ASHE and SMPS present 1st Annual Transportation Forum

February 19, 2015
7:30 AM CST - 10:30 AM CST

The Ruthe Jackson Center
3113 S. Carrier Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75052

1st Annual transporTation forum: "the future of transportation funding"

February 19, 2015

Transportation is essential to keep people and the economy moving but current funding falls far short of what is needed to maintain and improve our current infrastructure. A nationwide issue, some states are looking to user fees to solve the problem, such as tolling and vehicle miles traveled, others are focused on local option taxes and public-private partnerships (P3s). Join us as we kick off E-Week with a presentation by a pioneer in congestion charging, electronic road pricing, and road user charging throughout the world. Then, participate through live text message polling in a panel discussion on these issues and potential solutions.

The American Society for Highway Engineers President, Sam Mody, PE, will kick off this exciting program and share more about the organization and how you can become a member and get involved with the new DFW section. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about membership and involvement in our partner organizations.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Individual Sponsor: $250

Table Sponsor: $500

  • 1 attendee for private speaker/sponsor breakfast
  • 2 event registrations
  • Logo on event signage and program
  • Intro Speaker
  • 1 attendee for private speaker/sponsor breakfast
  • 8 event registrations
  • Table with logo at prime location
  • Logo on event signage and program


Jen Yoder

Jennifer C. Yoder, CPSM | JRB Engineering

Vice President

Jennifer Yoder, CPSM serves as Vice President of JRB Engineering, a full service DBE geotechnical, construction materials testing and environmental consulting firm with offices throughout Texas. Jennifer also represents JRB’s mentor firm Rone Engineering. Through industry and community organization involvement, Jennifer engages in the infrastructure community creating, planning, and implementing signature, award winning events, fundraisers and educational programs. As a past chapter president, currently serving on the national business development committee, Jennifer is proud to be an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. She also serves on the American Society for Highway Engineers (ASHE) SWOT, PR, and conference committees, and is spearheading the new Dallas / Fort Worth section.

Speakers and Panelists


Jack Opiola | D Artagna

Managing Partner & President

Jack Opiola brings over three decades of experience as a project manager, expert consultant and policy advisor to local, state, national and international transportation agencies and private clients in the area of advanced technology for enhanced, integrated mobility with value added Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications. He combines experience in transportation research and analysis, with hands-on experience policy development, strategic planning, program implementation and business operations. He has supported both interoperable all-electronic tolling and distance-based charging for systems in the US, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Since 2009, Jack Opiola has been a key strategy consultant and service area leader for the team of consultants creating and developing the road usage charging system for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s breakthrough distance-based road usage charge program. There he has led the development of the strategic program plan, national and international lessons learned, applicability to Oregon, organizational framework, financial viability, outreach and focus group analysis, business case analysis, and development of concepts with integrated ITS value added services. He helped formulate the legislative policy that was passed in July 2013 and is currently assisting in the implementation of the USA’s first distance based road usage charge program for passenger cars that begins in July 2015 in the state.


Brian R. Barth, PE | Texas Department of Transportation

District Engineer

Brian R. Barth is the district engineer for the Fort Worth District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). He oversees the planning, designing, building, operation and maintenance of the state transportation system for the district which comprises nine counties: Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise.

While implementing $5 billion in public-private partnerships, Barth worked with the Texas Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (TEMPO) to forecast future revenues for transportation over the next two decades. In 2013, Barth oversaw a statewide initiative to streamline
the procurement of professional engineering services in an effort to help TxDOT deliver the most transparent and cost-effective projects.

Appointed as Fort Worth district engineer in November 2013, Barth serves on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments working to solve Metroplex-area transportation issues. Under Barth’s direction as district engineer, he also oversees
over $600 million in construction work each year.

A 25-year member of the TxDOT family, Barth began his career as an engineering assistant in the Dallas District after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in
civil engineering. In 2003, Barth was appointed as the Dallas District’s director of transportation planning and development. Since 2009, Barth had served as the Fort Worth District’s deputy district
engineer, providing joint oversight and development of the DFW Connector, North Tarrant Express, I-35W, SH 360, I-30, and Chisholm Trail Parkway.


Kathryn Wilemon | City of Arlington

Mayor Pro Tempore and Council Member

Kathryn Wilemon has served District 4 on the Arlington City Council since 2003, and is currently Mayor Pro Tempore. She sits on the Municipal Policy and Community & Neighborhood Development Council Committees. Kathryn is active on transportation issues as a chair of the NCTCOG Executive Board and former chair and current member of its Regional Transportation Council, and she also serves on the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition executive board and the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services Steering Committee. Kathryn is a strong advocate for transportation in Arlington and the North Central Texas region as a whole.  Additionally, she serves on the Statewide Leadership Board for Texas Nurse-Family Partnership, and is active in a variety of civic capacities ranging from the Arlington Arts League to the Arlington Pregnancy Center.


Vic Suhn | Transportation Advocates of Texas, Inc.

Vice Chairman

Vic Suhm is a public policy and government affairs consultant, serves as Executive Director of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, and is a registered lobbyist in Texas.  He is also Vice Chairman of Transportation Advocates of Texas, Inc.

Vic’s experience includes 18 years in city management, 5 years in real estate development, and 24 years in consulting.  He has served as Partner of the Trammell Crow Company, Assistant City Manager of Dallas, and city manager of suburban communities in Ohio and Michigan.  He has been a part of the Reinventing Government Network of the Public Strategies Group.  Vic has a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and has done post-graduate work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Special Thanks to our Partners:

ACEC Dallas

Walk-ins are welcome (limited number); however, ticket price will be $50 per seat.Credit card, cash or check will be accepted at the door. Cancellations are fully refundable with 48-hours or greater notice. Once registration closes, you will be responsible for the full cost of the event, even if you cannot attend.To cancel your registration and receive a refund, please contact us




$40.00 Individual Ticket

$25.00 Government Ticket

$250.00 Individual Sponsor

$500.00 Table Sponsor

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