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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic


By Invitation Only


April 8, 2014


Mt. Hawley Country Club, 7724 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria, IL 61614; Tel: (309) 692-7810


5:00 to 6:30 PM - Reception

6:30 to 8:30 PM - Dinner, Presentations, and Strategy Session


Transportation from the Par-A-Dice Hotel to Mt. Hawley Country Club and back will be provided.  The invited guests will depart the Par-A-Dice at 4:45 PM and will be returned to the hotel after the event.  


40 executives from across the country


The Honorable John Cullerton, President, Illinois Senate


Sustainable Funding of Infrastructure

Chaired By : Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji, Founder and Chair
Executive Summit 2013

The vision for the Executive Summit is to create an annual forum for senior leaders and executives from business and government to discuss policies and challenges affecting national and global infrastructure.  Leaders of the House and Senate, representing both the Democratic and Republican parties, government officials, and CEOs and business executives of major companies will discuss legislation and bills relating to sustainable funding of infrastructure.  Topics will include the new capital bill, pension reform bills, examination of alternative funding sources, creative financing, and public private partnerships.


2014 Executive Summit Guests

Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji, Founder and Chair

Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji is the Executive Director of the Center for Emerging Technologies in Infrastructure, responsible for the Innovations Conference in Asphalt and Transportation and the International Construction Innovations Conference.  He is the recipient of numerous leadership awards including the 2006 "Man of the Year" Award from the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association. He is also the only recipient in Bradley’s history of all three University excellence awards in Teaching, Scholarship and Public Service. Dr. Al-Khafaji earned his BSCE and MSCE from Wayne State University, and an MSCE and PhD from Michigan State University.  He serves the Easter Seals, W.D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Muscular Dystrophy Association, A Safe Haven Foundation, and the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce. 


The Honorable John J. Cullerton, Senator and 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. 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 to make sure all communities had the ability to ensure compliance. Senator Cullerton has won numerous prestigious awards including: "Buckle Up America Award"; “Highway Safety Hero”, “Legislator of the Year” award and others.

The Honorable Senator Christine Radogno, Senate Republican Leader

Ms. Christine Radogno is the Senate Republican Leader, and first female Caucus Leader in General Assembly history. She began her third term as Senate Republican Leader in 2013.  She has served in the Illinois Senate since 1997, and she currently represents the 41st District in DuPage, Will and Cook Counties.  She is a sitting member on the Senate Executive Committee. Before running for the Senate, Radogno served as Village of LaGrange trustee (1989-1996), and worked as a social worker at Mercy Center for Health Care Services.  Senator Radogno has received numerous awards, particularly awards honoring her commitment to health care and human services, economic development and Illinois agriculture.  She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University.


The Honorable Jim Ardis, Mayor, City of Peoria

Jim Ardis has served as the Mayor of the City of Peoria for two consecutive terms. Prior, he had served the City in many ways including over 10 years on the Peoria City Council. He believes that public service is a noble calling and is an honor the voters entrust him with this office. With a population of 114,000 citizens, the City of Peoria is the urban hub of an exciting and beautiful region, blessed with an abundance of qualified and skilled human resources and rich natural assets. Mayor Ardis earned a B.S in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University. His Community involvement includes St. Vincent de Paul Parish, St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Runner (15 years), Board President of the Tim Ardis Foundation for Hope, Member of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors, and Founder of Peoria Promise.


The Honorable Senator Martin Sandoval, Chairman, IL Transportation Committee

In January 2009, Sandoval was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He focused on developing High Speed Rail in Illinois, passing legislation to prohibit people from texting while driving, and banning the use of cell phones in work zones. Sandoval was instrumental in bringing parties from all four caucuses together to pass a capital construction budget. Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Sandoval has also been a champion of both elementary and higher education. Sandoval also served as a member of the Appropriations II, Energy, and Licensed Activities Committees. Sandoval’s career has included appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and ten years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was also a leader in various federal labor unions.


