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2017 Leadership Summit


Andrea Zopp

Opening Speaker Andrea Zopp

Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago


Closing Speaker Terry Savage

Nationally Syndicated Financial Columnist





 Mistress of Ceremony Michelle Relerford

Anchorwoman NBC5 Chicago



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 Leadership Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Larry Ivory
President, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce




2017 Champion Award Winner

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Greg Bedalov Executive Director

Illinois Tollway


June 12, 2017


Gleacher Center

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

450 North Cityfront Plaza Dr.

Chicago, Illinois


Panel Workshops 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Network Reception 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Booth Exhibits open during Network Reception


 Panel Discussions

1) Growth and Expansion with Water and Ports
9:20 am – 10:35 am

David St. Pierre, Executive Director, MWRDGC

Clayton Harris III, Executive Director, Illinois International Port District

Burt Rezko, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Water Management

Bulent Agar, Chief Engineer of Sewers, Chicago Department of Water Management

2) Multi-modal Transportation Development
10:45 am – 12:00 pm

John Yonan, County Engineer, Cook County Department of Transportation
and Highway Development

3) On Board with Transportation
1:35 pm – 2:50 pm

Ginger Evans, Commissioner, CDA

Tony Quigley, Region 1 Engineer, IDOT

Greg Bedalov, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway

4) Managing Successful Project Teams
2:55 pm – 3:55 pm

Ed Leonard, Deputy Regional Manager, Central U.S., VP, WSP

5) Financial Fitness
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Terri Savage, Nationally Syndicated Financial Columnis


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ITS Engineering Ltd.

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ITSE is an Illinois licensed Professional Engineering Corporation, founded in 2014 and certified as an Illinois Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

ITS Engineering specializes in the Phase I and Phase II engineering of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and also provides ITS related technical support to Phase III engineering firms. The firm is a leader in the application of advanced sensor, display, computation and communications technologies such as vehicle detection, video systems, wireless communication, fiber optic networks, IP packet switched digital messaging, and Connected and Automated Vehicle technology. ITSE is the sub-consultant to call when forming a winning team for a PSB or PTB response where ITS expertise is required.

Its Principal, Darryl Dawson, is a licensed professional engineer with over 40 years of industry experience including over 20 years as a defense prime contractor. He is a published subject matter expert in the field of Connected and Automated Vehicle infrastructure for transportation agencies and has presented multiple technical papers at ITS America’s World Congress. His transportation industry experience includes systems design, advanced development and integration projects for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Illinois Tollway, where he served as its “ITS Deployment Engineer” from 2010 to 2014. He earned a BS EE/CS from MIT, a MS in Technology Management from IIT and is a communications infrastructure and digital networking specialist. He has served as the Illinois Tollway’s MOA Manager for its Connected Vehicle Affiliated Test Bed Agreement with U.S. DOT since its execution in early 2014.

ITSE is a member of the national Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition, and is currently reviewing the draft Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) V2I Deployment Guidance document and other deployment tools prior to public release.



Malone & Associates, LLC

Malone & Associates, LLC is a consulting firm specializing in Business Development, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

Our focus is to develop effective business and sales strategies, secure a winning position among competitors – and provide vision and consultation for fostering strong business relationships amongst private, public, and non-profit organizations.

Pamela Malone-Webster is the General Manager and President of Malone & Associates, LLC. With over 25 years of experience building, maintaining and managing working relationships with private, public, and non-profit organizations in the water and energy industries, Pamela is a trusted advisor and advocate for her clients.

Specializing in government relations and regulatory affairs, Pamela provides her clients with vision and insight regarding changes in energy and water regulations and legislation. Doing so helps them secure a winning position with utility and municipal customers.

It is Pamela’s mission is to offer solutions for long-term growth, brand awareness, and increased sales for her clients.
Please let me know if you need any additional information. Thank you!


Contact Person:           Andrea Reid Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant

Address:                      8778 Spectrum Blvd #113 San Diego, CA 92123

E-Mail Address:          andrea@maloneandassociatesllc.com





Metra is geographically one of the largest commuter rail systems in the nation serving a six county region of more than 3,700 square miles. This complex system is comprised of 11 rail lines operating over more than 1,100 miles of track, 800 bridges, and 2,000 signals. Metra’s 241 stations, including five stations in the Chicago Central Business District, are served by 700 trains each weekday. As part of a regional transportation network, Metra provides safe, reliable, efficient commuter rail service that enhances the economic and environmental health of Northeast Illinois. Metra also overseas and maintains more than 400 station platforms and provides more than 90,000 parking spaces. Since 1985, Metra ridership has grown by 31.1 percent and train miles have increased by 32.3 percent.

The mission of Metra’s Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights is to ensure small, minority, and women owned businesses have equal opportunity to receive and participate in Metra contracts. To achieve this goal OBDCR actively sets out to create continuity in communication between Metra and key stakeholders.


Contact Person:           Janice R. Thomas, Senior Director, Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights

Address:                      547 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60661

Tel. No.:                      (312) 322 6323

Fax No.:                      (312) 322 4077

E-Mail Address:          metradbe@metrarr.com





Gandhi and Associates, Inc. (GAI) is a consulting engineering firm established in 1982 providing engineering services in Traffic Studies and Traffic Counts, Lighting Design, Traffic Signals, Highway/Transportation Planning and Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Construction Engineering, and Structural Design.  The staff of GAI includes highly qualified and competent personnel in lighting, transportation, civil, electrical, mechanical, and construction management.

Gandhi and Associates, Inc. is certified as MBE and DBE with the City of Chicago, IDOT, Cook County, WisDOT, and InDOT.

Since its founding in 1982, the firm has shown a modest but steady growth.  The staff of GAI includes highly qualified and competent personnel in construction engineering, traffic signals, lighting, transportation, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.  The firm takes pride in being able to deliver an excellent engineering design on schedule and within budget.

Since 1982, GAI has assisted the City of Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation, various engineering firms, municipalities, and developers in lighting design, traffic signal design, environmental analyses and studies, intersection design studies, traffic studies and traffic counts, pavement and roadway design, drainage design, and surveying.

In the area of lighting design, traffic studies and traffic counts, traffic signals, and highway engineering, the firm has successfully completed projects both as a prime consultant and as a subconsultant for Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Chicago, various municipalities, and for private developers.  Project types have ranged from total reconstruction of streets and highways to intersection capacity improvements.  The services provided were geometrics and pavement design, storm sewer and drainage design, traffic signal design, roadway lighting design, traffic signs and pavement markings, environmental studies, and construction engineering.


Contact Person:           P. K. Gandhi, PE, PTOE

Address:                      6035 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, Illinois 60631

Tel. No.:                      (773) 774-5910

Fax No.:                      (773) 774-3815

E-Mail Address:          pkg@pkgandhi.com


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