TEAMFL Recognizes Sue Chrzan, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Director of Public Affairs, with Bob Hartnett Leadership Award
The Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL) recognized Sue Chrzan, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), with their most prestigious award, the Bob Hartnett Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the transportation industry and communities in the State of Florida and has opened doors for others to learn and grow in the transportation industry.
”Sue Chrzan stands out for her exemplary career and for the thousands of professionals and leaders inspired to follow in her footsteps, to serve in the transportation industry, and improve the lives of residents in their communities. She takes a grassroots approach with public outreach and does an amazing job humanizing the agency. She and THEA set the standard of how to be a good community partner,” says Brady Nepple, Executive Director, TEAMFL.
TEAMFL was formed in 1997 to facilitate the exchange of information among toll agencies and the transportation industry. Its mission is to promote a financially sustainable, user fee-based transportation model by providing a platform for sharing the latest transportation advances and best practices. The award was presented at the TEAMFL quarterly meeting in Tampa titled “Transportation Strategies.”
“I am honored to receive such high recognition from an organization that I admire. Working together with industry leaders from around the state gives us all an opportunity to implement best practices and innovations which can make our communities safer for all forms of mobility,” says Chrzan.
Sue Chrzan has served as the Director of Public Affairs for the past fifteen years at THEA, Tampa Bay’s local tolling agency. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as a thriving community leader and public servant. As THEA’s Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Sue successfully created and implemented the communication blueprints and community outreach strategies for the Selmon Expressway conversion to an All-Electronic Tolling System and the opening of the Selmon Extension earlier this year.
The Selmon Expressway was the first expressway in Florida to be completely electronic. Her agency is recognized for utilizing driving innovations and spearheading community initiatives that lead to better mobility and increased driver safety. With the agency investing half a billion in Tampa Bay projects over the next five years, Sue’s comprehensive approach includes presentations to elected officials, community leaders, and key stakeholders, community meetings, and numerous public involvement opportunities. She has built a credible and trusting relationship between THEA and project stakeholders, including local residents, regional travelers, business leaders, community organizations, and elected officials with the strategy of early and continuous open communication and timely project information updates.