Mary’s passion for transportation has shaped Global-5’s direction for 20 years. Perpetually curious and always learning, she stays on the leading edge of the industry by understanding the importance of managed lanes, public-private partnerships, the convergence of connected vehicles and automated vehicles, and emerging transportation technologies that improve safety, mobility, the economy and the environment. In Florida, she conceptualized and implemented the nation’s first email and text construction alerts for a highway megaproject. When high-speed rail began to gain momentum in America, she founded the High-Speed Rail News Channel to keep the industry informed. Now, she’s watching the progress of the Hyperloop program, and developing knowledge transfer and outreach materials to illustrate the benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.
Mary grew up riding horses and rounding up Holstein cows on a dairy farm in Missouri, graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and film, and later studied at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in Orlando, Florida. In her first career, Mary worked as an anchor and reporter for TV stations in Columbia, Missouri; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Washington, D.C.; and Orlando, Florida, producing thousands of hours of live news coverage. She cofounded Global-5 in 1996 and relishes every opportunity to work with smart, talented people for truly exceptional clients.
Always staying involved, Mary served as chair of the marketing and public relations subcommittee for ITS America’s 18th World Congress Organizing Committee. She has served as the ITS Florida treasurer and outreach committee chair and participates in the I-95 Corridor Coalition. In 2000, the Association for Women in Communications awarded her a National Clarion Award, and in 2004 the U.S. Small Business Administration named her one of the nation’s top five female entrepreneurs.
Transportation has changed dramatically over the past two decades, but for Matt, every change presents an opportunity. Under his leadership, Global-5 continues to thrive by adapting to rapid technological advances, new procurement methods, and shifting priorities in the public and private sectors. In this ever-changing environment, he makes sure that one thing remains the same: the relationships he has built with Global-5’s customers.
Now more than ever, transportation agencies must reach their audiences with a variety of media. Matt keeps Global-5 in the forefront of multimedia production with its in-house green screen studio, HD video production suite, graphic and Web design capabilities, state-of-the-art photography and digital press, providing clients value and creativity they can’t get anywhere else. He has also led the development of groundbreaking applications that deliver targeted traffic updates directly to drivers, transforming the way transportation managers approach maintenance of traffic.
Matt grew up in Calaveras County, California, exploring creeks and abandoned gold mines around the town of San Andreas and the golden foothills of the Sierra Nevada. He attended the University of Utah, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication and advertising while also training with the ski team. He landed his first advertising agency job in Salt Lake City, then headed east to launch the Legal Times in Washington, D.C., and Sport Fishing magazine in Orlando, Florida, the city he now calls home. After six years as national advertising director for AAA’s Car and Travel, he cofounded Global-5 in 1996.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Jenni exercises financial oversight over all of Global-5’s projects. She draws upon more than 20 years of accounting and financial management experience to develop budgets and provide full cost accounting for each project. Her careful monitoring of budgets, hours billed and expenses incurred ensures that Global-5’s clients receive regular invoices and detailed reports of all work performed. She oversees staff travel expenses to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements. She also manages vendor relationships so that Global-5 and its clients receive the best value and customer service when purchasing supplies, services and equipment. Additionally, Jenni has worked for certified public accounting firms handling public and private business clients of all sizes as well as individual clients.
A Nebraska native, Jenni graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She is also a member of the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame.
Senior Vice President and LMS Practice Leader
Chris Addison is a highly versatile program manager with extensive experience overseeing projects for a variety of clients. Beginning during his days in the U.S. Navy, Chris has been involved in all aspects of technology training. As president and CEO of Simulation and Training Systems (STS), Chris has been responsible for overseeing and supporting the implementation of learning management systems for commercial and government clients including ExxonMobil, Northrop Grumman and the Florida Department of Transportation.
Chris Patton, APR
Vice President / Director
With more than a decade of experience as a public information officer in county government, Chris understands the unique needs of government agencies in the field of public relations. As a former newspaper editor and reporter, he also enjoys interacting with the media and helping to shape public opinion. His most memorable experiences as a reporter include a construction tour of the $1.4-billion Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and on-the-scene response to a train derailment disaster in West Knoxville, Tennessee. He also covered the 2001 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He has lived in Florida since 2001 but still loves his hometown, Detroit.
