VIA Board Secretary will also serve on key committees with focus on the future
SAN ANTONIO (Updated Oct. 11, 2017) — VIA Board Secretary Lester W. Bryant has been elected to serve on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Executive Committee. Trustee Bryant’s selection was announced on October 7, at APTA’s Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers in conjunction with the Association’s 2017 APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO in Atlanta, Ga.
“Trustee Bryant’s selection to serve on the APTA Executive Committee is a reflection of his commitment to advocating for access to opportunity for all through public transit options. On behalf of the VIA Board, I offer congratulations and sincere thanks for his work to represent VIA and the region on this prestigious committee,” VIA Board Chair Hope Andrade said.
In addition, Trustee Bryant was elected Chair of the Transit Board Members Committee of APTA and was invited by APTA Chair Nat Ford to lead priority initiatives on Enterprise Risk Management. In this role, he will work with risk management-, safety-, and security-related committees to develop tools and resources for APTA members. This work will allow members to assess and prepare for future challenges, with a focus on cybersecurity.
“As our region continues to grow and prosper, we are reminded of the important role public transportation plays in our quality of life. Trustee Bryant and his colleagues from across the nation will help address industry issues in order to continue to connect our communities to opportunity, support economic vitality, and plan for the transportation needs of our region,” VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said.
Trustee Bryant joins representatives from across the country as a member of the APTA Executive Committee. Trustee Bryant was first appointed to the VIA Board in September 2014 by the City of San Antonio. He was elected for a second term as Board Secretary in 2017. He is a financial services professional with Mass Mutual South Texas and has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications, information technology, and financial services.
About VIA Metropolitan Transit
VIA provides regional multimodal transportation options that connect our community to opportunity, support economic vitality, and enhance quality of life throughout our region. VIA, recognized by the Texas Transit Association in 2016 as the outstanding Metro Transit Authority of the year, serves 14 member cities and the unincorporated areas of Bexar County, operating seven days a week on 90 routes. Last year, VIA provided 40 million rides across the region. VIA’s AAA bond rating reflects the organization’s sound management and financial practices. Visit VIAinfo.net for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.
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