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COMTO Honors Best and Brightest at the 2020 COMTO Industry Awards Virtual Program

WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2021)—The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), a nonprofit organization founded in 1971 dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry with 34 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, celebrated transportation’s shining starts at its 2020 COMTO Industry Awards Virtual Program on Friday, May 14, 2021. These awards were given to …

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AASHTO and COMTO Sign MOU Supporting Minority Advancement in Transportation

WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2021)—The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on May 13, 2021 formalizing their partnership to promote the advancement of minorities in transportation. The MOU is the first step in a collaboration between AASHTO and …

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Stepfone Montgomery Announces the Launch of BZ One, a Web-Based Software Connecting Small Businesses With Corporations

LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Founder and CEO of BZ Connects (BZC), Stepfone Montgomery, today announced the launch of a unique web-based resource that will allow small and minority- owned businesses to seamlessly connect with corporations while helping corporations find qualified vendors. BZ One is web-based software that has over 15 different features to help corporations connect …

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DART Board of Directors Announces Nadine Lee as New President & Chief Executive Officer

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Nadine Lee as its new president & chief executive officer. Lee, an experienced transit industry leader and engineer who has worked in the transportation industry for nearly 30 years, will assume her new position on July 12. Read the full article: …

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Edna Stanley Named VP of Light Rail Operation for Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT)

Edna Stanley was recently named the Vice President of Light Rail Operations for Sacramento Regional Transit District. In her new role, she is responsible for directing the service delivery plans for SacRT’s light rail service including daily operations, vehicle, and infrastructure maintenance, capital projects and the Operations Control Center. Edna is the first vice president …

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Disability Inclusion at the Workplace: Why it Matters?

By Lina Aragon, Co-Chair, COMTO Accessibility Advisory Council and Customer Service Administrator, Palm Tran   Individuals with disabilities have long been excluded or underrepresented in the workforce.  Do they get a fair opportunity to get employment?  As you would suspect, the answer is no. Unfortunately, there are many incorrect preconceived ideas about having someone with …

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Meet ProKel Mobility and the Women Behind Its Success

ProKel Mobility may be considered a small business, but it is making major moves in the South Florida region and beyond by providing full-service, on-demand, micro transit, paratransit, medical and shuttle services. Founded by Kelly Gonzalez, Jr. and Pearl Goldblatt, the company prides itself on providing freedom and access to opportunity for all. ProKel Mobility …

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COMTO and Latinos in Transit Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

COMTO is pleased to announce we have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Latinos in Transit (LIT), forming an alliance to advance diversity and equity in the transportation industry. LIT, founded in 2016, is the premier organization dedicated to promoting the advancement and development of Latinos and other minorities in transportation. With a …

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Emerging Leaders Spotlight: Meet Fahteema Parrish, President, Parrish and Sons Construction

Fahteema Parrish’s road to entrepreneurship began at a young age as she watched her parents run their own HVAC company. Now, Fahteema is the President and Founder of her own company—Parrish & Sons Construction LLC—a 100% minority, woman-owned construction company in Kansas City, Missouri where she sees entrepreneurship as way to serve the community and …

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