Conner Burns is the Chief Financial Officer and the treasurer of the agency’s governing board, the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads.
He provides direct supervision to accounting, finance, procurement, and revenue collection departments. He manages lender relationships and supports a variety of vendor negotiations, including equipment, maintenance, software, and risk associated insurances. Burns also is responsible for working with federal, state, and local government officials and elected representatives regarding the management of revenue generation for the agency.
Prior to HRT, Burns was the Chief Financial Officer of Capital Area Transit System, in Baton Rouge, LA, and its surrounding parishes. During his four-year tenure, he led the drive to fiscal stability while implementing a sustainable, long-term bus replacement strategy. Before Baton Rouge, Burns was self-employed as an operational strategist and self-described turnaround specialist. A native of Natchez, MS, he holds a Master of Science in finance from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s in business administration from Mississippi State University.