COMTO Jacksonville 2017 Holiday Outreach & Social

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This holiday season COMTO Jax will support the residents of Peterson Assisted Living facility in Springfield. Peterson provides full support and housing to low-income senior citizens. Owner and community champion, Mrs. Mary Peterson, has been providing these resources in the greater Jacksonville community since 1976. We have partnered with this small agency to identify senior residents that may not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. Your contribution goes directly toward purchasing items from their personal wish lists; most consist of basic need items.

Visit this LINK to view sponsorship levels and to register.

We will deliver the gifts on Wednesday, December 13th from 10:30am-12:30pm.  You are welcome to participate! Park and ride the holiday trolley departing 10:30am from JTA North Campus, 100 N. Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville FL. 32204 or meet us at 11:00am: Peterson’s Assisted Living, 1622 Silver St, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Official photos will be taken at 11:45am. The trolley will depart Peterson’s at approximately 12:00 noon and return to JTA North Campus by 12:30pm.

Also, please join COMTO members and friends as we kick off the season of giving at our holiday social on Tuesday, December 12th at The Candy Apple Café from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets to the social are included as part of your sponsorship.

Thank you in advance for helping COMTO Jacksonville positively impact our community and for your commitment to the transportation industry.

Warm Wishes,

Aisha Eccleston              Sherman Rothwell                 Martini White
Chapter President         Senior Giving Chair          Holiday Social Chair

November Meeting Spotlight on Autonomous Transportation

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The COMTO Jacksonville November Membership Meeting featured a presentation on the autonomous transportation revolution by Robert Hooper Jr., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Atlantic Logistics. Autonomous vehicle technology is here and already changing transportation, the logistics industry and the world. This is a once in a lifetime revolution which will save thousands of lives and transform millions of jobs. Buckle your seat belts!

During the meeting, the COMTO Jax Executive Board recognized COMTO National Past Board Chairman Bob Prince on his recent induction to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Hall of Fame.

COMTO Jacksonville Wins Big at National Conference!

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At the 46th National Meeting and Training Conference in Detroit, Michigan on July 18th the Jacksonville chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and its members were recently honored with three awards at the annual COMTO Industry Awards Dinner during the organization’s National Meeting and Training Conference.

The organization’s highest honor, the Thomas G. Neusom Founders’ Leadership Award, was presented to Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., JTA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

COMTO Jax member Christopher Macklin, DBE/Diversity Compliance Officer/Diversity & Equity Program at JTA, received the emerging leader award.

Christopher L. Macklin

The Jacksonville Chapter received the award for best membership recruitment and retention activities.

Learn more about each award here.

APTA Board Member presents at COMTO Jacksonville meeting

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At the June monthly meeting, Kevin J. Holzendorf provided members an update on new funding in Washington, D.C. and how the changes affect transportation and infrastructure initiatives.  Holzendorf is an Account Manager at CISCO Systems, Inc., JTA Board Vice Chairman and APTA Board Member.

Also, the Jacksonville chapter awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Marcus K. Rentz. Rentz is an incoming freshman at Armstrong State University.

COMTO Jacksonville President named top young business leader

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JAXPORT marketing expert Aisha Eccleston has been named one of Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 recognizing Jacksonville’s most successful young business leaders.

Aisha has served in positions of increasing responsibility during her 10 years at JAXPORT, working in business development as well as sales and marketing. In her current role, Aisha provides guidance and assistance to freight forwarders and customs brokers looking to grow existing business opportunities and attract new business through JAXPORT. Last year, Aisha was nominated to participate in the country’s first U.S. Department of Transportation’s Every Place Counts Leadership Academy, held in Washington D.C.

Aisha is currently president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO Jax). She also gives her time to numerous community efforts, including serving as a JAXPORT mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

COMTO Jacksonville Provides Professional Headshots & Career Advice to Local College Students

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On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 COMTO Jacksonville hosted its 3rd annual college leadership event and provided local college students professional head shots. Forbes Magazine lists a professional head shot as one of the 8 Things Today’s College Students Must Invest In To Get Hired.  The event featured special guest speaker Fred Haley who shared his secrets on how to achieve career goals. ADD VALUE!

Special guest speaker and distinguished Toastmaster, Fred Haley has over 40 years experience in transit management and administration.

February Meeting Highlights

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If you missed it this month we look forward to seeing you in March.

Yetunde Oyewole, Coordinator, Small and Emerging Business Programs for JAXPORT informing the group on upcoming training opportunities.

Anita McGoogin, DBE/Diversity Specialist for JTA educating attendees on the JTAMobilityWorks program (Workforce Development Initiative) and JTA’s ​Business Development Academy.

Dr. Newman Addresses COMTO Jacksonville

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JAXPORT immediate past Chairman and current Board Member Dr. John Allen Newman provided an opening motivational address at the monthly meeting held at JAXPORT’s Main Office today.

Dr. Newman discussed the importance of opportunities for small and minority-led businesses and encouraged attendees to take advantage of the educational seminars offered by JAXPORT and JTA. He also encourages those with access to opportunities to be door openers and not gate keepers.

COMTO Jacksonville Gives to Local Senior Citizens

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (December 16, 2016) – Members of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Jacksonville Chapter boarded a Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Trolley to deliver holiday gifts senior residents of Peaches NA Basket and Harris House assisted living facilities.

Personal wish lists were collected from thirty senior citizens.  The lists largely consisted of basic need items like warm clothing and personal care products. Over the past 4 years, COMTO Jacksonville has supported over 120 senior residents that may not have received gifts otherwise.

This year’s outreach and social would not have been possible without our generous sponsors; Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), Anheuser Busch, Premier Management Corporation, Walmart, Total Transportation Corporation, International Association of Machinists, Mr. Robert Prince, JAXPORT, Ray Diggs, Giovanni Transport, McDaniel’s Construction Corp. Inc., Mrs. Betty Gambill, Mrs. Emma Gray, Mrs. Martini White and a host of individual supporters.

COMTO Jax Holiday Committee loading up the JTA Trolley to deliver the presents


COMTO Jax  Members Sherman Rothwell and Cathy Hussain presenting gifts at Peaches NA Basket