YPT-Austin Elections

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2018-2019 YPT-Austin Board of Directors Elections


Nomination bios organized below by position on Board of Directors.

Chair

Sam Lundquist – Civil Engineer – Kimley-Horn
I’ve been serving on the YPT-Austin board since February of 2015, originally as the Vice Chair for Communications and Membership and in my current role as Chair. Serving on the board, I have much pride helping coordinate the growth of our chapter and becoming the go-to networking group for young transportation professionals. I have enjoyed working with our fantastic board the past three years and would like to continue improving the role of Chair. Having a long tenure on the board, I have a solid understanding of each position would like to help each new board member excel into their prospective roles. My main goal in YPT-Austin is to continue adding value to YPT membership by attaining top transportation officials for lunch and learns, putting on fun and engaging events, and increasing our overall membership for greater networking.

Michael J. Walk – Research Scientist and Program Manager – Texas A&M Transportation Institute
At its core, transportation is about moving people and goods from place to place by utilizing the assets (public and private) within the transportation system. No matter what changes in the mobility landscape this fundamental fact will not change. The transportation system requires dedicated and innovative professionals to help it adapt to and anticipate change. I believe YPT should have a significant role in developing and connecting young, innovative professionals so that tomorrow’s transportation system is stronger and more sustainable than today’s.

I am running for several YPT Austin Chapter offices, including Chair, Deputy Chair, and Vice Chair for Programs and Administration, because I would like to help YPT Austin continue its important role and to strengthen the breadth and depth of opportunities that YPT Austin provides to its members—opportunities for collaboration, professional development, horizontal and vertical networking, and fun. I have 9 years of management and executive experience in public transit and over 12 years of experience conducting research, leading projects, and training. I currently lead the Transit Mobility Program in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and I office full-time in Austin. I hope to serve YPT Austin with my leadership experience, personal commitment to transportation, and dedication to results. I hope you will consider me for a position on the YPT Austin Board of Directors.

Deputy Chair

Lucia Murguia – Business Development Manager – Aguirre & Fields, LP
I would like to be nominated for the position of Deputy Chair for the YPT-Austin Board of Directors. Having served a half-term for the 2017-2018 year, I assisted the Chair with activity coordination for YPT Events. I have experience on several fundraising committees, and I believe this has helped me in organizing networking events for YPT. As a business developer for a transportation civil engineering firm, I have been able to apply what I have learned on the technical side to YPT events such as round tables and lunch and learns that bring people in the industry together. These networking opportunities create a culture that help our industry move forward.

Michael J. Walk – Research Scientist and Program Manager – Texas A&M Transportation Institute
At its core, transportation is about moving people and goods from place to place by utilizing the assets (public and private) within the transportation system. No matter what changes in the mobility landscape this fundamental fact will not change. The transportation system requires dedicated and innovative professionals to help it adapt to and anticipate change. I believe YPT should have a significant role in developing and connecting young, innovative professionals so that tomorrow’s transportation system is stronger and more sustainable than today’s.

I am running for several YPT Austin Chapter offices, including Chair, Deputy Chair, and Vice Chair for Programs and Administration, because I would like to help YPT Austin continue its important role and to strengthen the breadth and depth of opportunities that YPT Austin provides to its members—opportunities for collaboration, professional development, horizontal and vertical networking, and fun. I have 9 years of management and executive experience in public transit and over 12 years of experience conducting research, leading projects, and training. I currently lead the Transit Mobility Program in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and I office full-time in Austin. I hope to serve YPT Austin with my leadership experience, personal commitment to transportation, and dedication to results. I hope you will consider me for a position on the YPT Austin Board of Directors.

Vice Chair for Programs and Administration

Emily Weigand – Transportation Engineer – Jacobs
I have served on the YPT Austin Board of Directors for a year now and enjoyed my time. I am hoping to be able to serve another year on the board. I’d like to continue my role as Vice Chair for Programs and Administration. For YPT Austin, I’ve enjoyed creating Eventbrite invites, taking minutes at board meetings, planning and attending events, and meeting members. I have helped the current board successfully meet our goals of more frequent events, interesting roundtables, and gain members through new membership initiatives such as free membership for public agency employees during the month of May.

