prevention,” and Target Hardening” strategies.

Transportation Director Summit Speakers

Erich Rifenburgh

Erich Rifenburgh possesses over 15 years of experience in negotiating with and selling to some of the world’s largest technology companies. During this time his sales teams have closed complex deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Erich has always had the heart of a facilitator, and has ensured that his teams reap the dividends earned by employing the value creation framework in high stakes negotiations.

Erich draws from his deep front-line global sales and sales team management experience when sharing instructive stories and practical advice. Erich is comfortable guiding clients new to negotiating, clients caught in tough price negotiations, as well as veterans anxious not to take a misstep as they navigate a complex deal. Erich’s facilitation style has been described as thought provoking, insightful, deeply credible and actionable.

Erich is equally comfortable sharing insights on how procurement professionals can gain maximum leverage when faced with a trained and well prepared vendor. Erich’s global negotiation experience spans the United States, Europe and Asia.

Erich holds a master’s degree in International business from both the University of South Carolina and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. After graduate school, he spent several years living and working in Europe for Emerson Network Power. In leading global sales teams, Erich has gained invaluable insights in how to create value, regain and maintain the upper hand, while fostering collaborative relationships.

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Paul Lauria

Mercury Associates

Over the last 32 years, Paul Lauria has provided consulting, research, management training, and expert witness services to corporate, investor-owned utility, non-profit, and federal, state, provincial, and local government clients on virtually every facet of fleet management. This includes the conduct of fleet management training presentations and workshops for more than 50 organizations in 20 countries.

His particular areas of expertise include program evaluation, strategic business planning, cost of service analysis, cost charge-back rate development, optimal replacement cycle determination, and fleet replacement planning and financing.

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Jim Harris

Leadership Consultant

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He has 20 years of experience as a professional speaker and consultant and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision. He was one of just 12 Canadians who were licensed to publicly teach Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Jim works with leading businesses and Fortune 500 companies around the world. He recently finished a global consulting contract with IBM and a related white paper on how low carbon leadership drives profitability. His most recent book, “Blindsided,” is a  No. 1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. He is also the author of “The Learning Paradox,” which appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and is co-author of the national bestseller “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.” He is also principal at Strategic Advantage. He previously held positions as partner at Cleantech Group and affiliate at Covey Leadership Centre.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and Backbone magazine.

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Conference Speakers

As of 6/25/19. Subject to change.

A – M

Nate Baguio
The Lion Electric Company

Marshall Casey
Maintenance & Inspection Consultant

Mark Childers
Thomas Built Buses

Tom Cohn
Director of Transportation
Helena Public Schools, North Dakota

Walt Commans
Western States Consultant
Automotive Service Excellence

Denny Coughlin
Consultant
School Bus Training Company

George Davis
Shop Manager
Fayetteville County Public Schools, Georgia

Michael Dorn
Security Consultant
Safe Havens International

Chris Ellison
Director of Transportation
Eugene School District, Oregon

John Gonzales
Senior Engineer, Advanced
Vehicle Deployment
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Louis Greek
Truckers Against Trafficking

Jeremy Gunderson
Highway Safety Specialist
NHTSA

Ryan Hahn
Consultant

Gene Henderson
Henderson Consulting & EAP Services

Diana Hollander
State Director
Nevada Department of Education

Charles Hood
Executive Director
NASDPTS

Betty Hughes
Trainer
Pupil Transportation Safety Institute

Robert Leach
Director of Transportation
Cherry Creek Schools, Colorado

Sandra Loi
Project Leader
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Pamela McDonald
Director of Transportation
Orange Unified School District, California

Joel Mooneyham
Director of Transportation
Waller ISD, Texas

Patrick Mulick
Board Certified Behavior Specialist

 

N – Z

Christopher Osuna
Research Associate, Gervitz Graduate School of Education
University of California, Santa Barbara

Nicole Portee
Executive Director
Denver Public Schools, Colorado

Tim Purvis
Director of Transportation
Poway Unified School District, California

Josh Rice
Director of Transportation
Klein ISD, Texas

Alexandra Robinson
Executive Director, Office of School Transportation
New York City Department of Education

Stephen Russell
Alternative Transportation Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Joe Scesny
Inspection Consultant

Amy Scopac
Assistant Director of Transportation
Temple ISD, Texas

Kuba Szczypiorski
Blue Bird Corporation

Tim Shannon
Director of Transportation
Twin Rivers Unified School District. California

Michael Shields
Director of Transportation
Salem Keizer School District, Oregon

Sue Shutrump
Supervisor of OT/PT Services
Trumbull County ESC, Ohio

GP Singh
CEO
ByteCurve

Eric Smith
Director of Transportation
Seneca R-VII School District, Missouri

Kayne Smith
Director of Transportation
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas

Daniel Sperry
Deputy/School Resource Officer
Bonneville (Ida.) County Sheriff’s Office

Joel Stutheit
Assistant Director of Transportation
Bethel School District, Washington

Bobby Williams
Assistant Director of Transportation,
Fleet Services
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas

Sudha Veerapaneni
IC Bus

Freddie Yazzie
Transportation Worker
Ganado School District, Arizona