Regional Transportation Corporation Summit hosted by Gary Public Transportation Corporation

Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corrine Drive, Hammond, IN 46323
May 17th 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
May 18th 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
1. Mission

Collective strategic utilization of transportation modes in creating a regional transportation system throughout NWI


The mission of the Regional Transportation Summit is to review a collective strategic utilization of transportation modes in creating a regional transportation system throughout Northwest Indiana. The purpose is to provide showcasing of the comprehensive transportation system opportunity. The on-going outcome is preparing the connectivity of existing and developing transportation to enhance the Region in its economics, workforce development, and quality of life for residents, communities, the Region, the State of Indiana

2. Purpose

Showcasing the comprehensive transportation system opportunity


This summit is targeting businesses, corporations, industries, government officials, health care services, non-profit and social services to join candid discussions regarding current issues surrounding the creating of economies, mobility of people and workforces.

3.Our Goal

Preparing the connectivity of existing and developing transportation to enhance the Region in its economics, workforce development, and quality of life for residents, communities, the Region, the State of Indiana.

Karen Wilson
City of Gary


Hon. Karen Freeman-Wilson served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals from April 2001 to November 2006. Hon. Freeman-Wilson has practiced law as a partner at Freeman-Wilson & Lewis-Shannon, LLC since July 2001. From April 2001 to November 2006. Hon. Freeman-Wilson served as Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute, where she was the primary spokesperson for drug treatment courts and provided national leadership for the integration of treatment and support services in the judicial arena and education of non-drug court professionals about addiction and treatment

Daryl E. Lampkins

General Manager
Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC)


With more than forty (40) years of experience in the transit industry, Daryl Lampkins joined the Gary Public Transit Corporation (GPTC) in November 2005, after serving as General Manager of the Control Center with the Chicago Transit Authority where for 28 years he worked his way up the ranks from a motorman to General Manager.  He arrived at GPTC during a challenging time as the agency was under a federal investigation upon his arrival and facing diminishing operational revenue due to the State of Indiana implementing a circuit breaker tax on all taxing bodies and freezing Lake County’s levy for over three (3) years. In just a few years, Daryl and the GPTC staff worked very hard to acquire the confidence of the Federal Transit Administration by acting on a debt repayment/remediation plan and bringing it to a successful closeout and used various other management techniques to reduce GPTC’s operational expenses.

Miguel Southwell
Brakkam Aviation Management


Miguel Southwell is President of Brakkam Aviation Management, a global air transport consulting company. He is also currently serving as Interim President & CEO of Birmingham Airport Authority.  His aviation career spans 27 years with leadership posts at other airports including Atlanta (ATL) and Miami. As General Manager of ATL, he was responsible for a combined $1 billion annual operating and capital budget. Mr. Southwell led ATL to become the world’s first airport to transport over 100 million passengers in a single year; negotiated a landmark 20-year airline agreement with a $6 billion capital program; reversed ATL’s 4-year air cargo traffic decline; received a finding of Zero Discrepancy by the FAA in the airport’s annual safety audit – ATL’s first perfect score in 5 years; retained ATL’s ranking as the World’s Most Efficient Airport; and earned ISO 50001 Certification for ATL’s Energy Management System – the first U.S. airport to do so. He was named the CEO of the year in 2016 by both the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Business Journal.  At both Atlanta and Miami airports, Mr. Southwell led several award-winning airport food, beverage and retail concession programs.

Mark Lopez

Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman Pete Visclosky


Mark Lopez began his professional career working for Congressman Visclosky in 1996.  Since that time, he has held a variety of roles in the Washington, D.C., and Merrillville offices.  Mark currently serves as Congressman Visclosky’s Chief of Staff.

Justin Mount

Regional Director
Office of Senator Donnelly

Eddie Melton

State Senator
District 3


Eddie Melton was elected as State Senator for Indiana’s 3rd District on November 8, 2016. Melton serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Education Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

Michael VanDekreke

Director of Mobility Services
Regional Transport Authority


Michael VanDekreke is the RTA’s Director of Mobility Services. He oversees management of the Mobility Management program, including the RTA’s Travel Training program, the ADA Paratransit Certification Program and customer service.

Kelley Brookins

Acting Regional Administrator
Federal Transit Administration


Kelley Brookins was appointed Acting Regional Administrator for the Region V Office of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in March 2018. She leads a multi-disciplinary staff in the development and delivery of the FTA’s capital, operating and planning programs to complex and multi-modal transit systems in the Midwest States of Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

Ian Hirt

Port Director
Indiana Port Authority – Burns Harbor


Ian Hirt joined the Ports of Indiana in March 2017 as Port Director at the Port of Indiana–Burns Harbor after spending over 25 years in various maritime shipping capacities along the Great Lakes. Ian most recently served as General Manager for North America Stevedoring in Chicago where he oversaw business growth that resulted in a need to triple the size of the facility. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as General Manager for Federal Marine Terminals, coincidentally the stevedore at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Additionally, Ian has served as a vessel agent overseeing activities for various governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Coast Guard. He has also managed safety and training programs for several marine terminals.

Ty Warner

Executive Director
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission


Ty, AICP serves as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s fourth Executive Director in NIRPC’s 50-year history. He was Planning Director for Will County, Illinois for fourteen years before serving as Director of Planning for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and Principal Planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

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GPTC, 100 W. 4th Ave. #300, Gary, IN 46402
Phone: +1 (219) 595-2688