Brad Kwaterski – Project Manager – AECOM
I recently rejoined YPT and can’t wait to attend more events and become involved with this great group. I have served as the treasurer and secretary for many organizations in college and as a project manager I work with many project budgets on a daily basis and know how to stay organized at my job. I’m also the President of our Toastmasters Chapter and Great Place to Work (GP2W) Committee at AECOM and understand the challenges that a Board can face and have the experience to help the Board in any way I can. Thank you for your consideration for VP Chair for Finance or VP Chair for Programs and Administration.

Michael J. Walk – Research Scientist and Program Manager – Texas A&M Transportation Institute
At its core, transportation is about moving people and goods from place to place by utilizing the assets (public and private) within the transportation system. No matter what changes in the mobility landscape this fundamental fact will not change. The transportation system requires dedicated and innovative professionals to help it adapt to and anticipate change. I believe YPT should have a significant role in developing and connecting young, innovative professionals so that tomorrow’s transportation system is stronger and more sustainable than today’s.

I am running for several YPT Austin Chapter offices, including Chair, Deputy Chair, and Vice Chair for Programs and Administration, because I would like to help YPT Austin continue its important role and to strengthen the breadth and depth of opportunities that YPT Austin provides to its members—opportunities for collaboration, professional development, horizontal and vertical networking, and fun. I have 9 years of management and executive experience in public transit and over 12 years of experience conducting research, leading projects, and training. I currently lead the Transit Mobility Program in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and I office full-time in Austin. I hope to serve YPT Austin with my leadership experience, personal commitment to transportation, and dedication to results. I hope you will consider me for a position on the YPT Austin Board of Directors.

Vice Chair for Communications and Membership

Katrina Lack – GPD Engineer I – Atkins North America
During my first term as vice chair of membership and communications, our membership has more than doubled from 47 to 95 members. With the creation of our Instagram account this year, our social media following has increased by more than 100 followers. Also, our email list subscribers have increased by more than 12%. I am committed to continuing this membership and following climb by promoting and organizing events that spread our influence in the transportation industry. I am also committed to ensuring that the board is transparent to our members via all outlets of communication to promote YPT-Austin cohesiveness. I am passionate about serving our chapter of YPT and would love the opportunity to do so for another year.

Vice Chair for Finance

Ryan Lohmann – EIT – Kimley Horn
I am running for treasurer of YPT Austin because I have seen our chapter grow exponentially and I would like to continue to serve and help my fellow members develop strong professional relationships. This past year I have had the opportunity to serve as treasurer, during which I was responsible for a number of things, including: communicating with local companies about sponsorships (YPT Austin received $1,200 in sponsorship funds in 2018), Coordinating with our international board about new member dues, filing tax information for our chapter, and keeping track of our finances to ensure we can continue to serve our members efficiently. If elected for this next term, I would make a push for more joint events with other young professional groups as well as more corporate sponsorships which would allow us to have higher quality events. Other fun facts about me: I enjoy hiking, camping, NASCAR, tennis, and a peated scotch served neat while reading nonfiction.

Brad Kwaterski – Project Manager – AECOM
I recently rejoined YPT and can’t wait to attend more events and become involved with this great group. I have served as the treasurer and secretary for many organizations in college and as a project manager I work with many project budgets on a daily basis and know how to stay organized at my job. I’m also the President of our Toastmasters Chapter and Great Place to Work (GP2W) Committee at AECOM and understand the challenges that a Board can face and have the experience to help the Board in any way I can. Thank you for your consideration for VP Chair for Finance or VP Chair for Programs and Administration.

Vice Chair for Newsletter

Heather Sulaica – Staff Engineer/EIT – American Structurepoint
I would like to apply for Vice Chair for Newsletter because I’m looking to get more involved in YPT and have lots of experience creating both biannual and quarterly newsletters. After previously being responsible for the creation of the Pooled Fund Post Newsletter for the Roadside Safety Program, I believe I could create interesting and informative newsletters for everyone in the YPT community. Even though I am new to YPT, I am eager to get involved and do anything I can to make this organization better!