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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. Our inaugural board represents a diverse group of transportation professionals and we are looking forward to expanding our reach. If you are interested in helping establish our group in Nashville, please contact us at yptnashville@gmail.com.

Elections Coming in October!

Dear YPT-Nashville Members and Friends,

The nominations are in and we have a great field of candidates for this year’s elections. We are a month out from elections – now is the time for the candidates to stump for your votes! The slate of candidates and their statements are below.  Now is also the time to make sure your membership is up to date, or to become a member, if you want to vote this year.

ELECTIONS PROCESS 

  • October 9, 2014: Last day to become a YPT member if you want to vote in this year’s elections – sign up or renew at http://my.yptransportation.org
  • October 13, 2014:  All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions.  Online voting for International and Local Chapter elections opens at 9:00 AM CST.
  • October 24, 2014: Online voting for International and Chapter elections closes at 8:00 PM CST. Pending any runoff elections, the results will be made available to the YPT membership in late October.  The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on November 1, 2014.

Chair – 2 candidates

The Chair is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the policy and guidelines of the Board of Directors.  The Chair presides over Board meetings, creates and appoints members to Committees, and acts as chief official executive officer of the organization.

David Morse, Parsons Brinckerhoff

I have a great desire to continue my involvement with the YPT-Nashville board by running for the Chair position for the 2014-2015 term.  I was a charter member and served as the Vice Chair of Programming during the inaugural year.  Having worked closely with the Chair and Vice Chair, I know what it takes to run the YPT-Nashville chapter.  I have attended nearly every monthly meeting and feel that I am fully capable of taking on this role.  I believe the key in maintaining the success that Amanda Watson formed is having a seamless transition from one board to the next.

If selected, I know that my fellow board members can count on me each day to deliver timely responses, prompt decisions and an organized chapter operation going forward.  Keeping in line with Amanda’s goals, I will work hard to look for opportunities to market our chapter and continue to contribute towards the overall goal of membership growth.  I think that communication amongst board members as well as all other members and friends of the chapter is key and I would promote that collaboration throughout my term.  Under my leadership all ideas will be welcomed and considered.  A personal goal of mine will be to make all non-board members feel more a part of the chapter and keep them better informed on a monthly basis.  Ultimately, I want to continue bringing transportation professionals and students together so the next great idea may be shared in Middle Tennessee!

I have worked here in Nashville for the past 5 years at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a civil engineer.  My main focus is in highway design across the state of Tennessee.  I have done work for TDOT, MTA and the MPO during my tenure.  I am also a member of ASCE and ASHE and have considered planning a joint YPT event in the future 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.

Thank you for your consideration!

(Also a candidate for Vice Chair for Programming)

Blake Roberson, Ingram Barge Company

It is with great enthusiasm that I respectfully submit my application to serve on the Young Professionals in Transportation – Nashville Board. My interest in serving on the YPT – Nashville Board stems from my work in the transportation industry and passion for meeting and working with other professionals. I have really enjoyed being part of YPT – Nashville and look forward to its continued growth.

I have over 10 years of experience working in the transportation industry working for Ingram Barge Company. Ingram is the largest dry bulk barge carrier on the United States inland waterway system, with a fleet of over 4,000 barges and 150 towboats and typically moves around 80+ million tons of product each year.

I have held several roles at Ingram. Most recently, I hold the title of Senior Business Development Analyst in the Business Development Department. I am responsible for generating and discovering new lines of revenue and overall growing the company. Prior to this position I served as a Senior Financial Analyst, Risk Manager, and Internal Audit Intern.

I have a Master of Business Administration, Business Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University.

(Also a candidate for Vice Chair for Communication)

Deputy Chair – 1 candidate

The Deputy helps to coordinate activities involving multiple Officers and assists the Chair in his or her responsibilities.  In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair acts in the official capacity of the Chair and performs all duties of that office.

Denise Beard, Nashville MTA

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, Transit Solutions Group and other stakeholders in Nashville.  I would like to continue to serve as Deputy Chair 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 Deputy Chair.

 

Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration – 1 candidate

The Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration keeps full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Board meetings.  This includes preparing meeting minutes, keeping accurate organization records, and managing the election process.

Katie Hildreth, Nashville MTA

I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with young professionals from diverse transportation backgrounds through my participation in the Nashville chapter of YPT this year.  I would be honored to have the chance to continue to serve in the role of Vice Chair for Administration as YPT-Nashville continues to grow in the coming year.

 

Vice Chair for Finance – 2 candidates

The Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance is responsible for the collection/disbursement of dues and the safekeeping of funds, including reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances at the request of the Board.

