2014 Award Recipients

ITS Florida President’s Award—This individual award recognizes superior career achievements in ITS and extraordinary service to ITS Florida. This is ITS Florida’s highest award and is given only for truly superlative performance and accomplishment.

Erika Birosak was awarded (posthumously) the ITS Florida President’s Award for her dedication and commitment to ITS Florida which was matched by few. Her career accomplishments and her professional passion to see ITS succeed and flourish in Florida was unmistakable. Jay Calhoun read a letter from Chris Birosak accepting the award.

ITS Champion Award—This award is given to an individual (ITSFL member or not), who has made significant contributions to advance the cause of ITS in Florida.

Mark Reichert has been a steadfast supporter and contributor to ITS Florida. He has been the key person in providing Florida legislative updates related to transportation at ITS Florida meetings. He had a hand in supporting many ITS Florida initiatives such as ITS awareness days for legislators at the Capitol and a campaign that ITS Florida led to support Road Ranger funding when it appeared in danger due to misinformation on the part of key legislators.  Mark’s son Josh was present to accept the award for his father. 

Certificate of Outstanding Achievement—This is an “open-ended” class of awards that may be given by the ITS Florida for outstanding service by individuals or organizational units.

District 1 -  The ITS Freeway Management System along the I-75 corridor in Sarasota and Manatee Counties within District One. This project integrated ITS field equipment into the Manatee/Sarasota ATMS TMC in Bradenton. FDOT will be collocated with Manatee and Sarasota counties who are managing their arterial signal systems out of this TMC. This shared space is known as the Satellite TMC for I-75 in District One. The Satellite TMC collocation with the two counties is able to coordinate major incidents and monitor the impact of detours on the arterials. This is a unique integration project since the Satellite TMC is really a remote workstation utilizing the SWIFT Center SunGuide servers and database. However, the equipment at the Satellite TMC runs as a backup in case of any failure at the SWIFT Center.  Mark Roberts accepted the award for District One.  Pictured are John Easterling, Mark Roberts and Gregg Letts.

Manatee County – The Backup TMC was designed, installed by Manatee County staff and funded solely by the County. The Backup TMC was fully operational in less than two months from the beginning of the concept plan stage. The total cost of the facility is approximately $40,000. The relatively low cost of this project can be attributed to the fact that the project was completely handled in-house and thereby eliminating some of the costs associated with contracting out the project. This facility provides a great return on the investment for the County and the region by providing a fully functional Backup TMC for handling the regional traffic issues. Accepting the award is Mukunda Gopalakrishna, Manatee County. Pictured are John Easterling, Mukunda Gopalakrishna and Gregg Letts.