Speakers


Chief Technology Officer
InSite Wireless Group

Mr. Mullin has more than 30 years of experience designing, deploying, and operating wireless networks and network infrastructure. Currently responsible for technical research, development, and analytics at InSite Wireless Group, a wireless infrastructure company headquarted in Alexandria, VA, he oversees strategic initiatives in towers, DAS, and small cells. He has designed and deployed specialized coverage solutions for the Boston MBTA, Los Angeles Metro, and Atlanta MARTA subways; Las Vegas Convention Center, Minnesota Twins Target Field, and Wynn/Encore Resorts in Las Vegas and Boston, among other high profile venues throughout the US. Previously Mr. Mullin worked with Arch Wireless, Harris Corporation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds a BSCE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from Boston University, is a Registered Professional Engineer and member of IEEE and WIA Innovation Technology Council.

Deputy Chief
New York City Transit

Alla V. Reddy is a Deputy Chief of Data, Research & Development at MTA New York City Transit (NYCT). With 40 years' experience in transit management, operations research, and planning, he oversees the NYCT's efforts in quantitative research to solve management problems and improve system productivity/efficiency. Using "big data" analytics and optimization techniques, he provides real-time visualization tools, dashboards (internal and public), policy recommendations to senior management, external stakeholders and policymakers. Statistics kept by his department includes Key Performance Indicators (KPI), service planning/schedule making data, and Federally mandatory reporting. Also serves as an internal consultant to other MTA departments including Audit, Office of Management and Budget, Law, and Office of Civil Rights, Customer Communications. He has extensive professional experience in systems development lifecycle, operations research, project leadership, statistical and quantitative analysis, performance audit, industrial engineering, process improvement and technology evaluation. He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from NYU Polytechnic University in Brooklyn.

CEO
ELERTS

Ed English is CEO at ELERTS, where he oversees the strategic direction of ELERTS’ Situational Awareness platform to make “See Something, Say Something” more actionable. Realizing people wanted to report safety & crime issues to authorities but didn't like calling 911, ELERTS created a simple app to let them do so. Dozens of transit agencies use ELERTS system to help keep over 2 billion riders safe annually. Ed's previous tech company protected computers from spyware, this time he's protecting people from all sorts of dangers. Ed is a huge Batman fan and he programmed Frogger for the Atari in the 1980s.

Ed has a Computer Science degree from Boston College

Advisor
ASLRAA

Professional Experience:

August 1, 2012 – present Ogborn Consulting Group, LLC ("OCG") - Managing Member. OCG provides consulting services to the transportation industry

September 1, 2013 – present American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association – Senior Advisor

November 1, 2016 – present Short Line Safety Institute – Senior Advisor

Prior Professional Experience:

1991 – July 31, 2012 Executive Vice President and Managing Director of OmniTRAX, Inc. ("OmniTRAX"). OmniTRAX is one of North America's largest private transportation and railroad management companies

Professional Organizations and Memberships:

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (1994 – present) – Chairman (2010 – 2013) and various officer positions

Rail-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (2010 – 2016) – (Chairman (2016) – Advises the STB, Department of Transportation, and Congress on transportation policies, legislation, and regulations

Rail Industry Working Group (1994 – present – Committee made up of large and small railroad representatives to foster understanding and resolve problems within the industry

Colorado Transit and Rail Advisory Council and predecessors and Freight Advisory Council (1998 – present)

Colorado Freight Advisory Council (1998 to present – Vice Chairman)

Education:

B.A. University of South Dakota

J.D. University of South Dakota

Product Manager of Safety Solutions
Trapeze Group
Deputy Administrator & Chief of Planning, Programming, and Engineering Officer
Maryland Transit Administration

Holly Arnold has an extensive background in implementing innovative transportation projects, with both public and private sector experience in the transit industry. She is currently the Deputy Administrator and Chief Planning, Programming, and Engineering Officer for the Maryland Transit Administration. In this role, Ms. Arnold oversees a team of over 200 in the Planning, Capital Programming, Engineering, Construction Management, Real Estate, and Local Transit Support departments for the 13th largest transit system in America, with six modes – local bus, metro subway, light rail, paratransit, commuter bus, and commuter rail – including an annual operating budget of $850 million and a 6-year capital budget of over $3.3 billion.

Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA)
Chairman

Mike Hines is the Market Manager for Industrial Sensing with OFS, in Avon, CT, USA. His responsibilities include market, product and business development in Industrial Sensing for applications in upstream, mid-stream and downstream oil and gas markets, including downhole, pipeline, and reservoir monitoring. Mike is also actively involved with technologies to help bring value to the rail and perimeter security markets through distributed fiber optic sensing. With a background in marketing and economics, he is a twenty-five year veteran of the fiber optics industry, focusing on speciality optical fiber and associated technologies. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration.

Senior Cyber Security Analyst
RTD Denver

Currently working for RTD as Sr Cybersecurity Analyst - now passing 10 years in multiple positions there. Before moving to Colorado, I was the IT Manager of USF Federal Credit Union. Prior to that, I was the Director of IT at welding consumables manufacturing plant. Served in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. I do private consulting for cybersecurity engineering and security testing. Love to play chess, read, travel, and tinker with things – anything. Certifications: Yes.

President and CEO
PowerTrunk Inc.

Jose Martin M.Eng., president and CEO of PowerTrunk (www.powertrunk.com), is a veteran engineer and executive that served formerly as CTO and CMO of several land mobile radio and fiber optics cable manufacturers. As CMO of PowerTrunk’s parent company Teltronic (www.teltronic.es), spearheaded the international expansion of the company (1999-2013). Appointed COO (2009) and CEO (2013) of PowerTrunk, led the introduction of the TETRA technology in the United States and Canada. He’s served as Board Member of the Association of Electronic Industries of Spain (ASIMELEC) and Vice Chairman of the TETRA Rail Forum (TCCA). He lives in Jersey City, NJ (USA).

