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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic


By Invitation Only


April 7, 2015


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


5:30 to 6:30 PM - Reception

6:30 to 8:30 PM - Dinner, Presentations, and Discussion


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 5:00 PM and will be returned to the hotel after the event.  

Guests of Honor:

The Honorable John Cullerton, President, Illinois Senate

The Honorable Senator Christine Radogno, Illinois Senate Republican Leader

The Honorable Rep. Rodney Davis, US House of Representatives, IL 13th District

The Honorable Rep. Cheri Bustos, US House of Representatives, IL 17th District


40 executives from across the country


Sustainable Funding of Infrastructure

Summit Chair: Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji, CETI Executive Director, Bradley University
Summit Facilitator: Ms. Lidia Pilecky, Vice President, CH2M HILL
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.


2015 Executive Summit Invited 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 Representative Rodney Davis, US House Transportation Committee

Rodney Davis was sworn into his second term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. Prior to being elected, Rodney served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus for 16 years helping Illinois citizens and communities cut through government red tape and secure federal funding. Serving on both the House Agriculture Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has allowed Rodney to be a leader on issues essential to commerce in Illinois. He was the only member of the 113th Congress to serve on two conference committees tasked with bridging the gap between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill and water resources legislation.


The Honorable Representative, Cheri Bustos, US House Transportation Committee

Cheri Bustos earned a bachelor's in political science from the University of Maryland-College Park and a master's in journalism from the University of Illinois-Springfield.  She worked as a reporter and editor for the Quad-City Times for nearly two decades covering crime, city government and health care, among other issues.  Bustos later worked as a director for Trinity Regional Health Systems in Rock Island, becoming vice president of public relations at IHS, one of the largest nonprofit nondenominational health systems in the nation.  In 2007, she was elected alderwoman on the East Moline City Council. She stepped down in 2011 to run for Congress.  Cheri's husband, Gerry, is a captain with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department. They have three sons.


Ms. Lidia Pilecky, Vice President, CH2MHILL

Ms. Lidia Pilecky is a Vice President/ Senior Project Manager of CH2M HILL for the Chicao area.  Headquartered near Denver, Colo., CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.4 billion in revenue and > 23,500 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2008). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (2009).


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 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 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 Mike McAuliffe, 20th District Representative, Illinois State Representative

Michael is a lifelong resident of the 20th legislative district and is serving in his 10th term. As a full-time legislator, he is the spokesperson on both the Healthcare Licenses and Veterans Affairs Committees. He is a member of Appropriations on Public Safety, Healthcare Availability Access, Museums & Cultural Enhancement, Public Utilities, and the Tourism & Conventions House Committees. He was chosen to serve on the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. Michael has led the charge to pass legislation to support public safety, military and veterans, education and economic development.  He has been honored by Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, Illinois Crime Commission, New Horizon School for the Developmentally Disabled, Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and Illinois Park Districts.


The Honorable Karen McConnaughay, Senator, 33rd District, State of Illinois

Karen McConnaughay is serving her second term as State Senator of the 33rd District.  She is the Republican spokesperson for the Senate Transportation, and Commerce & Economic Development Committees. She also serves as a member on the Senate Education, Energy & Public Utilities and Financial Institutions Committees.   Prior to her election to the Illinois State Senate, Karen McConnaughay served as the County Board Chairman of Kane County. Under her leadership, Kane County invested in the improvement of public transportation and safety, completed construction of the Stearns Road Bridge Corridor, constructed a new county jail, initiated the strengthening of emergency response services and replaced the county wide finance system.


The Honorable Kwame Raoul, Senator, 13th District, State of Illinois

As chairman of the Senate's Pension and Investment Committee, Sen. Raoul has fought hard for pension ethics reform and has led efforts to expand opportunities for minority and women-owned financial service firms and ridding the State's pension systems of corruption. Raoul has supported efforts to create and retain jobs in the State of Illinois including convention center reforms and a multibillion dollars capital bill. When not serving in Springfield, Raoul serves as a partner with the law firm of Quarles & Brady. Raoul previously served as a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and as in house counsel for the City Colleges of Chicago.  Raoul is a graduate of DePaul University (B.A., Political Science) and the Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Mike Carrigan , President IL AFFL-CIO

Michael T. Carrigan serves as President of AFL-CIO of Illinois and serves as Member of Advisory Council of Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago. Michael Carrigan was elected President of the Illinois AFL-CIO on February 28, 2007, by unanimous decision of the State Federation Executive Board. Mr. Carrigan previously served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO for seven years. Prior to that, he served as business manager/financial secretary for IBEW Local 146 in Decatur from 1992 to 2000. Mr. Carrigan was a journeyman wireman in Decatur from 1978 to 1990 before becoming Assistant Business Manager of the Local.


