EXCLUSIVE: Shailen Bhatt thrilled with quality and success of 27th ITSA Annual Meeting


Shailen Bhatt, president and CEO of ITS America (ITSA), hailed the organization’s 27th Annual Meeting a success as it drew to a close on June 7. The meeting, which took place in Detroit, Michigan, is the first at which Bhatt attended as head of the organization.

“The ITSA Annual Meeting has gone amazingly well,” said Bhatt. “We have had record attendance from visitors to the event, as well as exhibitors participating in the halls.”

As expected, the meeting proved to be an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to network, explore business and project opportunities, and share knowledge and experiences.

“There are 32 State DOTs that are members of ITS America – and 20 of their leaders attended, which is great,” said Bhatt. “In addition, we have witnessed great keynote speakers – including two governors of state; Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain from General Motors; and Heidi King from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who spoke at the roundtables.

Visitors were able hear, in person, the latest news from ITS America, including announcements about its work with the US Department of Transportation on Mobility-on-Demand Alliance projects and the ITS America Data Exchange in partnership with data-curation company Terbine.

“We always want to add value for our members,” said Bhatt. “Whether it’s partnerships that our members can benefit from, or some executive summits covering issues such as cybersecurity and big data, such as the ones that we’ve got coming up later in the year in New York City and San Francisco.”

For more information about ITS America and related events, visit: www.itsa.org

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