Justin Avery, the current Rock Region METRO chief financial officer, has been named as the new chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Avery has 10 years of experience at Rock Region METRO.
Previously, Avery served two years as a staff auditor at Craft, Veach & Co. A graduate of Hendrix College with a master’s degree in accounting, Avery is a certified public accountant.
“After a nationwide search, we were delighted that Justin Avery has the innovation, leadership, transit knowledge and financial acumen needed to continue Rock Region METRO’s current trajectory,” said Erin Parker, METRO board director and personnel committee chairwoman.
Avery replaces Charles Frazier, who led the organization for three years. Frazier announced his departure in late 2021.
“Justin is a proven leader who shares Rock Region METRO’s commitment to excellence for all passengers. The Board is confident Justin will realize the full potential of an equitable, reliable and cost-efficient transit system for all communities in Central Arkansas that depend on METRO,” said Nicole Hart, METRO Board of Director chairwoman.
Avery was one of three finalist candidates who completed a vetting process managed by consulting firm Baker Tilly US, LLP and the METRO Board of Directors personnel committee.