The Honorable James Clayborne,  Jr., Illinois Senate Majority Leader

State Senator James Clayborne was appointed as the 57th district in the Illinois Senate in 1995. He serves as the chairperson on the Energy, Executive, Executive Appointments, Insurance, and Public Pensions and State Investments committees. In addition, Senator Clayborne is the sub-chairperson on the Governmental Operations committee and is a member of the Constitutional Amendments committee.   Senator Clayborne practices as an attorney with his firm Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner.  Prior to serving as a Senator, he was the St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney.  He earned his BS in Political Science from Tennessee State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami.   


The Honorable David Koehler, 46th District Senator, Illinois State Senate

Senator David Koehler has served as State Senator of the 46th District in Illinois since December 2006.  He has served on a variety of committees including Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Appropriations II; Commerce and Economic Development; Transportation.  He was born and raised in South Dakota. He received Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Yankton College in South Dakota, and a Masters of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Formerly he served as staff member for the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), Community organizer and program manager for the Peoria Friendship House, Executive Director of the Peoria Area Labor Management Council (PALM), President for Labor Management Cooperative Health Programs, Inc., and Member of Peoria City Council from 1982 to 1997.


The Honorable Dan Beiser Chairman, Transportation, Illinois House of Representatives

In his time as the Representative of the 111th District, Rep. Beiser  has addressed significant issues facing the Metro-east, including the medical malpractice insurance system; job creation; education funding; workers’ compensation reforms; the fight against methamphetamine and sex offenders; and protection of Social Security.  He has taken a leading role in the fight to provide financial relief for local residents in light of increased electric rates and will continue pushing for a rate freeze that puts rates back at their previously lower level.  Dan also sponsored a non-partisan conceal carry bill that went before Governor Quinn.  Rep. Beiser served on the Riverbend Growth Association Board, the Greater Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and as Finance Chairman for the Catholic Charities Children’s Home Advisory Board.

The Honorable Darin LaHood, 37th District Senator, Illinois State Senator

State Senator Darin LaHood was appointed as the 37th district in the Illinois Senate. He serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Gaming Committee and also serves on the Senate Transportation, Energy, Environment, and Human Services Committees. He specializes in municipal and governmental litigation representing cities, villages, townships and park districts. He also has experience in commercial litigation. LaHood attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following graduation from Loras, he worked as a legislative assistant and Appropriations Committee associate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 1997 receiving his Juris Doctor; he was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year.


The Honorable Senator William Haine, Illinois Senate

State Senator William R. “Bill” Haine (D) was appointed to the State Senate in 2002 and first won re-election in 2004. From 1967 to 1969, he served his country in the Vietnam War. After his Army service, he received his Juris doctorate degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law. In 1988, Haine was elected as Madison County state’s attorney, an office he held until his 2002 appointment to the Senate. His background as a state’s attorney has led to his sponsorship of a variety of legislation directed at protecting the public. These measures include restrictions on sex offenders, enhanced protection for children of parents who use methamphetamine and tools to help police combat metal theft. The Illinois State’s Attorneys Association awarded him the Outstanding Legislator Award in 2009, for his advocacy for public safety.


Mr. Ryan Croke, Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Pat Quinn

Mr. Ryan Croke has served as Governor Pat Quinn’s deputy chief of staff since 2009. In that position, he focused on modernizing government, economic growth and public safety. Prior to that, he served as a policy adviser to Gov. Quinn on matters including technology, education and economic development. In that role, he led a broadband initiative that deployed more than 3,000 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the state. Ryan has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gov. Quinn has stated that “Ryan Croke knows Illinois like the back of his hand and has played a critical role in my administration since the day I took office"; he "is a strong leader with the right vision and energy to manage the operations of state government and get things done for the people of Illinois.”


