ARTBA selects HCSS president Steve McGough as its new chairman

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New ARTBA Chairman Steve McGough, right, and outgoing chairman Bob Alger. Photo: ARTBANew ARTBA Chairman Steve McGough, right, and outgoing chairman Bob Alger. Photo: ARTBA

Steve McGough, president and CFO of construction-industry software firm HCSS, has been elected chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

McGough will serve as chairman for the 2019-2020 term for ARTBA. He was elected this week at the association’s national convention in Savannah and replaces outgoing chairman Bob Alger.

Other newly elected officers are as follows:

Senior Vice Chairman: Ward Nye, president & CEO of Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh

First Vice Chairman: Tim Duit, president, Duit Construction, Edmond, Okla.

Northeastern Region Vice Chairman: David Harwood, senior vice president, Terracon, Olathe, Kansas

Southern Region Vice Chairman: Jeff Nelson, president, David Nelson Construction, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Western Region Vice Chairman: Jeff Clyde, president, Clyde/Geneva Group, Springville, Utah

Central Region Vice Chairman: Jim Fehsenfeld, president & CEO, Heritage Construction & Materials, Indianapolis

Vice Chair At-Large: Ramin Younessi, group president, construction industries, Caterpillar, Deerfield, Ill.

Vice Chair At-Large: Randy Lake, CEO, CRH Americas Materials, Atlanta

Vice Chair At-Large: Lisa Robert, executive vice president RS&H, Denver

Vice Chair At-Large: Paula Hammond, senior vice president, WSP, Seattle

Vice Chair At-Large: Susan Martinovich, national highway market director, Jacobs, Carson City, Nev.

Vice Chair At-Large: Don Graul, president, Parsons Construction Group, Westminster, Colo.

Treasurer: Tom Hill, CEO, Summit Materials, Denver

McGough has worked his way through ARTBA’s ranks as a volunteer, serving as senior vice chairman this year. Other positions he has held include first vice chairman (2018), central region vice chairman (2016-17), western region vice chairman (2013-16) and Materials & Services Division president (2012). He has also been chairman of the Membership Development Committee since 2015.

During the national convention, McGough said his priorities would be pushing Congress to permanently shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund and to pass a national infrastructure package. He also said he plans to push for more industry participation in ARTBA’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals program. The program, which has been accredited by ANSI, is designed to train transportation construction professionals in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities in road work zones.

During his speech, McGough also announced the launch of a strategic planning exercise among ARTBA members to develop a three- to five-year business plan for the association.

McGough has worked in the construction industry for 35 years, starting at Turner Collie and Braden, a consulting engineering firm in Houston that is now part of AECOM. He became chief operating officer in 2005 of HCSS, based in Sugar Land, Texas. He became president in 2015 and chief financial officer two years later.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil construction from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.