General Manager

Meet Dave Genova, Interim General Manager

Dave Genova

On April 15, 2015 David Genova assumed the role of RTD's Interim General Manager following the departure of outgoing General Manager Phillip Washington.

Portrait of Dave Genova

Dave is a 21-year veteran of the Regional Transportation District where he currently serves as the Assistant General Manager of Safety, Security and Facilities.

Dave is committed to meeting our vision of delivering world class, efficient transit services and delivering RTD’s capital programs on time and within budget.

Some of his current accomplishments include providing safety certification for the light rail openings that includes the Denver Union Station, and overseeing our Transit Watch smart phone application, a customer facing interface which is a recent recipient of the American Public Transportation Association Gold Award Winner for the 2015 APTA Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards.

Dave is the current chair of the APTA Rail Safety Committee and serves on numerous other professional Boards. One of the strengths that Dave demonstrated to the Board is his leadership ability not only in an operational environment but also as an agent of change.

We are quite fortunate to have a strong leadership bench at RTD who can assume the helm without sacrificing our status as one of the leading transit agencies in the country.

General Manager Search

Updated June 9
RTD seeking public feedback to choose the next RTD General Manager.

The General Manager Executive Search Committee is seeking input from riders and the community about the personal characteristics and professional skills that they would like to see in the next RTD General Manager as well as hear feedback about the operation of the RTD system in general.

“It's important to the Board of Directors that we offer our community and RTD riders the opportunity to be involved in the General Manager search process,” said Chuck Sisk, RTD Board Chair. “This public input is one element we will consider as we choose the next leader of RTD.”

The questionnaire will be available online from June 9 to June 23. Responses will remain anonymous.

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The General Manager Executive Search Committee continues to make great strides in our search for a new permanent General Manager. We are developing a comprehensive communications outreach and work plan on how we will communicate internally and externally on significant events and milestones. Some of our activities include moderated executive-level and community leaders focus groups around the critical issues facing RTD and this region and leadership characteristics needed to take this Agency to the next level of excellence. We are issuing an RFP for firms who can conduct these focus groups with a targeted time around June 10-11. Concurrently, we will be facilitating internal listening sessions with our employees to capture input for our deliberation and due diligence. We are on target to hire an Executive Search firm around the middle of June who will become part of the team in our search process for the best and brightest. We are continuing to build out our workplan with a goal to hire a new General Manager by the first of the year. We are being deliberate to ensure we have an open, transparent and productive process that is inclusive of input from our valued employees, stakeholders, communities and the public.

Today in a special Board meeting, the RTD Board of Directors voted to approve Dave Genova as the Interim General Manager for RTD. Dave will assume this position effective April 9, 2015. Dave is an 18 year veteran of the Regional Transportation District where he currently serves as the Assistant General Manager of Safety, Security and Facilities. Dave is committed to meeting our vision of delivering world class, efficient transit services and delivering RTD’s capital programs on time and within budget. Some of his current accomplishments include providing safety certification for the light rail openings that includes the Denver Union Station, and overseeing our Transit Watch smart phone application, a customer facing interface which is a recent recipient of the American Public Transportation Association Gold Award Winner for the 2015 APTA Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards. Dave is the current chair of the APTA Rail Safety Committee and serves on numerous other professional Boards. One of the strengths that Dave demonstrated to the Board in the interview process is his leadership ability not only in an operational environment but as an agent of change. We are quite fortunate to have a strong leadership bench at RTD who can assume the helm without sacrificing our status as one of the leading transit agencies in the country.

The GM Executive Search Committee appreciates your subscription to this update as it symbolizes a commitment that we have fostered in this region to work collaboratively for the greater good. We value your interest and input on the General Manager replacement process and will be providing details of our outreach plan and how you can contact us soon. Stay tuned.

RTD recently announced that General Manager Washington will be leaving RTD for a similar position at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). While we are sad to see him go, we are proud of the accomplishments of this agency under General Manager Washington’s leadership. We intend to build on his legacy to ensure our FasTracks projects scheduled to roll out in 2016 and beyond will be successful and that our base business remains strong and intact. The Board has appointed a General Manager Executive Search Committee (GMESC) and has a documented process for hiring of an Interim General Manager as well as the filling of the permanent General Manager position. Here are some updates on our current process:

  • The GM Executive Search Committee is on target with our plans to hire an Interim General Manager. Applications from members of the Senior Leadership are due on April 1, with a planned Special Board meeting on April 9 to vote on an Interim General Manager. The Search Committee solicited interview questions from the full Board and have identified the selection criteria and top questions that will be asked of each candidate.
  • GM Executive Search Committee approved unanimously the selection of CRL as the Strategic Advisory Service. A primary function of the Strategic Advisory Service will be to help build a comprehensive communications plan that will be inclusive of internal and external groups including stakeholders, elected officials, and community organizations.
  • The GM Executive Search Committee has established a notification link on the RTD website where people can sign up for news and alerts. We encourage our riders and any interested person to sign up for updates on our GM Executive Search process.
  • The GM Executive Search Committee met with Human Resources to begin the benchmarking process for the General Manager position. HR will employ the Mountain States Employment Council to begin gathering data that will be incorporated with other sources of information to ensure we are following our compensation philosophy to hire the best and the brightest.