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Executive Committee and Board of Directors

The IBTTA Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of the Association. The Board of Directors is composed of five officers and 20 directors. Officers serve a one-year term and directors serve staggered four-year terms. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please click here

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2016 Officers

President | Earl J. "Buddy" Croft III  

Executive Director, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Jamestown, RI


Earl “Buddy” Croft is the Executive Director for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. Buddy’s responsibilities include the finance, operations and maintenance of the state’s four largest bridges including the Newport Pell Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in New England. With a $32-million operating budget, Buddy also coordinates transportation activities with partner agencies, municipalities, and tourism entities. These include the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the City of Newport, and other tourism and commerce entities throughout Rhode Island. Buddy was appointed to the position in 2006. Since becoming Executive Director, Buddy has modernized the state’s tolling operations to include the introduction of the E-ZPass system and Open Road Tolling for state motorists. He has also moved to create important safety initiatives including installing a permanent median barrier on the Newport Pell Bridge to prevent crossover accidents, a $6-million dollar initiative that will likely protect many lives. Under his tenure RITBA has spent approximately $180 million in construction and maintenance repairs to its bridges.

At IBTTA, Buddy is a member of the Board of Directors, serving as President. Before his appointment to IBTTA’s Board of Directors, Buddy actively served the association as a member of several committees including as Chairman of the IBTTA Audit Committee, on the Association’s Finance Committee, and as a member of the Government Affairs Committee.

In addition to the IBTTA, Buddy also serves on the Executive Board of the E-ZPass Group made up of 14 states and 25 agencies from the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States. Buddy has served on the Executive Board since 2006. Prior to joining RITBA and IBTTA, Buddy was the Chief of Staff for the Rhode Island Family Court. Buddy oversaw 150 employees as well as the administrative matters of Court. He also served as the Drug Court and Truancy Court Coordinator and the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Family Court in Rhode Island. During his time with the Rhode Island Court System, he served as the Vice Chairman for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the Chairman of the NADCP Fundraising/Development Committee. A native Rhode Islander, Buddy holds a BA in Political Science from Providence College. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children and ten grandchildren.


First Vice President | Emanuela Stocchi 
Director of International Affairs, Associazione Italiana Società Concessionarie Autostrade e Trafori (AISCAT), Rome, Italy


Second Vice President | Tim Stewart 

Executive Director, E-470 Public Highway Authority, Aurora, CO

International Vice President | Malika Seddi
Director of International Affairs, Association Professionnelle Autoroutes et Ouvrages à Péage (ASFA), Paris, France

Immediate Past President | Javier Rodriguez
Executive Director, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Miami, FL

Executive Director | Pat Jones
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Washington, DC



Director, Term expiring at the end of 2016

  • Cedrick Fulton, Director, Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Jersey City, NJ
  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Orlando, FL
  • Peter Merfeld, Chief Operations Officer, Maine Turnpike Authority, Portland, ME 
  • Jean Mesqui, Executive Director, Association Professionnelle Autoroutes et Ouvrages à Péage (ASFA), Paris, France
  • Julián Núñez, President, Presidente de SEOPAN, Madrid, Spain
Director, Term expiring at the end of 2017
  • Gerald Carrigan, North Texas Tollway Authority, Plano, TX
  • Andrew Fremier, Bay Area Toll Authority, Oakland, CA
  • Samuel Johnson, Transportation Corridor Agencies, Irvine, CA
  • Joe Mrozek, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Woodbridge, NJ
  • Cynthia Ward, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington, DC

​Director, Term expiring at the end of 2018

  • Nic Barr, Transurban, Alexandria, VA
  • Mark Compton, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Harrisburg, PA
  • Klaus Schierhackl, ASFINAG, Vienna, Austria
  • Benton Tempas, Northwest Parkway, LLC, Broomfield, CO
  • Christopher Tomlinson, State Road & Tollway Authority, Atlanta, GA

​Director, Term expiring at the end of 2019

  • John Lawson, Virginia Department of Transportation, Richmond, VA
  • Gary Trietsch, Harris County Toll Road Authority, Houston, TX
  • Anthony Yacobucci, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, Berea, OH