Justin Cole, Nashville MTA

I have been excited to be a part of Nashville’s YPT chapter during its first year and am eager to see the chapter continue to grow. As someone interested in a variety of transportation-related fields I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Nashville and the surrounding region will face significant transportation challenges in the coming years and I like the way YPT fosters fellowship and networking among those interested in working towards meeting those challenges. I would like to serve on the board so that I can contribute to the continued growth of the chapter and the development of my own personal leadership skills.

Reese DeBlois, Ragan-Smith Associates, INC

I have been involved with YPT Nashville since the chapter’s kickoff last year, and have enjoyed attending events like the technical tours and TOD events.  I have been to the past several YPT board meetings and enjoyed getting to know those currently on the board by participating in these meetings, and could easily see myself contributing to this group as a board member. I also love Nashville and my industry, and would love the opportunity to serve and be even more involved with both through a YPT leadership role.

I have both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and have worked in Nashville as a transportation (civil) engineer for two years.  I stay professionally involved inside and outside of the office.  I have served as the Young Professionals Group leader in my firm’s Nashville office; this involved being a point of contact, monthly progress calls, and organizing group meetings and events such as speakers and social events outside the office. Outside of YPT Nashville, I’ve been involved with events at the Nashville Civic Design Center, ASCE, Junior Chamber, and others.  I also recently held multiple leadership position during school – such as Treasurer and Team Captain – through professional organizations and club memberships.

(Also a candidate for Vice Chair for Communications, Vice Chair for Membership and Vice Chair at Large)

 

Vice Chair for Programming – 1 candidate

The Vice Chair for Programming shall be responsible for coordinating speakers, dates and locations for the professional development programs and workshops. The Vice Chair for Programming shall be responsible for the organization of networking events as well.   The Vice Chair for Programming also coordinates with the Vice Chair for Communications regarding electronic communications to the membership about events and updating the YPT Nashville website as needed.

David Morse, Parsons Brinckerhoff

I have a great desire to continue my involvement with the YPT-Nashville board and re-run for the Vice Chair of Programming position for the 2014-2015 term.  I have also submitted my nomination for Chair. Should I be elected for that position, I will withdraw this nomination to afford another member the opportunity to serve. I was a charter member and served in this board position over the past year.  Having worked closely with the Chair and Vice Chair, I know what it takes to create a successful monthly event, whether it is a technical tour or a Transit Oriented Drink (TOD) social.  I have enjoyed seeing this chapter grow to it’s over 60 members/friends and have nothing but a positive vision looking ahead.  I feel I have created some key contacts over the past year and have some exciting opportunities for future YPT events that we have not scheduled yet. I have been able to attend nearly all monthly YPT events over the past year and have been involved in several other events to help promote our chapter, such as YP Connect and PARKing day in 2013.

If selected, I know that the board can count on me to deliver timely responses, detailed coordination and most importantly an agreement on an event date each month.  It is in the best interest for the growth of the chapter that we continue to provide exciting and engaging monthly events.  I know that I can provide these opportunities, continuing with the technical tour/presentation and TOD alternating events.  The connections I have made and lessons learned from the first year of the chapter will only make the second year more successful.  I share in the common goal of wanting to grow the membership so I realize that we must create events that will provide a learning experience as well as a fun environment.

I have worked here in Nashville for the past 5 years at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a civil engineer.  My main focus is in highway design across the state of Tennessee.  I have done work for TDOT, MTA and the MPO during my tenure.  I am also a member of ASCE and ASHE and have considered planning a joint YPT event in the future 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.

Thank you for your consideration!

(Also a candidate for Chair)

 

Vice Chair for Membership – 2 candidates

The Vice Chair for Membership is responsible for maintaining an active list of YPT Nashville members and coordinating with YPT Nationals on the development of a shared membership list. The Vice Chair is also responsible for recruiting YPT Members and Friends through attending events to actively promote YPT Nashville as an organization, working with the Vice Chair for Programming to create a set of programs and events that encourage and attract membership, and developing new or different ways to increase participation.

Reese DeBlois, Ragan-Smith Associates, INC

I have been involved with YPT Nashville since the chapter’s kickoff last year, and have enjoyed attending events like the technical tours and TOD events.  I have been to the past several YPT board meetings and enjoyed getting to know those currently on the board by participating in these meetings, and could easily see myself contributing to this group as a board member. I also love Nashville and my industry, and would love the opportunity to serve and be even more involved with both through a YPT leadership role.

I have both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and have worked in Nashville as a transportation (civil) engineer for two years.  I stay professionally involved inside and outside of the office.  I have served as the Young Professionals Group leader in my firm’s Nashville office; this involved being a point of contact, monthly progress calls, and organizing group meetings and events such as speakers and social events outside the office. Outside of YPT Nashville, I’ve been involved with events at the Nashville Civic Design Center, ASCE, Junior Chamber, and others.  I also recently held multiple leadership position during school – such as Treasurer and Team Captain – through professional organizations and club memberships.

