This month, Omnitrans welcomes Art Torres as new Director of Procurement! Torres brings broad experience from several public sector agencies and transit industry, most recently having served as the Senior Manager, Contracts Administration at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), the third-largest public transportation system in the country.
Torres will lead 20 employees in the Procurement department, which oversees the purchase of all goods and services for Omnitrans, including: preparation of bid documents, proposal evaluation, price negotiation, contract award, and contractor compliance. The department also maintains and manages an extensive parts warehouse to support maintenance of the agency’s bus fleet.
“In this profession, we are called upon to ensure that public funds are spent properly. It is a balancing act between getting the task done and doing it within the process,” said Torres. “As procurement professionals we are focused on the process, but we can’t lose sight that we are an internal service group supporting the rest of the organization to ensure we collectively achieve desired results.”
Prior to working in the public transit industry, Torres held procurement management roles at the Inland Empire cities of San Bernardino and Riverside, and at California State University, San Marcos. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, as well as a Business Management Certificate in Purchasing and Materials Management from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Additionally, Torres was designated a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) by the Institute for Supply Management.
“Omnitrans will benefit from Art’s vast experience in the government sector including his work on purchased transportation and construction contracts,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham.