Stephen D. Wright, president and chief executive officer of the family-owned Wright Brothers Construction Company in Charleston, Tenn., has been elected 2012-13 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The election was announced during the association’s national convention, held Sept. 11 to 14 in Memphis Tenn.
Wright Brothers Construction was founded in 1961, by two brothers, James and Robert Wright. Steve joined the company in 1978, and has held many positions from laborer, to equipment operator to his current role. Wright Brothers performs site preparation, grading, excavating, highway and heavy construction services, and is one of the biggest contractors in the southeastern United States.
Wright’s election marks another milestone in ARTBA’s 110-year history. He is the first graduate of the ARTBA Foundation’s “Young Executive Development Program” (YEDP) to become chairman. Created in 1996, the YEDP introduces the industry’s “rising stars” to the federal legislative and regulatory processes, and ARTBA’s role in shaping policy in the nation’s capital. More than 400 people have graduated since its inception.
Wright has been a leader in ARTBA for a decade, serving as: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, southern region vice chairman, contractors division president, 2011 strategic planning committee co-chair, 2007 long-range planning committee co-chair, and environmental committee chairman. He is a past president (1998) of the Tennessee Road Builders Association, ARTBA’s state chapter affiliate.