(Also a candidate for Vice Chair for Communications, Vice Chair for Finance and Vice Chair at Large)

Anna Emerson, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

I was selected to serve as YPT Nashville’s Vice Chair for Membership for just a couple of months during this year’s term following the departure of the previous chair. I would love the opportunity to extend my time as Vice Chair for Membership in order to have the chance to be fully immersed in the organization’s operations. I have also thoroughly enjoyed my participation in YPT Nashville events this year and consider myself fortunate to have gained new friends and experiences through this organization.

I would enjoy serving my fellow local transportation professionals by helping them to engage with each other and the organization. YPT Nashville has the potential to be a great resource for its members, and I would like to see it continue to grow and thrive for the benefit of those involved. This will not be possible without a strong and steady membership pool, which I believe to be YPT Nashville’s most valuable asset. I would also personally enjoy the opportunity to continue working relationships with fellow Board members and to learn from their diverse set of backgrounds and experience.

I have been trained in YPT National’s civiCRM system, which contains our membership tracking and communications tools. Thus, I could seamlessly continue to manage our membership database and work to grow and sustain our membership numbers and resources. I am dependable and detail-oriented and am actively involved in organizations that I commit to.  I have board service experience and professional experience in institutional development and membership management that will lend itself to this position, should I be selected to continue to serve as YPT Nashville’s Vice Chair for Membership. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Vice Chair for Communications – 2 candidates

The Vice Chair for Communications shall be responsible for activities and communications that promote the organization to the general public, and coordinate activities that facilitate and encourage communication and fellowship among the members of YPT.  The Vice Chair is also responsible for communications and outreach to other Nashville area groups and coordination with their respective events. Finally, the Vice Chair is responsible for maintaining the YPT Nashville electronic media. This includes regular Facebook updates and updates to the YPT Nashville website.

Reese DeBlois, Ragan-Smith Associates, INC

I have been involved with YPT Nashville since the chapter’s kickoff last year, and have enjoyed attending events like the technical tours and TOD events.  I have been to the past several YPT board meetings and enjoyed getting to know those currently on the board by participating in these meetings, and could easily see myself contributing to this group as a board member. I also love Nashville and my industry, and would love the opportunity to serve and be even more involved with both through a YPT leadership role.

I have both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and have worked in Nashville as a transportation (civil) engineer for two years.  I stay professionally involved inside and outside of the office.  I have served as the Young Professionals Group leader in my firm’s Nashville office; this involved being a point of contact, monthly progress calls, and organizing group meetings and events such as speakers and social events outside the office. Outside of YPT Nashville, I’ve been involved with events at the Nashville Civic Design Center, ASCE, Junior Chamber, and others.  I also recently held multiple leadership position during school – such as Treasurer and Team Captain – through professional organizations and club memberships.

(Also a candidate for Vice Chair for Finance, Vice Chair for Membership and Vice Chair at Large)

Blake Roberson, Ingram Barge Company

My interest in serving on the YPT – Nashville Board stems from my work in the transportation industry and passion for meeting and working with other professionals. I have really enjoyed being part of YPT – Nashville and look forward to its continued growth.

I have over 10 years of experience working in the transportation industry working for Ingram Barge Company. Ingram is the largest dry bulk barge carrier on the United States inland waterway system, with a fleet of over 4,000 barges and 150 towboats and typically moves around 80+ million tons of product each year.

I have held several roles at Ingram. Most recently, I hold the title of Senior Business Development Analyst in the Business Development Department. I am responsible for generating and discovering new lines of revenue and overall growing the company. Prior to this position I served as a Senior Financial Analyst, Risk Manager, and Internal Audit Intern.

I have a Master of Business Administration, Business Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University.

(Also a candidate for Chair)

 

Vice Chair for Collegiates – 2 candidates

The Vice Chair for Collegiates shall assist multiple Directors and serve as a general representative of collegiate members. The Vice Chair for Collegiates shall be responsible for maintaining good relationships between the various colleges and universities in the Middle Tennessee area and will coordinate activities and student members in transportation programs.

Eric Howell, Undergraduate Transportation Research Assistant

Eric is a student majoring in Urban Studies at Tennessee State University, while focusing in Urban Planning and Policy. Reflective of his passion for Transportation, he is currently serving as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Tennessee State University with an applied research project focus in Transportation and Public Participation. Prior to his pursuit of this degree, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his A.S. degree in Geographic Information Systems from American Sentinel University. While pursuing his Associates degree, he interned with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for a couple of years. Eric devoted his time interning with the Davidson County-Nashville Metropolitan Planning Department’s Community Plans and Design Division and the Mapping Division. He currently serves on the Nashville Chapter Board of Directors as the Vice Chair for Collegiates for the professional group Young Professionals in Transportation. Eric is an active student member of the American Planning Association (APA) and Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA) and involved in the APA’s Transportation Planning and New Urbanism divisions. He is responsible for spear-heading the development of an Urban Studies Club within the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University.

