Friday, July 27, 2007

Plano, TX – The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) today announced Jorge Figueredo as its new Executive Director and Rick Herrington as Deputy Executive Director.

"Following a comprehensive national search, Mr. Figueredo emerged as the candidate uniquely qualified to lead the NTTA into its second decade as an organization and as we begin to implement the historic SH-121 project," stated Paul N. Wageman, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "His background and experience will greatly enhance the NTTA's ability to address the mobility needs of North Texas as we develop regional projects in the coming years such as the Five in Five."

Mr. Figueredo has spent the last 16 years in the toll business. Before today’s announcement, he was the Senior Division Manager for Post, Buckley, Shuh, and Jernigan (PBS&J) overseeing the company’s toll operations practice in the Central United States. During his tenure with PBS&J he worked extensively with the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Turnpike Authority Central Texas Turnpike project. His previous position was Director of Operations, Communications, and Marketing for the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority from 1992 to 2004 where he was responsible for building and implementing their electronic toll collection program. Prior to working there, Figueredo served as the Director of Public Information and Legislative Affairs for Florida’s Turnpike from 1991 to 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida.

Jerry Hiebert has been serving as the NTTA’s Acting Executive Director since February 2007 while Rick Herrington has served as the Acting Deputy Executive Director during the same time period. Figueredo will be the third Executive Director since the NTTA’s inception 10 years ago.

"On behalf of the Board and staff, I am extremely pleased that Rick has accepted the position of Deputy Executive Director,” Wageman continued. “As lead negotiator on the SH 121 project, Rick has played a key role overseeing our ongoing mission of providing mobility solutions to the North Texas region. We are fortunate that Rick will continue to offer his invaluable insight and leadership to the board and staff of the NTTA."

Prior to serving as Acting Deputy Executive Director for the NTTA, Mr. Herrington was the National Director of Technology Services/Central Division Toll Sector Leader for HNTB Corporation, a national transportation infrastructure firm. At HNTB he was responsible for implementing ETC Open Road Tolling and providing strategic technical assessments for various clients. From 1999 to 2005 he served as the Assistant Executive Director and Director of Information Technology for the NTTA where he oversaw development and implementation of the award winning RITE Toll Collection System. Previously, Herrington worked for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) from 1985 to 1999 in various positions for their information technology services department. Herrington will assume his position effective immediately.

Mr. Figueredo will assume his position with the NTTA on August 6, 2007.

About NTTA

The North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the State of Texas, is authorized to acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate turnpike projects in the North Texas region. The seven-member governing board is comprised of Chairman Paul N. Wageman, Vice Chairman Jack Miller, Directors Gary Base, David Denison, William W. Meadows, Bob Shepard and Alan E. Sims.

The NTTA serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties and is responsible for the Dallas North Tollway System, consisting of the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge and the Mountain Creek Lake Bridge. The North Texas Tollway Authority is able to raise capital for construction projects through the issuance of turnpike revenue bonds. NTTA toll projects are not a part of the State highway system and receive no direct tax funding. Tolls are collected to repay debt and to operate and maintain the roadways.

Visit the NTTA Web site at or call 214-461-2000 for additional information about the North Texas Tollway Authority. For Customer Service, please call 972-818-NTTA (6882).

NTTA Organizational Chart
Key Staff Profiles
NTTA Board of Directors

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