Three dozen transportation design and construction industry “rising stars” came to Washington, D.C., May 20 to 22 to participate in the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) 13th annual Young Executive Development Program (YEDP).
The intensive, three-day program focuses on the impact the federal government has on the industry and the role that ARTBA plays in shaping national transportation policy.
The 2008 class was the largest to complete the program.
The YEDP program included sessions on the federal legislative and regulatory processes. Participants heard from Bob Meredith, transportation specialist of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs, about the structure and operations of the federal highway program.
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, discussed the role of Congress and government in transportation funding and policy development. Susan Binder, FHWA Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs director of government relations also provided an overview of challenges facing the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
YEDP fellows also visited Capitol Hill and met with their members of Congress to advocate for a proposal to address the projected FY 2009 revenue shortfall facing the Highway Trust Fund Highway Account, that if unaddressed, would result in a 34 percent reduction in each state’s federal highway funds. Participants also urged opposition to a proposed “gas tax holiday” and support for legislation reauthorizing the federal aviation programs. Participants in the program included:
• Amanda Abrams, administrative supervisor, J.D. Abrams L.P., Austin, Texas
• Mark Aikawa, principal project manager, CH2M Hill Inc., Oakland, Calif.
• Albert Amos, innovative financing manager, Jacobs Carter Burgess Inc., Austin, Texas
• Nicholas T. Andreychek, account manager, SemMaterials L.P., Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Matt Carnal, economic analyst, SemMaterials L.P., Tulsa, Okla.
• Theresa Carr, project manager, CH2M Hill Inc., Portland, Ore.
• Lyle Clark, project manager, Granite Construction Inc., Lewisville, Texas
• Robert A. Davidson, producer/account manager, Scott Insurance, Franklin, Tenn.
• Lorena E. Echeverria, transportation group manager, Earth Tech Inc., Austin, Texas
• Michael J. Eichten, highway group manager, Earth Tech Inc., Chicago, Ill.
• Dan Fischer, regional manager, 3M Traffic Safety Systems, Glendale, Mo.
• Aaron M. Flautt, project manager, Earth Tech Inc., Dallas, Texas
• Scott “Ponch” Frank, construction manager, Ranger Construction Industries Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.
• Christopher S. Fronheiser, project manager, DMJM Harris, Baltimore, Md.
• Calex Gonzalez, project manager, HDR Inc., Anchorage, Alaska
• Chip Greene, project manager, Bell & Associates Construction L.P., Brentwood, Tenn.
• David D. Harwood, national transportation sector leader, Terracon Consultants Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo.
• Gregory C. Heinz, consultant, PB, Seattle, Wash.
• Robert Kerns, traffic networks manager, Transurban Limited, Alexandria, Va.
• Mimi Kronisch, project engineer, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl L.L.P., Alexandria, Va.
• Steve W. Lillich, junior estimator, The Shelly Company, Twinsburg, Ohio
• Daniel James Lucas, area manager, The Walsh Group, Chicago, III.
• Oscar I. Moreno, segment leader, SemMaterials L.P., North Salt Lake, Utah
• Michael W. Morgan, project manager, Ajax Paving Industries Inc., Tampa, Fla.
• Robert Orr, division manager, Wilbur Smith Associates, Kansas City, Mo.
• Jason Phillips, senior associate, H.W. Lochner Inc., Taylorsville, Utah
• M. Sean Porter, project manager, American Structurepoint Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
• Bob Schafer, vice president, Ranger Construction Industries Inc., Fort Pierce, Fla.
• Jeffrey Schechtman, vice president/director, ports & marine division, PB, Glastonbury, Conn.
• Jo Ellen Sines, vice president of project development, Corman Construction Inc., Annapolis Junction, Md.
• Wes Stafford, division manager, Wilbur Smith Associates (WSA), Charleston, W.Va.
• Weng On Tam, procurement manager, HDR Engineering Inc., Pfugerville, Texas
• Scott Voytek, regional sales manager, 3M Traffic Safety Systems, Chicago, III.
• Jason Wagner, director of policy and government relations, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, Harrisburg, Pa.
• Joey Wilson, president, Wilson and Associates P.C., Franklin, Tenn.
• Thomas G. Zink, deputy director of transportation, Gannett Fleming Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J.