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.

What Is Going Ooonnn Champion?!

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Inspirational Punch co-founder and CEO of Sugar Unlimited, Brandon Sugar provided an inspirational keynote address at the membership meeting today. His speech focused on: Creating The Right Environment for Success,  Developing a Standard Operating Procedure and Staying Committed to your Mission. Brandon opened and closed the meeting by leading the group in repeating his coined empowerment mantra “What is Going Ooooonnn Champion!”.

Brandon is a decorated U.S. Army Combat veteran who has served in Afghanistan.  His work on creating opportunities for veterans and inspiring the nation has been featured in over 11 major publications including The Huffington Post.

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  

Good Friends, Good Times, Great Cause!

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The COMTO Jacksonville Chapter hosted its annual holiday social at The Candy Apple Café on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:30pm. The event was an opportunity to thank our generous senior outreach sponsors. Without them we could not have reached our goal to support local senior citizens. The social also provided a platform for members to network with a wide range of transportation agency leaders and representatives.

Mr. Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., CEO of JTA accepts Platinum Sponsor acknowledgement.  Pictured with COMTO Jax Leadership –  President, Aisha Eccleston – 1st Vice President,  Edrena Bell – Secretary, Sherri Barr


James E. Sheck II, Fleet Manager for Walmart DC 6899 accepts Gold Sponsor acknowledgement


Mr. Dan Pearsall of Premier Management Corporation was a gracious Gold Sponsor. Pictured with COMTO Jax Treasurer Ms. Ida O. Blaylock


Past COMTO National, Board Chairman Mr. Bob Prince speaking to the guests about what COMTO means to him. At the event, Bob was recognized for his commitment and contributions to the transportation industry. Thank you Bob!   

COMTO Jacksonville 2nd Vice President Wins Top 20 Under 40 Award

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Christopher Macklin, Diversity Compliance Specialist at Jacksonville Transportation Authority, was named one of Jacksonville’s Most Influential Young People by the Florida Black Pages and inducted into the 2016 Class of Top 20 under 40. Recipients of the Top 20 under 40 Award will be profiled in the 2016 – 2017 Florida Black Pages and receive an award, at the Top 20 under 40 Awards Reception which will be held at the Ritz Theatre on Thursday, December 15, 2016, and throughout the 2016-2017 Black Expo Tour.