Mr. Mancini is a Managing Partner of Star America Infrastructure Partners, LLC. Mr. Mancini brings an unparalleled level of experience in the construction industry to Star America, with more than 40 years of increasing responsibilities working for some of the best construction companies.
Mr. Mancini joined Star America after retiring as the President and CEO of Skanska USA Civil, in which roles he served from 2000 to 2008. Mr. Mancini was integral to the growth and profitability of Skanska USA Civil, which became an enterprise with more than 5,000 employees and $2 billion annual revenues under his leadership. Projects performed by Skanska USA Civil under Mr. Mancini included the Air Train at JFK Airport; the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina; the Escambia Bridge in Pensacola, Florida; the Prado Dam in Southern, California; the transportation hub at the World Trade Center; and the recently awarded 2nd Avenue Subway project in New York City.
Michael J. Garvin
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Michael J. Garvin is an associate professor in the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and a principal faculty member in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. He served as the associate director of the Myers-Lawson School from 2009-2012. His research and teaching focus on infrastructure development emphasizing policy and planning, investments and financing, and asset delivery and service.
He has a particular interest in the structure and effectiveness of project delivery systems and public-private partnerships. Garvin is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Garvin has served as principal investigator for over $1 million of research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Transportation Research Board, and the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Research on alternative project delivery and public-private partnerships. He has spoken about public-private partnerships in many venues including the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s Annual P3s in Transportation Conference, the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, and the Annual Meeting of AASHTO’s Sub-Committee on Construction.
Garvin serves on the editorial boards for the Engineering Project Organizations Journal, Journal of Infrastructure Systems and Public Works Management & Policy and is a specialty editor for the Journal of Construction Engineering & Management. He has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, white papers and reports. Garvin also has over 8 years of experience as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers and an engineering consultant. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, and MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Phillip A. Washington
General Manager and CEO
Phillip A. Washington was unanimously selected as RTD’s General Manager in December 2009 by RTD’s Board of Directors. Phil is leading one of the most dynamic transit agencies in North America, which is implementing the FasTracks program, one of the largest transit expansion programs in the country. Phil is responsible for a 2014 total agency budget appropriation in the amount of $2.8 billion dollars and is currently managing active transit expansion projects in the amount of $5.0 billion dollars.
Prior to Phil's transportation industry experience, he had a storied 24-year military career, retiring as a decorated Active-duty U.S. Army soldier, having attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major, (E-9). This position is not only the highest non-commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve, but also requires uncompromising integrity and leadership skills. He is the recipient of numerous military honors and citations for outstanding performance of duty and leadership.
He is originally from the south side of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University. He commutes to work by bus and light rail each day from his home in Aurora, Colorado.
Porter K. Wheeler
Porter K. Wheeler has specialized in transportation policy and infrastructure finance throughout a career of college teaching, government consulting, Budget Committee work on Capitol Hill, and over two decades of private consulting and governmental advisory work. From 2005-2011 , he concentrated his efforts on toll road development and public-private partnership (P3) issues for the Maryland Transportation Authority, a state-wide public toll road authority, including a solicitation of interest in the I-270 Multi-Modal Corridor and a feasibility study for Nice Bridge reconstruction using a P3 approach.
Over the past two decades, Dr. Wheeler has provided a broad range of consultant services on behalf of US Department of Transportation and numerous state transportation agencies, regional authorities, study commissions, and toll road operators. These assignments regularly involved consideration of P3 approaches as public agencies struggled to meet growing demands for infrastructure improvements. In addition, he has advised governmental owners on structuring concessions and privatization of infrastructure facilities worldwide. He has authored numerous reports and white papers designed to inform a national audience and identified best practices to apply innovative financing for roadway, railroad, and intermodal improvements.
He was a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Finance and Taxation from 1994 to 2006 and served on the Executive Committee of the National Council on Public-Private Partnerships from 2007 to 2009. He served on the Board of the Canton Railroad Company, Baltimore, 1987-2013, and currently Chairs the Traffic Committee for Chevy Chase Village.