The public face of the New Jersey Turnpike is nowadays the chairman Kris Kolluri, also chairman of the SJTA and secretary of transportation. The Turnpike didn't even issue an announcement Sept 9 when longtime deputy executive director Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti was appointed executive director (ED).
The Texas Turnpike Division of TxDOT has lost its longtime director of operations and information technology, David T Powell. He is now at Stantec - manager toll systems and operations. Powell continues to live and work out of Austin Texas.
INEX Technologies the video tollers headquartered in Knoxville TN have announced that Louis R Martin, a former executive director of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is joining their board of directors. Martin is trained in both mechanical engineering (U Pittsburgh) and law (Duquesne) but has been practicing law since he stepped down from the Turnpike in August 1991.
Martin was also a director of IBTTA for some years.
Mark B Florian who led the toll concession and public private partnership effort at Goldman Sachs has left the big New York investment bank to set up his own private fund. Florian is among the most prominent figures in the P3 business and with GS went all over the country talking the subject, and finding out about prospects.
Rob Bain, 47, former director in the infrastructure team at Standard & Poor’s London office, has established his own traffic and transportation consultancy providing independent reviews of traffic and revenue forecasts, and credit advisory services to investors. He has just finished a PhD dissertation at the University of Leeds on investor financed roads around the world.
Nossaman's growing. The LA-based firm of lawyers and lobbyists (L&Ls) specializing in toll road law and lobbying that made do with three or four L&Ls in Washington DC has capitulated to the inevitable, and decided to develop some real clout here in the national capital area. It now has about 25 L&Ls here.
Alan Allegretto head of Kapsch USA departed the job last week though there has been no announcement. His appointment was announced just six months ago (2008-01-16) but the word is there was a serious disagreement with the head office in Europe about strategy.
Joseph P Doherty is new group president of all the government business units of Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), the largest customer service provider for the E-ZPass electronic toll system. Doherty is a 20 year veteran of the US Navy, but more recently spend ten years at Computer Sciences Corp where he rose to preisdent of the Americas Division.
The government business group of ACS where toll systems support is located has its major offices in Washington DC and the Maryland suburbs.
Michael Huerta still rules tolls
Michael LaPolla, 51, executive director is leaving the New Jersey Turnpike for an undisclosed job in the private sector. LaPolla says he's most proud of the job he did in "fixing E-ZPass." He also presided over the Turnpike Authority's takeover of the Garden State Parkway and managed to administer the Turnpike without scandal or fuss for almost exactly six years.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has nominated two businessmen to the board of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission that operates the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the 39km (24 mile) pier style 2+2 lane bridge over the tidal Lake that links New Orleans directly to the north.