San Diego construction exec Thomas L. Brown elected 2018 TRIP chairman

Updated Feb 15, 2018
Thomas L. Brown, 2018 TRIP chairmanThomas L. Brown, 2018 TRIP chairman

San Diego, Ca, construction executive Thomas L. Brown has been elected 2018 chairman of the board of directors of TRIP, a private, national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

Brown has been in the construction business since 1972. In 1989, he founded general engineering contractor firm Sierra Pacific West, Inc. Based in Vista, which is in San Diego County, Sierra Pacific West specializes in heavy highway, roadway, public school, memorial, community parks and agency-related work.

Brown’s company has won the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America’s prestigious Contractor of the Year award three times.


“I’ve been involved with and supported TRIP for nearly a decade and I look forward to leading this fine organization,” says Brown. “TRIP’s efforts to inform the public and lawmakers about the critical issues facing America’s transportation system are as important as ever as the nation faces the challenges of sustainable funding to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent and adequate funding at the state and local levels,” he added.

In addition to his service to TRIP, Brown has served as chair of the Highway Division of the AGC of America  and as president of the San Diego Chapter of AGC.

Locally, he is president of the San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation and actively involved with the San Diego International Sports Council and the North County Trade Tech High School.  Brown is a veteran of foreign wars with the U.S. Army Intel 10th GRP and a graduate of the University of Southern California.

TRIP also elected these officers for 2018:

  • President Jeffrey DiStefano, vice president and COO of Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Glenmont, New York
  • First Vice President Kenneth K. Wert, president of Haskell Lemon Construction Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Second Vice President Robert W. Leonetti, senior vice president of Alternative Delivery Services (Americas) AECOM of New York, New York
  • Secretary/Treasurer Michael W. Anderson, senior vice president of American Global LLC of Berwyn, Pennsylvania

TRIP also elected the following individuals to its board of directors:

Kris Flitcroft, vice chairwoman, AC Business Media, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.; Michael W. Johnson, president and CEO, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Alexandria, Virginia; Dan McGrew, vice president of Business Development, Griffith Company, Brea, California.; Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO, Associated Equipment Distributors, Schaumburg, Illinois.; Mike Moehn, vice president, Fisher Sand & Gravel New Mexico, Inc., of Placitas, New Mexico.; John O’Quinn, president, High Steel Structures, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.; Rich Rantala, senior vice president of business development, Granite, Sacramento, California.; Mark Romer, president, James River Equipment, Ashland, Virginia; Jason Soper, North Carolina Chamber, Raleigh, North Carolina; Christian Stoeckel, global marketing manager, Caterpillar Paving Products, Maple Grove, Minnesota.; Roger Wentz, president and CEO, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Fredericksburg, Virginia.; and, Dean Word, manager, Dean Word Co.,  New Braunfels, Texas.