Founder & CEO
Connixt

G Satish is the co-founder and CEO of Connixt, which provides cloud-mobile solutions for digital transformation in the transit, OEM and utility industries. Satish is a serial entrepreneur and throughout his career focused on delivering complex, enterprise, mobile and big data / analytics solutions for corporations around the world.

Connixt’s pre-built cloud-based mobile apps digitize maintenance, inspection and workshop processes and workflows within days. Connixt implementations integrate with multiple back-end systems with minimal IT impact to deliver process efficiencies, out-of-the-box reporting and automated condition-based workflows. Customers like LA Metro, Southern California Edison and others have achieved substantial gains in Asset Integrity and Field Force Efficiency through Connixt’s digital transformation solutions.

Director Technology Infrastructure
MARTA

John Cochran is a seasoned, results-driven, and multifaceted IT professional offering over 30 years of extensive experience in overseeing managerial/supervisory operations and enhancing corporate productivity along with a rich-mix of transferable skills gained from diverse capacities. John is a motivational leader at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) who directly manages the CCTV Administrators, Server Administrators, Network Engineers, Telecommunication Technicians, Service Desk Analyst, Desktop Support Technicians, and Network Operations Center Technicians.

Rail Industry Lead- BluePrint
Stratasyst

Aaron is a Senior Manager with Blueprint, where he helps clients understand how 3D printing impacts their strategy, supply chain, engineering, and manufacturing processes. He led Blueprint’s and MBTA’s collaboration on a 3D printing jumpstart project, which helped MBTA define both their value drivers, and identify use cases that demonstrated the impact of 3D printing in rail transit. Aaron’s career spans the strategic, technical and entrepreneurial. Before Blueprint, he led his own start-up, helping companies rethink how technology could impact customer experience. Prior to founding his startup, he advised on strategic initiatives and supply chain practices at Accenture Strategy. He also has experience in both product engineering and supply chain at John Deere. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and an engineering degree from Iowa State University.

Senior Planner
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA)

Shirley Qian is a Senior Planner at Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the managing agency of the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger rail service in Northern California. Her background is in environmental sustainability and urban planning, but her work expands into passenger rail technology as well. Shirley grew up in Houston, TX, went to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and is now working and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2019, she was selected by Progressive Railroading magazine as a Rising Star of the North American railroad industry, a program that recognizes up-and-coming leaders under the age of 40 in the rail industry.

Head of Planning
Crossrail 2 (UK)
Editor in Chief
Railway Gazette

Chris is Editor-in-Chief of the Railway Gazette Group of specialist business publications for the railway industry. Having joined the magazine as Editorial Assistant in April 1982, he held a variety of posts before being appointed Editor in April 2006. Over the past 28 years, Chris has travelled extensively, visiting and reporting on railway developments in more than 40 countries.

Vice President Business Development
Trapeze Group

Paul Comfort is host of the world's #1 public transportation CEO podcast, Transit Unplugged and author of the just released, best selling book “The Future of Public Transportation” with 40 top CEOs, Futurists and Associations.

Mr. Comfort is a longtime industry veteran and the former CEO of one of America's top transit systems, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in Baltimore. He served as an elected County Commissioner and County Administrator for two Maryland counties and is a recipient of the transportation industry's highest individual honor - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Presidents Award.

Former Deputy Director - Strategic Initiatives
New York City Transit

Bob Newhouser retired in April 2019 after a 40-year career in public transportation planning and analysis. He has worked in individual roles and managing large staff teams of up to 40 people in the areas of budgeting, transit ridership forecasting, performance metrics and operations analysis at Charles River Associates, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (13 years) and at NYC Transit (25 years), retiring as Deputy Director, Operations Support—Strategic Initiatives.

Attorney
Shulman Rogers

With over 30 years of wireless experience, Alan Tilles is viewed as one of the “go-to” attorneys in the industry regarding spectrum utilization. From radio manufacturers, to frequency coordinators, radio engineers, public safety agencies, railroads and utilities, he is frequently called upon to create innovative answers to complex technological problems.

Alan’s work in wireless goes well beyond simply reviewing contracts and writing FCC comments. Using his extensive background owning and running radio stations, Alan has been at the forefront of conceiving and proposing rules at the FCC to address problems faced by the wireless industry. Major projects include: authoring rules for land mobile radio narrowbanding; representing hundreds of public safety entities in 800 MHz rebanding; working with the Telecommunications Industry Association on its Smart Building Initiative, authoring rules defining interference; writing and evaluating Requests for Proposal to implement public safety radio systems; and helping railroads acquire spectrum for Positive Train Control. He is a co-founder of the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association.

Considering this background, both technically and legally, data privacy work was a natural outgrowth of Alan’s expertise. As a member of the Shulman Rogers Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice, he helps companies implement data privacy policies, provides important assistance when breaches occur, and partners with the Firm’s litigation and government contracting teams on cyber litigation issues. Alan’s service on the Board of Trustees of Capitol Technology University further aids his insight into the world of data privacy.

As one of the most sought-after public speakers in the country, Alan can be seen at seminars and webinars nationwide on a regular basis, including the International Wireless Communications Expo and the Global Transport Forum. His writing can be seen on websites such as Urgent Communications, and he is a regular contributor on Federal News Radio.

Blueprint Managing Director
Stratasyst
Mineta Transportation Institute
Research Associate
Digital Solutions Director
Keolis
CEO
Piper Networks
Senior Director - Compliance
Amtrak
Board of Directors
Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA)
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Chief Safety Security Officer
Virgin Brightline