John Inglish, CEO, Utah Transit Authority
John Inglish has worked in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. His career has included working at the state, regional and local levels of government in Utah. He served over ten years as General Manager for the Utah Transit Authority and, in 2010, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UTA. Major accomplishments during his tenure at UTA have included funding and construction of more than $4 billion in rail infrastructure of which 70 miles of light rail and commuter rail are in place and operating, and another 70 miles under construction and scheduled to open in the next 3 years. Mr. Inglish oversaw the negotiation for and purchase of the largest railroad corridor land acquisition by a transit agency in the United States – 175 miles of Union Pacific Railroad Corridor cutting through the heart of the Wasatch Front urban area.
Mr. Inglish sits on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and has chaired many committees for the American Public Transportation Association, including a 3 year term on the Executive Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Denver Intermodal Transportation Institute and the Executive Board of The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). Internationally he serves as the U.S. representative on the Policy Board of the International Public Transit Association and is the Chair of the International Sustainability Commission of that association. UTA is one of only a handful of U.S. signatories to the International Charter on Transportation Sustainability along with over 150 international transit organizations.
Mr. Inglish is internationally recognized for his transit expertise and his ability to make transit projects a reality. Under his leadership, UTA has garnered national and worldwide recognition for its transportation systems.
Special Guest Speakers
Todd Beutler, Cache Valley Transit District
Todd Beutler has over 19 years in the transit industry, appointed in 2007 as General Manager\CEO of the Cache Valley Transit District. He successfully transitioned public transit service from a city department serving City of Logan, Utah to a special service district serving 13 cities in Cache County Utah and Franklin County Idaho. Operated as a fare-free public transit system, CVTD provided over 2 million trips in 2011 to a population of approximately 85,000. Prior to working for CVTD, Todd worked for Laidlaw Transit Services for 15 years. He managed multiple transit systems in California in both urban and rural areas with vehicle fleets that were Diesel, CNG and gasoline.
Todd was recognized in 2010 by Mass Transit Magazine as one of America’s Top 40 Under 40 in public transit, and in 2012 by FTA Region 8 for system ridership growth and operational efficiency. Todd is currently the state delegate from Utah for CTAA, past board president of URSTA the state of Utah’s transportation association, member of the Logan Lion’s Club.
Dale Marsico, Community Transportation Association of America
Dale Marsico is the Executive Director of the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), where he works to broaden the traditional base of the Association by reaching out to those in related fields, sees that the Association's legislative priorities are achieved, and seeks to expand awareness of community transportation as an important part of the nation's transportation future. Prior to coming to the Association in 1996, Dale had a long and distinguished career in public and community transportation, in addition to his work in local government with an emphasis on the health and human services fields.
Michael Melaniphy, American Public Transportation Association
Michael P. Melaniphy is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). A nationally recognized leader, Melaniphy’s entire career has been in public transportation, with more than 24 years of both public and private sector experience. Always a strong advocate for giving back, he also serves on a number of higher education and non-profit boards. Previously, Melaniphy served as vice president public sector for the bus manufacturer, Motor Coach Industries, Inc., where he worked for more than 10 years and was responsible for a $250 million division with facilities in the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he led public transit systems for 11 years in Charlotte, NC; Wichita, KS; Hamilton, OH; and Laredo, TX.
Melaniphy's career began while a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, as a bus driver for the university basketball team coached by Bobby Knight. He graduated from Indiana University with a BA in business administration, transportation management, having studied under the legendary transportation professor George Smerk. He also holds an MBA and a postgraduate MBA Plus in transportation management from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.
Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association
Peter J. Pantuso is president and chief executive officer of the American Bus Association, North America's largest motorcoach, tour and travel association representing more than 65 percent of all motorcoaches on the highways, as well as private travel related businesses, state and local government travel and tourism offices, state associations and other entities involved in promoting travel throughout North America.
In addition, Pantuso is also president of the National Bus Traffic Association and the American Bus Association Foundation. Pantuso oversees the association's daily operations, including government affairs; policy; communications; meetings and education programs; publications, including ABA's award winning magazine Destinations; membership programs and budgeting and personnel. The ABA Foundation began under Pantuso's leadership, and in a few years it has grown to nearly $1 million in funds and awarded over $400,000 in scholarships and grants.
Pantuso serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's committee of 100 leading association executives and has previously served on the Policy Committee of the American Society of Association Executives and the Board of the Museum of Bus Transportation and the Board of the U.S. Travel Association. A native of Bradford, Pennsylvania, Pantuso is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned his Masters of Association Management from George Washington University's School of Business and Government.