Wayne Rich is former chairman of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority and co-founder of the Transportation Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL). He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve as Chair of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority and served as Chair for seven of the nine years that he served as a Board Member. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing expansion of the system, implementation of electronic tolling and the start of the western expressway, a $400 million project.
He also supervised the successful refinancing of all outstanding debt, the issuance of new project financing, and the structuring of escrows to help make the Authority more efficient, creating significant savings. In 1997, he co-founded the Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL), an organization consisting of all the toll agencies in Florida, intended to help in the exchange of information about the toll industry in the state. The group consists of more than 250 corporate statewide members, which consists of 1,500 individuals and nine state agencies.
The CUTR Transportation Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to transportation. Past winners are listed here.