WASHINGTON - Charlie Potts, the chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction & Materials, is the recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) highest honor-the 2010 "ARTBA Award." The award was presented May 24 during the association's Federal Issues Program held in Washington, D.C.
Established in 1960, the "ARTBA Award" recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Over the years, "ARTBA Award" recipients have included several governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. secretaries of transportation and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the private sector of the transportation construction industry.
Potts was honored for a more than 40-year career body of work with the Florida Department of Transportation, Ashland, Inc., APAC, The Heritage Group, and for his service in many industry organizations. He was chairman of ARTBA, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. He also served as a key player with Transportation Research Board and Federal Highway Administration technical working groups.
Other ARTBA leadership positions include: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman and vice chairman at large. Potts continues to serve as a trustee on the ARTBA Foundation.
Most notably, as ARTBA chairman and in his role as Heritage CEO, Potts has spent many years articulating the national need for a new national transportation vision that boosts federal investment in highways, bridges and transit systems, and also includes a coordinated, long-term strategy to facilitate the safe and efficient of goods.