Welcome to COMTO Fort Lauderdale!
As your Chapter President, I anxiously look forward to the opportunities and challenges the next two years will bring.
The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is a multi-ethnic, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) association encompassing the professional, educational and business development of transportation professionals at every level of the industry in a variety of fields and disciplines. The organization began in 1971 on the campus of Howard University for senior minority professionals in the transportation industry. The organization’s membership includes transportation agencies, private sector corporations and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), groups, individuals and nonprofit organizations.
Over the past 40 years, COMTO has evolved into a dynamic organization with 30 Chapters throughout the United States and over 2,000 members. We
are industry professionals supporting all facets and modes of public transportation because we holistically believe in our creed of “Moving the Nation.” COMTO’s primary mission is to support the
advancement of minority professionals and businesses working in the transportation industry.
COMTO Fort Lauderdale began its Chapter in 2008 with a small number of members. Today, our chapter has grown to over 100 active members representing a diverse mix of public and private entities including Broward County Aviation, Broward County Transit, Kimley-Horn, and South Florida Regional Transit Authority. COMTO Fort Lauderdale pursues several initiatives that provide opportunities for education, training, scholarships and networking. Our Chapter is positioned as a strategic resource for small businesses, especially minority businesses, seeking opportunities within the vast transportation industry.
In 2016, the COMTO Fort Lauderdale Chapter won the Harold B. Williams “Game Changer” Award at the National Conference and Awards Banquet, which is presented to a COMTO Chapter that has demonstrated innovativeness through new and improved programs, activities and increased membership. In 2017, the Chapter earned three awards at the National Conference and Awards Banquet; Best COMTO Community Engagement, Corporate Executive of the Year, and President's Leadership.
COMTO National and COMTO Fort Lauderdale has always made advocacy and policy support in the area of public transportation a high priority because everyone has transportation needs―whether they provide it themselves or rely on publicly funded transit services.
On behalf of COMTO Fort Lauderdale’s Board of Directors, I look forward to working with you and your firm to advance and strengthen our vital transportation industry by providing opportunities for growth and development of minority professionals, small businesses, and our collective communities.
I am excited to be a part of a meaningful organization that focuses on transportation policies and career development and raises the awareness of inclusion related to advocacy. I am hopeful you will join in this worthwhile endeavor by partnering with COMTO Fort Lauderdale.
Kesha A. Davis
President, COMTO Fort Lauderdale Chapter