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The Young Professionals in Transportation Nashville chapter formed in August 2013. Our goal is to provide career guidance, fellowship, and networking opportunities for transportation professionals and students living or working in the Middle Tennessee region. If you are interested in helping grow our group in Nashville, please contact us at yptnashville@gmail.com.

Get Involved With YPT!

Membership in YPT is open to all young transportation professionals and students.  We do not have an age-restricted definition of ‘young’ in YPT.  Anyone is welcome to participate in our activities and the best way to stay apprised of them is to take just two minutes to become a Member.

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Check out our Events & Activities page for monthly networking events or technical tours. We strive to provide monthly events that will be of both interest and benefit to our members and friends.  If you have any ideas or feedback that you would like to share, please feel free!

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Interesting in becoming more involved in YPT?  We’re always looking for help for organizing and running fantastic events for the Middle Tennessee transportation community.  We highly encourage interested individuals to attend our monthly board meetings. Our Board of Directors currently meets the first Monday of each month at 5:00 pm at Music City Central in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room (400 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37219).  If you have any questions, please contact David Morse @ 615-340-9194.

Elections For YPT Nashville 2015-2016 Board

Election Process:

October 12, 2015:  All eligible voters will receive and email with voting instructions.  Online voting for National and Chapter elections begins at 10AM EST.
October 23, 2015:  Online voting for National and Chapter elections closes at 6PM CST.


David W. Morse, P.E.
WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

I have a great desire to continue my involvement with the YPT-Nashville board by running a second time for the Chair position for the 2015-2016 term.  Having been a charter member and the year 2 Chair, I know what it takes to successfully run the YPT-Nashville chapter.  I know what type of growth the chapter is capable of and with a new sponsor, I know that we will reach new heights after more than doubling our overall member and friend total in year two.  I feel that I am fully capable of continuing this role and maintaining the momentum we currently have.

If selected, I know that my fellow board members can count on me each day to deliver timely responses, prompt decisions and a continued organized chapter operation going forward.  I will work hard to look for opportunities to market our chapter and continue to contribute towards the overall goal of membership growth, increased chapter visibility and incentivized opportunities for our members.  I think that communication amongst board members as well as all other members and friends of the chapter is key and I would continue to promote that collaboration throughout my term.  Under my leadership all ideas will be welcomed and considered.  Ultimately, I want to continue bringing transportation professionals and students together so that the next great idea may be shared in Middle Tennessee!

I have worked here in Nashville for the past 6 years at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff as a civil engineer.  My main focus is in highway design across the state of Tennessee, although I have done some work for our Georgia and Florida offices as well.  I have worked on projects for TDOT, MTA, MPO and city governments during my tenure at WSPPB.  I am also a member of ASCE and ASHE and have had discussions for a future YPT joint event with the ASCE Younger Members local chapter.  I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Western Kentucky University and a M.E. in Construction Management from Vanderbilt University.

Deputy Chair
David R. Holloway
Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

My name is David R. Holloway and I am writing to express my interest in the YPT-Nashville Chapter Board position(s) of. I am currently employed at the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, where I serve as the Bus Operations Training Instructor. My professional interests are in the areas of executive management, administration, and employee training and development. Please know that I am very excited about this opportunity and I am eager to make a positive impact within the organization.

I am a State of Tennessee certified Third Party CDL Examiner and a recent graduate of Belmont University’s Mini MBA program. I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Buffalo State College.  I also have an extensive background in the transportation industry. I served with American Eagle Airlines as Lead Station Agent and Ground Security Coordinator. UPS Freight as an Operations Supervisor, and the Nashville MTA as Operations Supervisor, Training Facilitator and later promoted to the Bus Operations Training Instructor.

My combination of education and professional experiences matches well with who the YPT-Nashville Chapter seeks as a member of the Board of Directors. I am an active member of the YPT Nashville Chapter.  I have also been incredibly impressed with the progress and momentum that our chapter has made. Through participation with YPT-Nashville, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the beginning and growth of an organization that has met a need for more networking and educational opportunities for young professionals and students. The quality of this organization and the people it engages are the primary reason why I decided to seek a board position.  If I am awarded the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors, I will work hard to continue to build on the organizations success through, growth in membership, and events and membership engagement.

Vice Chair of Administration
Denise B. Baker
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

As the current Deputy Chair I’ve seen YPT – Nashville grow rapidly into a great professional networking organization. We have developed relationships with Nashville Next, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Stansell Electric and other stakeholders in Nashville.  I would like to continue to serve as Nashville YPT to continue to build this organization.  I recognize that young professionals in Nashville are this city’s future.  I want to continue to serve Nashville by serving this organization as Vice Chair of Administration.

Vice Chair of Finance
Justin Cole
Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

I have enjoyed being a part of Nashville’s YPT chapter for the past two years and serving on the board for the past year. I very much value the opportunities to meet others in a variety of transportation related fields. As someone with transportation interests outside my own job I like the interaction with other young professionals working for different organizations. The opportunities YPT provides for technical tours are also a great way to learn about other area employers/agencies. With all the continued growth in Nashville and the growing transportation needs facing the city there is a great opportunity for our chapter and its members to have a real impact on transportation in the area. I’m excited about finding ways to expand the reach of our organization and bring in even more young professionals from different backgrounds.  I would be thrilled to continue to serve on the board working towards the continued growth of the chapter.

Vice Chair of Programming
David R. Holloway
Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

Please see candidate statement above.

Vice Chair of Membership
Reese DeBlois, E.I.
Ragan-Smith Associates, Inc.

I have lived and worked in Nashville as a transportation (civil) engineer for three years.  I have been regularly involved with YPT-Nashville since the chapter’s inception, and have served as Vice Chair for Programming on the 2014-2015 Board.  My duties have included the organization and communication of regular events for the chapter as well as assisting the board in various capacities.  Prior to this I have served in various leadership roles both in the workplace and in an academic setting, and continue to stay professionally involved inside and outside of the office through several organizations.  I love Nashville and my industry, and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue my involvement with YPT by serving on the Nashville Board in 2015-2016.

Vice Chair of Communications
Whitney Sullivan
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

I am interested in the Vice Chair for Communications position with YPT Nashville Chapter due to my past year of experience on the International YPT Board as Vice Chair for Communications. I feel as though I am well-equipped to manage and maintain the current communications tools for YPT Nashville as well as develop further them based on my past experience. I know how to update the website, use the YPT communications system, and use the other YPT-tools. I am very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the local Chapter after my ‘time away’ on the International Board. With a BA in Communications/Public Relations, this is where my passion lies. I also want to contribute to the growth of YPT Nashville, which I have some ideas with how to go about doing this.

Reese DeBlois, E.I.
Ragan-Smith Associates, Inc.

Please see candidate statement above.

Vice Chair For Collegiates
David R. Holloway
Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

Please see candidate statement above.

Vice Chair At-Large
Whitney Sullivan
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

I think I would be a good choice as YPT Nashville Vice Chair at Large. I have been a member of YPT since November 2013 and have a good relationship with the current Nashville and International board members. I served as Vice Chair for Communications on the International YPT Board for 14-15, and I feel as though this valuable experience would serve well for me in this role. I look forward with becoming more involved with the local Nashville Chapter of YPT and contribute to the growth and development. I would love to help promote Nashville YPT around the Middle Tennessee area.

David R. Holloway
Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

Please see candidate statement above.

Local Platinum Sponsorship

YPT Nashville is sponsored locally by Stansell Electric Co, Inc. | Nashville, Tennessee



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