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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

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Honorary Chairs


The Honorable J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Governor (Invited)

Raised by parents who taught him to fight for progressive values from a young age, JB Pritzker has spent his life standing up for social and economic justice and expanding opportunity in communities in Illinois. Those values led JB to become a national leader in early childhood education, working for decades to create and expand early learning programs for low income children. After years of dedication, JB was asked by President Obama in 2014 to help organize the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. In Illinois, JB recognized that thousands of children across the state go to school hungry every day, and kids can’t learn well on an empty stomach. So JB partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Share our Strength to expand federal school breakfast grants in Illinois, making it possible for 230,000 more kids to get breakfast and start their day off right.


The Honorable John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate President

On January 14, 2009, State Senator John Cullerton was inaugurated to his first two-year term as President of the Illinois Senate. Over the past 30 years, he has built a reputation as a lawmaker who takes on some of the state’s toughest problems, finding solutions by negotiating to end gridlock and get Illinois’ business done.  As a lawmaker, Sen. Cullerton was an early national leader on strengthening child safety laws, passing the state’s Child Passenger Safety Act, and Illinois laws requiring that seatbelts be worn by all front seat passengers.  He pushed for increased requirements for young drivers to ensure safer Illinois roads. He worked on the reform bill for the statewide indoor smoking ban that provided guidance to law enforcement to make sure all communities had the ability to ensure compliance.  Senator Cullerton has won numerous prestigious awards.

The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, Board President, Cook County

President Preckwinkle has been a dedicated leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Board of Commissioners, elected officials and County employees to implement major reform and reshape County government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services. Since taking office in 2010, President Preckwinkle has rebuilt the credibility of County government, solving for more than $1.6 billion in budget deficits. She established the County’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from County operations and employees. President Preckwinkle has a broad policy agenda focusing on critical public safety reform, strengthening the County’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of economic development efforts.


Aaron Ozinga, Chairman, Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP)

Aaron Ozinga is the Chairman of the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, an association that promotes and protects Illinois’ industrial minerals mining industry through advocacy and education to ensure a regulatory and business climate focused on industry growth, safety and sustainability. Aaron Ozinga is also the President of Ozinga Materials Inc., a full service material and transportation business involved in the production and distribution of aggregates, as well as the handling and distribution of many other bulk materials used in construction and manufacturing. The company owns and operates mining, truck, rail, river, and port assets concentrated in Illinois and surrounding states and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ozinga Bros, Inc. a 4th generation family owned business.


Tana Utley, Vice President, Caterpillar Inc.

Tana L. Utley is a vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division. Through this global organization, Caterpillar designs and manufactures the most comprehensive lineup of large diesel and natural gas engines and remanufactured components in the industry. Utley joined Caterpillar in 1986 and held a variety of engineering and general management positions over the years.  Utley earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bradley University and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Sloan Fellow. She is currently involved in the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance, SPX Corporation and the Heart of Illinois United Way. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Illinois Valley Striders and the USA Triathlon Association.


Manish Kothari, Chairman of National ACEC and CEO of Sheladia

Mr. Kothari is President and CEO of Sheladia Associates Inc, an international architecture and engineering consulting firm in Rockville, Maryland.  He is active on ACEC’s International Committee, Budget Committee and the Design Professionals Coalition. He has served previously on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair.  He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Mangalore University, India and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He is also a Commissioner for State of Maryland's Economic Development Commission and a member of Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries with the US Department of Commerce.  Mr. Kothari also previously served on the Business Advisory Council of the National Education Association.