Justin Avery has been hired as the new chief executive officer of Rock Region Metro, the central Arkansas transit agency whose administrative offices are in North Little Rock.
Avery was hired after a nationwide vetting process managed by the consulting firm Baker Tilly US LLP and the Metro board of directors personnel committee. The selection committee said it looked for an innovative leader with financial and transit knowledge.
“Justin is a proven leader who shares Rock Region METRO’s commitment to excellence for all passengers,” said Nicole Hart, chair of the Rock Region Metro board. “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.”
Avery has worked at Rock Region Metro for 10 years, most recently as chief financial officer since December 2019. He had also served as the interim CEO since December 2021.
During his time at Metro, Avery was an accounting manager, the assistant director of finance and the deputy director of finance and accounting. Before joining Metro, he served for two years as a staff auditor at Craft Veach & Co. of Maumelle. In his spare time, Avery also is the CFO of Me & McGee Market, a farmers market in North Little Rock.
Avery graduated from Hendrix College of Conway with a Master’s in accounting and is a certified public accountant. He is a graduate of the 33rd Leadership Greater Little Rock Class.
He is also a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arkansas Government Finance Officers Association, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association.