David R. Kraemer, president and chief executive officer of Plain, WI-based highway and bridge contractor Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc., has been elected chairman of the American Road Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) Board of Trustees.
The firm, which does business in seven states, has been involved with ARTBA for nearly 60 years. Dave Kraemer served as ARTBA chairman in 1998. He is also a past president of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association.
The other ARTBA-TDF trustees are:
o Tom Hill, 2002-03 ARTBA chairman chief executive officer of Oldcastle Materials Inc., in Washington, D.C.
o John Wight, past ARTBA chairman (2001) and executive vice president of HNTB Corporation, located in Wayne, NJ.
o Stan Lanford, past ARTBA chairman (1999) and president and chief executive officer of Lanford Brothers Company in Roanoke, VA.
o Ken Rezendes, past ARTBA chairman (1994) and chairman of K.R. Rezendes Inc., in Assonet, MA.
o Leo A. Vecellio, 2002-03 ARTBA southern region vice chairman and president of Vecellio & Grogan Inc., southern headquarters, West Palm Beach, FL.
o Pete Ruane, ARTBA president and chief executive officer, in Washington, D.C.
The trustees are charged with program oversight and helping develop financial support for the ARTBA-TDF program of work, which in 2002 includes:
o Transportation Makes America Work! Day in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2002. This day-long series of events, being held in conjunction with the ARTBA 100th Anniversary celebration and designed to provide an information backdrop for national debate on the reauthorization of the federal surface transportation and aviation programs in 2003, will draw national attention to important transportation development issues and history.
It includes a National Conference on Transportation and the Economy, organized by the ARTBA-TDF and co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The day will be capped with a Special Gala Reception and Dinner Celebrating ARTBA’s 100th Anniversary at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Foundation’s "Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program."
o A National Forum on Local Transportation Issues to be held June 26 in Washington, D.C.
o Development of "America on the Move," a $20 million permanent exhibition on transportation to be housed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. This education project, which will celebrate the social, cultural and economic impacts of transportation development over the past 120 years, is scheduled to open in 2003. The Foundation has pledged to raise $1 million for the project, which will also include an Internet site targeted to students, a Smithsonian book and a national media outreach and promotion campaign.
o Publication and distribution of "Are We There Yet: Building America’s Transportation Infrastructure Network." This unique, commissioned hardcover book—to be published in June 2002—highlights for the first time ever in one publication, the enormous contributions transportation development has made to the American quality of life and economy. In telling this important story, it also shines a spotlight on the creativity, hard work and sacrifices of the dedicated men and women who built America’s transportation network. "Are We There Yet?" is a special ARTBA 100 anniversary project.
o Opening of a Transportation Construction Industry Wall of Fame and related exhibit in the public lobby of the ARTBA Building in Washington, D.C.
o The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is the world’s largest "cyber-library’ (http://wzsafety.tarnu.edu) of information on roadway construction safety "best practices," laws, regulations, public awareness campaigns, products, training and educational materials. Managed by ARTBA and housed at the Texas Transportation Institute in College Station, the Clearinghouse fielded more than 36,000 inquiries in 2001.
o The annual Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to help the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job pursue post-high school education.
o The annual Young Executive Development Program (YEDP), a competitive program that brings two dozen "rising executive stars" in the transportation construction industry to Washington, D.C., for an intensive, three-day leadership seminar on policy issues affecting transportation development.
o The annual ARTBA Student Paper Competition, administered by the ARTBA Research and Education Division, which awards a cash prize to an undergraduate and a graduate student for insightful analysis of a transportation issue or problem.
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