“My life’s journey into transit is personal. The majority of my elder family members were assembly line workers in the automobile industry in Michigan. I saw transportation through a different lens. During my youth, I watched the automobile industry and the built environment change rapidly. I thought to myself, ‘There has to be a better way.’ My passion to enter the transit industry was fueled by these thoughts. I chose transit as much as transit chose me.
“To deliver transit services that respond to increasing public interest in a fiscally responsible manner: delivering services under these circumstances will be a challenge, one that I look forward to tackling with support from industry professionals. In the new economy, transit professionals will need to recognize trends, capitalize on new technology, identify resources, and more fully understand and meet the needs of transit users and their communities.
“Leading by example is not easy. Always justify what you do and focus on making progress. Do your job well, even in times of uncertainty.”