Courtney Cunningham named new chair of Floridians for Better Transportation

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Floridians for Better Transportation (FBT) President Matthew Ubben announced that Courtney Cunningham, president of the Cunningham Group, a public involvement and strategic communications firm, will serve as FBT’s Chairman in 2013, succeeding Kevin Thibault, a vice president at Parsons. 

“We are excited that Courtney will continue to volunteer his leadership on the FBT team. He is a well-respected professional whose proven leadership skills and experience in Florida will help us strengthen our voice for transportation,” said Kevin Thibault, FBT’s 2012 Chairman. “I appreciated the opportunity to lead FBT and look forward to assisting Courtney as we promote a safe and efficient transportation system for all Floridians.” 

“FBT is an infrastructure advocacy organization that has been helping shape and promote the transportation agenda in Florida for 25 years,” said Matthew D. Ubben, FBT’s President.  “I look forward to working closely with Courtney and all our transportation partners to promote dedicated transportation funding, support our strategic objectives, and expand our membership base.” 

Before establishing the Cunningham Group, Cunningham worked as chief of staff in the Office of the Chairperson of the Miami-Dade County Commission. Cunningham was an investment banker with a Wall Street firm and focused exclusively on financing public facilities.  Cunningham has also managed government relations for Ryder System Inc., a Fortune 250 transportation and logistics company, and for the American Trucking Association. He served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush, as deputy chief counsel at the Republican National Committee and on Gov. Jeb Bush’s transition team.

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