ARTBA Foundation Hosts 18th Annual Young Executive Development Program

Forty-eight rising stars in the industry participated in the intensive four-day event.

Thu August 01, 2013 - National Edition
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Forty-eight transportation design and construction industry "rising stars" came to the Nation’s Capital June 3 to 6 to participate in the American Road and Transportation Builders (ARTBA) Foundation’s 18th annual Young Executive Development Program (YEDP). The intensive, four-day program focuses on the impact the federal government has on the industry and the role ARTBA plays in shaping national transportation policy. The 2013 class marks the largest ever in ARTBA history.

YEDP graduates represented more than 20 states and work in all sectors of the transportation construction industry.

The YEDP program included sessions on the legislative and regulatory processes, infrastructure financing, economics, environmental issues, grassroots training and industry innovation. Participants heard from industry leaders such as Kathy Ruffalo, government affairs consultant and former commissioner of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on future challenges to the nation’s infrastructure, and Doug Black, president and COO, Oldcastle Inc., on leadership and business acumen. The program was held in conjunction with the association’s annual Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition, enabling YEDP fellows to participate in meetings with their congressional representatives and discuss funding challenges facing the Highway Trust Fund.

The 2013 YEDP fellows were:

• Dario Alvarez, regional sales manager, Plastic Safety Systems Inc., Cleveland, Ohio

• Matthew Arp, project manager, Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc., Charleston, Tenn.

• Andrew Barash, senior project engineer, CH2M HILL, Seattle, Wash.

• Christopher Benson, project manager/operations leader, CH2M HILL, Sacramento, Calif.

• Christopher Berger, consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, D.C.

• Matthew Bignell, government bid department supervisor, 3M, St. Paul, Minn.

• Jay Burleson, director of membership and communications, Florida Transportation Builders Association, Tallahassee, Fla.

• Julia Capuchino, design engineer, C.C. Myers Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif.

• Kenzie Cooper, aggregates sales, Lafarge North America Inc., Timonium, Md.

• Chad Critcher, vice president, national market leader design build major highway, RS&H, Charlotte, N.C.

• Jason Dahlvik, senior associate/project manager, H.W. Lochner, Tampa, Fla.

• Charles Dewey, project manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tampa , Fla.

• T.J. Dixon, estimator/project manager, LoJac Enterprises, Hermitage, Tenn.

• Rachael Elmore, co-owner/manager, Edge Construction, Tremont, Miss.

• Jason Estes, project manager, Granite Construction Company, Broomfield, Colo.

• Jihane Fazio, project manager, AECOM, Philadelphia, Pa.

• Joseph Fazio, division leader/project manager, TranSystems, Philadelphia, Pa.

• Miguel Fernandez, plant manager, CEMEX USA, Miami, Fla.

• James Gregg, project manager, HNTB Corporation, Baton Rouge, La.

• Mike Hahn, project manager, Lunda Construction Company, Black River Falls, Wis.

• Robert Harms, chief executive officer, George Harms Construction Co. Inc., Farmingdale, N.J.

• Heather Heindel, associate, Kilpatrick Townsend, Atlanta, Ga.

• Michael Hutchinson, senior project manager, HNTB Corporation, Austin, Texas

• Conner Jensch, project engineer, Hoffman Construction Company, Black River Falls, Wis.

• David Jeong, associate professor, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

• Bradford Johnson, project manager, CDM Smith, Lexington, Ky.

• David Johnson, project sponsor, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., Peachtree City, Ga.

• Jason Keen, assistant controller, Lehman-Roberts Company, Memphis, Tenn.

• Jason Kerby, D&C manager, NTE Mobility Partners, North Richland Hills, Texas

• Meridith Krebs, lead environmental planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Nashville, Tenn.

• Caleb Linn, project manager, PCL Civil Constructors, Chesapeake, Va.

• Megan K. MacLaughlin-Barck, president/ owner, Larson Construction Co. Inc., Chippewa Falls, Wis.

• James Maloney, vice president, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.

• Lucas Olson, central regional streetcar director, HDR Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn.

• Gina Parker, program marketing specialist, 3M, St. Paul, Minn.

• John Payne, area construction manager, Rogers Group Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.

• Shane Petersen, senior vice president and district manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Vancouver, Wash.

• Robert Plumb, west coast regional manager, ORAFOL Reflective Solutions Americas, Avon, Conn.

• Michael Prince, project manager, Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc., Charleston, Tenn.

• Andrew Rogers, estimator/project manager, Granite Construction Company, Tucson, Ariz.

• Edward Rottmann, rental operations coordinator, Stowers Machinery Corporation, Knoxville, Tenn.

• Brett Shankles, project manager, Bryant Contracting Inc., Toano, Va.

• Paul Silberman, director of transportation planning, Sabra, Wang & Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.

• Tony Skulick, sales manager, CEMEX USA, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

• Christopher Sweat, construction manager, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Elizabethon, Tenn.

• Cecily Way, lead transportation planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Diego, Calif.

• Justin Wilson, executive vice president, Wilson & Associates P.C., Franklin, Tenn.

• Carol Wynperle, supervising engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, N.Y.

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