William G. “Bill” Cox, a Maryland highway contractor and president of Annapolis Junction-based Corman Construction has been elected 2010-2011 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The election was announced during the association’s national convention, held Oct. 3 to 6 in New York City.
Cox has more than 40 years of experience in the transportation design and construction industry. For the past 22 years, he has been president of Corman, a 90-year-old, family-owned heavy civil contractor focusing on all types of transportation infrastructure and marine construction. He first started with the company in 1968 when it was known as Corson & Gruman Co. Inc. He was a project manager and later the chief estimator.
Corman’s successful growth has been achieved by its adherence to corporate principles and core values, such as innovative practices, project partnering, environmental stewardship, safety, quality, teamwork and ethical excellence. In recent years, Cox has directed the company’s move into the design-build and best value project delivery arena.
Corman has been a key player in the development of some of America’s largest transportation improvement projects, including the $2.5 billion new Woodrow Wilson Bridge outside Washington, D.C., and the $2.56 billion Intercounty Connector now under construction in Maryland. The company also has worked on other projects in Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and West Virginia.
At the heart of Cox’s agenda as chairman is to lead the association’s push on passage of a new, multi-year federal highway and transit investment bill. The current law, known as SAFETEA-LU, expired in September 2009. Among the other initiatives Cox plans to pursue:
• Launching a campaign to educate new members of Congress about the economic and job impacts of transportation investment on their state/district;
• Expanding ARTBA’s regulatory and legal advocacy programs to help ensure transportation projects are not needlessly delayed;
• Developing new initiatives to engage the next generation of leaders in shaping the future of the association and the industry; and
• Organizing a council to promote leadership and career advancement for women in the industry through networking, mentoring, recognition and educational activities.
Cox was elected to the ARTBA board of directors in 2000. Since that time, he has steadily moved up the association’s leadership ladder. His roster of positions includes: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, northeastern region vice chairman, vice chairman at-large, contractors division president, and bridges & structures committee chairman.
He also has served in top posts with a state contractor association. He’s a long-time board member of the Maryland Highway Contractors Association, today called the Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association. He served as the group’s president in 1999 and was its treasurer for nearly a decade.