Mr. Scott Fredericksen, President Transportation, ADM

Scott Fredericksen joined Archer Daniels Midland Company in 1983.  Mr. Fredericksen was appointed President of Transportation in 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as President of Transportation-Rail, Container & Supply Chain from 2007 to 2012 ; President of North American Oilseed Processing and President of Specialty Food Ingredients.  Mr. Fredericksen received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Minnesota – Mankato. ADM operates the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries.  The global headquarters is located in Decatur, Illinois.


Ann Schneider, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Ms. Ann L. Schneider is the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, overseeing a work force of over 5,200 employees with oversight of more than $2.5 billion in capital projects. On November 29, 2011, by unanimous vote, her appointment was confirmed by the Illinois Senate. She began work with IDOT November 2005, as the Director and Chief Fiscal Officer of the Office of Finance and Administration. In August 2010, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer in the Secretary’s Office where she was responsible for six offices and four divisions of IDOT and functioned as a liaison with the Governor’s Office and the Illinois General Assembly.


Ms. Rosemarie Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

Rosie Andolino is responsible for the management and operation of O’Hare and Midway International Airports, which together comprise one of the largest and busiest airport systems in the world. She is also charged with implementing the O’Hare Modernization Program - an estimated $8 billion program. Andolino’s leadership has brought the CDA to the forefront for airport sustainability. She was a recipient of the 2010 ICAT Heartland Sustainability Award and has been recognized for excellence in environmental stewardship by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the United Nation’s Environmental Programme for Liveable Communities. She was recently appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and is a member of Bradley University Civil Engineering & Construction Advisory Board.


Ms. Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway

Kristi Lafleur was selected as executive director by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors in April 2010.  Lafleur is responsible for the agency’s day-to-day management, oversight of its $973 million annual budget and leading the nearly 1,600 employees in providing a safe, effective and efficient toll highway system.  In October 2010, Lafleur was named by Governor Quinn to co-chair the Elgin O'Hare West Bypass Advisory Council.  In September 2011, Lafleur was named to the board of directors of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.  She serves on the executive board of the E-ZPass Group and on advisory boards for the Chicago Innovation Awards and Women's Transportation Seminar Greater Chicago Chapter. In January 2012, Lafleur was named 1 of 2 Women of the Year by WTS Greater Chicago Chapter.


Ms. Catherine Batey, Chief Administrator, Illinois- Federal Highway Administration

In July 2013, Ms. Batey became the Division Administrator for the Illinois Division in Springfield.  She heads an office of 33 professionals that delivers the Federal-aid Highway Program in Illinois.  Prior to the appointment, Kay was the Assistant Division Administrator in the Alabama Division for 11 years.  Kay has worked for the Federal Highway Administration since 1987 and has served in a number of positions throughout the US.  She instructs the National Highway Institute Federal-aid Highway 101 course. Kay received a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Chemistry also from the University of Tennessee.


Ms. Deborah Sawyer, President and CEO, Environmental Design International Inc.

After earning a degree in environmental science at Eastern New Mexico University, Ms. Sawyer worked for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  She then went the corporate route, signing on with a large engineering firm in Columbus, then with a couple of smaller firms in Illinois.  But as an African American, she found the white, male dominated engineering-design industry stifling.  In 1991 she founded Environmental Design International, Inc. in Chicago IL.  Today her 55-worker firm is winning high-profile contracts, acquiring small firms and moving beyond its site surveying and civil engineering roots to go after environmental remediation work for government, utility and private customers. 


Mr. Jan Ölander, Senior Advisor, Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden

Mr. Ölander has a long and comprehensive experience in highway maintenance engineering including practical experience as a maintenance supervisor, work in maintenance planning and budgeting, calculation of capacities and unit costs/rates.  During the 80's he work as a Senior Research Engineer, mainly in the field of develop working methods, such as brine spreading. During the first 4 years in the new organization, 1992, he worked with purchasing and as an agent of road maintenance in Region of Mälardalen. Since 1997 he is employed by STA Head Office where he is responsible for strategies, effects and guiding principle for tendering procedures in the area of Road Maintenance. Mr Ölander has also developed the Swedish Winter Weather Severity Index and the Salt Index.


