Mr. Robert B. Gorski is responsible for the business development of both the asset management and public private partnership (P3) arenas globally, as well as assisting with long-term strategic planning, diversification and acquisitions. Bob previously served as the vice president of operations and has extensive experience in business operations and overall planning, organization and coordination of project and contract management, as well as developing and maintaining positive customer and partner relationships. Bob leads DBi's project bid team, focusing on pricing models for both P3 and asset maintenance projects. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Ken Harland is senior vice president in the Consulting and Strategic Infrastructure division of Amey, a major provider of outsourced public and regulated services in the U.S., UK, Australia and Middle East. Responsible for developing and overseeing Amey’s growing business in the U.S., Ken has over 40 years’ experience of highway infrastructure project delivery, having worked for a number of public and private sector organizations as well as an independent consultant. Throughout a career spent exclusively in the highways sector, Ken has fulfilled the role of client, consultant and contractor, gaining extensive experience in a wide range of projects internationally. Ken is an experienced leader of major highway infrastructure projects, complex maintenance and renewal projects, and detailed technical audits and investigations. With this broad perspective, Ken has shaped the development of Amey’s asset management capability, including asset lifecycle analysis and modelling techniques to support better decision making and improved customer outcomes. Ken gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Middlesex University. He is Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. Originally from Brighton on the English Riviera, Ken is a keen football (soccer!) fan and regularly supports his local team from afar.
Mr. Chuck Henningsgaard is senior vice president of Roy Jorgensen Associates, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and principal in charge of the Infrastructure Services Division. Chuck has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer. Chuck began his association with Jorgensen in 1973, developing and implementing highway maintenance management systems for state and county agencies. Subsequently, he worked overseas to develop and implement highway maintenance and management programs in Ethiopia, Oman, Brazil, Honduras, Paraguay, Kenya and El Salvador. Leading Jorgensen's Job Order Contracting Programs for the U.S. Military, he gained extensive experience in successful strategies and methodologies for contracting maintenance work while supervising contracts on 10 different military installations. Chuck oversees Jorgensen’s highway contracting business performing highway operations and maintenance contracts in Florida, Georgia, and Texas and has also been involved with privatization projects for road concessions including public private partnerships projects throughout the United States.
Mr. David Rader is the current executive vice president of ICA | HDR, a leading provider of performance-based highway asset maintenance management services. ICA | HDR is a wholly owned subsidiary of HDR Inc., a global architecture, engineering, consulting, construction and related services firm. ICA | HDR offers governmental and transportation agencies a common sense approach to effectively maintaining transportation infrastructure assets on ever-shrinking budgets. David was a co-founder of ICA and saw it grow from two people to more than 800 employees before being acquired by HDR. David began his career in government serving in the Metropolitan Nashville Mayor's Office serving as special assistant to the mayor and overseeing the Department of Public Works, the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Codes Administration and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. David also was a co-founder of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development and provided leadership during some of the most dynamic economic years in Nashville's history. He currently serves as a board member and past president of AMOTIA and is also currently serving as a prosperity leader for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. He has previously served on the Regional Transportation Authority, the Greater Nashville Regional Council, the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority, and the Landport Advisory Council. He has served as an adjunct professor of business at the Massey School at Belmont teaching marketing and entrepreneurship. David holds a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Baylor University and an M.B.A. from Belmont University's Massey School.
Mr. Ken Reinhold is a senior vice president of Kisinger Campo & Associates (KCA), an engineering consulting firm based in Tampa, Fla. Ken has been involved in bridge maintenance inspection and construction inspection for 46 years. He worked for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in bridge maintenance inspection and construction inspection from 1968 to 1984. While working for FDOT’s bridge inspection department, he became Florida Certified Bridge Inspector #00025. In 1984 he began employment with KCA as an inspector and coordinator of bridge maintenance inspection projects. He has served as project manager and deputy project manager on structure inspection projects ranging from 300 to 1,300 structures. In his current capacity as senior vice president of the company he oversees bridge and structure maintenance inspection projects in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Under Ken’s leadership, KCA has performed over 30,000 inspections of fixed, moveable, and complex bridges as well as ancillary structures (overhead signs, high mast light poles and traffic signal mast arms). Under Ken’s direction, KCA has worked closely with members of AMOTIA providing structure inspection services including emergency response on various asset management projects in Florida since 2001.
Mr. Andrew Bailey is president of Louis Berger Services, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of Louis Berger. In his current role, he manages global operations that include power generation and distribution, energy services, infrastructure maintenance and repair and a variety of operational support services for government and commercial clients. Prior to joining Louis Berger in 2002, he completed a twenty-five year career with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) where he rose to its highest non-appointed position as Deputy Commissioner for Engineering, Construction, Maintenance and Operations. During his tenure at VDOT, he was an early thought leader in the national movement to develop and adopt asset management principles for transportation systems and he was the originator of the nation’s first outcome-based, asset management contract for highway maintenance and preservation. He completed his undergraduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received his Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ms. Laura Porter is the owner and founder of Florida Drawbridges, Inc., dba FDI Services, a multi company organization on a steady path of increased growth and revenue. Originally focusing on drawbridges, Laura provided leadership for the specialized operations, maintenance and engineered field-repairs for movable bridges. Florida Drawbridge maintains over 50 drawbridges along the coast of Florida, South Carolina and New Jersey. In 2014, she expanded the company’s area of expertise to Roadway Asset Maintenance. Doing business as FDI Services, the company currently has two complete Asset Management contracts maintaining the Florida Department of Transportation’s high-speed, urban corridor of Interstate-95 in Palm Beach County and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority successful toll roads. Additionally FDI Services is working for the Florida Turnpike facilities maintenance management. Laura’s business philosophy has been to gather and nurture the best talent in the industry. With her demonstrated management and ownership expertise, FDI Services boast the industry’s lowest incident rate, lower operating cost for her clients, and providing exceptional customer satisfaction.
