James J. "J.J." Eden is the executive director of the N.C. Turnpike Authority.
Eden has more than 40 years of experience in the tolling industry, previously serving as vice president and director of the National Tolling & Managed Lanes Division at AECOM. He also serves as president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Alliance for Toll Interoperability.
From 2006 to 2010, Eden served as the N.C. Turnpike Authority’s chief operating officer. He was also a founder of the Interagency Group, better known for the E-ZPass system, which has since become the industry standard in North American toll collecting for bridges, tunnels and turnpikes throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Alaska and Hawaii.
Eden began his career as assistant chief engineer at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority, where he designed multiple award-winning facilities as well as construction and maintenance procedures – even co-authoring the industry’s first Management Online Maintenance System practice system.
Additionally, Eden is an honorary member of the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association. He is also on the association’s finance committee and was a past member of its board of directors.
Eden also served as a judge at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, where he and other panel members evaluated the latest technological advancements in the consumer electronic industry.