Mr. Shakir W. Alkhafaji, President & CEO, Veritas Global LLC

Mr. Shakir Alkhafaji is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Veritas Group of Companies. Mr. Al-Khafaji has over 30 years of business experience in Iraq and the Middle East, including extensive experience importing goods into the Middle East. Mr. Alkhafaji was born in Iraq and has deep, longstanding relationships within the Middle East political and business communities. He was Chairman of the Iraq Expatriate Conference (1999-2002) and has been an advisor to the US Government on Iraqi policy for over 20 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Lawrence Tech University in 1980.  He received a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Planning in 1982 from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Mr. Ahmad Armoush, Chairman of the Jordan National Shipping Lines PLC. CO., Amman, Jordan

Mr. Ahmad Armoush started in 1977 with his first Shipping agency, and is now the pioneer in the shipping field in Jordan and the Region. He is the chairman of Jordan National Shipping Lines, founder of Salam International Transport and Trading Co PLC, agent for CMA CGM the French Line in Jordan, and partner with many regional and international shipping and transport partners. He is the franchiser for McDonald's in Jordan since 1996, and chairman of Madaen Al Nour for Real Estate Investments and Development founded in 2005. He is currently a chairman of a number of companies, member of business and welfare societies and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in Jordan.


Sheikh Riyadh Alkhawam, Chairman, Riyadh Investment Group, Jordan

The roots of Al-Riyadh Investment Companies Group, which is owned and managed by the Iraqi family, Al-Khawam, originated from Iraq.   The Group comprises many companies specialized in industry, international trade, and general contracting related to petroleum, minerals, energy, electricity, water systems, sewage systems, tele-communications, public health, hospitals, and relevant complements, as well as transport, communications and logistics involving land, sea and air transportation networks. The company continued to grow, expand and prosper in Iraq , Jordan , Egypt and the Arab Gulf countries over the last three decades, thus becoming one of the largest Groups in the Arabian region.


Mr. Jim Sweeney, President, Local 150, AFL-CIO

James M. Sweeney is the President-Business Manager of Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO. Jim serves as the chief executive of the union, responsible for contract negotiations, management of staff, strategic planning, and oversight of the budget. He is also chairman of the Midwest Operating Engineers Fringe Benefit Funds which oversees health and welfare benefits and the $3 billion pension fund. Jim chairs the Apprenticeship Fund Board of Trustees, which administers a training program and serves on the executive boards of the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Chicago and Cook County Building Trades Council, and the Illinois Operating Engineers’ State Council.


Mr. Charlie Potts, CEO, Heritage Construction Materials

Mr. Charles Potts received his BSCE from The Citadel, an MSCE from West Virginia University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He is a registered professional engineering in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. Mr. Potts is currently CEO of Heritage Construction and Materials, a privately held company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana with operations in multiple states as well as in China. He is past chairman of the board of the NAPA, and former chairman/current member of the board of directors of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. He is past president of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of ARTBA. He is author or co-author for over 100 published technical reports or articles.


Dr. T. Peter Ruane, President & CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc.

Dr. Ruane is the President and CEO of ARTBA. He has over 40 years of experience in economic development, transportation, and construction and national defense fields. Prior to joining ARTBA, he served as President/CEO of the National Moving & Storage Association and Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Adjustment, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the President’s Economic Adjustment Committee. He received numerous awards, including the top two government-wide management awards made available to a young federal executive. He is a graduate of Loyola College of Baltimore, holds a master’s degree Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from George Washington University. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps. 


Mr. Mike Acott, President & CEO, National Asphalt Pavement Association

Mr. Acott is the President of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the national trade association for hot-mix asphalt (HMA) producers and paving contractors. Mike has helped launch national initiatives on perpetual pavements, stone matrix asphalt, large stone mixtures, field management, and rubblizing and helped create the strategic partnership between NAPA, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations known as the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. Mike has encouraged proactive strategies that included initiatives on engineering controls for pavers, odor and emission reductions, Diamond Achievement Commendation for plants/sites, warm mix, and the development of best practice guidelines.


