Top 50 Under 40 Roman Steichen

This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.

Roman Steichen, 36
Transit Services of Frederick County, MD
5 N. Market St., Frederick

Roman began his career in public transportation while a student at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2004 he was accepted to Shuttle-UM’s student CDL driver program. He was quickly promoted through the ranks, becoming Lead Supervisor in 2006. In 2012 he moved on to Johns Hopkins University, serving as their Transportation Manager. In 2018 he moved on to Transit Services of Frederick County in the role of Deputy Director. In February 2020 he was appointed Director, where he currently serves.

What has been your greatest professional accomplishment? 

My greatest professional accomplishment is ensuring safe and consistent public transit service delivery throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I also assisted the Senior Center’s short-staffed Meals on Wheels program. Stood up a mobile vaccination clinic to bring COVID vaccines to communities with few other options for vaccine access.

Name one award you are most proud to have received.

Transportation Association of Maryland's Community Support Award presented in recognition of leadership of Transit Services of Frederick County's response to and continued exceptional service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement? What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?

Lead Frederick County's Transportation Services Advisory Council and Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan work group. Serve on Board of Directors for Frederick County Health Care Coalition. Served on initial steering committee for Young Professionals in Transportation.

Actively involved in community cleanup efforts and assist in delivery of free COVID face coverings. Tutored Gaithersburg area elementary school students. Extensive community service projects as part of National Honor Society and while active in Boy Scouts of America.

What was your first job?

Casino entertainment company blackjack dealer.

What do you like to do for fun in Frederick County?

Ride my bikes - in the mountains and on the road.

Who has a great influence on your professional life?

Each and every supervisor I've had in my journey has contributed and molded me in to the leader I am today.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?

I am even-keeled and pride myself in creatively solving problems. I am patient and can get along with anyone.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Over the next few years, I want to explore and continue to develop leadership skills and continue to serve the residents of Frederick County.