ITS America Staff: Closing in on #ITSDetroit2018

The ITS America staff is spending the next few days in a whirlwind of last-minute preparations before #ITSDetroit2018 kicks off next week. A sneak peek into what we are most looking forward to as we pack up and head to Michigan for the 27th ITS America Annual Conference.


Steve Bayless, VP Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy

Looking forward to catching up with all our automaker friends!






Cathy St. Denis, VP of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Motor City, here we come! I’m psyched to be heading to Detroit. It will be great to see the demos, with real-life technology applications in action.  Who wouldn’t want to experience the future?! And did I mention I haven’t been in downtown Detroit since the last century?! I can’t wait to see all the great changes I’ve been hearing and reading about, in this great city with so much transportation history.




Jade Kenny, Director of Social Media & Membership Outreach
What am I looking forward to the most at #ITSDetroit2018? EVERYTHING!  I am very excited to see the City of Detroit for the first time. My father has been a Ford mechanic  for 25+ years, and has traveled to the city many times. He has always spoken highly about his experiences there, so I can’t wait to see it for myself. 

As someone who has been working on this meeting for a year and a half, I can tell you I am blown away by how this has all come together. I am looking forward to hearing Mark Reuss speak about how GM is playing a role in building intelligent communities & ultimately assisting our vision here at ITSA to improve and save lives.

I am also looking forward to meeting all of our new and existing members at the Membership Coffee on Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the ITSA Booth.  I will be running around COBO snapping pictures and trying to capture all the great things happening for the ITS America Social media accounts, but don’t be afraid to stop me & say hi. See you soon!



Lindsay Shelton-Gross, VP Membership & Marketing
Mobility 2.0! I'm looking forward to the Women in Transportation breakfast on June 5th. I am a huge fan of anything that helps the next-generation of ITS professionals succeed and build their career potential, so it's satisfying to see the winner of Southwest Research Institute's Student Essay Competition be recognized for their hard work.  I hope to sneak away from the show floor at least a few times to sit in on a few of the remarkable technical sessions. I can't wait to to hear more from presentations on the Smart Mobility Stage; like youth workforce highlights and Advanced Emergency Alerting.  Also, there are a number of product and partnership announcements that I'm certain will generate excitement in the industry at large. 

Naturally, I'm also looking forward to spending time with our members (and prospective members) - make sure to stop by Booth #351 to say hello, and learn about the fantastic things coming up for our organization. (I'm bringing my car shoes.)



Rachel Rettberg, Director of Meetings and Events
What am I most excited for? The packed exhibit hall with lots of engaging demonstrations, the interesting technical tours, the general hustle and bustle of an exciting ITS America event, and ... maybe a nap on the morning of June 8th.  (PS #GOCAPS #GETTHATSTANLEY!)






Jeff Davis, SVP Business Development
I'm looking forward to all the announcements about amazing things we've accomplished over the last year at ITS America - there have been a lot of changes, but I'm truly excited about all value we're building for people in the industry. 






Carlos Alban, Senior Program Specialist
It’s been three years since the last time we were in Detroit for the ITS World Congress in 2014, and personally I am very excited to be back in Detroit this year because it comes at an important time in our industry. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and colleagues, and hearing about how the work they are doing will help shape the future landscape of transportation. I am also looking forward to walking the expo floor and seeing hands on how research and innovation can help improve the way we transport goods, improve mobility, and make our roads safer for everyone. Last but not least, I hope there is time for another visit to the Detroit Beer Co.!



Sara Davidson, Technical Lead, Smart Systems
I am most looking forward to the opportunity to experience the event that at least half of our staff dedicate significant time and effort to each year. I also look forward to meeting more individuals in the industry and getting a sense of the energy/enthusiasm at these events.  Also, I am looking forward to spending time with my coworkers outside of our usual office setting.