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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

Selected Speakers from Last Year's ICAT Conference

The Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois

Pat Quinn was sworn in as the 41st Governor of the State of Illinois in 2009. He is an advocate for consumers, taxpayers, and servicemembers and their families. He has spearheaded countless initiatives that foster a cleaner environment and encourage economic development in historic business districts and rural communities. He passed Illinois Jobs Now! - the state’s first capital plan in over a decade, and has rallied residents to support the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, which he created in 2003 to support our servicemembers and veterans. He launched the 1983 drive to create the Citizens Utility Board, an organization that supports safe, reliable and affordable utility service. In 1976, Governor Quinn led the largest petition drive in state history, ending the century-old practice of allowing Illinois legislators to collect their salary on their first day in office.

The Honorable John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate President

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

The Honorable 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, Peoria, Illinois

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 Martin Sandoval, Chairman, IL Transportation Committee

In January 2009, Sen. Sandoval was appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Transportation Committee, where he has worked to bring additional federal transportation dollars to Illinois. He has 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 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. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and ten years at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


 Ann Schneider, Secretary,  Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, Illinois

On October 24, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn appointed Ms. Ann L. Schneider 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. 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. She has worked for the State of Illinois for nearly 25 years: Chief Fiscal Officer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Budget Operations Director at the Governor’s Office of Mgt. and Budget, and Assistant State Comptroller for Fiscal Policy.

Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway, Downers Grove, Illinois

Ms. Kristi Lafleur is the executive director of the Illinois Tollway.  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 Gov. Pat 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, the worldwide association for owners and operators of toll facilities. She also serves on the executive board of the E-Z Pass Group and on advisory boards for the Chicago Innovation Awards and WTS Greater Chicago Chapter. In 2012, Lafleur and Illinois DOT Secretary Schneider were named Women of the Year by WTS Greater Chicago Chapter.


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

Mr. James Whitty obtained his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon. Through ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding, Mr. Whitty 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. 


Ken Hoefling, General Manager, Remanufacturing, Components & Work Tools, Caterpillar Inc.

As a part of Mr. Hoefling's General Manager role, he manages Caterpillar's undercarriage, GET, and metal face seal business.  Mr. Hoefling currently manages facilities in United Kingdom, China, Korea, Italy, Mexico and the United States.  He joined Caterpillar as a Finite Element Analyst in 1990.  Throughout his career, Ken held a number of other engineering and management positions, including Performance Engineer, Concept Engineer, Preventive Maintenance Product Manager, Remanufacturing General Manager in Asia, Steel Products General Manager and Strategic Business of Global Work Tools.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from Iowa State University and most recently completed a 12-month Caterpillar leadership curriculum course taught by Stanford GSB. 


Mr. Jan Ölander, Senior Advisor, Swedish Transport Administration

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.


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

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.



Joe Folco, Commercial Manager, Bouygues Civil Works Florida

Mr. Joe Folco serves as Commercial Manager for the design/build contractor of the Port Miami Tunnel Project – Bouygues Civil Works Florida.  He serves as second-in-command for the historical Florida construction project, overseeing commercial and risk management issues, as well as day-to-day operations.  Mr. Falco’s career spans more than twenty years, in various areas of construction and major infrastructure projects, including the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston where he served as Project Engineer and Tunnel Superintendent, and the Chicago Deep Tunnel Project, where served as Surface Superintendent.  A native of Montreal Canada and a Civil Engineering graduate of Concordia University, Mr. Folco has also worked as the Project Manager for various roadway construction projects in Canada. 


Joung Lee, Deputy Director of Management & Program Finance, AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance

Mr. Joung Lee is Deputy Director of Management and Program Finance for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), based in Washington, DC.  In this role, Joung reviews surface transportation finance and policy matters with the state transportation departments, congressional staff, the executive branch, and industry stakeholders.  Joung also directs the AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance, which is a comprehensive educational resource on transportation finance.  Prior to joining AASHTO in 2007, Joung spent seven years with the federal Highway Administration in transportation planning and analyst positions.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. 


Doug Whitley, President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, Illinois

As president and CEO of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Mr. 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.

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

Mr. Larry Tate, a Caterpillar general manager who has led the introduction of more than 50 company products to the worldwide marketplace, was elected 2009-2010 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (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 from Goshen College and completed an adv. management program at Northwestern University.

Ron Ingram, Supply Chain Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Mr. Ron Ingram is the Supply Chain Manager for the Hauling & Extraction Operating Unit at Caterpillar Inc which includes manufacturing facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Mexico, Germany, India and Indonesia.  His responsibilities include the end to end, world wide optimization of the supply chain for Caterpillar's largest surface mining products.  Over his 16 year career at Caterpillar, he has held various roles in supply chain, operations, 6 Sigma and product design.  Ron earned his Bachelors of Science. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, his MBA from Millikin University and is CSCP certified through APICS.


