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 individuals, chapters and organizations for outstanding work completed in 2019. The awards program, usually held at the COMTO National Meeting and Training Conference, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 1985, the COMTO Industry Awards have recognized individuals, organizations and COMTO Chapters, who have made outstanding contributions to the transportation industry—honorees come from all sectors and modes of the industry.
2020 COMTO Industry Awards Recipients
Emerging Leader of the Year: Tiffany Spraggins-Payne, Director, Department of Transportation, Mid-Atlantic Region Small Business Resource Center
The Emerging Leader Award is given to an individual who has been involved in the transportation industry for fewer than 5 years. This award is presented to an individual who, throughout their affiliation with COMTO, has demonstrated extraordinary competence in a chosen transportation-related field by developing and improving their leadership skills and possesses a strong commitment to the transportation field and community.
Gerald Anderson Service Award: Kenneth Jones, General Superintendent, Bus Maintenance, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works
The Gerald Anderson Service Award was established to recognize a COMTO member who has demonstrated commitment to the philosophy that the success of one is contingent upon the success of all. This is award is COMTO’s way of recognizing good service and the value of teamwork within the transportation industry and is given to ensure growth and development within the industry and community.
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Firm of the Year: Able Business Services in Miami, FL
The HUB Firm of the Year award was introduced in 2003 to recognize HUBs that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the field of transportation and extraordinary competence in a chosen transportation-related field.
Reverend Jerry Moore President’s Leadership Award: Whitney Morgan, DBE Liaison Officer, Kansas City Area Transit Authority
The Reverend Jerry Moore President’s Leadership Award was established in 2011 to recognize a COMTO Chapter President who has demonstrated exemplary leadership within COMTO, whose involvement has made a significant impact in their local chapter and has demonstrated solid leadership on the national level.
Thomas G. Neusom Founders’ Leadership Award: Roosevelt Bradley, President, Maven Strategies
The Thomas G. Neusom Founders’ Leadership Award is the highest honor bestowed by COMTO. It honors public and private transportation executives and policymakers responsible for the direction and operation of their agency or organization and who, through their affiliation with COMTO, have made outstanding contributions towards the growth and development of people of color within the transportation industry and have given continued and outstanding service and leadership to the organization.
Harold B. Williams Game Changer Award: COMTO Miami
The Harold B. Williams Game Changer award is presented to a resurging COMTO chapter that has demonstrated their ability to revitalize their membership through new and improved programs and activities.
Best Community Engagement Award: COMTO New York
The Best COMTO Community Engagement award is presented to an active COMTO chapter that has successfully demonstrated excellence in the planning and implementation of community activities or events that enhance COMTO’s image.
Best Membership Recruitment & Retention Award: COMTO Miami
The Best Membership Recruitment & Retention award is presented to an active COMTO chapter that has successfully demonstrated excellence in recruiting and retaining members.
Chapter of the Year Award: COMTO Miami
The Chapter of the Year award is the highest honor bestowed upon a chapter for its outstanding service, activities, and enhancement of COMTO’s image.
“Even in the midst of challenging times, COMTO remains committed to honoring one of our key values of celebrating excellence within transportation and the communities we serve,” said Tara McDaniel, COMTO Interim President and CEO.
The awards program also includes a special President & CEO Award for Excellence given to outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond to advance the organization.
President & CEO Award for Excellence: Council of Presidents Representatives: Beverly Greene, Executive Director, External Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit); Michelle Hiett, Principal Consultant, Hatch LTK; and Ruben Landa, Senior Communications Manager, WSP USA.
President & CEO Award for Excellence: Brad Mims, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; Former President & CEO, COMTO National
“I could not let my term as Interim President & CEO pass without honoring our Council of Presidents Representatives and Former President & CEO Brad Mims whose hard work and dedication to the organization in 2019 ultimately helped COMTO be resilient and steadfast as we faced challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020,” said McDaniel.
Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry. With 34 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, COMTO is driven by a mission to ensure opportunities and participation in transportation for minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and certified minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBEs) through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities. In 2021, COMTO celebrates its 50th year of expanding opportunities for minorities in transportation as an organization. For more information, please visit www.comtonational.org. For more information, please visit www.comtonational.org.
Membership & Communications Manager, COMTO