Joe Waggoner came to THEA in August of 2007 and immediately made improvements in the maintenance, operations and financial position of the agency. The agency is now positioned to help address the future transportation needs in the Tampa area. Waggoner has a knack for thinking up out‐of‐the box ideas, such as his work in positioning the Expressway Authority as a test bed for the new technology of automated vehicles. He hired the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida to research the potential policy, legislative and insurance issues surrounding automated vehicles. The test bed, combined with the CUTR research will help bring high tech companies to the Tampa Bay region. In addition, his Bus Toll Lane keeps the toll money in the community where it’s collected, serves the public transit needs of the community and improves overall mobility in the community. Waggoner’s education and over 33 years of experience in the development of a variety of transportation modes have given him a broad perspective on key issues in transportation.