Bryant to head New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission

New Orleans Public Belt eco-locomotive
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Tomeka Watson Bryant was recently tapped by the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission (NOPB) as the organization’s general manager, reports Louisiana Weekly. The appointment was effective June 1.

With her new position, Watson Bryant becomes the first African-American woman to lead a short-rail line in the nation. The NOPB is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA).

Brandy D. Christian, the CEO of NOPB and president and CEO of the Port NOLA, said in a statement that Watson Bryant’s leadership abilities and commitment to the rail industry make her an ideal choice for the important position.

In her new role, Watson Bryant follows M.D. “Mike” Stolzman, who was promoted to chief operating officer of the Port NOLA as part of a port-wide reorganization that strengthens the synergies between the Port NOLA and NOPB and assists shippers by providing seamless, multi-modal solutions to shipping challenges and developments. Read the entire story.