Vice President / Director of Creative Services
C.J. is a national award-winning digital artist, web designer, photographer and videographer. He oversees all technology development, graphic design and video production services and printing services. He also developed custom project management systems used by Global-5 and creative and print production teams at other organizations. In his 21-year career he has worked with many high-profile clients and directed the artwork for several magazines, album covers, television commercials, and product design. He has directed the development of branding and marketing collateral for both the I-4 Ultimate and Beyond the Ultimate projects, as well as the Florida 511 Traveler Information System, the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Safe Mobility for Life and Construction Career Days.
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, C.J. earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida in Film & Computer Animation, with a minor in Computer Science.
Vice President / Community Outreach Specialist
Dave serves drivers daily by giving them the information they need to stay safe on the road and arrive at their destinations on time. As a trusted source of information, he draws on more than 15 years of communications experience that began in news and talk radio. On the radio, he painted pictures for listeners every day, explaining how the news affected their lives. He brings those same skills to his current role providing public information and outreach for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). He has served as a construction public information officer for FDOT on nearly 70 miles of interstate highways.
A Pennsylvania native, Dave graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before making Florida his home. He is a recipient of the National Transportation Public Affairs Workshop Newsletter of the Year award and the Florida Public Relations Association Award of Distinction for his work on the Interstate 75 Roadway Expansion (iROX), FDOT’s first design-build-finance project.
John has been spearheading the expansion of multi-modal transportation networks across the United States for 8 years. Prior to joining Global-5, John oversaw a $350 million annual revenue portfolio of accounts as Senior Business Manager at CSX. He engaged in contract management, business development, operations coordination, logistics consultation, and – most importantly – ensuring the delivery of the customer’s needs. Also, he was responsible for administering training to new hires, interns, and leadership development associates – providing them with coaching and professional development opportunities. John began his career as a commercial management trainee and sales representative. He took advantage of a fast-track-to-management opportunity to become a marketing manager where he prepared financial reports, conducted market research and analysis, strategic planning and economic forecasting for short and long-term transportation initiatives in support of several industries.
John began his collegiate career playing linebacker for the back-to-back undefeated and conference champion Case Western Reserve University Spartans. After a few years of success on the football field and in the classroom, John transferred to his home state to complete his undergraduate education at the University of Florida. John also earned his Masters of Business Administration from Florida State University.
Vice President / Technical Support and Special Projects
An expert storyteller in a variety of media, Mike enjoys working on the cutting edge of communication technology. Drawing on a background that blends newspaper journalism, corporate communications, and professional photography, he knows how to engage a variety of audiences in relevant and accessible ways. He has conducted Spanish-language outreach for several major Florida transportation projects and led the development of a first-of-its-kind system for delivering automated highway construction alerts.
Mike has received national awards for his coverage of Florida’s recovery from the 2004 hurricane season and for his photos of postwar Angola. He is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a master’s in strategic communication, Washington and Lee University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and the New York Institute of Photography. He volunteers as a voting precinct clerk in election years. He is also an active member of Mensa.
A former newspaper reporter with 29 years of experience in daily journalism, Jay enjoys untangling a jumble of information and communicating it to others in a clear, engaging way. He spent most of his newspaper career in Tennessee and Florida, where he covered transportation for the Orlando Sentinel and wrote a question-and-answer column for commuters. Since joining Global-5 in 2015, he has written for many of the websites and newsletters that Global-5 maintains, manages or supplies with editorial content.
Jay insists his writing process consists of three simple steps: writing, rewriting and running out of time. Nevertheless, he was once one of three national finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has also won two national APEX Awards of Excellence in Business Communications.
Senior Consultant / Content Developer
Jeff enjoys the challenge of communicating complex subject matter in a clear, concise way. A former senior editor of Civil Engineering magazine, he has authored hundreds of news stories and feature articles about transportation, technology and infrastructure projects around the world, including a popular series on landmark achievements in the history of civil engineering. His current areas of interest include intelligent transportation systems, smart cities and connected vehicles.
Jeff grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from Duke University in 1992. His work has garnered national and regional awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors, Trade Association Business Publications International and Awards for Publication Excellence.
Outreach and Media Consultant
While studying journalism at one of the nation’s premier mass communications schools, the University of Georgia’s Grady College, Austin was already practicing his trade as an intern and independent contractor for Turner Sports, where he served such notable clients as the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association. Austin cultivated brand continuity, managed public perception and covered high-profile events including two PGA Championships, March Madness and the College World Series. At Global-5, Austin is involved in media relations and outreach; public information and education; social media management and content creation; and content management system production and editing. He also regularly ventures into the community to keep Central Florida residents informed on I-4 Ultimate construction.
