Gary Hausdorfer, President and Chief Executive Officer
Gary brings more than 30 years of leadership, knowledge and experience in moving major transportation and toll road projects forward through often difficult local, regional, state and national public processes. His experience encompasses development, finance and management of multi-modal transportation systems and technologically advanced toll facilities that are customer friendly and provide value and choices for commuters. Gary has extensive experience in the private sector as both a principal and senior executive. His experience includes public-private partnership development, corporate strategic planning and consultation to government and private industry.
As a former chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Gary has intimate understanding of the pressing transportation needs facing fast growing metropolitan regions and the challenges of improving mobility to meet future needs. Gary was a founding member of a board of directors of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) that created and shaped a historic public agency that would plan, develop and operate new toll roads in Southern California with private financing -- a model of public-private partnership. He served as chairman and director of the TCA as it launched Orange County’s successful toll road system that employs the latest in automatic tolling technology.
During his tenure, Orange County’s transportation system expanded into a modern multi-modal system offering a wide variety of choices for commuters, including toll roads, commuter rail and the number one bus transit system in the United States.
Since joining Cofiroute USA in 2003, Gary’s extensive experience in business, finance, transportation, public works, government and land use planning ensure that Cofiroute USA stays at the forefront of toll operations, customer service and technology in the toll and transportation industry. He continues to promote public-private partnerships as a solution to the enormous unfunded transportation needs in the United States.
His history of public service includes serving four terms as mayor of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. He is the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. Gary has been honored with numerous local, state and federal commendations, including the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award, which he received from President George H.W Bush at a White House ceremony in 1990. He is a guest lecturer at University of California, Irvine; a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee at California State University, Fullerton, and a member of IBTTA and has been a keynote speaker and panel member at transportation forums in North America and Europe.
Gary is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles (B.S) and the University of Southern California.