Mr. Doug Whitley, President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

As president and CEO of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Douglas L. Whitley leads the Chamber’s charge to aggressively promote the interests of Illinois business. With Whitley’s leadership, the Chamber has taken unprecedented action on behalf of Illinois employers, strengthened its role in shaping state and federal legislation and re-established itself as the unifying voice for business in Illinois. Since taking the chamber’s helm in September 2011, Whitley has built the chamber to a new level of strength and visibility for the 21st Century. During Whitley’s tenure, the Illinois chamber has advanced the cause of Illinois employers to new levels with a series of first ever actions. Whitley has initiated efforts to reach out to and represent the most vital interests of Illinois Chamber members.

Ms. Pam Whitted, VP Governmental Affairs, National Stone Sand & Gravel Association

Pam Whitted serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association where she is the senior staff executive to the Government Affairs Division, including association public policy development and implementation, ROCKPAC activities and contributions and acts as liaison with the federal government agencies and other industry associations. She is the chief association advocate on Capitol Hill and oversees development and dissemination of association policy position papers and Government Affairs Division publications for use by NSSGA’s grassroots. Pam obtained a BA in Speech Communications from the University of Nebraska and a MS in Public Policy at the American University and studied law at George Washington University.


Mr. Terry A. Ruhl, PE, Vice President, CH2M Hill, Englewood

Mr. Terry Ruhl currently serves as the senior vice president and director of consulting and international operations for the Transportation Business Group at CH2M HILL, a global infrastructure company with $6.3 billion in revenue and almost 30,000 employees. The Transportation Business Group yielded over $484M in revenues in 2011. Mr. Ruhl leads the Aviation, Highway and Bridge, Ports and Maritime, and Transit and Rail Market Segments at CH2M HILL. He is nationally recognized as an expert in airport planning and design, and also has significant experience in various modes of transportation, including highway, bridge, rail, and pedestrian facilities. He currently serves on the CH2M HILL Joint Venture Board responsible for implementing the multi-billion dollar nationwide Amtrak stimulus program.

Mr. Gregory Miller, AGCI President, Diamond Construction Company

Mr. Greg Miller currently serves as president of Diamond Construction Company, located in Quincy, Illinois. Diamond Construction Company, established in 1946, is a third-generation highway paving contractor, specializing in hot mix asphalt. In addition, he is president of QMAC, Inc., a hot-mix asphalt testing company and partner at Gem City Concrete, LLC, a Quincy area ready-mixed concrete producer.  Greg received a BS in Civil Engineering in 1980 from Purdue University, and an MS in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Greg is currently serving as president of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois.


Mr. Michael Cullinan, Chairman of the Board, United Contractors Midwest

Mr. Michael Cullinan is Chairman of United Contractors Midwest. He earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois. He is past president of IAPA, past president of the AGCI, and a member of the board of directors of The Road Information Program. He is also a member of the advisory board for Bank One, Peoria, and the Bradley University board of trustees; and a former member of the Young Presidents' Organization. He is past president and current member of the Tri County Economic Development Council board, and a member of board of the Fayette Companies. Mr. Cullinan is a member of the OSF Saint Francis hospital advisory board, American Red Cross board, Easter Seals/UCP board, WTVP Channel 47 board, and others. 


Mr. Michael Zalewski, Alderman 23 Ward, Chairman of Aviation Committee, City of Chicago

Mr. Michael R. Zalewski was first elected as Alderman of the 23rd Ward in 1995 and is currently serving his 5th term in the Chicago City Council. In his position Zalewski represents a constituency of approximately 58,000 residents. Before being elected to the Chicago City Council, Alderman Zalewski served as the Deputy Commissioner; his duties included directing Snow Removal and Refuse Collection throughout the city. He was elected President Pro Tempore of the Chicago City Council on October 7, 2009.  As President Pro Tempore, Zalewski presided over City Council Proceedings in the absence of Mayor Daley. On June 8, 2011 Alderman Zalewski was appointed as Chairman on the Committee on Aviation which has jurisdiction over matters relating to aviation and airports.


