Chief Executive Officer
Chief Finance Officer
Ruthie Reyes Burckard,
Chief Operating Officer
Chief of Maintenance and Facilities
Chief Administrative Officer and Interim Chief of Staff
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Benjamin T. Limmer, AICP, is Chief Executive Officer of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). Prior to stepping into the role of HART’s CEO, Limmer served at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as Assistant General Manager and as the primary executive advisor to Authority’s GM/CEO on strategic initiatives, development of expansion and service plans, and monitoring MARTA’s overall performance. Limmer led a team of 200 employees in the areas of customer service, external affairs, marketing, policy, planning, and business development.
Benjamin T. Limmer, AICP, is recognized in the public transportation industry as a transformative, fiscally responsible, and highly efficient leader. He was named as the transit industry’s prestigious Mass Transit Magazine’s “40 Under 40.” He was also the recipient of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Honorable Ray LaHood “Man of the Year” Award.
Limmer has also held transit leadership positions at the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the City of Atlanta, Valley Metro in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of numerous leadership programs, Limmer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University.
Limmer is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. His wife Johanna and he are the proud parents of two daughters, Alexis and Mia.
INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jeff Seward joined HART in November 2011, and is responsible for the following departments: Accounting & Financial Reporting, Budget, Cash Management, Internal Audit, Procurement, Contracts Administration, Grants & Planning, Project Management Office, Performance Management, Sustainability and Environmental ISO compliance. These departments execute the long-term financial strategy of HART, manage major capital projects, secure grants to enhance our current infrastructure, and ensure HART’s impact to the environment is minimal and sustainable.
Mr. Seward has more than 30 years of local government, private-sector and military experience, providing leadership for various areas, including, strategic planning, economic development, Six Sigma process improvement and auditing. He received his Bachelor's degree in history/government from Columbia College, and his Master's degree in public administration from California Lutheran University. He is past president of the Southwest Florida Government Finance Officers Association and was the 2014 Tampa Bay Business Journal CFO of the Year for Governmental entities.
In December 2017, Mr. Seward was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer.
RUTHIE REYES BURCKARD
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Before being appointed to the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Burckard was previously the Director of Van Operations, which includes services such HARTPlus, HARTFlex and Travel Training. She oversaw HART Dispatch and Customer Service Departments. Prior to joining HART, Mrs. Reyes Burckard worked at New York City Transit Authority as the Paratransit Staff Analyst managing the supplemental service provider and taxi reimbursement contracts for the paratransit division.
Mrs. Reyes Burckard came to HART in 2002 as the Paratransit Certification Assistant. From 2004 to 2006, she was appointed to HART Internship Program, which required rotation through the Marketing, Community Relations, Planning and Safety, Security and Training departments. Prior to her appointment as Director of Van Operations in July 2013, she served as the Paratransit and Customer Service Manager, managing the Paratransit Eligibility and Customer Service departments while ensuring that HART delivers the highest level of customer service. During her tenure at HART, Mrs. Reyes Burckard was instrumental with the implementation of live booking for paratransit trips gaining overall efficiencies in the productivity of trip scheduling.
Ms. Reyes Burckard has a bachelor's degree in Education from the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. She is a member of the Hillsborough County and City of Tampa Alliances for Citizens with Disabilities, Hillsborough County Transportations Disadvantaged Coordinating Board and HART ADA Accessibility Committee.
CHIEF OF MAINTENANCE AND FACILITIES
Mr. Scott Drainville has been selected as the new HART Chief of Maintenance and Facilities. Mr. Drainville comes to HART with thirty years of Fleet Maintenance and Transportation experience, most recently as the Assistant General Manager of Maintenance for the Washington D.C. Circulator. Mr. Drainville served as the Director of Fixed Route and University Services, Maintenance and Procurement for City Transit Management (Citibus) located in Lubbock, TX. Scott served as a Mechanical Foreman with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) for more than 18 years where he managed the day to day operations of Fleet Maintenance for more than 250 vehicles. Scott graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island and holds certificates from the National Transit Institute in Procurement and Contract Administration as well as Senior Maintenance Leadership. Scott was nominated in 2012 to represent the State of Rhode Island for the North East Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) Maintenance Committee. Scott completed the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's Leadership Academy and Executive Development Program in 2013 at Bryant University and completed the Texas Transit Leadership Program in 2016.
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER/INTERIM CHIEF OF STAFF
Kenyatta Lee is recognized among her peers and colleagues as a results-driven leader in the areas of human resources, labor relations, technology, communications,risk management, and finance.
Throughout a public sector career that spans more than 20 years, Lee has been successful at strengthening organizations through process improvement and implementing innovative methods to achieve organizational strategic goals and objectives.
Lee currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and Interim Chief of Staff for HART. She leads a team of more than 50 employees whose principal functions are to provide human resources, technology and innovation, risk management, communications, marketing, legal services, training and safety measures for the Authority.
A trendsetter in leading-edge business solutions, Lee has received numerous awards such as 2014 BizTech Award IT Dream Team for the Oracle ERP implementation, a 2015 BizTech Award for Best Collaboration for launching the real-time passenger information initiative and 2018 Tampa Bay Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year.
Lee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.