Justin Avery named Rock Region Metro CEO

June 8, 2022
Avery has a decade of service at the agency and has been filling the CEO role on an interim basis.

Rock Region Metro Chief Financial Officer Justin Avery has been named as the agency’s next CEO by the Metro Board of Directors. He has been serving as interim CEO following the departure of Charles Frazier in December 2021.

Avery has 10 years of experience at Rock Region Metro. Avery served two years as a staff auditor at Craft, Veach & Company before joining Rock Region Metro.

A graduate of Hendrix College with a master’s degree in accounting, Avery is a certified public accountant. He is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIII and a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, Arkansas Government Finance Officers Association and Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

“After a nationwide search, we were delighted that Justin Avery has the innovation, leadership, transit knowledge and financial acumen needed to continue Rock Region Metro’s current trajectory,” said Erin Parker, Metro board director and personnel committee chairwoman.

Nicole Hart, Metro Board of Director chairwoman, added, “Justin is a proven leader who shares Rock Region Metro’s commitment to excellence for all passengers. The board is confident Justin will realize the full potential of an equitable, reliable and cost-efficient transit system for all communities in Central Arkansas that depend on Metro.”

Avery was one of three finalist candidates who completed a vetting process managed by consulting firm Baker Tilly US, LLP, and the Metro Board of Directors personnel committee. Finalists were selected among seven semi-finalists by the personnel committee last month and then interviewed in person May 19.