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“Moving Toward Our Future"

A Discussion on Transportation

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce will present its 10th Annual Visioning Series Event focused on a key aspect of the East Orlando Community. Our discussion will focus on Transportation which falls under Infrastructure & Growth of the Six Pillars™, the key drivers of Florida’s future identified in the “20-Year Strategic Plan” for the State.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:


Our invited VIP Panel includes:

Noranne B. Downs

Florida Department of Transportation, District Five

Noranne Downs is a graduate the University of Massachusetts, formerly called Southeastern Massachusetts University, with a degree in Civil Engineering. She was the first female to receive a Civil Engineering degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University. Ms. Downs is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida.

Ms. Downs started with the Florida Department of Transportation in 1991 as a project manager and became the District Five Secretary in October 2006, managing up to a $1 billion annual district budget. As District Secretary, she is responsible for all Florida Department of Transportation operations for the nine-county Central Florida area.

Ms. Downs also serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for SunRail (Central FL Commuter Rail), Board Member for LYNX, Central Florida's regional transit system, Board Member for the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) and also serves as Member of the OOCEA Audit Committee, Member of the OCOEA Operations Committee, and Former Treasurer of the OOCEA Board & former member of the OOCEA Finance Committee. She also serves as a Board Member for Osceola County Expressway Authority (non-voting) and Board Member for MyRegion.Org

Michelle Maikisch

Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

As the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority's Coordinator of Public Affairs Manager, Mrs. Michelle Maikisch oversees all of the Agency's Public Involvement, Communications, Marketing and Legislative Affairs. She has worked in specifically in the transportation industry for more than 12 years and in the field of public relations 20. She is a Florida State University graduate with a BS degree in Communications and Marketing.

Stan Thornton

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority /Orlando International Airport

Stan Thornton is the Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. As Chief Operating Officer he is responsible directly to the Executive Director for managing the daily functions of Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports. Orlando International Airport serves more than 35 million passengers annually, making it one of the busiest airports in the State of Florida.

He has more than 35 years of experience in construction and airport management in both the private and public sectors. Prior to returning to the Aviation Authority in August 2010, Stan worked in the private sector serving a number of airports including Phoenix Sky Harbor International as the Airport Program Development Director. Stan is very familiar with Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports having worked at the Aviation Authority from 1993 through 2006 in various positions including Interim Senior Director of Engineering and Construction. In his prior roles at the Aviation Authority Stan managed the Maintenance, Construction, and Engineering Divisions where he was responsible for the planning, implementation and oversight of maintenance and renovation programs, and all construction projects for the Aviation Authority.

In addition to his airport management experience, Stan has 20 years of experience as a construction professional building heavy civil and commercial projects.

Mr. Thornton holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

John M. Lewis Jr.

Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority

As CEO, John Lewis oversees the LYNX regional transportation system serving more than 2500 square miles in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. He is leading two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando's LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managing three additional alternatives analysis studies for the 192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). LYNX is working to provide feeder service to the region's first commuter rail line, SunRail.

Prior to joining LYNX, Lewis was CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company in Richmond, VA when GRTC was named by APTA as Outstanding Public Transportation System its ridership category. He previously served at the Maryland Transit Administration in operations positions and implemented safety operational initiatives that are still in use.

Harold W. Barley

MetroPlan (Moderator)

Harold ("Harry") Barley is the Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando. This organization is responsible for transportation planning in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.

Harry's worked in the transportation industry for 35 years. Most of his experience was earned with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority building the Metro system in the Washington, D.C. area. He's also worked on regional transportation projects in the Republic of China and Athens, Greece.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and did his graduate work in City and Regional Planning at the Catholic University of America. He also is a graduate of the Management Program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Nemours Children’s Hospital – Medical City

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking and Reception
Heavy Hors D'oeuvres and Cash Bar
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A


at ( or call (407) 277-5951.

Seating is limited to first 200 attendees, only a few seats remain.

Join us as a Visioning Event Sponsor. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Gege Venant Saintilus, our Membership & Event Director at (407) 277-5951 or