Presidents Message

It is my sincere pleasure to be elected as your new President for the 2018–2020 term. Since joining COMTO in the summer of 2000, I have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding transportation professionals, administrators, contractors and consultants while serving the Houston, Phoenix and North Texas chapters. And now, with great excitement, I will again have the honor of working with an outstanding collection of professionals AND friends. The COMTO North Texas Executive Team for the 2018–2020 term is a dynamic group and will include:

  • President – Ruben Landa, WSP USA Inc.
  • 1st Vice President – Rosalyn McDonald – Ferrovial Agroman
  • 2nd Vice President – Bianca Sandoval, Austin Commercial
  • Treasurer – Dorothy Cheatham – Vision 11
  • Secretary – Lorenzo Chess – Trinity Metro
  • Parliamentarian – Jimmy Malone – Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
  • Scholarship Chairman – Barbara Oldums – Industrial Solutions Company
  • Membership Chairman – Shenita Cleveland – Diverse Global Strategies
  • Immediate Past President – Carmen Garcia, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

We have great plans for the next two years that will concentrate on numerous public policy initiatives and include a high level of advocacy and networking. Additionally, we are committed to educating and connecting our members, partners and business associates with the billions of dollars of projects coming to DFW and the state of Texas. These projects include:

  • $70 Billion TxDOT Unified Transportation Plan (UTP)
  • $1.7 Billion LBJ East Project
  • $666 Million TxDOT Southern Gateway Project
  • $15 Billion Dallas-to-Houston High-Speed Rail Project
  • $1.1 Billion DART Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project
  • $1.3 Billion DART D2 Subway Project
  • Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Airfield Improvement Projects at DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport

We will look at how the aviation, transit and heavy highway industries are finding innovative ways to fund their major capital projects and create opportunities for diverse professionals, contractors and consultants. We will also host forums to discuss the many innovations and technologies that are shaping the future of the transportation industry, including hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, air taxi technology and many more.

Finally, our team is committed to the future leaders and professionals of the transportation industry and have a robust scholarship program to support that mission. This is made possible through our annual scholarship golf tournament. This annual event has allowed us to raise more than $30,000.00 for scholarships in the last 8-years alone. These scholarships are issued to local college students seeking a career in the transportation industry.