Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

PRT (Principals Round Table): Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – The Impact of Transportation on Regional Development

Maggiano's Little Italy, Tysons Galleria (located on Level 2 near Neiman Marcus)

2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Location

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Time
Signature Series

Domain 3: Client and Business Development

Domain 6: Management

This Principals Round Table builds upon SMPS DC’s March 8th Transportation Lunch & Leads program, moving beyond current opportunities to further explore the long-term impact of the Trump administration’s focus on infrastructure and major investments in roads, bridges, and airports. David Birtwistle from Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, Roger Natsuhara from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Tom Hickey from Virginia Railway Express will share their perspectives on the impact of infrastructure investment and the current political climate on their organizations and the region at large. Join us for an opportunity for an intimate group discussion addressing the future of our planes, trains, and automobiles in the DMV.

What You'll Learn

Roger Natsuhara, Vice President of Engineering Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Roger Natsuhara joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in October 2014 and is responsible for all planning, design, environmental planning, building permitting/code enforcement, construction and project controls for all real property controlled by the Airports Authority. He is also responsible for the quality assurance and safety programs for the Silver Line Metro construction program. Roger joined the Airports Authority from the Department of the Navy where he spent five years serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment. Before serving with the Department of the Navy, Roger was the Director of the Real Property, Facilities, and Logistics Office for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and was a senior manager at Battelle Memorial Institute. Roger retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008, following 25 years of service. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


David Birtwistle, Chief Executive Officer Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

David Birtwistle is CEO of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance where he is responsible for overall operations with specific focus on strategic planning and capital development. He had previously served on the NVTA Board of Directors. Preceding his joining the Alliance, he was a senior vice president with the Washington division of Balfour Beatty Construction, a worldwide leader in construction, engineering and finance. His responsibilities included developing client relationships as well as new commercial and geographical markets. He also led the division’s initiative to deliver public facilities utilizing public private partnerships. David has served a number of business and community organizations, including the NAIOP Northern Virginia chapter, the Town of Herndon Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington Airports Task Force, the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, the Center for Multicultural Human Services, the National Council of Public Private Partnerships and Leadership Fairfax, among others.


T. R. (Tom) Hickey, Chief Development Officer Virginia Railway Express

Tom Hickey is presently Chief Development Officer for the Virginia Railway Express, the commuter rail operator connecting Washington, DC with Northern Virginia. His responsibilities encompass planning, engineering, and construction of track, signals, stations, rolling stock, and ancillary facilities necessary to double ridership in two heavily-trafficked rail corridors shared with freight and Amtrak passenger trains. His career has included the delivery, design, financing, and construction of quality passenger transport services and facilities with public agencies in Philadelphia, New York City, St. Louis, Houston, Washington, DC, and Delaware. He has also spent half his career as a senior consultant with leading international engineering design firms, making contributions to rail and bus initiatives in 34 states, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. Tom is a graduate of Villanova University with a BA in urban geography and post-graduate studies in transportation engineering. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and is actively involved with national transportation policy matters through leadership positions with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).


*Please note that PRT events are only open to those with 10+ years of experience in the AEC industry.

Additional Details

Metro: Tysons Corner Mall (Silver); the station is one block from Tysons Galleria.


Parking: The Tyson’s Corner Maggiano’s is located at the corner of Galleria Drive and International Drive in between Neiman Marcus and Corner Bakery Cafe. Parking is available just outside the doors into the mall.


CEUs: 2


Contact: Blair Hanuschak | 202.481.7685 | bhanuschak@walterpmoore.com

What It Costs

Registration deadline: March 21

  • Member: $65.00
  • Non-Member: $75.00
  • Board Member: $45.00
  • CPSM: $55.00

Event Speakers

Roger Natsuhara

Vice President of Engineering

Background

Roger Natsuhara joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in October 2014 and is responsible for all planning, design, environmental planning, building permitting/code enforcement, construction and project controls for all real property controlled by the Airports Authority. He is also responsible for the quality assurance and safety programs for the Silver Line Metro construction program. Roger joined the Airports Authority from the Department of the Navy where he spent five years serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment. Before serving with the Department of the Navy, Roger was the Director of the Real Property, Facilities, and Logistics Office for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and was a senior manager at Battelle Memorial Institute. Roger retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008, following 25 years of service. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

David Birtwistle

Chief Executive Officer

Background

David Birtwistle is CEO of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance where he is responsible for overall operations with specific focus on strategic planning and capital development. He had previously served on the NVTA Board of Directors. Preceding his joining the Alliance, he was a senior vice president with the Washington division of Balfour Beatty Construction, a worldwide leader in construction, engineering and finance. His responsibilities included developing client relationships as well as new commercial and geographical markets. He also led the division’s initiative to deliver public facilities utilizing public private partnerships. David has served a number of business and community organizations, including the NAIOP Northern Virginia chapter, the Town of Herndon Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington Airports Task Force, the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, the Center for Multicultural Human Services, the National Council of Public Private Partnerships and Leadership Fairfax, among others.

T.R. (Tom) Hickey

Chief Development Officer

Background

Tom Hickey is presently Chief Development Officer for the Virginia Railway Express, the commuter rail operator connecting Washington, DC with Northern Virginia. His responsibilities encompass planning, engineering, and construction of track, signals, stations, rolling stock, and ancillary facilities necessary to double ridership in two heavily-trafficked rail corridors shared with freight and Amtrak passenger trains. His career has included the delivery, design, financing, and construction of quality passenger transport services and facilities with public agencies in Philadelphia, New York City, St. Louis, Houston, Washington, DC, and Delaware. He has also spent half his career as a senior consultant with leading international engineering design firms, making contributions to rail and bus initiatives in 34 states, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. Tom is a graduate of Villanova University with a BA in urban geography and post-graduate studies in transportation engineering. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and is actively involved with national transportation policy matters through leadership positions with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).