Dear COMTO Family,
President and CEO
During my first few months as a part of the COMTO family, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you and visiting several chapters, and have seen the seasoned expertise, industry insights, and generosity of spirit among the membership. I am honored by the warm welcome I have received, and am excited to work with each of you.
I see enormous potential for COMTO to chart a course that will bring even greater prosperity to the next generation of transportation professionals and contractors. I would like to take a moment to share the “State of COMTO” with you.
2015 started out strong – we raised close to $2 million, which funded our conferences, programs, and training seminars. You will see many of our greatest achievements in the 2015 Highlights chart.
So, what’s next for COMTO?
I believe the state of COMTO is stronger than ever! Our Five Year Strategic Plan expires this year, giving us the chance to start developing a new plan of action to achieve COMTO’s mission. I am also putting in motion – right away! – a marketing plan that will be a roadmap to greater visibility, stronger branding, and more effective partnership building for COMTO.
While COMTO leadership provides administrative direction, the organization’s future ultimately rests with is chapters – your experiences tell the COMTO story and our impact greater than anyone! With guidance from our Board and valuable input from each chapter, I will strive to position COMTO as the “go to” resource for finding and advocating for diverse talent and services in the transportation industry. I believe that power rises from unity, and I will do my best to make sure that COMTO membership becomes a united, comprehensive reflection of the rich mosaic of American society.
I welcome opportunities to provide open communication and transparency, and plan to launch a “President’s Blog” this year so that you are always in the know of COMTO’s activities, needs, and accomplishments. I also value interactive conversations, and plan to be in regular touch with you.
Let us commit ourselves fully to this task of making COMTO great, and pay forward our many blessings in the same spirit that gave birth to COMTO 45 years ago. I look forward to working with you in 2016, and many years to come.
Mioshi J. Moses
President & CEO
- $1.7 million raised to fund a year educational activities, programming, events, and legislative advocacy.
- Careers in Transportation for Youth (CITY) – $450,000 raised to fulfill 39 paid internship positions across 19 locations.
- Scholarship - $75,000 awarded in scholarships to 21 students.
- Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) – 16 Ambassadors selected for 2016-17 and coordinated by COMTO.
- Our advocacy efforts throughout the year, as well as our annual View from the Hill day, added to the success of the 2015 Transportation Bill, signed by President Obama, authorizing federal spending on highway, rail, and public transportation programs, and surface transportation safety and research.
- Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation – The 4th annual awards breakfast, and one of our premier fundraising events, drew in over 400 attendees.
- National Conference – The 44th annual national meeting and conference drew in more than 700 attendees, including many new vendors and workshop presenters.
- Transportation Braintrust – In partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus, COMTO held its 23rd annual high-level transportation panel discussion.
New individual and corporate members joined COMTO at the local and national level across 31 Chapters, with our 39 local Chapters increasing community and member engagement activities.
I will carry on the successes of 2015, with a few changes planned that will benefit all of our members and our community:
- #COMTO45 – 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of COMTO. Using hashtag #comto45, this February we will launch a social media campaign that celebrates and highlights COMTO’s achievements.
- I will also launch my own “President’s Blog,” where I will provide updates on happenings at National and discuss emerging issues in transportation, and other topics, that are relevant to members.
This year I will ensure all of our great programs continue successfully. I will also work to introduce new initiatives that will benefit our current members. My plan is to continue our strong tradition of legislative advocacy by having a year-long discussion on the theme of Transportation as a Civil Right.
- I plan to further COMTO’s objective of becoming the premier resource for Historically Underutilized Businesses involved in transportation by developing services and programs specifically designed to meet the needs of HUBs.
- I am also planning to launch a pilot program designed for middle-skill transportation workers. More information about these programs will be coming soon.
COMTO will continue to coordinate our longstanding events and activities, including:
- Continuing our partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to host the annual CBC Braintrust in Washington, DC.
- Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Awards ceremony, held on March 16 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC from 8 am-11 am.
- National Meeting & Training Conference, held from July 8-12 at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX.
My plan for 2016 is to ensure that COMTO offers the maximum amount of professional development and educational opportunities possible. I plan to make a significant part of our programming and events CEU (continuing education unit) eligible.
COMTO’s membership is growing steadily, and we want to support your efforts to bring in new members to the COMTO family. We will provide you with all the tools you will need to cultivate new members.