Transportation Modernization Board

About the Transportation Modernization Board

The TMA established Tennessee’s first Transportation Modernization Board (TMB). The Board is authorized to exercise powers and duties to approve the development and operation of TDOT’s proposed Choice Lanes projects. Inaugural voting members of the Board include:

The terms for the initial board members who do not serve ex officio began on October 1, 2023.


All meetings by the TMB will be scheduled and conducted in accordance with the Tennessee Open Meeting Act, T.C.A.§8-44-101, et seq. All future meetings and meeting minutes will be published on this page.

If members of the public would like to give comment on matters germane to the items on the meeting agenda, there will be a period of public comment reserved at all meetings of the board. A public comment sign-up sheet will be provided at each meeting.  

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in the meeting, please contact Shanna Chevalier, TDOT ADA Coordinator, at (615) 741-0465 or TTY: 711, or via email at at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Date and Time: February 26, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Tennessee Tower, Nashville Room, 312 Rosa L Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Further Development and Inclusion of Potential I-24 Southeast Choice Lanes in TDOT’s 3-Year Plan
TDOT Update to the Board (2-26-24)
Draft Board Bylaws

Board Meeting Minutes (2-26-24)



TMB Bios

Mike Keeney

Mike Keeney: Mike Keeney is a lawyer and businessman from Memphis, Tennessee. Keeney is a 1992 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, TN, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Lambuth College in Jackson, TN, in 1988. He has practiced law in Memphis since 1993 and formerly served as the managing shareholder of the Memphis office of Lewis Thomason law firm. Mike currently serves as chair of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, which owns and operates the Memphis International Airport and two general aviation airports. Mike also serves on the board of directors for Orgill, Inc., Buckman Laboratories and BankTennessee. Mike is a member of the Tennessee Sports Wagering Advisory Commission, Douglas Henry Tennessee State Museum Commission and serves as president of the University Neighborhoods Development Corporation. An active community volunteer, Mike serves on several nonprofit boards including the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis, Christian Brothers University, West Clinic Foundation, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Trezevant Manor and is a member of the University of Memphis Board of Visitors. He is married to Anne Orgill, and they have two daughters.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson: Mr. Steve Johnson is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. The 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech is President of Johnson Commercial Development and resides in Bristol, Tennessee. 

A standout tight end for the Hokies, Mr. Johnson was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American. He finished his career sixth on the Hokies’ all-time list for career receptions and eighth in touchdowns. Following his college career, he played for the New England Patriots before embarking into commercial development.

Johnson Commercial Development, formed in 1995, is a full-service real estate development and management company. It has grown into one of the leading and most experienced real estate development companies in the Southeastern US.

Johnson Commercial Development developed The Pinnacle, a one million square feet, open-air, mixed-use lifestyle center off Interstate-81 at Exit 74B in Bristol, Tennessee. The Pinnacle serves consumers from a five-state region and is the most trafficked lifestyle center in the state with 7.4 million visitors annually.

Mr. Johnson has three accomplished children. His eldest daughter, Paulena, is a graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and currently resides in Eindhoven, Holland, pursuing her career in Grand Prix Showjumping.  His second daughter, Lexi is a graduate of Virginia Tech and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works for CBRE doing investment sales and tenant representation. His son, Steven, is a sophomore at UNC – Charlotte, where he plays quarterback on the football team.

David Bradshaw

David Bradshaw: David is a native of Knoxville and graduated as Valedictorian of the Karns High School class of 1985. He went on to receive his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From 1991 – 2000, David worked as an industrial engineer at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. In an effort to assist with the movement of technology from the facilities in Oak Ridge to the private sector, David became a loaned executive to Technology 2020. In 2007, he was recruited as the Anderson/Roane County president for SunTrust Bank. In 2011, he accepted the position as EVP and Oak Ridge president for CapitalMark Bank & Trust, now Pinnacle Financial Partners since a merger in 2016, where he continues to manage their Oak Ridge area operations. While maintaining full-time employment, David served as mayor pro tem in Oak Ridge from 1995 until 2001 and mayor from 2001 until 2007. David currently serves as board chair of Three Roots Capital, treasurer of the Community Reuse Organization of East TN, the Investment Committee chair of Roane State Community College Foundation and the treasurer of the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation. David and his wife, Sandra, have two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth and are members of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church. His hobbies include traveling and camping with his family and researching Oak Ridge history.

Fred Decosimo

Fred Decosimo: Fred Decosimo is a businessman from Chattanooga. Fred is a 1976 graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his MBA and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1974. As a Certified Public Accountant, Fred worked for various firms throughout his career, including Haskins and Sells (Deloitte), Joseph Decosimo and Co., where he served as a partner, and Elliott Davis Decosimo. He currently provides business and financial consulting services for middle market clients for Decosimo Corporate Finance. Fred currently serves on the board of the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives, the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and the Beacon Center. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Chattanooga Foundation where he previously served as chairman.

Fred and his wife Amy have five children, eleven grandchildren, and are members of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, where Fred serves as a deacon.

Butch Eley

Butch Eley, Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Transportation: Butch Eley serves as the Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Transportation for Tennessee. In this role he serves as a top advisor to Governor Bill Lee, manages the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and coordinates infrastructure investments throughout the state.

Prior to this role, Eley served as Tennessee’s chief financial officer (CFO), where he managed all financial, technological, and benefits operations of the State of Tennessee. He first served as Governor Lee’s chief operating officer (COO) for the state, responsible for working with department commissioners to design a framework that translates strategy into operational priorities and subsequent implementation. In that role he led the state’s first four-year strategy and planning process. He takes an enterprise-wide view of government operations in supporting change and making government work better for its customers and constituents.

Before joining Governor Lee’s Administration, Eley was a Founder and CEO of Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA).  Headquartered in Nashville, ICA was one of the nation’s premier infrastructure asset maintenance management companies with comprehensive asset management contracts throughout the country.

Eley has devoted his career to creating positive change for communities through public service at both the federal and local levels, focusing on transportation policy, economic development and planning issues.

Eley earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville.  He and his wife Ginger live in Brentwood, have three adult children and three grandchildren.