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In his new role, Sorel will manage operations in the region, including project oversight, staff recruitment and other initiatives aimed at growing the firm’s transportation business.
Sorel retired in April as the director of transportation for the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). During his tenure, he launched the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, an effort between NDDOT, North Dakota Highway Patrol and North Dakota Department of Health with a goal to work toward zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on state roads. In 2018, motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota decreased to their lowest level since 2008.
He previously served as chief operating officer of the Minnesota Trucking Association in 2016-2017, and from 2008-2012 was Minnesota’s transportation commissioner. Sorel had a 30-year career with the Federal Highway Administration, and served as administrator of its St. Paul division from 2005-2008.
Sorel is a graduate of State University of New York-Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and Thomas College with a master’s of business administration degree. He has earned multiple awards for his service, including the U.S. Presidential Honor for leading the federal transportation response, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge in Minneapolis, which was rebuilt and reopened in 437 days.
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