Kim Avery, President,
This year, our major honorees included:
A. Bradley Mims has served as a transportation professional in government and the private sector for over 35 years. Mr. Mims has built an extensive government relations and multi-modal transportation portfolio.
A member of the Board of Directors and legislative advisor to COMTO, Mr. Mims most recently served as the transportation and infrastructure advisor to the Mid-Atlantic Laborers' Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET). Mr. Mims joined the organization in 2013 after serving as a consultant to LECET and other industry clients for several years.
Mr. Mims holds a special affinity for the aviation industry, having previously worked as vice president and aviation market leader for Parsons Brinckerhoff and as senior associate for the transportation group at Booz/Allen/Hamilton. He also served in the Clinton administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Mims was also the congressional liaison for the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and the National African American Museum. He also worked on Capitol Hill for more than 12 years as transportation staffer to Congressmen John Lewis of Georgia and Julian Dixon of California.
Mr. Mims is a Board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, and the current Co-Chair of the Dulles Corridor Committee. He also serves on its business administration, finance and strategic development committees.
COMTO Mission Statement
The mission of COMTO is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.
COMTO Member of the Year
Private Firm of the Year
Public Agency Executive of the Year
DBE Firm of the Year
Emerging Leader of the Year
Firm of the Year
Innovative Transportation Project of the Year
2018 PIONEER AWARD WINNER
P.O. Box 32439
Detroit, MI 48232
2018 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD HONOREE
Kirk T. Steudle
As Director of MDOT, Steudle oversees more than $4 billion budget and is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges. He also oversees administration of a wide range of multi-modal transportation programs statewide. MDOT currently has 2,500 employees.
Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Steudle state transportation director on Jan. 1, 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy. Steudle was the 2014-2015 chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, he serves on the board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country. He also chairs the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center’s (MTC) External Advisory Board (EAB). Steudle serves on the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Engineering Advisory Board, and is a trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan.
The Honorable Rodney E. Slater is a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, and former Secretary of Transportation in the Clinton Administration. As US Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton, Secretary Slater passed several historic legislative initiatives over his tenure, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which guaranteed a record US$200 billion in surface transportation investment though 2003, and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), which provides a record US$46 billion to improve the safety and security of the nation’s aviation system. Under his leadership, the federal transportation budget doubled and in the department’s "best in government"
strategic and performance plans, the scope and definition of transportation was expanded to include a focus on safety, mobility and access, economic development and trade, the environment and national security.
Previous to his tenure as transportation secretary, Secretary Slater served as director of the Federal Highway Administration, where – as the agency’s first African-American Administrator in its century-long history – he oversaw the development of an innovative financing program that resulted in hundreds of transportation projects being completed two to three years ahead of schedule with greater cost efficiencies. Over that time, the federal transportation budget increased an unprecedented 104 percent.
May 17, 2018
5:30pm - 8:00pm
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
Great Lakes Culinary Institute
24101 W. 9 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48033
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COMTO Michigan's annual Pioneer Award Dinner honors deserving individuals and organizations who have made meaningful contributions to the field of transportation. For questions regarding the Dinner, please contact email@example.com.