Position Description: Directors At-Large are Board members with full voting rights. They are expected to adopt a primary focus to serve the Board in areas not discussed in the chapter board policy or in the chapter Bylaws. There may be up to five (5) Directors At-Large.
Candidate: Patrick Gregory McAtee, Project Manager, Neel-Schaffer
Positions Sought: Director At-Large
I am seeking a nomination for the Director At-Large position. I have been attending meetings and happy hours with the Atlanta Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) since its founding back in Spring 2012. I have been a member since 2014 and was the Programming / Events Chair for 2016-2017. I called in remotely to most YPT Atlanta Board Meetings and attended about two-thirds of the events this year. I assisted with contacting YPT International for financial sponsorship of one of our local events. I signed up and helped coordinate YPT Atlanta’s participation in the Atlanta Streets Alive Fall 2017 event. I plan on coordinating an Atlanta Beltline Arboretum Tour for our members in November 2017.
A little bit about my background, I am a civil engineer specializing in roadway design and work at Neel-Schaffer in Buckhead. I am originally from Mobile, Alabama, attended college at Auburn University, and have been living in metro Atlanta since 2006. I’m a member of two engineering societies – American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) since 2006 and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) – Georgia Chapter since 2008. I have been heavily involved in the past with ITE holding different chair positions – Assistant Chair of the Social Committee in 2011, Chair of the Social Committee in 2012, Affiliate Member Director in 2013, and Social Media Chair in 2014. I was also selected and participated in a Mentor/Protégé Program in 2010 and Leadership Program in 2015. I am the ITE chair for the ASHE/ Georgia ITE Winter Workshop taking place in March 2018. I’m also involved in the community volunteering at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival almost every year since 2002, food drives for Buckhead Christian Coalition, Midtown Assistance Center, and Atlanta Community Food Bank, MedShare, and park cleanup events in DeKalb County, Georgia.
I enjoy attending different transportation related conferences and discussions throughout the year such as the ASHE National Conference, the ITE International Conference, Georgia ITE Summer Seminar, ASHE/Georgia ITE Winter Workshop, Transportation Camp South, and Midtown Alliance programs.
I have experience with organizing and running social and volunteer events and membership responsibilities. I hope to organize a volunteer event next year if selected. For these above reasons, I would look forward to continuing YPT Atlanta’s programming in the future and expand its presence in metro Atlanta.
Candidate: David Boyer, Graduate Research Assistant (MS Civil Engineering & MBA Candidate Dec 2018) – Georgia Institute of Technology | www.linkedin.com/in/davidgboyer
Positions Sought: Director At-Large
The transportation industry, like many industries dominated by technically proficient and well-educated people, must take steps to develop new entrants to the profession now more than ever before. Large age gaps between management levels can create issues for incremental leadership and career development of budding professionals. Organizations like Young Professionals in Transportation help accelerate the growth of their members, encourage active participation in the community, and provide valuable networking opportunities for building industry relationships. My goal is to uphold these ideals through contributions to the Atlanta YPT chapter.
Before starting graduate school Georgia Tech last fall, I served as a Civil Engineers Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy. While I was not introduced to YPT, I participated in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and held the board position of secretary at the Coastal Bend Post in Corpus Christi, Texas. My first experience with Young Professionals in Transportation came while attending last year’s Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. After attending a social in Washington, D.C., I joined the Atlanta chapter and have since participated in several events. I see the value created by the organization and would like to take a more active role in ensuring it builds and sustains an upward trajectory. It is imperative that we, as leaders in our field, foster an environment that enables the sharing of knowledge and encourages members to connect to professionals both internal and external to the organization. My goal is to help grow membership levels and increase meaningful participation at events.
I hope the board will consider my application for Treasure/Vice Chair for Finance or simply as an At-Large Director for special projects. I enjoy book keeping and have experience with budgeting projects as well as business coursework in my graduate studies. As an at-large director, I would be excited to lead special projects inspired by the board. I have helped plan golf tournaments for professional organization fundraising in the past and would be interested in gauging potential participation for one hosted by YPT.
Candidates for 2017-2018 YPT Atlanta Board of Directors:
Chair – Jeshua Pringle, City of Atlanta – Office of Transportation
Deputy Chair – David Ederer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration – Vacant
Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance – David Boyer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Vice Chair for Membership – Nathaniel Horadam, Georgia Institute of Technology; Tyler Martin, Jacobs
Vice Chair for Programs – Vacant
Vice Chair for Sponsorship – Vacant
Vice Chair for Communications and Outreach Nicholas Gowens, MARTA; Tyler Martin, Jacobs
Director-at-Large (Five Positions) – Patrick Gregory McAtee, Neel-Schaffer; David Boyer, Georgia Institute of Technology