IRVINE, Calif. - February 10, 2020
The Transportation Corridor Agencies’ (TCA) CFO Amy Potter was nominated for CFO of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ). The CFO of the Year Awards are presented to financial professionals in Orange County for outstanding performance for the preceding fiscal year in five categories: public company, private company, not-for-profit organization, corporate controller and rising star. Potter was one of 70 nominees and the first ever public government agency employee nominated to win this honor.
“Amy has been a valuable member of our executive management team for nearly 10 years,” said San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA) Chairwoman and Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Trish Kelley. “Her nomination is a testament to her commitment and ability to implement TCA’s Boards’ fiscally prudent philosophy to ensure the fiscal health of Orange County’s Toll Roads.”
As CFO, Amy Potter is responsible for planning, organizing and maintaining TCA’s fiscal and administrative strategies and systems for the Agencies' 51-mile network of tolled facilities and 1.7 million accountholders. Orange County’s Toll Roads – State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261 – make up the largest network of toll roads in California.
In 2019, Potter was instrumental in solidifying TCA’s strong financial foundation through leading the effort to pay off $12.8 million in unfunded pension liability, resulting in a present value savings of about $2 million in interest; improving TCA’s long term financial position, resulting in investment grade ratings by all three major rating agencies; and reducing the Agencies’ debt service by more than $300 million.
Shortly after assuming the role of CFO, Potter led the $2.3 billion Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) debt restructuring, the largest toll-revenue backed bond transaction in the nation. The following year, she oversaw the $1.4 billion SJHTCA debt restructuring. TCA is now in the strongest financial position of its 30-year history with record levels of customers – ridership has increased 22 percent since 2014 to 101 million annually and $380 million in annual toll revenue.
OCBJ serves as California's second largest business journal for executives and professionals, providing the latest insights into the happenings in Orange County across various industries. The 13th Annual CFO of the Year Award ceremony was hosted on Thursday, January 30, in Irvine.
Potter is a resident of Yorba Linda, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation. She is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 28 years of experience in public and private sectors in audit, taxation, business process improvement and strategic planning.
The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) are two joint powers authorities formed by the California legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s public toll road system. Fifty-one miles of the system are complete, including the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. TCA continues to meet the region’s growing need for congestion-free transportation alternatives.