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President's Message

As the 2020 Annual Meeting draws to a close, I want to take a moment to celebrate the numerous District accomplishments and achievements of our members.

Many of our District members presented technical content, helped moderate and mediate sessions, and even won multiple meeting awards!

Foremost, Ken Ackeret. PhD, PE, PTOE received the Western District Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Ken’s life-long dedication to ITE and the continued friendships we all cherish with the Western District.  His recognition video produced by the Western District’s Public Relations Committee can be found here:

Additionally, our two Brigham Young University (BYU) Teams scored 1st and 2nd place in the Kell Competition. Their presentations on trip planning in Hawaii highlighted their creative talents. 

BYU also brought home the 1st Mountain District Student Traffic Bowl win!  Four student chapters competed, the most ever to participate from our mountain states at the District level. The Zoom call picture of the Traffic Bowl shown below!

We also held our first Annual Business Meeting and celebrated professionals, students, companies and agencies with award street signs! Congratulations to all of our awards winners!

The final Mountain District event of the meeting was the Bingo Social Hour seen below.  The competition was tense and exciting.  The event could only be bested if folks could have shared their grass-skirted-margaritas.

Overall the meeting was a great success! There were over 600 registrants and over 200 people attending nearly every session. Thanks again to the Western District LAC for a great meeting!

A final reminder: Voting is open. Find your online ballot in an email from: [email protected] If you have already voted, THANK YOU! If you have not yet voted, make sure your voice is heard!

- Paul Barricklow, PE, PTOE - Mountain District President

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Hello New Mexico!

New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment, and it surpasses motto in every way.  From far-reaching plains to white sandy deserts to sandia (watermelon) colored mountains, this land certainly is enchanting. 

The ITE New Mexico Section and its approximately 120 members call New Mexico home.  The New Mexico Section’s members are as diverse and enchanting as the land itself.  Our members include engineers, planners, public works professionals, students, and retired members.  Student involvement is a large part of our section with recent meeting attendance comprising of 40%-50% students from the University of New Mexico Student Chapter.

New Mexico Section Leadership includes:

President: Carl Vermillion, Bohannan Huston

Vice President: Mojgan Maadandar, Bohannan Huston

Secretary-Treasurer, Jonathon Kruse, Lee Engineering

New Mexico Section Representative: Jim Barrera, Horrocks Engineers

Committee Chairs:

Membership: Leslie Romero, Wilson & Co

Legislative: Steve Eagan, Retired

Communications: Jonathon Kruse, Lee Engineering

The New Mexico Section fosters relationships between professionals, agencies, and the public through community outreach, community service & volunteer events, monthly meetings, and local conference involvement.  Recurring events include monthly meetings and section involvement in the yearly UNM Transportation and Paving Conference.  Monthly meetings are always held at El Pinto restaurant in Albuquerque, NM, which boasts some of the best New Mexican food in the state.  Past community service, outreach, and volunteering events have included Roadrunner Food Bank food drive, Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) system pub crawl, and 2020 UNM Paving & Transportation Conference Social Event.  Additionally, the New Mexico Section disperses yearly scholarships and awards to local students as part of the Dr. Jerry Hall & Dr. James Brogan Memorial Scholarship fund.

Figure 1: UNM Student Chapter ART System Tour

Figure 2: UNM Student Chapter ART System Tour

Figure 3: Roadrunner Food Bank Food Drive

Figure 4: Roadrunner Food Bank Food Drive

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Mountain Moves!

Make sure to purchase your Mountain swag from your local state ITE Section Presidents or HERE in the form of a Pin or a Sticker, or both! Then......take a picture with your swag in cool places throughout OUR district and submit them to [email protected]! The photos we have received thus far are displayed on our website's home show us your pictures!


