Thank you, ATB members for your warm welcome over the past week as I have met many of you at the golf tournament meeting, regional meeting, member dniner, and a few individual visits out and about, or even those of you that have stopped by the office! With help from Ramon and Yvette, I have a great start at getting to know or be reacquainted with many of our members.
Ramon and I also met with several of our community’s leaders including Jim DeGrood at PAG, Carmine DeBonis at Pima County Administrator’s Office, Ana Olivares, Director at Pima County DOT, and just yesterday Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. More meetings with our region’s elected officials, department leaders and community leaders are being planned.
As some of you know, I am a lifelong Arizona resident, growing up in central Phoenix before moving to Tucson more than 20 years ago to attend the University of Arizona – GO CATS! I have always been fascinated by our state’s transportation and utility infrastructure, having grown up in a time when our communities experienced rapid population growth, and taking that exciting first drive with my family through the tunnel that finally connected I-10 coast to coast in the early 90s. Locally, I remember first visiting the University of Arizona as a high school student in the mid-90s, soon after Speedway was reconstructed in the campus area. I am pleased that it has recently been repaved and returns to being one of our community’s well-built, well-maintained gateways.
For those of you I have not met yet, I look forward to seeing you at upcoming ATB events! Call me at (520) 623-0444 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule a time to meet up too. If I’m not out and about, I also welcome seeing people right here at the office if you want to stop by! Or, join me and be part of our ATB delegation to DC for the ARTBA fly-in coming up in mid-May!