Columbus Chapter

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COMTO was created to provide a forum for senior minority professionals in the transportation industry.

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605 N. High Street, PMB 295
Columbus, OH 43215
United States


  • Quincy Howard

    Council of Presidents Representative, Columbus President

    Quincy Howard

    Council of Presidents Representative, Columbus President

    An industry expert with more than twenty-five years of successful experience in Supplier Diversity and Business Development, Quincy Howard has a proven track record of fostering business relationships between private/public companies and agencies and the minority business community. Quincy has had a rich history of experiences throughout his career including a Minority Business Development Coordinator at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, a Grants Administrator at the Ohio State University, and an entrepreneur running a Financial Advising and Investment Broker firm that he successfully ran for over ten years. But his passion has always been supplier diversity.

    After the 2008 market crash, he made the hard decision to close his business down. Feeling defeated but not beaten, Quincy began his job search back into corporate America. With a strong work ethic, tons of experience, and a lot of prayer Quincy joined the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Administrator, performing the same work that sparked his passion many years earlier. Now after having served over ten years at COTA, Quincy has recently taken his drive and passion to the state level as the Assistant Chief of the Minority Business Development Division of the Ohio Department of Development where he is responsible for overseeing the operations of the MBE, WBE, VBE and EDGE certification programs, business lending and bonding programs, and the minority business assistance centers across the state of Ohio.

    Quincy also serves as the current President of the Conference of the Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Columbus Chapter and is a national board member for the National COMTO organization. The COMTO Columbus Chapter has been recognized nationally as the Chapter of The Year for its programming and outreach efforts to help minority businesses and the minority community progress in the Central Ohio area. This prestigious award is annually awarded to a chapter that has made outstanding contributions to the transportation industry. In Quincy’s off time, he enjoys his wife of 20+ years, Melinda, his daughter Sydney, who is a sophomore at Hampton University majoring in Kinesiology, his furry son, Argo, and hanging with his Omega Psi Phi Fraternity brothers and playing a round golf.

  • Scott Porter

    1st Vice President

    Scott Porter

    1st Vice President

    Scott Porter serves as Director of Business Development for Advanced Engineering Consultants, Ltd. (AEC), a minority-owned engineering design firm where he directs business development and client initiatives. Scott uses his over twenty years of experience as a client relationship developer and influencer to build strategic partnerships and competitive intelligence for AEC that increases brand awareness and revenue for the firm. He develops client-capture strategies for senior leadership and provides detailed analysis for new business opportunities while consolidating current business relationships with architects, and contractors in the corporate, government, healthcare, institutional, and transportation marketplace.

    Scott is a Board Member and Small Business Liaison Officer for the Kittyhawk Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Nationally he is Vice Chair of the Small Business Community of Interest Committee and serves on committees including Diversity and Inclusion, Business Development, and the National Small Business Conference. Other memberships include the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS - Columbus Chapter, Past President), Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).  An avid theatre lover, Scott is a Co-Producer with PAST Productions Columbus, a local theatre company and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Scott is a proud member of COMTO Columbus and currently serves as membership chair.

  • Marleise Ryan

    2nd Vice President

  • Amber Boyd


  • Valerie Croasmun



  • COTA
  • WSP
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Veregy
  • New Flyer of America

We believe that diversity moves the nation.

We believe that the leadership of a massive industry that has the responsibility of transporting all people all the time should reflect the complex mosaic of those they serve. We believe that commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience moves us forward every day.