Thirty two emerging leaders in the transportation design and construction industry participated in an intensive “boot camp” introduction to the federal legislative and regulatory processes, then descended on Capitol Hill to press their members of Congress to find a permanent revenue fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and to fully fund the FAST Act for FY 2017.
They were in the Nation’s Capital May 9-11 as part of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Industry Leader Development Program” (ILDP), which was held in conjunction with the association’s Federal Issues Program and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In.
There have been nearly 650 graduates from over 200 industry firms in the program since it began in 1995 as the Young Executive Development Program. ILDP fellows this year represented 21 states and the District of Columbia.
The ILDP program provides rising leaders in the transportation construction and development sector with a solid understanding of industry economics, how transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how they - and their company or agency - can become politically engaged to help shape transportation policy.
The annual gathering provided participants the opportunity to meet face-to-face with members of Congress and their staffs about pending federal transportation policy, including the pending aviation bill, the FAST Act and the importance of a permanent HTF solution as part of tax reform or some other budget legislation.
The 2016 ILDP class included:
- Bret Barton, project executive, Granite Construction, Tampa, Fla.
- Jason Brame, transportation technology and cadd coordinator, Larson Design Group, Ltitz, Pa.
- Chris Carter, senior project engineer, Harms Construction, Farmingville, N.J.
- Ian Chaney, supervising engineer, WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff, Virginia Beach, Va.
- Joseph Dooley, deputy project director, Granite Construction, Lewisville, Texas
- Justin Englert, project engineer, Parsons Corporation, Chicago, Ill.
- Michael Estes, Mid-Atlantic transportation program manager, HDR, Glen Allen, Va.
- Brian Fairwood, principal/regional sales leader, TransSystems Corp., Schaumburg, Ill.
- Timothy Fogarty, general foreman, George Harms Construction Co., Farmingville, N.J.
- Brent Freeman, area manager, Kraemer North America, Plain, Wis.
- Adam Gardner, senior associate/Md. CEI practice leader, KCI Technologies, Sparks, Md.
- Diana Herriman, project engineer, AECOM, Arlington, Va.
- Charlie Hetland, transportation engineer, CH2M, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jennifer Hoffman, director of multilateral relations and risk management, Astladi, Washington, D.C.
- Marc Hustad, vice president, HNTB Corp., Lake Mary, Fla.
- Craig Klusman, structural engineering manager, AECOM, Louisville, Ky.
- William Laird, senior project manager, HDR Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
- Alexandra Lauzon, deputy program manager, Va. Office of P3s, Richmond, Va.
- Gaelen Magee, estimating manager, MAS Building & Bridge, Inc., Norfolk, Mass.
- Pamela May, performance management engineer, DelDOT, Bear, Del.
- James Minor, milling division president, Swank Construction Co., New Kensington, Pa.
- Jeremy Mitchell, project manager, Bell & Associates Construction, Brentwood, Tenn.
- David Naibauer, estimator/project manager, Kraemer North America, Castle Rock, Colo.
- Jacqueline Peduzzi, project manager/operations manager, WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, Ill.
- Katherine Poole, construction project engineer, RK&K, Washington, D.C.
- Josh Revell, project manager, AECOM, Jackson, Miss.
- Brett Richter, regional manager, Buckley Powder Co., Jefferson City, Mo.
- Sean Samsel, associate and project manager, Psomas, Tucson, Ariz.
- Keith Sommer, senior director, sales, Flour, Greenville, S.C.
- Mariana Torres, principal economist, Louis Berger, New York, N.Y.
- Matthew Valle, vice president of development, Oldcastle Materials, Newington, Conn.
- Amy Walker, area sales manager, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Jackson, Miss.