Speaker Date Topic
Brendon Wheeler, P.E., CFM Apr 22, 2021
NCTCOG: DFW High-Speed Transportation
NCTCOG: DFW High-Speed Transportation

At the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), a regional planning organization centered around DFW, Brendon Wheeler works in Transportation Planning with the long-range plan team, focusing on long-range transit planning.  After joining NCTCOG in December of 2018, he started out on the Roadway Corridor Studies team, running the regional travel demand model for various alternatives on large and small roadway projects.  Brendon currently serves as the Deputy Project Manager for the Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Transportation Connections Study: a 3-year effort to plan for a state-of-the-art transportation facility between Dallas and Fort Worth to eventually connect with other high-speed transportation projects around the state.

Prior to his employment at NCTCOG, Brendon was a team leader at Wier & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and land development firm in Arlington, for a 10 year period working on residential and commercial projects around the DFW region.  It was at Wier that the engineering design experience provided the opportunity for Brendon to pursue a professional engineering license.

Having gained his civil engineering undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011, he always knew he wanted to be involved in regional transportation planning which is why he currently works at NCTCOG.  The interplay between land use and transportation in creating a vibrant/healthy community and, eventually, a city is what brought him into this industry and what fuels the dream day after day.

Veronica Rodriquez, Project Development Consultant Apr 29, 2021
International Humanitarian City
International Humanitarian City

Experienced business development strategist and project developer; expertise working with executive level professionals in: designing and implementing projects, client management, business presentations.

Governmental humanitarian free-zone hosting a community of members comprised of: UN organization, International NGOs, Inter-governmental
organizations and commercial companies.

Manage the “International Humanitarian Logistics Databank Project”, which collects & shares real-time information on prepositioned aid and humanitarian assets. Project partners: World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations of High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF). Humanitarian hub locations: Italy (Brindisi), Ghana (Accra), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Panama (Panama City), Spain (Las Palmas) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).

Supervise relationships and initiate & facilitate communication with project partners in each hub for the development of the project. Hubs include: local humanitarian offices, local customs authorities, and in-country governmental agencies. Provide ongoing dynamic support and research to the International Humanitarian City (IHC) team to overcome local challenges towards project implementation.