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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Celebrating 30 Years of Service

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September 3, 2015

You may have noticed that WTS-LA has been busy this month.

This week, we published our 2014 Annual Report; check it out if you have not already. And our eblast format underwent a redesign as well. The intent of the new design was to consolidate eblasts by announcing multiple events while also providing easy access to useful links to chapter resources. We hope you enjoy the new look. 

The WTS-LA board voted this month on the 2016 WTS-LA Recognition nominations. The competition was stiff this year with phenomenal nominations, but there were a few that shined a bit brighter than the rest.  I am so pleased to announce recipients of the 2016 WTS-LA Recognition Awards:

Woman of the Year
Sharon Neely
Retired Chief Deputy Executive Director
Southern California Association of Governments

WTS Ray LaHood Man of the Year
Professor James Elliott Moore II
University of Southern California

Employer of the Year
Los Angeles County Metro

Member of the Year
Natasha DeBenon
ARCADIS

Innovative Transportation Solution
Phase II of the Exposition Light Rail Line -
Culver City to Santa Monica

Diversity Award
The Robert Group

We hope to see you at our Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner on November 5th!

Amanda Smith Heinke
Fehr & Peers

Photo by John Livzey

Photo by John Livzey

Jennifer Brogin Discusses How Consensus is Won, August 7

Jennifer Brogin, deputy for LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, discussed how transportation policy is developed and consensus is won with WTS-LA members attending a professional development workshop. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Nicole Englund Talks Transportation Policy Development, August 7

Nicole Englund, deputy for LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, discussed how transportation policy is developed and consensus is won with WTS-LA members attending a professional development workshop. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Paul Backstrom Looks at Policies that Enhance Mobility for Constituents, August 7

Paul Backstrom, deputy for LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin, discussed how transportation policy is developed and consensus is won with WTS-LA members attending a professional development workshop. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Metro CEO Phil Washington Gets Passionate about Innovation, August 6

Recently appointed Los Angeles Metro CEO Phillip Washington wowed a packed room, discussing his passion for innovation and how that will enhance mobility for Angelenos. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

CH2M's Andres Ocon Welcomes Phil Washington to WTS-LA, August 6

Representing WTS-LA Platinum Sponsor CH2M, Vice President Andres Ocon introduced Metro CEO Phil Washington to a SRO audience, noting Washington's distinguished record for innovation and effective project delivery. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo Introduces a New Take on High School Outreach, August 6

Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo of Claremont Graduate University, recently named Adopt-A-School chair for WTS Los Angeles, briefed our audience on new education alliances the chapter is pursuing. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield Speaks Up for Small Business, August 6

WTS-LA Small Business Outreach chair Dr. Giovanna Brasfield of Hensel Phelps gave a précis on a coming program that will give small business owners an insight into legal issues associated with contracting. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

The FAA's Felicia Boyd Gives a Mission Briefing, July 15

FAA Division Manager Felicia Boyd coached participants in our "members only" Mentorship program on developing essential personal and professional mission statements. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

LAWA's Roger Johnson Talks $7 Billion in Capital Improvements, July 9

Los Angeles World Airports Deputy Executive Director Roger Johnson presented an engaging look at LAX's massive and complex capital improvement program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

ARCADIS Exec Ralph Taber Does the Honors, July 9

Ralph Taber, representing WTS Los Angeles Platinum Sponsor ARCADIS, introduces LAWA Deputy Executive Director Roger Johnson. Photo ©John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTS Los Angeles Veep Rosa Brice Weighs In on Membership, July 9

WTS-LA 2nd Vice President (Membership) Rosa Brice of Los Angeles World Airports talks to the audience about the benefits of chapter membership. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Stantec's Pattie Antich Introduces Rail Panel, June 2

WTS Los Angeles Board Treasurer Pattie Antich of Stantec, a WTS-LA Platinum Sponsor, introduces the moderator and panel of passenger rail experts at our June 2 program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Expo COO Samantha Bricker Moderates Rail Panel, June 2

Expo COO Samantha Bricker Moderates Rail Panel, June 2

Samantha Bricker, Chief Operating Officer at Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, moderates a discussion of passenger rail issues. The panel featured execs from California High-Speed Rail Authority, Metrolink, and Metro. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Passenger Rail Panel Presents Current Trends and Issues, June 2

Jeanet Owens (Los Angeles Metro), Michelle Boehm (California High Speed Rail Authority), Art Leahy (Metrolink), and Don Sepulveda (Los Angeles Metro) talk to a "standing room only" audience. Expo COO Samantha Bricker moderated. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTSers Network in Ernest at Our SRO Rail Program, June 2

Audience members at our June 2 rail panel discussion network in the registration area before lunch at this "full house." Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Hueneme Execs Discuss Marine Cargo and Infrastructure, April 29

Tony Gioiello of the Port of Los Angeles and Jon Slangerup of the Port of Long Beach look on as Kristin Decas of the Port of Hueneme opens our April 29 discussion of ports infrastructure. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

Federal Transit Administration Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers is warmly welcomed by our chapter - including a large contingent of Metro staff and execs - at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. Photo © John Livzey.

