On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Eno Center for Transportation hosted its annual Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) Dinner in Washington D.C. For 25 years, Eno has encouraged and celebrated the best and brightest leaders in transportation at this event.

From left to right: James Burnley, Venable; Robert Prince, Gannon Consult; Jane Garvey, Meridiam; Martin Wachs, UCLA; Gregory Kelly, WSP; John Porcari, WSP; Robert Puentes, Eno Center for Transportation

This year’s dinner honored the top 20 transportation graduate students in the country as newly minted LDC Fellows and recognized the achievements of three of the transportation industry’s most well-respected leaders.

The keynote speaker was Jane Garvey, former Federal Aviation Administration Administrator and recipient of the Eno Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Garvey is currently the North American Chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure. In addition to serving as Administrator of the FAA, she was the Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). She is also credited with navigating the aviation industry through the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Eno’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout their career in the transportation industry.

Robert Prince was honored with the Wilbur S. Smith Friend of Eno Award. Mr. Prince is currently with Gannon Consult and is the retired Vice President of Transit Business Development at AECOM. He is a regular figure at Eno’s various leadership courses and events. The Wilbur S. Smith Friend of Eno Award honors individuals who have given their time and energy to further Eno’s leadership, policy, and publication efforts over the years.

In 2016, Eno created the Thought Leader Award to recognize exemplary achievement in the field of transportation research and scholarship. It acknowledges individuals that have a demonstrated body of rigorous, timely, and impactful work. Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA was given the inaugural award.

“This dinner is always a fantastic opportunity to honor the best and brightest in our field,” said Robert Puentes, President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation and last night’s emcee. “It gives us a chance to honor those who have already made a huge impact on transportation, as well as the next generation of leaders.”

Eno would like to extend a special note of thanks to the sponsors of this year’s event:

Dinner Sponsor: WSP
Reception Sponsor: Venable
Trivia Night Sponsor: Transurban

For more information about the Eno Center for Transportation, its research, upcoming events, and how to become a member or sponsor, please contact Karen Price at 202-879-4706 or kprice@enotrans.org.


About the Eno Center for Transportation

The Eno Center for Transportation is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that promotes policy innovation and leads professional development in the transportation industry. As part of its mission, Eno seeks continuous improvement in transportation and its public and private leadership in order to improve the system’s mobility, safety, and sustainability.

Alexander Laska