Mr. Dan Mixson is the current Florida and Georgia Area Sales Manager for Bayer Environmental Science, a division of Bayer Crop Science. Dan has assisted vegetation management professionals with programs to improve roadside, municipal, and utility right-of-way safety as well as forest health for 30 years. He recently transferred to Bayer through their acquisition of Dupont’s Land Management business including over 30 brands of dependable trusted products. At Dupont, Dan held positions in sales, research and development, and technical services. In 2013, Dan was named to Dupont’s Sales Leadership Council for his work with railroad contractors across the U.S. In addition to his work with the rail system across the U.S., he also participated in special forestry projects in the Pacific Northwest, as well as internationally in Chile, South America. Dan holds professional applicator licensing in Right-of-Way, Forestry, Natural Areas, and Research and Demonstration categories in the State of Florida and is an active board member of the Florida Vegetation Management Association (FVMA). Dan holds a bachelor’s of science in Forest Management from Auburn University.
Mr. Gonzalo Canete is the Senior Vice President, Infrastructure for Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield Services) covering North America. Gonzalo is a Civil Engineer from Madrid’s Polytechnic University and he has completed an Executive Management Program (PDG) by IESE Business School. Gonzalo joined Broadspectrum parent company, Ferrovial Services, in 2004 and since joining has held a number of management positions in the transport infrastructure arena spanning Highways and Roads contracts for the Spanish Ministry of Transportation, as well as Airports contracts at Madrid Barajas Airport and London Heathrow airport. Since November 2011, and prior to starting at Broadspectrum, Gonzalo was the Managing Director of FerroNATS, the largest private air navigation services provider in Spain, a venture between Ferrovial Services and NATS UK.
David R. Gehr provides strategic marketing guidance and technical expertise on highway pursuits and projects at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global professional services firm that supports public and private clients in planning, developing, operating, and maintaining vital infrastructure. He is responsible for strengthening the firm’s highways portfolio in the Americas by managing marketing and business development activities, fostering collaboration across the firm, and exploring potential opportunities with industry partners. Before joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mr. Gehr held several executive positions during a twenty-nine year career at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The agency is responsible for over 57,000 miles of highways including several toll facilities—the third largest state-maintained highway system in the U.S. In 1994 ,Mr. Gehr was appointed Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner for VDOT, and served in this role until his retirement from the agency in 1999. He had oversight for all functions related to planning, engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance of the state highway system, and managed a $2.7 billion budget during his final year. Mr. Gehr maintains an active industry presence and holds leadership positions at several major organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), and TRIP. In 2013, he received the Guy Kelcey Award from ARTBA for outstanding service to the association’s planning and design division. Mr. Gehr earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and has done graduate work in transportation planning and systems engineering at George Washington University and Virginia Tech.
Andy is the director of business development for Colas, Inc., the parent company of eight vertically integrated transportation and infrastructure construction companies operating across the U.S. Prior to his present position, he was the director of business development for HRI, Inc. in State College, Pa. one of the Colas subsidiaries, as the culmination of 27 years with the Pennsylvania based paving and construction company. While with HRI, he held the positions of estimator, project engineer, and project manager on federal, state, commercial, and private projects. A graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Andy has spent his entire career in the heavy-highway, transportation, and infrastructure construction sectors. He has been involved with AMOTIA for the past seven years, representing the Colas Group on the board of directors as a founding member of the association.
Mr. Howard Holland joined Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), specializing in quality oversight for asset management delivery and construction engineering inspection for transportation projects. Mr. Holland has over 24 years of previous experience in the development, delivery, and maintenance and operation of transportation projects with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Mr. Holland also has 12 years engineering experience in diverse areas of water resources with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and land development in private practice. While at the TxDOT, he led the effort to develop and implement a performance based total maintenance contract program for the major roadways connecting and within the five largest metroplexes of Texas. Additionally he developed the draft asset management plan for the Texas transportation system. He has extensive experience in facilitating the development of solutions for maintenance, operations, and construction related issues. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
Amita N. Poole has served as the chief executive officer of IIPL USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of IL&FS Transportation, since July 2014. As CEO of IIPL USA, Ms. Poole reports directly to the IIPL USA Board of Directors. Additionally, she serves as a point of contact for international affiliates and customers. Prior to that, Ms. Poole served as a resident consultant to Akin Gump. She principally consulted on Indian government affairs and U.S. government contracting for large architectural/engineering firms and construction contractors. Ms. Poole also served as the chief of staff to the architect of the Capitol. Her responsibilities included assisting the architect in managing a budget of over $1 billion, day-to-day operations of 13 million square feet of congressional space and over $100 million in construction projects. On behalf of the architect of the Capitol, she managed the inauguration of President George W. Bush in consultation with the White House and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Ms. Poole has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and both her M.S. in Artificial Intelligence and M.E.A in Contract Law from George Washington University.
Leigh Petschel is responsible for the operation of the 495 Express Lanes and 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. He was previously the General Manager of Finance for Transurban Group and a Director of Queensland Motorways Group, the concessionaire for six open road and tunnel facilities in the city of Brisbane in Australia. Prior to joining Transurban, Leigh held senior roles with Origin Energy, Australia’s largest integrated upstream gas, power generation and electricity and gas retail business. Leigh has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Licensing Management.