Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Chief Executive Officer Brian Taylor spoke to area transportation students at an event hosted by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Jacksonville Chapter on Tuesday, April 12.
Taylor shared personal stories from his 30-plus years as a maritime executive and offered leadership advice on topics such as the importance of building and maintaining trust, punctuality and preparedness, and the power of active listening. He also answered questions from students about ways to encourage creativity among employees and strategies for succeeding in the transportation and logistics industry.
During the meeting, participating students from Edward Waters College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, and the University of North Florida also had an opportunity to network with representatives from JAXPORT and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
Students in attendance were encouraged to apply for a COMTO National Careers In Transportation for Youth (CITY) Internship. The 10-week internship introduces college juniors and seniors to the public transportation industry by providing internships and mentoring opportunities at transit agencies, private transit-related consulting firms, transportation service providers, manufacturers and suppliers in local COMTO Chapters across the country.