Find out who the ARTBA 2011 award winners are

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders Oct. 4 with awards during the association’s national convention, held in Monterey, Calif. The association announced the following honorees:

Nello L. Teer, Jr.: Bill Cox, president, Corman Construction in Annapolis Junction, Md. Created in 1988 as a tribute to contractor and Past ARTBA Chairman (1959-61) Nello L. Teer, Jr., it annually honors a contractor member who has made outstanding contributions to the association’s Contractors Division and the transportation construction industry.

Guy Kelcey: Bob Close, vice president with Parsons Brinckerhoff, in Orange, Calif. This award, which honors Guy Kelcey, one of the Planning & Design (P&D) Division’s organizers, is given each year to an ARTBA member who has exhibited a high degree of service to the association’s P&D Division.

John “Jake” Landen Memorial Highway Safety: Robert Hull, Utah Department of Transportation engineer for traffic and safety; and Owen Denman, retired president and CEO of Rio Vista, California-based Barrier Systems.  Established in 1989 in memory of Traffic Safety Industry Division leader and Past ARTBA Chairman (1976) J.C. Landen, this annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to highway safety.

S.S. Steinberg: Dr. Melissa Tooley, center director for the Texas Transportation Institute’s University Transportation Center for Mobility, in College Station. Created in honor of S.S. Steinberg, the founding president of the Research and Education Division, the award recognizes an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.

Distinguished Leadership Award: Larry Russell spent six years at ARTBA before assuming the top post at the Southern California Contractors Association in Sept. 1. At ARTBA, he served with distinction, earning the titles vice president, development & field operations; managing director of the Planning & Design Division; and executive director of the ARTBA High Speed Rail Development Council. Under his leadership, ARTBA also successfully established a national field operation and four regional leadership teams that have led to significantly expanded membership development, participation and growth.