Randy Blankenhorn, Acting Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Randall S. Blankenhorn was appointed Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary by Governor Bruce Rauner in January 2015. As head of the IDOT, he leads an agency of 13 offices and divisions that serve the transportation needs of Illinois across multiple modes, in rural, suburban and urban environments. At IDOT, Blankenhorn oversees a $2.8 billion operating budget that supports a work force of 5,200 employees, with annual oversight of more than $3.2 billion in capital projects.  Prior to his appointment, Blankenhorn was the executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, leading that agency since its inception in 2006. At CMAP, Blankenhorn oversaw transportation, land use, housing, economic development, environmental and other quality-of-life issues in the seven-county region of Northeastern Illinois.


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.


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. 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.


Ms. Rosemarie Andolino, Vice President, Jacobs

Rosie Andolino is the Vice President of Jacobs.  Prior to her current position, she was the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation and was 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 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.


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.


Mr. Michael Kleinik, Executive Director, Chicago Laborers' District Council, LMCC

Mr. Michael D. Kleinik is the Executive Director for the Chicago Laborers’ District Council Labor-Management Cooperation Committee and is a member of Transportation for Illinois Collation where he serves as the Labor Co-Chair. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Division of Conciliation with the Illinois Department of Labor,Field Supervisor for Midwest Region Foundation for Fair Contracting, Administrator for Tri-County Detention Center, and Sheriff of Fayette County. His credentials also include being a Registered Lobbyist, Police Sergeant for the City of Vandalia, and Deputy Sheriff of Bond County.  Mr. Kleinik’s education and training includes attending Kaskaskia College from 1976 – 1979. Also has served as a mediator and arbitrator.

Susan Martinovich, Director, North American Highway/Bridge, CH2M HILL

Susan Martinovich currently serves as the Director of the Transportation Business Group's North American Highway/Bridge business at CH2MHILL.  She is responsible for establishing the North American Highway/Bridge strategy, stewarding federal, state, county, municipal and private client relationships, identifying/analyzing market trends, and fostering the development of new technologies and services to meet clients' needs.  She is involved with organizations including Women's Transportation Seminar, AARTBA, AASHTO and the Transportation Research Board.  She is nationally recognized as an expert in surface transportation development and a strong advocate for alternative project delivery and transportation funding mechanisms to ensure continued investment in the nation's infrastructure. 


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. Chandra Prasad, President & CEO, Omega & Associates

Mr. Chandra Prasad is the President of OMEGA, which he founded in 2002.  Over the past 13 years OMEGA, based in Lisle, IL, has grown to be the largest firm in the Chicagoland area specializing in Construction Engineering. OMEGA focuses on the construction management of highways and bridges, as well as local arterial roads, for a variety of clients in Illinois.   Mr. Prasad has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and is a Bradley University alum. He sits on the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board of Bradley University. Mr. Prasad is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois and is affiliated with the American Council of Engr. Cos. (ACEC), American Society of Civil Engrs. (ASCE) and IL Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA).  


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. 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.


Ms. Kim Morreale McAuliffe, President & CEO, Morreale Communications

Ms. Kim Morreale has an extensive background in media, government relations, coalition building and public involvement and offers a unique bi-partisan approach in working with the legislature. In November 2005 she was recruited out of government to be a partner at a Chicago based Public Affairs Practice. In 2006, McAuliffe started her own business. Since, she and her team have delivered award- winning results for clients that have been used as a national model for public affairs best practices.  In 2003, she was appointed as the Director of External Affairs at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). She managed statewide public relations for construction projects and high profile campaigns like Adopt-A-Highway, Child Passenger Safety, Click-it-or-Ticket, You Drink & Drive You Lose and Work Zone Safety.

Mr. Hugh Gallivan, President, O'Neil Bros, a Division of MACC of Illinois, Inc.

MACC of Illinois and its affiliates are a group of family owned companies primarily involved in road, bridge, and heavy industrial construction.  The companies are owned by the James Gallivan family.  O'Neil Brothers, which was originally founded by Harold O'Neil in 1948 and merged with MACC of Ill Inc. in 1995, specializes in structural concrete, heavy industrial, concrete paving, site work, and large dirt construction.  O'Neil Bros has been the recipient or finalist in the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Construction Safety Excellence Awards in 2003 and 2004.  In order to be a finalist, contractor's had to achieve zero work site fatalities and zero multi-catastrophic injuries. Awards were presented only to those contractors that exceeded the program criteria.

Mr. Jim Wolfe, President & CEO, Knight Partners

Mr. Wolfe is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knight. He is an attorney with past concentrations in transportation, labor relations, regulated industries, real estate transactions, the Railway Labor Act and government relations. He is responsible for leading strategic business planning for the corporation. Knight specializes in a wide variety of engineering and architecture planning, design and management projects. With more than 100 professionals trained in civil, structural and electrical engineering, architectural and construction engineering services, Knight is able to provide innovative design and management solutions to both public and private clients.

Mr. Doug Whitley, Executive Director, Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC)

Mr. Doug Whitley is currently the Executive Director of the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago.  Prior to this position, he was President and CEO of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce where he led the Chamber’s charge to aggressively promote the interests of Illinois business. With Whitley’s leadership, the Chamber had 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.