Bob Leitzel

Bob is a recognized transportation subject matter expert with operations and training experience in both the government and private sector. He has served as a Project Director, Senior Operations Consultant and Director of the Transportation Response Team from 2008 to the present for Transportation Management Services’ contract with FEMA for the Motor Coach Evacuation & Operational Support (MCEP&OS) contract. His team provides preparedness planning, training, exercises and when necessary on-site field operations support to FEMA HQ, FEMA Regions and ten Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast States.

In 2001, Bob retired from the U. S. Army after serving over 24 years as a Commissioned Officer. During his last five years, he served in the Pentagon as an Executive Agent for international counterpart visits for the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the JCS. In 2005 with his mass ground-transportation and logistical experience he was called upon to respond with no notice to build and lead the motor coach evacuation for Hurricane Katrina in Southeast Louisiana. This fleet included 1,000 plus motor coaches to quickly move thousands of S.E Louisiana residents to host states throughout the United States.

He also co-developed the elective course “Protocol for Event Managers” for the internationally recognized Destination and Event Management Program, George Washington University (GWU), School of Business and Public Policy Management. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member in the GWU Event Management Program and at Stratford University, Falls Church, Virginia as well as the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.