Jonathon Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Jonathon Monken was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) on February 14, 2011.  As director, he oversees Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 245+ employees and a budget of more than $618 million.  In this capacity, he also serves as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. At IEMA, Mr. Monken has directed the response and recovery effort to 91 Illinois counties declared State disaster areas which included the statewide response to the 2011 blizzard, the record floods in 2011 and 2013 and the devastating tornado that struck Harrisburg and Ridgeway in Southern Illinois. 


Samuel Sarvis, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Program Management, Indiana DOT

Sam Sarvis oversees the areas of Project Management, District Project Management, Utilities & Railroads, and Construction Management at Indiana DOT.  Mr. Sarvis previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Major Project Management for the agency beginning in July 2009, focusing on the new I-69 corridor in southwest Indiana and managing the costs and delivery of this priority project.  In this role, he was the executive-in-charge of all planning, development, and construction of the corridor.  Mr. Sarvis began his tenure at INDOT in 2005 as the District Deputy Commissioner for Vincennes District in southwest Indiana, managing more than 550 employees and $200 million in annual construction.  He has a BS degree in Organizational Management from Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana.


Greg Webb, VP State Government Relations, ADM

Greg Webb was named vice president of State Government Relations in October 2007. He is responsible for state government relations, working with business and producer organizations. Greg joined ADM in 1986, working in the oilseed processing business throughout North America, including soybean, canola, sunflower, flax and cotton.  Greg serves as a board member for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale College of Agriculture Leadership Board, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, and the Public Affairs Council. He also is the immediate past chairman of the National Oilseed Processors Association.  Greg received a degree in agriculture economics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1979.  He and his wife, Colleen, have three boys.


Frank Julian, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration

Mr. Frank Julian is a Highway Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety and Design Team. He graduated from Auburn University in 1977 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Before joining FHWA, Frank worked for 11 years for David Volkert and Associates Consulting Engineers, for the Alabama DOT, and as a construction manager in the Construction Division of an international company.  He has been with FHWA since June, 1986 and he has worked in the Florida and Georgia Division and the Region 4 Office. Currently, Frank works nationally in all areas of highway safety, but his primary focus is developing and deploying countermeasures for roadway departure crashes. This involves working in the areas of roadside design and safety hardware including cable barrier, safety edge, rumble strips, and high friction pavement surfaces. 


Mike Ring, Vice President of Survey, Environmental Design International, Inc.

Mr. Ring is a Professional Land Surveyor with more than 27 years of experience in land surveying, project management, and quality control/quality assurance. He has extensive expertise in ALTA/ACSM land title surveys, topographic surveys, boundary surveys, transportation surveys, condominium surveys, site development of large assemblages and small parcels and subdivision design. He has also prepared exhibits for court cases with respect to land boundaries. Mr. Ring graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with an AAS in Architectural Technology and a BS in Engineering Technology with a Land Survey specialization, and from the Defense Mapping School in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He has continued his education at Purdue University Calumet, Penn State University Wilkes Barre, and NOAA’s NGS Training Center in Corbin, Virginia.


Jorge Moreno, President, CivCon Services, Inc.

Jorge Moreno is the President and owner of CivCon Services, Inc., a minority and disadvantaged-owned firm, that specializes in program management, construction management and civil engineering consulting services on transportation and institutional projects for the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.  Mr. Moreno brings 30 years of civil engineering experience in areas of design, field engineering and program management.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois and State of Indiana and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University - West Lafayette.  Mr. Moreno is currently serving on the board of directors with the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), IRTBA P&D Division, Landmarks Illinois and the National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME). 


John Lavallee, Quality Control Supervisor, Curran Contracting

John Lavallee is the Quality Control Supervisor for Curran Contracting Company.  Mr. Lavallee is responsible for ensuring quality production of HMA/WMA at four mix plants located in the Chicago metro area.  Mr. Lavallee graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Civil Engineering and is registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.


Cindy Williams, Quality Assurance Manager, Chicago DOT

Cindy began her career in construction management in Chicago, IL after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1998, she joined the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation.  She has helped shape and put into action CDOT’s aggressive recycled product specifications and pilot programs and continues to work on improving the materials specifications and construction practices of the “green” evolution in Chicago.


Jeremiah Shirk, Chief of Staff, Department of Public Works, City of Indianapolis

Jeremiah Shirk is the Chief of Staff for the City of Indianapolis’ Department of Public Works. Over the course of his career, Jeremiah has successfully driven many large-scale and complex initiatives for a variety of causes and organizations. He made a name for himself quickly, working in collegiate athletics at Indiana University (Bloomington) and Lambuth University (Jackson, Tennessee). These positions refined his ability to recruit and build successful teams. As a member of the Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee Executive Staff, Jeremiah intensely engaged the public and incorporated stakeholder input to build a transportation plan that led to the success of this defining event for the City of Indianapolis. Jeremiah currently serves as a board member for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. He is committed to finding and promoting sustainable ideas to improve Indianapolis, our nation, and our world.