Kaine Keeps Pierce Homer; Fairfax's Hanley Had Been Candidate

The Governor-elect's news release:

Governor-Elect Tim Kaine Announces
Transportation Leadership Team

Richmond - Governor-elect Tim Kaine today announced that Pierce R. Homer will serve as Secretary of Transportation and Ralph Davis and Scott Kasprowicz will serve as Deputy Secretaries of Transportation. Former Fairfax Board Chairman Katherine "Kate" Hanley had been considered for the top job.

Homer currently serves as the Secretary of Transportation and has also served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation.  He has led numerous efforts to attract private investment in Virginia's transportation infrastructure, to improve mobility and air quality in urban areas, and to create stronger partnerships in the delivery of rail, transit, and local government services.  Homer has also worked in local governments and local government consulting in Texas and Virginia. 

"In only nine months as Secretary of Transportation, Pierce has already built a solid record of leadership in improving Virginia's transportation system," Kaine said.  "He developed and implemented the first statewide rail fund and was responsible for the elimination of $867 million in accumulated transportation deficits. Pierce also brings a valuable perspective from his service in local government, which will be key as our administration works to strengthen the relationship between land use and transportation planning throughout Virginia."

Davis is currently Deputy Secretary of Transportation, with responsibilities for Inter-modal Planning, Department of Aviation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia Port Authority, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board. Prior to being named Deputy Secretary, Davis was employed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for twenty years, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner for Administrative and Motorist Services. During his VDMV tenure, Davis provided leadership for multiple operational, financial, policy and planning functions.

"Ralph has been a vital part of Virginia's transportation management team and brings 27 years of valuable experience in state government to the department" Kaine said. "His knowledge and understanding of the challenges we face in all parts of the Commonwealth will help us move forward."

Kasprowicz brings experience from the private sector to the transportation team. He was the founder and CEO of TEXCEL Corporation, a technology services company with clients worldwide that he sold to a nationwide infrastructure provider in 1999. He is currently the director and co-founder of Nuride, Inc., a private business/government partnership incentive-based ride network founded to relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality. Kasprowicz is also a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Piedmont Environmental Council and is a founding board member of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.

"Scott is committed to promoting a strong economy and a healthy environment," Kaine said. "Further, his success in using innovative technology to promote smart transportation alternatives will be a tremendous asset as we work on our transportation challenges."

·        Pierce R. Homer, Secretary of Transportation, 49.  As Secretary of Transportation, Homer led the development and implementation of an $867 million initiative to eliminate accrued financial deficits and support public-private transportation programs. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Transportation, Homer served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation with functional oversight of the Virginia Department of Transportation, private partnership programs, and technology investments.  As Deputy Secretary, he worked with the transportation agencies to develop and implemented uniform cost and revenue estimating, debt management, and accountability measures.

Before joining the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, Homer spent 15 years with the Prince William County government in several senior management positions, including Deputy County Executive with direct oversight of county agencies. 

Homer earned his B.A. from Haverford College in 1978 and his Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.

·        Ralph M. Davis, Deputy Secretary, 53.  Appointed Deputy Secretary in 2002, Davis led the Secretary of Transportation's effort to develop a long-run multimodal transportation plan and served as the point person for budget, strategic planning and administrative issues.

Davis started his career in 1978 as an economist for the Department of Taxation where he oversaw the development the statewide economic and tax revenue forecasting model. Later, as the Department of Motor Vehicles' chief economist, he developed economic models to forecast transportation revenues. He was promoted to DMV Assistant Commissioner in 1991 where he provided leadership for multiple operational, financial, policy and planning functions.

Davis earned his B.A. in Economics and Management Science from Duke University in 1974 and his Masters in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979. Davis also completed the Federal Executive Institute's Executive Excellence Program and the Virginia Executive Institute.   

·        E. Scott Kasprowicz, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, 53. Middleburg, Virginia, resident Kasprowicz is currently the director and co-founder of Nuride, Inc., an innovative partnership between major regional employers and local and regional transportation management agencies to provide incentives for ride-sharing.  The program is designed to relieve both severe traffic congestion and improve air quality in the Northern Virginia region.  Kasprowicz was also the founder and CEO of TEXCEL Corporation, a technology services company with clients worldwide that he sold to a nationwide infrastructure provider in 1999. Prior to founding TEXCEL, Kasprowicz was a procurement forester with the Weyerhaeuser Company, where he was responsible for guiding negotiations between the company and land owners in complex land trades. 

Kasprowicz is currently a member of the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) board of directors and executive committee and is a founding board member of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, where he has worked with members of the General Assembly to craft legislation enhancing and preserving the environmental quality of life in the Commonwealth.

Kasprowicz graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1978 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. 

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