Highway and Transportation Issues

2012 National Leadership Conference

CSG Transportation Policy Task Force
Transportation's Uncertain Future: Politics, Roads & High-Speed Rail
May 18, 2012

Finance at the state and federal levels and alternatives to the gas tax are two major topics in the transportation discussion. In addition, as high-speed rail is put on the backburner elsewhere, the dream is still alive in California. This session focused on how infrastruture investment can impact the road construction industry and a company like UPS. Speakers also discussed what California has planned in high-speed rail and what it could mean for the rest of the country.

Presentation by Pat Thomas, Vice President of Public Affairs, UPS

Highway and Transportation Issues

Pat Thomas
Pat Thomas is vice president of public affairs at UPS. A 27-year veteran of the company, he currently manages all aspects of state legislative and regulatory policy and political activities and directs a team of state and local public affairs managers throughout the country. He also oversees the UPS Congressional Awareness Program, a comprehensive grassroots program designed to build successful relationships between UPS managers and every member of Congress in their home district. He began his career with UPS in 1985 as a peak-season delivery driver. He held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in operations and human resources including supervisor, center manager and employee relations manager. He became the West region public affairs manager in1998. He was given the additional responsibility of coordinating the Pacific, Northwest and Southwest regions in 2001.  In 2002, he joined the Corporate Public Affairs office in Washington, D.C. In addition to managing state and local initiatives, he has also managed UPS’s international portfolio, overseeing a team of international policy managers and advocating for issues such as trade facilitation, customs and international aviation. Before joining UPS, he worked as a commercial pilot for various private corporations flying both people and cargo to airports throughout the U.S. He is also a certified flight instructor and has trained pilots. He earned a B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University.