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43rd National Meeting & Training Conference Closes on High Note

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Confirmed by the Senate, COMTO Congratulates the USDOT's Victor Mendez and Peter Rogoff on Their New Positions

The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) congratulates Victor Mendez on his Senate confirmation as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Deputy Secretary of Transportation. COMTO also congratulates Peter Rogoff for his confirmation as USDOT Undersecretary for Policy.

Both men have advanced public transportation in their previous roles as Federal Highway Administrator and Federal Transit Administrator. "We look forward to working in partnership with Victor Mendez and Peter Rogoff in their new leadership positions," said COMTO Board Chair Robert Prince.

COMTO Announces the Julie Cunningham Courage In Leadership Award Program

The new awards program, an integral portion of the COMTO Leadership Institute, will annually honor a series of young industry leaders who best exemplify the leadership qualities and traits of Julie Cunningham, past president and CEO.

Contribute to the Courage In Leadership Fund

COMTO Elects New National Board

July 18, 2014

CONTACT: Kelli Baxter
(703) 234-4135


(Atlanta, Georgia – July 15, 2014) The National Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) named its new Board of Directors for 2014-2016 at its highly successful 43rd Annual National Meeting and Training Conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, July 12-15. COMTO announced the following appointments:

Board Members
Robert Prince, Jr., Board Chair, AECOM
Warren Montague, 1st Vice Chair, MV Transit
Freddie Fuller, 2nd Vice Chair, Cubic Corporation
Renee Edwards, Secretary Treasurer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Lester Woods, Chaplain, Missouri Department of Transportation

At-Large Members
Tracey Bessellieu, Parsons Brinckerhoff
MaryAnn Collier, Transit Representative
Joe Erves, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Greg C. Johnson, Michigan Department of Transportation
Dr. Grady Dale, Jr., The American Institute for Urban Psychological Studies, Inc.
Dianne Mendoza, VIA Transit

Council of Presidents’ Representatives
Dan Pearsall, Denver Regional Transportation District, President COMTO Colorado
Emille Williams, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, President COMTO Philadelphia

Also, Board Chair Robert Prince announced that COMTO will begin a National Search to find a replacement for its late President/CEO Julie Cunningham, who passed away in June after a long illness. Linda Washington, President/CEO of the Washington Consulting Team, will continue to serve as COMTO’s Interim President/CEO. Retired COL Jim Paige, of the PTG Consulting Group, will continue in his role as Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist. For more information or conference highlights, contact Kelli Baxter, COMTO, 703-234-4072 or visit the website at

Founded in 1971 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for senior-level minority professionals in the transportation industry. The organization encompasses individuals, organizations, transportation agencies, non-profits and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). From highways and roads to mass transit systems; from subways to rail systems; and from port authorities to airports, COMTO members represent every facet of the transportation industry. They are the presidents and chief executive officers who determine the direction of major transportation systems and the mechanics and operators who ensure the safe passage of millions of transportation riders every day.


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