Delaware River and Bay Authority Selects New Supplier Diversity Manager
Travis L. Crawford of Wilmington, Delaware to Lead Agency’s Supplier Diversity Initiatives
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced the selection of Travis L. Crawford of Wilmington, Delaware as the agency's new Supplier Diversity Manager. Mr. Crawford, who officially began his duties on April 30, 2012 and is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the Authority’s supplier diversity program, works in the finance department under the supervision of the Procurement Manager.
“I know that the agency shares the same passion for the principles of access, equality, and opportunity that I do,” Crawford said. “Through outreach and education, we can demystify the regulatory and contracting environment to create a better understanding of the opportunities available. I appreciate and value executive management's faith in my ability to handle the responsibilities of Supplier Diversity Manager and look forward to building partnerships in the community that will provide the foundation for access and opportunity.”
As the Authority's Supplier Diversity Manager, Mr. Crawford has a myriad of responsibilities; including serving as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) for the Authority’s FAA DBE program, promoting opportunities for participation in the Authority contracting process, recommending best practices concerning the agency’s supplier diversity strategic plan, and assisting qualified business enterprises in obtaining DBE certification.
“During the interview process, I was impressed not only with Mr. Crawford’s credentials and knowledge, but also with his energy and enthusiasm to make a difference," remarked Victor Ferzetti, the Authority's Chief Financial Officer. "The Authority is fortunate and pleased to have Travis on-board as we continue to focus our efforts to broaden and diversify our supplier base.”
Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Crawford was the DBE Program Manager and Supplier Diversity Liaison for the Delaware Department of Transportation. In this role, he was responsible for the management of all operations and personnel of the Delaware Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program; collaboration with USDOT Civil Rights staff, implementation of certification standards; and direction of supplier diversity initiatives for all department procurement.
Travis began his professional career in the Cincinnati metro-area, where he served the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as a Right of Way and Utilities Specialist. He was responsible for the review of bid proposals and the award of construction, utility, demolition and appraisal contracts. In 2007, Mr. Crawford was promoted to Consultant Coordinator in Frankfort, Kentucky, where he was tasked with the oversight of the Cabinet’s real estate consultants as well as developing internal policies and guidelines for statewide application.
Mr. Crawford earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Strategic Communication from the University of Kentucky and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.