Council of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Appoints Davitta B. Ealy As Interim Executive Director

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Council of Minority Transportation Officials

    WASHINGTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the
 Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) has named Davitta B.
 Ealy of Bowie, Maryland, as Interim Executive Director.
    Ms. Ealy, who joined COMTO in 1998, most recently served as Director of
 Member Services for the minority transportation association, planning and
 implementing the organization's national conferences, helping local chapters
 build their membership, and serving as editor of The Cable Express, the
 organization's monthly national newsletter.  She worked closely with recently
 departed Executive Director Margareth C. Harper to improve programs and
 services offered to association members and enhance COMTO's reputation as a
 leading national transportation association.
     Prior to working with COMTO, Ms. Ealy served as Senior District Manager
 for Personal Preference, Inc., where she managed the sales team, implemented
 training programs and created instructional guidelines.  She previously was
 with the tax department of Gannett Co., Inc. and the U.S. Army Criminal
 Investigation Command.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the
 University of Maryland and has completed several continuing education courses
 in accounting and marketing.
     "COMTO is fortunate to have such a qualified individual already in the
 organization," said Loretta Kirk, First Vice-Chair of COMTO and Deputy General
 Manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.  "Davitta Ealy's
 knowledge of COMTO will be a tremendous help to us in making a smooth
 transition to the future."
     Margareth C. Harper, COMTO's Executive Director and CEO for the past three
 years, left the organization at the end of March for a new position as
 Manager, Business Development with Parsons Transportation Group.  During Ms.
 Harper's three years as Executive Director, COMTO achieved national
 recognition for its significant contributions to the transportation industry.
     "We appreciate Margareth's strategic vision and hard work during her
 tenure at COMTO, and we wish her well as she takes on new challenges in the
 private sector," said Ronald L. Freeland, Chairman of the Board of COMTO and
 Administrator of Maryland's Mass Transit Administration.
     COMTO will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director, who
 will be responsible for the administration of all business operations and will
 direct the work of the organization's national office.  In addition, the
 Executive Director will build relationships with industry leaders and other
 organizations, and will be accountable for outreach, fundraising, financial
 and program oversight, strategic planning, conference and event planning,
 Chapter development and relations with the Board of Directors.
     Founded in 1971 at Howard University, COMTO's primary mission is to
 provide professional, educational and contracting opportunities to minorities
 and women in the transportation industry.  The organization includes more than
 2,000 members in over 25 chapters in major cities throughout the United
 States.
 
 

SOURCE Council of Minority Transportation Officials
    WASHINGTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the
 Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) has named Davitta B.
 Ealy of Bowie, Maryland, as Interim Executive Director.
    Ms. Ealy, who joined COMTO in 1998, most recently served as Director of
 Member Services for the minority transportation association, planning and
 implementing the organization's national conferences, helping local chapters
 build their membership, and serving as editor of The Cable Express, the
 organization's monthly national newsletter.  She worked closely with recently
 departed Executive Director Margareth C. Harper to improve programs and
 services offered to association members and enhance COMTO's reputation as a
 leading national transportation association.
     Prior to working with COMTO, Ms. Ealy served as Senior District Manager
 for Personal Preference, Inc., where she managed the sales team, implemented
 training programs and created instructional guidelines.  She previously was
 with the tax department of Gannett Co., Inc. and the U.S. Army Criminal
 Investigation Command.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the
 University of Maryland and has completed several continuing education courses
 in accounting and marketing.
     "COMTO is fortunate to have such a qualified individual already in the
 organization," said Loretta Kirk, First Vice-Chair of COMTO and Deputy General
 Manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.  "Davitta Ealy's
 knowledge of COMTO will be a tremendous help to us in making a smooth
 transition to the future."
     Margareth C. Harper, COMTO's Executive Director and CEO for the past three
 years, left the organization at the end of March for a new position as
 Manager, Business Development with Parsons Transportation Group.  During Ms.
 Harper's three years as Executive Director, COMTO achieved national
 recognition for its significant contributions to the transportation industry.
     "We appreciate Margareth's strategic vision and hard work during her
 tenure at COMTO, and we wish her well as she takes on new challenges in the
 private sector," said Ronald L. Freeland, Chairman of the Board of COMTO and
 Administrator of Maryland's Mass Transit Administration.
     COMTO will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director, who
 will be responsible for the administration of all business operations and will
 direct the work of the organization's national office.  In addition, the
 Executive Director will build relationships with industry leaders and other
 organizations, and will be accountable for outreach, fundraising, financial
 and program oversight, strategic planning, conference and event planning,
 Chapter development and relations with the Board of Directors.
     Founded in 1971 at Howard University, COMTO's primary mission is to
 provide professional, educational and contracting opportunities to minorities
 and women in the transportation industry.  The organization includes more than
 2,000 members in over 25 chapters in major cities throughout the United
 States.
 
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