In the early 1980s, as chief executive officer, he saw a major market development opportunity for his members, added the “T” to the association’s name and became the state chapter affiliate of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Briant spearheaded the development of programs and services that made UTCA a full-service association. In the process, the organization grew to include more than 1,100 members.
He served as chairman and treasurer of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT). Under his leadership, NJEIT began by issuing $50 million in low interest loans annually to local municipalities and sewer authorities to help them improve their systems. Today more than $500 million in annual loan are routinely available to the agencies. Briant helped start and served as chairman of the national Cleanwater Construction Coalition, a group that pushed for federal legislation to increase investment in water and wastewater infrastructure.
He retired in 2006 and passed away at the beginning of 2013.
The 2012 Hall of Fame class, announced last November, was also inducted during the June 3 dinner and included:
- Innovator: Harry Heltzer, former chairman and chief executive officer of 3M Company (posthumously); and
- Leader: James R. Madara, senior vice president of Gannett Fleming in Allentown, Pa.
The ARTBA Foundation was established in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity to “promote research, education and public awareness.” It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, executive education seminars, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and a national exhibition on transportation.