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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 2014

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.


Mr. 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.


Ambassador Maged Refaat, Consul General of Egypt, Egyptian Consulate of Chicago

Ambassador Refaat obtained his B.A. degree in English translation from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and earned a diploma of English Translation from the American University in Cairo. He has been a diplomat with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry since 1988 and held positions in Belgium, Bahrain, Russia and Nigeria, as well as with the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations.  His special assignments and U.N.-related experience includes serving as an alternate representative to the U.N. Security Council and as an observer with the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa.


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.


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 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 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 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.


The Honorable Pamela J. Althoff, Senator, 32nd District, State of Illinois

Senator Pamela J. Althoff has served as a member of the Illinois State Senate since March 2003. She has championed legislation to increase open space, expand the agricultural industry and promote improved statewide economic growth. In the Senate, she serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Chair as a part of the Senate Republican Leadership.  Sen. Althoff is the Minority Spokeswoman for the Revenue Committee, and also serves on the Appropriations II, Assignments, Executive Appointments, Labor, Licensed Activities & Pensions and Transportation Committees.  She is also the appointed “Past President” of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). 


Mr. 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.


Mr. Todd Maisch, President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

As president and CEO, Todd Maisch establishes the goals for the Chamber and coordinates the efforts of the various councils and staff. He has spearheaded such critical achievements as directing and releasing the Waterways: A Crisis Continued report on the state's waterways transportation system, and the Illinois Military Base and Defense Industry Assets Economic Impact Study: State and Regional Analyses report. Maisch has been with the Chamber for 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an MBA from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Chamber in 1994, he worked for the General Assembly as a research analyst for House Republican staff.


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.

Mr. Stuart Broeren, President, Broeren Russo Construction, Inc.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Broeren Russo Construction, Inc., Mr. Stuart Broeren enjoys coming up with creative ideas to make sure that the company is meeting or exceeding clients’ goals in every construction project.  Over 30 years ago, he and long-time friend John Russo decided to blend their talents and form what is now Broeren Russo Construction, Inc. Mr. Broeren is responsible for contracts, insurance, finance, bonding, risk management, marketing, owner negotiations, and labor relations.


Ms. Christine Reed, Deputy Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

Christine Reed was recently appointed as Deputy Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation.  She has a 22 year career with IDOT and also worked in Consulting, at Knight Engineering.  She has a vast portfolio of engineering expertise coupled with an unparalleled knowledge of Illinois’ past, present and future transportation network. As the first woman appointed Director of Highways and Chief Engineer for IDOT, she was responsible for developing, maintaining and operating the state’s multi-billion dollar highway network in a timely, efficient and economical manner.   Ms. Reed earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Engineer in Illinois.


Mr. Omer Osman, Director of Highways, Illinois Department of Transportation

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.


Ms. 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. Les Melhorn, Vice President, CH2M HILL

Les Melhorn has 37 years of engineering and management experience with CH2M HILL as a strategic advisor directing multi-firm, multi-contract transportation projects, design-build processes for large transportation projects, and preparing procurement documents for innovative project delivery methods, including construction manager at risk and construction manager general contractor delivery methods. His leadership roles encompass both technical and management responsibilities, and over the course of his career, he has successfully delivered products and services for major projects as a project manager, project engineer, and other roles. He is a registered PE in Idaho and California.


Ms. Lidia Pilecky, Vice President, CH2MHILL

Ms. Lidia Pilecky is a Vice President/ Senior Project Manager of CH2M HILL for the Chicago 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).


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. Phillip E. Russell, PE, JD, Senior Advisor & National Director of Alternative Project Delivery, HW Lochner

Phil Russell, PE, JD, leads Lochner's alternative delivery program and is the President and CEO of Lochner MMM Group, a partnership between Lochner and MMM Group Limited specifically formed to integrate internationally-gained design-build and P3 experience with an in-depth understanding of U.S. transportation infrastructure systems. Prior to joining Lochner, he spent 28 yrs with TxDOT, working on every phase of transportation development – financing, planning, environmental, ROW, design, construction, operation, and maintenance. For 10 years, Phil also served as Director of the TX Turnpike Authority Division responsible for establishing first toll collection system, including both manual and open road tolling lanes.


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. Daniel Gallagher, Vice President, Gallagher Asphalt Corporation

As VP and one of the third generation owners, Mr. Gallagher oversees commercial and industrial sales. Founded in 1928 and now in its third generation of family management, Gallagher Asphalt has paved or resurfaced literally thousands and thousands of miles of pavement, under some of the country’s most challenging conditions. With state-of-the-art, high capacity plants strategically positioned in key suburban locations, Gallagher Asphalt effectively and efficiently services commercial and industrial customers throughout more than 3,000 square miles. They are the recipient of National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Diamond Achievement Commendation for Excellence and Quality Award for Dan Ryan Project.


Mr. Dennis Larson, Executive Vice President , Central Illinois Builders of AGC

Dennis has been with Central Illinois Builders since 1985, serving as Executive Vice President since 1991. Prior to that, he was with the State of Illinois Capitol Development Board. Dennis is responsible for the overall operation and daily affairs of the association. In this capacity he serves on several industry and educational advisory boards and committees. Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla and is a registered professional engineer. He currently serves as a member of the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board at Bradley University. 


