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2012 Annual Meeting
Public Health + Highway Safety:
Saving Lives Together

Baltimore, Md., August 26 - 29

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John Kuo
Administrator, Maryland Motor Vehicle
     Administration and Governor’s Representative

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John T. Kuo, Administrator, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and Governor’s Representative

John T. Kuo has served in State Service for 30 years with dedication and distinction. He spent the past 24 years with the Maryland Department of Transportation. John is the first Asian-American to be appointed as Motor Vehicle Administrator in Maryland and the United States. A position he assumed in 2006. In this capacity, he has direct management oversight responsibilities for a major statewide regulatory agency with 25 Branch Offices, 18 Vehicle Emissions Stations and over 1,700 employees. The agency also collects $1.3 billion annually for the Transportation Trust Fund and has an annual operating/capital budget of $165 million. Prior to his appointment, he served as the agency’s Chief Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006. He also served for many years in other key executive management roles at MVA including Associate Administrator for Operations as well as Associate Administrator for Administrative Services between 1995 and 2003.

From 1988 to 1995, John served in a number of senior management capacities at the Port of Baltimore/Maryland Port Administration (MPA) including Director of Procurement & Contracts and also as Chief of Contract Administration at the Port’s Engineering Division.

John has been an active participant within the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) community for over 17 years. He served as an Officer on the Region I Board for 6 years including serving as President of the AAMVA Region I from 2010-2011. He also served on AAMVA’s International Board as a Board Director for 3 years as well as chairing various task forces and work groups including AAMVA’s Fraud Working Group. John was recently nominated and is now serving on the Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety (SCOHTS) of the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is one of only two Motor Vehicle Administrators serving on this important national committee. John is also an active member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Administration and is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs Maryland Smart Growth Executive Leadership Program. John is also a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Executive Program with the Class of 2010. John was also recently appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley in October 2011 to serve as the State of Maryland’s Highway Safety Representative (GR) and has assumed direct oversight of the Maryland Highway Safety Office which conducts research, analysis and coordinates the state’s efforts with all local jurisdictions to reduce vehicle crashes and fatalities.

He and his wife, Karen who works in local government along with their two sons Steven & Sean are life-long residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.