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ITE Student Leadership Summit 2021

From the Crown of the Continent in Glacier National Park to the Wonderland of Yellowstone, the beauty of Montana never fails to amaze. Montana transportation professionals have the responsibility of connecting people to this beauty, to goods and to each other across a very large geographic region, which is precisely what [email protected] hopes to accomplish as the hosts of the first ITE Student Leadership Summit hosted in the ITE Mountain District. From April 9th to 11th, ITE SLS 2021 will be hosted on the Montana State University campus and around the Bozeman, Montana community. We are excited to take on the challenge of connecting transportation students to professionals across the brand new ITE District and beyond, leaving registration open to ITE student chapters from any ITE District, including Canada.

As a sponsor and corporate attendee of ITE SLS 2021, you will have the opportunity to use this conference as a platform to speak and network with an estimated 150 students, helping to bridge the gap between transportation students and the industry. Our students will develop their skills as future leaders in transportation as they learn from you, from each other, and from experiences in the Bozeman community through a weekend packed full of technical tours, presentations and networking events. 

Based on information provided by previous SLS hosts, our projected budget for this event is $30,000. This will cover the costs of food, posters, print materials, space, shirts or hats, swag bags, and more. Any financial or in-kind donations that you can provide will be extremely appreciated and will help significantly in our efforts to reaching this lofty fundraising goal. 

Please see below for our Sponsorship Packages and their associated benefits. All financial donations will be accepted under the "Tickets" button in the Eventbrite that has been created for ITE SLS 2021:  

Sponsorship Tiers and Associated Benefits 

Gold Tier Sponsors ($1750+):
Three professional tickets ($285 value) for representatives
The opportunity to have a booth at the conference
Branding on our website ([email protected]) with your logo and a link to your website
Listed in conference materials provided to attendees
Recognition at the Banquet as a host
The opportunity to deliver a short presentation at breakfast or lunch
Your logo placed prominently on conference materials (shirts, banner, etc.)

Silver Tier Sponsors ($1000-$1749):
Two professional tickets ($190 value) for representatives
The opportunity to have a booth at the conference
Branding on our website ([email protected]) with your logo and a link to your website
Listed in conference materials provided to attendees
Provided resumes from conference attendees
Your logo on our conference banner
Your logo on the backs of shirts provided to all attendees
Recognition during the conference  

Bronze Tier Sponsors ($250-$999):
One professional ticket ($95 value) for a representative
The opportunity to have a booth at the conference
Branding on our website ([email protected]) with your logo and a link to your website
Listed in conference materials provided to attendees
Provided resumes from conference attendees  

If you have any questions or there is anything that our chapter can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected]

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New Members

ITE welcomes the following new members who recently joined our community of transportation professionals!

Gannon Hunter Chamberlain
Kerry Perrillo Childress
Douglas Keith Haskins
Shayne Nelson
Michael. J. Policastro
Kevin Szuch
Bill Thomas
Naveen Kumar Veeramisti
Qichao Wang
Scott Whaley
Justin Wilstead

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Employment Opportunities

No current job opportunities posted on our website. However, if you would like to leverage web traffic for your business, Mountain ITE has a variety of advertisements available. New job postings will be listed in the next edition of the monthly eNewsletter, announced via Mountain ITE’s social media accounts and emailed to those who have registered for email notifications.

If you would like to increase your candidate pool and announce your open position to over 1,600 ITE members across the Mountain District, contact the Advertising Chair.

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Our eNewsletter sponsor for July is Apex Design!

Whether you post a job listing, an entry in the products and services directory, become a District Sponsor or a Founding District Sponsor, know that your financial support goes directly into funding the important initiatives of the Mountain District.

These initiatives include a strong scholarship and award component to support the growth of our student population and encourage the next generation to join our Community of Transportation Professionals.  Initiatives are also in place to support the growth and development of our young professionals and providing additional outreach opportunities to both our public and private partners, highlighting the work they are doing to better serve the traveling public.  The Mountain District will be working in close partnership with our Sections and Chapters to support their activities at the local level and highlight the accomplishments of our transportation community.

More information on the scholarships, awards and other programs are available on the Mountain ITE website on the page for more information or contact the Advertising Chair.

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