Eddie is a graphic designer at Global-5 and works with the team to design and produce graphics for all our clients. He creates various collateral pieces such as detour maps and handouts for the public outreach programs. He also provides photographic support for all Global-5 projects. He has won various awards for his graphic design including multiple awards of excellence from the National School Public Relations Association.
Eddie has a Masters in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Rollins College.
Senior LMS Administrator
Fidela Balamani is an experienced learning management systems (LMS) analyst with skills in LMS administration, interface management, quality control and instructional design. Her experience as a teacher and communicator has been instrumental in building her background in LMS. A talented photographer, Fidela spent her early days exploring the world and being influenced by the beautiful imagery and cultures of all those she encountered. She now integrates those experiences into her vision and delivery of information.
Outreach and Media Consultant
A graduate from Stetson University with a B.A in Communication and Media Studies, Gabriel is passionate about using all methods of communication to deliver information with honesty and integrity.
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Gabriel never stayed in one place too long. He has moved with family numerous times to stops in Vermont, Ohio and Alabama, before ultimately settling in Florida. These frequent moves ignited a passion for travel, which Gabriel still enjoys today.
Before joining Global-5, he was a technical recruiter with Apex Systems. He’s also worked as a marketing intern at the Museum of Art, DeLand. In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys writing for both a sports news website and a non-profit aiming to combat global poverty.
At Global-5, Gabriel seeks to continue sharing his passion of fun and open communication by keeping the public alert through presentations and outreach.
Video Production Supervisor
Whether she is planning a production schedule, scouting a location, writing a script, or editing video, Kathy loves her work, and it shows in the quality of her creations. She has won Silver and Bronze Telly awards for Outstanding Television Production as well as a Southeast Regional Emmy award for Outstanding Television Production—and continues to produce outstanding video projects for our clients every day.
Kathy grew up all over the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. After attending the University of Central Florida, she landed an internship at Orlando’s CBS affiliate, where she worked on hundreds of television projects. She subsequently produced programs for ABC, PBS and the Travel Channel. She is also an amazing cook whose original recipes have appeared in national magazines. You may have even tried one!
IT Manager and Security Specialist
As Global-5’s information technology (IT) manager, Jerame specializes in IT business integration, system administration, redundant network designs, data replication and off-site high availability. He has implemented state-of-the art server and network systems and multi-tiered data protection systems for fast recovery and data archiving. He also creates safe networks by deploying firewalls, VPNs, intrusion prevention systems and spam/virus filtering. Jerame led Global-5’s transition to a new IT system to keep up with its growing capacity and security needs.
Jerame’s expertise encompasses a wide array of hardware and software including Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, SQL Server 2014, IIS 7.5, Red Hat Linux and CentOS Linux 7, 10 GigE and Fibre Channel deployment, WatchGuard firewalls, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization deployment. He is also a Microsoft Dynamics GP certified partner.
Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist
John May comes to Global-5 bringing a strong background in strategic communication, public relations and journalism. He was a public affairs and media relations officer for the US Army where he developed his skills. John works with the I-4 Ultimate and I-4 Beyond the Ultimate teams on community outreach and education.
Prior to joining the Global-5 team, John was an Army public affairs and media relations officer. In this role, John developed and executed strategic communication plans, conducted media training, facilitated and conducted interviews with the media, conducted media analysis, managed social media platforms and wrote and edited news articles.
Jon is a long-time editor and photographer whose work has been seen on every major market television affiliate in the United States and every network in the United States and Canada. His news production skills include videography, editing and post-production supervision. He regularly documents Global-5 clients’ projects and successes.
Jon’s work is seen regularly on ABC, CBS, ESPN, NBC, NFL Films, the Sunshine Network, TNN, WGN TV, WWE, and XFL. Additionally, his clients have included A&E, Access Hollywood, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Clear Channel, Court TV, Cox, Dutch TV, the Family Channel, Hard Copy, the History Channel, Honda, Household, Midas, Nabisco, NHK TV, PAX TV, PBS, Pizza Hut, Saab, Steelcase, Suzuki, Time Warner, the Travel Channel, Westinghouse, and many others.
Outreach and Media Specialist
Lisa brings more than 15 years of office management and administrative experience to Global-5, but integrity, dedication, and attention to detail are the qualities that set her apart. She puts her database management skills to work as she tracks up-to-the-minute performance metrics, enabling the Global-5 team to focus on the most effective methods of delivering outstanding results. She also has a strong background in planning, coordinating and managing logistics for public meetings to raise community awareness, provide public information, and promote public involvement.
