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Balfour Beatty Honored by COMTO Southern California Chapter with Member of the Year Award
December 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ (COMTO) Southern California Regional Chapter has honored Balfour Beatty with its Member of the Year award. A national advocacy orgnization, COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation for minority professionals and businesses in the transportation industry. Balfour Beatty was recognized with the chapter’s Member of the Year award at its scholarship and recognition awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Each year, the COMTO Southern California Chapter honors its members and local students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the transportation industry, significantly help enhance COMTO’s reputation and make a measurable impact on the community. The Member of the Year award recognizes corporate members that consistently go above and beyond in providing exemplary support for COMTO, and promote diversity and economic development of small and ermerging businesses in the transportation industry.
“At Balfour Beatty, building sustainable relationships and partnering with small, minority, and women-owned businesses is more than a corporate social responsibility policy, we believe it helps us drive innovation, new ideas and better support the communities where we build,” said Joe Reed, vice president of alternative delivery at Balfour Beatty. “Our strong belief in promoting diversity makes being recognized by COMTO’s Southern California Chapter as its Member of the Year especially gratifying. We highly value the relatoinships and experiences we’ve gained through COMTO over the years, and look forward to supporting its mission well into the future.”
One example of Balfour Beatty’s commitment to the community and education is the unique relationship it has formed with the Inglewood Unified School District. Together with its LINXS Joint Venture team, Balfour Beatty engineers mentor MESA (mathematics, engineering, science achievement) students at the district’s Monroe Middle School. Recently, in preparation for the countywide MESA competition, the Balfour Beatty team helped Monroe students understand the concepts of structural engineering by building bridges with popsicle sticks.
“When students can talk to and learn from professionals, it connects what they study in school with its real-life application,” said Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, board member, Inglewood Unified School District. “I’m thrilled to learn how the Balfour Beatty team members’ involvement encourages our students to stay committed to math and science, and pursue their passion. Our partnership with Balfour Beatty and LINXS, which is commendable and much appreciated, is key to the Inglewood School District. I look forward to it lasting for a long time.”