If you want a list of innovators in the transportation demand management (TDM) industry, you need look no further than the officers and board of the Association for Commuter Transportation(ACT).
ACT, the international commuter transportation and TDM advocacy organization, recently elected officers and at-large directors for 2015. The electees are a “who’s-who” of TDM practitioners.
Jason Pavluchuk, president of Pavluchuk & Associates and a lobbyist for ACT, told Mobility Lab that the election “shows not only that the Association for Commuter Transportation is a healthy organization, but also that ACT and the TDM profession have matured.”
Current ACT vice president Rob Henry was elected president of the organization for 2015. Henry is the chief executive officer (CEO) at Communities in Motion and executive director of GVF (Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association), and organizes Sustainability Base Camp, where executives discuss with each other how to make the case for sustainability in business practice.
Henry told Mobility Lab that the TDM accomplishment of which he is most proud is “starting one of the first bikeshare programs, roughly a decade ago, in Pennsylvania. The program is in a small town and the amount of bikes in use has doubled since its inception. The program continues to thrive.”
Connie McGee (not pictured) of Enterprise Rideshare was elected ACT vice president for 2015. McGee has worked for 16 years in the ridesharing division of the second-highest-ranked rental car company, where she has focused on increasing active modes of transportation.
Enterprise Rideshare engages in TDM by renting vans to customers on a month-by-month basis for carpooling purposes. Enterprise claims a host of benefits to users of its service, including cost savings of 50 to 75 percent per commuter (compared to drive-alone costs over long distances), and tax incentives of up to $245 per month per participant.
Rounding out the 2015 officers are Secretary Jim Barr and Treasurer David McMaster.
The eight new at-large directors include Wendy Duren, program director of Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), a company providing TDM consulting services to Arlington employers. ATP’s work has been shown to improve both the bottom line of Arlington businesses and employee retention levels.
Lois DeMeester, CEO of Destination Sales & Marketing Group, parent corporation of ATP (and Mobility Lab), said of Duren, “Her work with Arlington employers has been trailblazing in identifying top-performing employers who provide robust transportation benefits to their workforces.”
Another at-large director of note is Luanna Huber of The Walt Disney Company. Huber’s position as director of energy and conservation finds her in charge of Disney’s environmental and TDM efforts, part of a broader role the company calls “corporate citizenship.”
With 175,000 employees in 2013, Disney owns, of course, its animation studio but also ABC television, Marvel comics, and 14 theme parks, among other holdings. During Huber’s tenure, Disney has received more than 30 top honors for successful TDM marketing and communication campaigns.
The list of at-large directors is rounded out by Maureen Farrell, Rico Fleshman, David Judd, Jon Martz, Frank Mongioi Jr., and Diane Thorne.
Pavluchuk said, “The ACT board is well positioned to deepen the role of TDM in a range of public and private decision making about land use, infrastructure planning and development, employee mobility options, and transportation funding choices.”
Newly-elected ACT officers and at-large directors begin their terms on January 1.
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