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Mary’s passion for transportation has shaped Global-5’s direction for 20 years. Perpetually curious and always learning, she stays on the leading edge of the industry by understanding the importance of managed lanes, public-private partnerships, the convergence of connected vehicles and automated vehicles, and emerging transportation technologies that improve safety, mobility, the economy and the environment. In Florida, she conceptualized and implemented the nation’s first email and text construction alerts for a highway megaproject. When high-speed rail began to gain momentum in America, she founded the High-Speed Rail News Channel to keep the industry informed. Now, she’s watching the progress of the Hyperloop program, and developing knowledge transfer and outreach materials to illustrate the benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.
Mary grew up riding horses and rounding up Holstein cows on a dairy farm in Missouri, graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and film, and later studied at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in Orlando, Florida. In her first career, Mary worked as an anchor and reporter for TV stations in Columbia, Missouri; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Washington, D.C.; and Orlando, Florida, producing thousands of hours of live news coverage. She cofounded Global-5 in 1996 and relishes every opportunity to work with smart, talented people for truly exceptional clients.
Always staying involved, Mary served as chair of the marketing and public relations subcommittee for ITS America’s 18th World Congress Organizing Committee. She has served as the ITS Florida treasurer and outreach committee chair and participates in the I-95 Corridor Coalition. In 2000, the Association for Women in Communications awarded her a National Clarion Award, and in 2004 the U.S. Small Business Administration named her one of the nation’s top five female entrepreneurs.