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AAAEA Capital Area Eighth Annual Dinner Gala

By: | posted on: Oct 14, 2017

Date(s) - 10/14/2017
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Contact Person:
Jamileh Mogin

Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA)--Capital Area


After seven successful Annual Dinner Gala events, AAAEA – Capital Area is looking forward to another successful event this year. We had over 300 guests attend each of our past seven events. Among the many distinguished guests were US Secretary of Transportation, Maryland Lt. Governor, Ambassador Patrick Theros, President and Executive Director of US-Qatar Business Council, Maryland Transportation Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Deputy Secretary of Business and Economic Development in Maryland, Directors of Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation in the City of Baltimore, Director of Department of Public Works and Transportation in Prince George’s County, City of Baltimore Mayor, and other industry leaders.


Carla Reid currently serves as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. She is the 12th General Manager and the first woman to serve in this capacity in the Commission’s 98-year history. Ms. Reid began her 20-year career at WSSC in 1986, ultimately serving as Deputy General Manager from 2005-2006.

In addition to Deputy General Manager at WSSC, Reid also served as Chief of Mission Support, Chief of Customer Care, Meter Services Division Manager, Northern Meter Operations Section Head, Meter Maintenance Head, Field Operations Supervisor and Civil Engineer.

Prior to re-joining the Commission in January 2016, Reid worked for Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett as the Director of the Department of Permitting Service. In 2011, she joined newly elected Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s staff as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development and Public Infrastructure. In this position, she led all operations related to economic development including permitting, transportation, environmental matters and tourism.

For seven years, Reid was an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia, where an award was created in her name to recognize outstanding teaching on the UDC staff. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Howard University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, University College. She is an active member of her community, having served on several boards for organizations such as DC Water, Melwood, Montgomery Alliance, the Prince George’s County Revenue Authority and Arts on the Block.

Rick Canizales currently serves as the Transportation Director for Prince William County.

Mr. Canizales has previously worked for Prince William County’s Department of Transportation for 14 years. His most recent role with the department was as Transportation Planning Division Chief, where he was responsible for the management and operation of the Transportation Planning and Programming Division. Before working for the County, Mr. Canizales was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.

“Prince William County has one of the most successful road building programs in the Commonwealth,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Rick Canizales’ experience with planning, programming and funding transportation projects along with his relationships with regional, state and federal partners will be essential as we continue to improve the transportation and commuting options for the residents of Prince William County.”

Mr. Canizales received his Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. He resides in Prince William County with his wife and two children.

Gregory Slater Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, Administrator.Prior to his appointment as the Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA), Mr. Slater served as Deputy Administrator for Planning, Engineering, Real Estate and Environment with seven years prior to that as Planning Director. He is actively involved in delivering key innovative projects, including the 11-mile MD 404 widening project from US 50 to the Denton Bypass, the I-270 Congestion Management Project, US 219 in Western Maryland, and the proposal to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters to Maryland.

Mr. Slater is a native Marylander with a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University. He also is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2015 and the University of Maryland University College National Leadership Institute in 2007. He participates on several transportation industry committees and serves as Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Planning Data Sub-Committee. He also is a member of several committees including the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. Mr. Slater enjoys overseeing projects in every corner of the state and lives in the Baltimore region with his wife and two children.

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