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. 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.


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. Robert Bruner, President, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Illinois

Robert Bruner is the President of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois.  A native a Jacksonville, he is graduate of Illinois College with a BS degree in Economics and Business Administration.  Bob is also the Vice President of United Contractors Midwest. 


Mr. John Lynch II, Vice President, Iroquois Paving Corporation

Mr. John Lynch II is the Vice President of Iroquois Paving Corp (IPC), and is the Vice President of the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association.  Iroquois Paving Corp is a full-service heavy highway contractor with over eighty years of experience. They provide a high level of construction services at market competitive prices, by paying strict attention to detail, work timeliness and having a service minded attitude. IPC is a strong advocate of keeping the environment clean and utilizes recycled asphalt, concrete, and shingles in the production process. Iroquois Paving Corporation is an award winning contractor recognized by the Illinois Department of Transportation and others.


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. James 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. Matthew Walsh, Co-Chairman, Walsh Construction Company

Matthew M. Walsh has been President of Walsh Group LTD in Chicago, Illinois since 1968. Mr. Walsh serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Walsh Group and serves as President of Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. He has been active with Walsh Construction Co. of Illinois since 1972. Mr. Walsh graduated from Notre Dame University, in 1968 and received a law degree from Loyola University in 1972.  Walsh Group Ltd.'s annual revenue has soared five-fold in 15 years, to $3.6 billion. From a corporate compound on the Near West Side, the group manages projects ranging from a $1.1 billion expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport to a $763 million toll bridge near Louisville, KY.


Mr. Aaron Ozinga, President, Ozinga Material, Inc.

Aaron Ozinga is President of Ozinga Materials Inc. located in Mokena, IL.  Ozinga Materials, Inc. is 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.  Aaron is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for this  company.  He is a business graduate of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights Illinois. 


Mr. Eugene Keeley, President, Keeley & Sons

Mr. Eugene Keeley is President of Keeley & Sons, Inc., which was founded in 1947 as a general contractor by John L. Keeley, Sr., and his three sons, John L. Keeley, Jr., Patrick J. Keeley, and Henry E. Keeley. Keeley & Sons Inc. works in all phases of new and rehabilitation work of roads and bridges in the Southern Illinois area. They currently serve the public and commercial asphalt markets from plants located in East St. Louis, Dupo and Cahokia, Illinois.


Mr. Patrick Pechnick, Department Manager, HDR, Inc.

Mr. Pechnick is Area Manager for IL engineering operations of HDR Engineering, Inc. He is also responsible for the oversight of transportation & infrastructure activities in IN & MI.  Prior to joining HDR, Mr. Pechnick had a distinguished career with IDOT, beginning in 1983. His managerial and practical experience at IDOT included all aspects of preliminary and final design engineering and construction contracts throughout the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. He is considered an expert in interstate design, having been involved with the Elgin-O’Hare, Kennedy, Stevenson, Dan Ryan, & Kingery projects, & the I-355 S. Extension project that won national recognition for its Environmental Impact Statement.


Ms. Neli Vasquez-Rowland, President, A Safe Haven

Ms. Vasquez-Rowland is the President/Co-founder of A Safe Haven Foundation. Her goal is to inspire and influence a ‘paradigm shift’ on how our Nation addresses the issues of poverty, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction by leveraging investment resources of public and private entities that have a shared responsibility and common goal of making a measurable and positive social impact to society.  Ms. Vasquez-Rowland’s recent awards include Enterprising Women Magazine Women of the Year, Clear Channel Communications “Charity Partner”, IL Secretary of State’s Humanitarian Award, The White House “Champion of Change Award”, & American Red Cross “Community Impact Award”


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.

Ms. Diane O’Keefe, Area Manager – Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.

Diane O'Keefe is VP & Illinois Area Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization. She came to PB after a 30-year career with the Illinois Department of Transportation, most recently serving as Deputy Director of Highways for Region One, which consists of 6 counties, 265 municipalities & 100 townships. She was instrumental in such notable projects as the $975 million Dan Ryan Expressway reconstruction and the $450 million Kingery Highway expansion project. Ms. O'Keefe holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. She is a member of IAHE, IPWA, & WTS. 


Rocky Donahue, Deputy Executive Director, Pace Bus

As Deputy Executive Director, Rocky Donahue oversees the functions of Community Relations, Customer Service, Government Affairs, Marketing, Media & Public Relations, and Signs & Shelters. He has been at Pace for over 30 years. In his current role he provides overall direction and management of the Pace brand and issues, including internal communications; rider communications; media relations; stakeholder engagement; government affairs; marketing, advertising , promotions, digital strategies and coordinates sales activities.  Rocky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Illinois State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. 


Mr. William Thompson, Chief Engineer, CREATE Program

Mr. Thompson is the Chief Engineer of the CREATE Program.  CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership between U.S. DOT, the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads. A project of national significance, CREATE will invest billions in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region's passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents.

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.