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Honoring Extraordinary Impact

Long-standing AARO Member and 2001 AARO President, Mr. Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer – St. David’s Foundation is being awarded the Nonprofit Excellence Award by GreenLights for Nonprofits Success at their November 11TH Party for Good.  Earl will be presented with the 2nd Annual Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year Award for the tremendous impact he has made, and continues to effect, in Central Texas.

Profiles in Power & Women of Influence

The Austin Business Journal’s (ABJ) Profiles in Power Nominees include three AARO members.  Winners will be honored at the ABJ’s 20th annual luncheon to be held on Thursday, August 7TH.

Profiles in Power Nominees

1. Ms. Adriana Cruz, President – Greater San Marcos Partnership

2. Ms. Patsy Wood Martin, Founder – I Live Here, I Give Here

3. Ms. Linda Watson, President & CEO – Capital Metro

COMTO honors Capital Metro’s President CEO/ Linda Watson

AARO Member, Ms. Linda Watson, President & CEO – Capital Metro was honored at the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) with the 2014 Executive of the Year award. The award was in recognition of Watson’s aggressive outreach in Capital Metro’s hiring practices.

According to COMTO, Equal Employment Opportunity program data from 2013 shows the Capital Metro workforce had 38 percent minorities and 38 percent female in executive management and 36 percent minorities and 49 percent female among professionals with the agency. Watson was also a driving force in the establishment of the Capital Metro Office of Diversity, which ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and other law related to civil rights.

This honor marks the second award Watson has received from COMTO, winning the Executive of the Year  award in 2011 from the Austin COMTO chapter. Watson said her agency is committed to being “all inclusive” and that has become the mantra for the agency.