Mr. Thomas Powers, Commissioner Water Management, City of Chicago

Thomas H. Powers, P.E., is a Midwest native who has worked in the public sector throughout his career. He earned a BS degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University and earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  Powers joined the Chicago DOT in 1996 and then managed its capital improvement program. His portfolio included bridge reconstruction, roadway reconstruction, traffic signals and engineering, alley repairs, and bridge emergency repairs. In 2010, Powers was appointed to his current position, commissioner of water management. In this role, he purifies and delivers drinking water to the City of Chicago and 125 suburban communities. He also manages an aging infrastructure that includes more than 4,300 miles of water main and 4,400 miles of sewers.


Mr. Omer Osman, Director of Highways, IDOT

As Director and Chief Engineer of IDOT, Division of Highways, Mr. Osman's responsibilities include planning, administering, supervising and controlling the functions of all five Regions within IDOT and all the Bureaus within the Central Office.  He also serves as the chair of the Qualification Based Selection Committee.  He reports directly to Illinois Secretary of Transportation, Ms. Ann Schneider.  Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director of Highways for Region 5 which consisted of Districts 8 and 9. Mr. Osman is a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1989 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.  He has an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Construction Management) from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois in 1995.  Mr. Osman is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. 


Mr. Roger Driskell, Acting Director, Office of Innovation and Project Delivery, IDOT

Mr. Roger Driskell is the Acting Director OIPD and Region Four Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  Region Four consists of Districts 6 and 7 and includes 31 south central Illinois counties.  Mr. Driskell's responsibilities include planning, administering, supervising and controlling the functions of all the bureaus within Region Four.  In addition, he is IDOT's lead in the review and investigation of alternative contracting methods, including Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build.  Mr. Driskell is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.  Mr. Driskell is the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award bestowed by the Advisory Board of the Civil Engineering and Construction Department at Bradley University.


Mr.  Jeffrey South, Bureau Chief, Statewide Programming, IDOT

Jeff South has been with IDOT since 1984.  His first 16 years were spent with the Bureau of Materials and Physical Research and then he moved to the Bureau of Statewide Program Planning in 2000 as the Program Development Section Chief where he was responsible for development of IDOT's multiyear highway improvement programs and for developing other special highway programs like ARRA, Jump Start and Illinois Jobs Now.  He was appointed Bureau Chief of Statewide Program Planning in January 2010 where he is responsible for long range state transportation planning, annual and multi-year highway program development and management, and various data collection and reporting functions. 


Mr. Dan Meckes, CEO, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Mr. Meckes became the 5th president to serve in the firm's history in 2007. Since the firm's beginnings in 1946, CMT has enjoyed steady and healthy growth. Geographic expansion, historically the result of growing and promoting their own, has more recently been complemented by strategic acquisitions of firms that share CMT's values and reputation for integrity. The firm, with its 260 employees located in 9 offices through the Midwest, continues to evolve based on the principles of hard work and steady growth instilled by its founders. CMT and its fourth generation of leadership are positioned to address the opportunities and challenges through a strong strategic vision and continued commitment to its clients.


Mr. Larry Tate, Product Director, Surface Hauling Mining Products, Caterpillar Inc.

Larry Tate, a Caterpillar product director who has led the introduction of more than 50 company products to the worldwide marketplace, was elected 2009-2010 chairman of ARTBA. Mr. Tate first joined Caterpillar Inc. in 1981 and since then he has held various positions. He is currently the worldwide product manager for Quarry & Construction Trucks and Wheel Tractor Scrapers in Decatur. At the core of his agenda as ARTBA chairman, Mr. Tate will lead the push for a significant increase in highway/ transit investment as part of the reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs. He also was co-chair of the 2007 Long Range Planning Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Goshen College. He also completed an advanced management program at Northwestern University. 