Since the development of the YPT Nashville chapter, he was able to help the chapter develop a unique relationship with students and their represented academic institutions in the greater Nashville region. From visiting with students and educating them about this chapter to encouraging them to pursue their passion in transportation by translating that passion into academic excellence. Eric also aggressively sought to develop personal relationships with young professionals and students by inspiring them to become more involved in various chapter events, while balancing the use of social media to help establish effective networking relationships with these students and their institutions. These relationships enabled one of our Board of Directors to be represented at a transportation professional fraternity. All this success cannot be credited without the support he received from his colleagues on this board.

The goals of this chapter are to provide career guidance, fellowship and networking opportunities for transportation professionals and students living or working in the Middle Tennessee region. As the current Vice Chair for Collegiates of this chapter, he has become more passionate about this chapter’s goals and to be able to continue the ongoing work that he has contributed to during the 2013-2014 year would be an honor if he were re-elected. In submitting this letter, Eric is formally declaring his intention to run for the position of Vice Chair for Collegiates of the Nashville Chapter Board of Directors for Young Professionals in Transportation. Should he not be re-elected into this position, he would be willing to continue benefiting to this chapter by assisting the newly elected Vice Chair for Collegiates Board of Director in any efforts deemed critical towards the continuing growth and development of this chapter.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Bobby Irvine, Nashville MTA

My name is Bobby Irvine and I am seeking the appointment of Vice Chair for Collegiates. Currently, I represent MTA as a Safety Specialist. My position is responsible for improving workplace safety by identifying and removing workplace hazards as well as instructing employees in the correct safety procedures. On a daily basis, I correspond with the public in regards to accident/incidents that may have occurred on MTA property. On many occasions, I assist Metro Police Department in gathering video to assist in resolving accidents/incidents that have taken place.

Among a few of the duties I have described above, as Vice Chair for Collegiates, I will continue to serve as a general  representative, maintain a good relationship with various organizations and provide the highest level of correspondence to ensure the program continues to be a success.

Vice Chair at Large – 2 candidates

The Vice Chair at Large shall assist multiple Directors and serve as a general representative of the chapter membership.  The Vice Chair at Large shall be responsible for maintaining good relationships between the Nashville chapter and other YPT entities, such as YPT National and other chpaters. Finally, the Vice Chair at Large will also coordinate activities and members outside of the immediate Nashville metropolitan area around Middle Tennessee to promote regional development.

Reese DeBlois, Ragan-Smith Associates, INC

I have been involved with YPT Nashville since the chapter’s kickoff last year, and have enjoyed attending events like the technical tours and TOD events.  I have been to the past several YPT board meetings and enjoyed getting to know those currently on the board by participating in these meetings, and could easily see myself contributing to this group as a board member. I also love Nashville and my industry, and would love the opportunity to serve and be even more involved with both through a YPT leadership role.

I have both a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and have worked in Nashville as a transportation (civil) engineer for two years.  I stay professionally involved inside and outside of the office.  I have served as the Young Professionals Group leader in my firm’s Nashville office; this involved being a point of contact, monthly progress calls, and organizing group meetings and events such as speakers and social events outside the office. Outside of YPT Nashville, I’ve been involved with events at the Nashville Civic Design Center, ASCE, Junior Chamber, and others.  I also recently held multiple leadership position during school – such as Treasurer and Team Captain – through professional organizations and club memberships.

(Also a candidate for Vice Chair for Communication, Vice Chair for Finance and Vice Chair for Membership)

Larry McGoogin, Tennessee Depart of Transportation

I believe I would be a good candidate for the Vice Chair At Large position on the Nashville Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation because of my previous experience on the board. I know that I would be able to assists the Directors of the organization and serve as a general representative of the chapter membership. I believe that I can fulfill the duties of the Vice Chair At Large in a way that continues the successful growth of the chapter throughout Middle Tennessee.

 

 

If you have questions about the elections process, please do not hesitate to contact us at yptnashville@gmail.com

Thank you and best of luck to all candidates,

Denise Beard

Acting Chair

Young Professionals in Transportation-Nashville

 

Meetings

Our Board of Directors currently meets the first Monday of each month at 5:00 pm at Music City Central, 400 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37219.

Events

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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YPT Nashville is sponsored locally by Transit Solutions Group | Lebanon, Tennessee

 

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