In December, 2015, RTD Board of Directors entered contract negotiations with Genova as the new RTD General Manager and CEO-select.
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 December 11, 2015
On December 11, 2015, the RTD Board of Directors unanimously approved entering into contract negotiations with Dave Genova as the new General Manager and CEO of the Regional Transportation District.
Dave Genova is a nationally-recognized industry leader serving on several national committees including: an appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the USDOT Federal Transit Administration Transit Rail Advisory Committee on Safety; Immediate Past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association’s Rail Safety Committee; and the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Safety and Security Committee. Dave is a Colorado native originally from Pueblo, living in the Denver area since 1978. He has a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University.
After conducting a nationwide search, and interviewing three very talented finalists, the RTD Board of Directors concluded Dave was the best fit to lead RTD moving forward. RTD has a long history of developing leadership from within the agency. Pending results of the contract negotiation, the Board hopes to provide an offer to Dave by the end of the year.
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The RTD Board of Directors has named three finalists in their search for the district’s new general manager and CEO. The three finalists are Stephanie Dawson, Dave Genova and Richard Leary.
Dawson is the acting chief operating officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She joined the Port Authority in 1995. Her current responsibilities include overseeing aviation, tunnels, bridges, terminals, port commerce, PATH Rail, operations services and the newly created office of storm mitigation and resilience.
Genova is the current interim general manager and CEO for RTD. He has been with RTD for more than 21 years, serving as the assistant general manager of safety, security and facilities for the past eight years. In that position, his responsibilities included overseeing safety certification for rail line openings and the renovated Denver Union Station.
Leary is the chief service officer for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the third largest urban mass transit system in North America. His responsibilities include the day-to-day revenue operations, customer services and safety at the TTC. Prior to joining the TTC, he was the chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
“This is a critical time in the history of RTD, so we are pleased to have such strong finalists,” board chairman Charles Sisk said. “We have searched across the world to find the most qualified candidates to ensure RTD continues to be the best transit agency in the nation.”
RTD will host a public open forum with the finalists from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Embassy Suites Denver Convention Center, 1420 Stout Street. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback in writing on each finalist following the forum. Comments also may be submitted online at www.rtd-denver.com/gminput.
The RTD Board will interview the finalists on Friday and is expected to appoint a full-time general manager by the end of year.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors will host a public open forum with finalists for the RTD general manager and CEO position from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Embassy Suites Denver Convention Center, 1420 Stout Street.
The open forum is part of the board’s effort to include input from the public, employees and community stakeholders in its process of selecting RTD’s next general manager.
Attendees will be asked to provide feedback in writing on each finalist following the forum. Comments also may be submitted online at www.rtd-denver.com/gminput.
The finalists for the general manager position are expected to be named next week.
The General Manager Executive Search Committee has been busy working with our strategic planning consultant and Krauthamer & Associates Executive Search firm to finalize the candidate profile for the next permanent General Manager. We have taken the input received from our employee listening sessions, executive and community focus groups, external and internal online surveys, meetings with our union representatives and other sources to develop this candidate profile that will ensure we hire the best and the brightest to lead our organization forward. We have authorized Krauthamer to move forward on advertising for this position in several local and national publications as well as posting on the RTD website. The targeted date for posting of the position is August 15, 2015. Krauthamer will provide the initial screening of prospects and candidates and the Committee will work with Krauthamer to identify finalists. In keeping with Colorado Statute, the finalists will be noticed and published 14 days before any offer is made. We will also appoint a Civic Panel to interview the finalists and will hold an Open House to provide the community an opportunity to meet the finalists. More detail will follow on the process.
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.”
A questionnaire was available online from June 9 to June 23.
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.
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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.