Mr. James Whitty, Manager, Office of Innovative Partnerships & Alternative Funding, Oregon DOT

Mr. Whitty obtained his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. Through ODOT’s OIPAF he manages development of alternative transportation revenue systems and procurement of transportation projects as public-private ventures.  By leading Oregon’s efforts to develop and implement a new revenue system based on vehicle miles traveled, Mr. Whitty has achieved national recognition as a leader in innovative transportation funding.  His work in this field culminated in the successful completion of two per-mile charge pilot programs completed in 2007 and 2013 that led to passage of road use charging legislation in the Oregon in 2013.  Mr. Whitty currently oversees development of a permanently operational road use charging program which will deploy cutting edge approaches to road use charging. 


Mr. William Frey, Executive Director, AGCI

Mr. William Frey graduate from Purdue University in 1984 with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering.  Following graduation he worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for over 29 years and retired in 2013.  Bill held progressive positions, in District 6 and the Central Office, from Resident Engineer to Deputy Director of Highways.  Presently, Bill serves as the Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois (AGCI) representing highway, heavy and utility contractors throughout Illinois.



Mr. Kevin Burke III, Executive Vice President, Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association

Kevin Burke is the Executive Vice-President for the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association (IAPA). The Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association represents most of the hot mix asphalt producers in Illinois. Prior to joining IAPA, Kevin spent 20 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation in the Bureau of Materials & Physical Research and the Bureau of Local Roads & Streets. Kevin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.


Mr. Chandra Prasad, President & CEO, Omega & Associates

Mr. Prasad is the President and CEO of Omega & Associates. OMEGA, founded in 2002, is the largest construction engineering firm in the Chicago area. OMEGA provides civil and construction engineering services and construction project management services. OMEGA takes pride in the diversity of its clients and the success of their projects. The projects they work on range from large scale heavy highway projects to multimillion dollar bridge and roadway reconstructions, transit station rehabilitations, railroad bridge reconstructions and track replacements, and installation of water mains and storm sewers. OMEGA provides project consultation, quality control and engineering excellence.


Dr. Nabil Refai, Vice President, Diversified Services Network (DSN)

Dr. Nabil Refai was born in Cairo, Egypt.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cairo, Egypt. He came to the U.S. in 1969 and received his Master of Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago, and his Doctorate degree from Walden University in Minnesota. Dr. Refai received his Professional Project Management (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute in 2005.  Dr. Refai is co-founder of Diversified Services Network, Inc. (DSN) in Naperville, Illinois. DSN, founded in 1989, provides high-quality and reliable  IT, Engineering and Management consulting services to Federal and State governments and to Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Dr. Refai is Vice President at DSN.


Mr. Seshadri Guha, President & CEO, CGN & Associates

Mr. Seshadri Guha is Founder of CGN & Associates, Inc. a global business performance management firm. He has led the development of CGN over the past 15 years, with Fortune 100 clients in Manufacturing, Automotive and Financial Services and operations in North America, Europe, India and China. He has over 20 years’ experience in industrial value chains, leading corporate and competitive strategy, high velocity business transformation, turnaround, restructuring, and management teams. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University, Purdue University, Iowa State University the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. Mr. Guha is a member of the board of directors of Easter Seals, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, the Lakeview Museum, and the Advisory board to Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Mr. Jim Bishop, CEO, H.W. Lochner

Mr.  James W. Bishop, P.E., was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of H.W. Lochner, Inc.  Mr. Bishop, who most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, received the promotion following the retirement of Larry Thomas. Bishop joined Lochner in January of 2008, following a career spanning 30 years, including progressive management positions and hands-on experience encompassing all phases of transportation improvement projects.  Bishop earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Valparaiso University and holds professional engineering licenses in Illinois, Florida and New York. Currently, he is a member of ARTBA, SMPS, ASCE, and ACEC.