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For Immediate Release:


July 27, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed William H. Cox, Jr., of Bel Air and John F. Von Paris of Upper Falls to serve as the newest Board Members of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).  Both were appointed on July 1, 2016.
“Bill’s and John’s legislative, financial, business and transportation backgrounds will add to the diverse experience of our Board members,” said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. 
President of William H. Cox, Jr., Real Estate, Inc., Mr. Cox also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1971 – 1991 and previously worked in the financial industry.  A graduate of Bel Air High School, Mr. Cox attended the University of Baltimore and previously served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation and the Greater Harford Committee, member of the Maryland Transportation Commission, vice chairman of the Conference of State Government and chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference’s Federal State Affairs Committee, among many others.
A graduate of Towson University, Mr. Von Paris is president and chief executive officer of Von Paris Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the Von Paris Family Moving and Storage business.  Mr. Von Paris has served previously as chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland and past member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, where he co-chaired the Transportation Initiative.  He is a past trustee and board member of The John Carroll School.
“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to serving as a governing member of the agency responsible for so many of our state’s major transportation investments,” said Mr. Cox.
“Serving on the MDTA Board is truly a privilege.  I look forward to working with this well-respected organization and talented team.  I will use my many years of industry experience to best serve the citizens of Maryland,” said Mr. Von Paris.
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) finances, owns and operates the state’s eight toll facilities. The MDTA’s Board Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the state Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body. Maryland's Secretary of
Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.
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