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NJ Transportation Executives to Attend Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s2019 Leadership Academy


As the National Conversation Focuses on Transportation Infrastructure, Week-Long Academy to Take Place February 10th-15th in Washington, D.C. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey-based transportation executives will be joining future transportation industry leaders from across the globe for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s(IBTTA) 2019 Leadership Academy, February 10-15, in Washington, D.C.


The three attendees to the 2019 IBTTA Leadership Academy from New Jersey, include:


  • John Keller, Executive Director – New Jersey Turnpike Authority (Woodbridge, NJ)


  • Goverdhan Reddy Patlolla, President – P Square Solutions LLC (Mount Laurel, NJ)


  • Robert Matthews, Vice President National Highway Practice Leader – Gannett Fleming, Inc (Piscataway, NJ)



“As conversations at the federal and state-level focus on how to build, maintain and pay for world-class transportation infrastructure, we are proud to bring together the best and brightest poised to lead the tolling and transportation industry into the future,” said Chris Tomlinson, IBTTA President and Executive Director for the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and Interim Executive Director of the newly created Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (the ATL).


Selected through a competitive application process, 37 attendees will participate in an intense, one-week course taught by internationally recognized toll industry leaders, business partners and educators.


"This week-long Leadership Academy is designed to prepare today’s tolling professionals with a deep-understanding of the multifaceted business of tolling,” said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA.  “As states and localities continue to see the benefits of user-based transportation funding at a record-breaking rate, it is essential the industry equip our future leaders with a well-rounded understanding of all aspects of tolling and transportation systems.  IBTTA’s Leadership Academy helps prepare these leaders with the skills and knowledge to keep the driving-public moving forward and enhance mobility for all our customers.”


The curriculum is designed to include all facets of toll agency operations including administration, finance, marketing, customer service, communications, business development and board relations.


“I look forward to engaging with my colleagues in the transportation industry from all over the globe,” said John Keller. “The advancements in transportation technology and innovation have offered us many opportunities to make mobility seamless and effective.”


"The rigorous coursework during the five-day Academy and the ability to learn from other leaders offer an exciting opportunity for personal growth and perfecting the skills I need to assume a role as a leader in the transportation community," said Goverdhan Reddy Patlolla. “I look forward to interacting with peers from around the globe and the opportunity to discuss and share ideas and solutions that enable greater mobility and business services.”


“This is a unique opportunity to share ideas and bring together transportation leaders from around the world,” said Robert Matthews.  “The leadership development we are afforded during this week in Washington will help us not only be better transportation leaders, but ultimately help move traffic safely forward.”

IBTTA's Executive Development Program is directed by Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, Psy.D., who has designed and delivered education and training programs in the transportation sector for more than 20 years.