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Beverly Watts Elected President of COMTO Michigan

In a significant move for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Michigan, Beverly Watts has been elected as the new president. Watts, who is also the CEO and Founder of BME Consulting, LLC, brings nearly two decades of experience in enhancing infrastructure and recreational parks across Wayne County. Her election marks a pivotal moment for COMTO Michigan as she aims to amplify the organization’s mission and impact both locally and nationally.

Watts’ professional journey is marked by her dedication to infrastructure development and community revitalization. Her firm, BME Consulting, focuses on building modern, sustainable infrastructure, motivating government and businesses to invest in critical projects, and expanding opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

“We are committed to invigorating communities everywhere with sustainable infrastructure and transportation systems,” Watts said. “Our goal is to motivate and expand opportunities for all, especially minority and women-owned businesses.”

Watts’ expertise is further recognized through her role as a voting member of the Michigan Infrastructure Council, a position she was appointed to by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. Her involvement in this council highlights her commitment to improving infrastructure statewide, aligning perfectly with COMTO’s vision to advocate for an efficient multi-modal transportation network for all in Michigan.

Founded in 1971, COMTO provides a vital forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. The organization has grown to 39 chapters across the United States, with the Michigan chapter playing a crucial role. Its membership spans transportation agencies like The Ride, MDOT, DDOT, SMART, RTA, private sector corporations, non-profits, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and small businesses.

COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and maximize participation in the transportation sector for minority individuals, businesses, and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. Watts’ leadership is expected to drive this mission forward with renewed vigor. “I am passionate about improving our infrastructure and increasing awareness for COMTO both locally and nationally,” Watts stated.

Under Watts’ leadership, COMTO Michigan aims to further its purpose of serving as an advocate for minority representation and participation in the transportation industry. Her strategic vision and extensive experience in infrastructure development are set to propel the organization towards achieving greater inclusivity and effectiveness in Michigan’s transportation sector.

With BME Consulting’s guiding principles of building, motivating, and expanding, Watts is poised to bring innovative solutions and opportunities to the forefront. Her commitment to community outreach and government relations will undoubtedly strengthen COMTO Michigan’s influence and reach.

As Beverly Watts steps into her new role, the future of COMTO Michigan looks promising, with anticipated growth and increased impact in advocating for minority professionals and businesses in the transportation industry.