Chief Executive Officer
Transportation Corridor Agencies
Mike is the Chief Executive Officer for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). TCA operates a 51-mile toll road network in Orange County California providing traffic relief to over 300,000 customers daily. Additionally, TCA manages 2,200 acres of restored open-space that was established as mitigation for construction of the Toll Roads.
As CEO, Mike has lead the TCA’s efforts to redefine its pathway forward in completing the roadway network that will connect the 241 Toll Road to the I-5 Freeway. These efforts included a strategic restructure of the Agencies’ finances to establish a favorable debt profile for the future. He has worked to overcome various obstacles preventing progress on completing the 241 Toll Road. Including the recent approval of an historic settlement agreement with the Environmental Groups and the Attorney General. This agreement provides a baseline for improving regional mobility in Orange County, while at the same time protecting extraordinary recreational, cultural and natural resources.
This manner of innovative and creative leadership has been a trademark throughout Mike’s career in the planning, design and delivery of major civil and transportation projects.
Mike views his career as both varied and rewarding. After graduating from the United Stated Coast Guard Academy, he served as a Shipboard Officer followed by graduate school at the University of Illinois, where he obtained his M.S.C.E. Then continuing as a Civil Engineering Officer with the Coast Guard, culminating as the Public Works Officer for the Coast Guard Support Center in Alameda, California.
Transitioning to the private sector, Mike worked the next 18 years with Moffatt & Nichol (M&N), where his primary clients were Port Authorities. The primary challenges facing the Ports at the time were their landside linkages. These challenges were instrumental in how Mike made the progression from a waterfront specialization to a transportation focus.
After M&N, Mike served as the Southern California Regional Vice-President for HNTB Corporation including a three-year assignment as the Design Manager for the $1.3 billion I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening design-build project.
Looking forward, Mike’s priorities include:
- continuous customer service improvements through the reprocurement of the Agencies’ back-office contracts;
- being a regional advocate and partner for tolling; and
- working with communities and regional stakeholders to improve regional mobility by delivering what was made possible through the historic environmental settlement agreement, the connection of the 241 Toll Road to the I-5 freeway.