 
FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

Councilmember Tom LaBonge joins us to welcome Ms. Flowers back to Los Angeles. Photo © John Livzey.

 
FTS Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

FTS Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers Visits, April 15

Foothill Transit Finance Director Michelle Caldwell joins us at the Jonathan Club to welcome Carolyn Flowers. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

"Leadership at All Levels" Scores a 10 with WTSers, March 27

In 2015's first Professional Development roundtable, Emily Buss (Parsons Brinckerhoff) hosts Marcy Szarma (Destination Enterprises), Samantha Bricker (Expo Construction Authority) and Gwen Williams (L.A. Department of Water and Power). Photo © John Livzey

 
Photo by John Livzey

Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority COO Samantha Bricker Welcomes WTS Members

WTS Los Angeles Director at Large Samantha Bricker welcomes 28 chapter members to 2015's first professional development roundtable, chaired by Emily Buss of Parsons Brinckerhoff. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

County Supervisor Hilda Solis, March 6

County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Hilda Solia, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and an advocate for working families, discusses her vision for accessible transportation. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

WTS Members Talk with Supervisor Solis

Monica Villalobos (AECOM), chapter president Amanda Smith (Fehr & Peers), and event chair Elizabeth Ramirez (Group Delta) talk with County Supervisor Solis (third from left) after the program. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

Metro Planning Update, February 10

Martha Welborne, Metro Chief Planning Officer, opens our year with a "standing room only" audience of 270 people as she looks at what the agency has planned for 2015. Photo © John Livzey.

 
Photo by John Livzey

2015 Board Retreats to Advance Strategic Plan, February 6

On February 6, our board met in the beautiful Ming Hsieh Boardroom at the University of Southern California to identify their goals for the coming year, with chapter president Amanda Smith of Fehr & Peers facilitating the discussion. Photo © John Livzey.

 
 
 

 

REDEFINING THE ANNUAL REPORT: WTS-LA'S SHOWPIECE DOCUMENT

 

Grey_Annual_Report_SpreadWTS-LA Communications Chair and ICF International Senior Proposal Manager Jeff Markwardt believes many, if not most, annual reports are dull. They offer little more than a rhetorical year in review. But the 2014 WTS-LA Annual Report defies convention by providing chapter membership with a beautiful, engaging document filled with substantive, useful information. It is a document chapter members can both use and be proud of.

“We wanted to provide WTS-LA members with a comprehensive overview of their accomplishments for the year," says Markwardt. "And we wanted to give it to them in a form that they would be proud of, a document that they can enthusiastically show their boss, their spouse, or someone they think might be interested in joining the chapter. We went to great lengths and took great care to make sure that this would be an engaging document that looks beautiful and conveys effectively exactly what WTS-LA is about. And I think we achieved that.”

This annual report is different. Yes, it accurately illustrates the diversity of the chapter in terms of its members, transportation modes, and the multitude of chapter initiatives. But it also captures the vibrancy of the chapter’s 14 committees, its historical accomplishments, and the directional strategies that help realize WTS-LA’s mission. Filled with information that chapter members can actually use and want to know, the report also gleams with stunning, captivating photography from regular WTS-LA contributor and award-winning photographer John Livzey.

“We wanted this to be a comprehensive overview of our chapter, purpose, and people, an overview that every committee chair could utilize to advance committee initiatives and that every member could use as a marketing tool. To accomplish that, I had the pleasure of leading a very talented team of folks. First, I want to credit the WTS-LA Board of Directors, as most everyone on the Board contributed to this piece. But I also want to thank our core team: WTS-LA President Amanda Heinke, writer Arthur Schurr, photographer John Livzey, and graphic designer Kim Van Houten. Within one month, together we delivered what I believe is a showpiece document. But ultimately, I want to thank our members. This annual report is a tribute to the WTS-LA membership who accomplished so much in 2014.”

Principal annual report photographer: John Livzey.

 

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