As the Rahall Transportation Institute (RTI) and Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) executive director/chief executive officer Frank Betz is responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction of the two organizations’ programs, staff, as well as the execution of their missions. He leads a dynamic team of business, academic and research professionals working to enhance economic development opportunities through basic and applied research, applications and technology solutions for public and private organizations. Currently, Frank serves as the assistant director of the Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Consortium (MTIC), one of ten Tier I University Transportation Centers.
Frank was formerly the chief operating officer of RTI. Prior to joining RTI, he performed a variety of functions working with some of the country’s top product and technology firms. Frank is the former vice president of finance & operations for a multi-state healthcare provider. He also served as a European strategic planning manager and software product manager for 3M France, where he worked cross-functionally with European business unit heads and product managers to streamline their operations. Adept at developing complex financial models, negotiating strategic alliances and delivering technology solutions, he was cofounder and chief information officer of a multinational dot-com internet technology company based in Silicon Valley. Frank started his career as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Cognitive Therapy with publications in the field of psychology.
Frank is fluent in French. He earned his Master’s in International Business from Pepperdine University, the Institut de Gestion Sociale and La Sorbonne in Paris, France in 1995. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.