A Maryland native, Lisa graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy before making Florida her home.
Senior Outreach and Media Consultant
Our clients benefit from Ludi’s long career in communications as both a journalist and a public relations manager. As a newspaper reporter, she deftly managed breaking news and investigative journalism and covered a wide array of news stories in Central Florida. When she transitioned to media and public relations, she became a spokeswoman within the Florida court system. She managed crisis communications, high-profile media events, social media, website content and community outreach. Ludi earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from New York University, where she also completed internships for national media.
Bilingual Outreach and Media Consultant
Lurvin graduated in 2014 from the University of Central Florida, where she served as the news editor for the Gannett-owned, student-run Central Florida Future newspaper; a digital intern for Bonnier Corporation, a publisher of specialty magazines such as Popular Science; and the content manager for Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit organization that creates customized bionic limbs for children. For three years, she worked as the health writer at The Villages Daily Sun, a Florida newspaper, where she authored award-winning articles and in-depth reports about healthcare and science. Lurvin produces informational handouts, newsletter articles, website updates, press releases and social media content for several of Global-5’s valued clients.
Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist
Drawing on more than a decade of experience in military public affairs, Marc is well versed in effectively packaging messages for a wide variety of audiences. As an active-duty Marine, he served as a combat correspondent and earned numerous accolades as a radio and television personality in Japan, and also while deployed to Afghanistan’s war-torn Helmand province. Marc also earned humanitarian awards for his work providing community outreach following Japan’s devastating earthquake of 2011. He now continues his work in military public affairs part time while serving in the Army National Guard, but spends most of his time with Global-5 cultivating a strong relationship with the local community.
Born on Misawa Air Base near Tokyo, Japan, Marc graduated from Brown College in 2004 with an A.S. in Computer Science, and from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies.
Outreach and Media Consultant
Matthew graduated with a B.S. in newspaper journalism from Florida A&M University—one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.
Before joining Global-5, he was an award-winning technology beat reporter for more than five years for Orlando Business Journal, where he wrote about local innovative business owners, military defense deals, rocket launches and more.
Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Matthew has always had a passion for journalism, keeping folks informed and writing a heartfelt story about someone who has overcome extreme obstacles and done something great.
At Global-5, he keeps that light burning through event engagement, public awareness and more—all while having fun, of course.
Senior Outreach and Media Consultant
A communications professional with experience across a variety of industries, Michael helps clients tell their stories. His passion for writing helps him create strong messaging in support of Global-5 client strategies. Before joining Global-5, Michael held roles in the health care, financial services, defense and technology industries, and he has also worked as a reporter.
Additionally, Michael worked in the high-profile field of pro sports with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers. During his five years with the club, he helped plan and execute media strategies for some of the league’s largest events, including the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. He received his degree in journalism/public relations from The Ohio State University in 1996, and his writing has been published in the Palm Beach Post, Toledo Blade, Salt Lake Tribune and Amarillo Globe-News.
Outreach and Media Consultant
A graduate of Lancaster Bible College, Paul holds a B.A. in Communication. His background in customer service allows him to excel as a public-facing member of the various Global-5 teams. Paul drafts website updates, informational handouts, press releases and social media posts to keep Central Florida aware of roadway construction and detours. He also schedules and attends outreach events.
Paul previously worked as a case consultant for Morgan and Morgan, in addition to various other customer service positions. He interned at WJTL radio station in Pennsylvania where he recorded and edited radio advertisements, weather reports and contributed to other on-air projects.
Coming to Global-5 with a passion for people, Paul has a strong work ethic and excellent communication skills. His past experiences and abilities have prepared him to be the perfect outreach and media consultant.
Outreach and Media Consultant
Shelby’s passion for transportation started as a preteen when she hitched a bus ride to the beach and never looked back. The Cocoa, Florida native has been working to promote active mobility ever since. She studied public relations and strategic communications at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, incorporating a focus on health communication.
Before joining Global-5, Shelby spent five years developing engaging content for websites, newsletters and social media to spark conversations about protecting people biking and walking. As a project lead, she managed a coalition of more than 25 organizations and coordinated events with transportation, law enforcement and government agencies. At Global-5, Shelby continues to educate people throughout the state about their transportation options with press releases, newsletters, social media campaigns and community workshops. She keeps writing in her free time, managing her own health blog to encourage active lifestyles.