ARTBA National Convention | Register Now 2018-07-24T14:26:54+00:00

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9/11. Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. Superstorm Sandy. Snowmaggedon. The ability of critical transportation infrastructure to withstand, respond, and recover from national emergencies and natural disasters has major implications for the American public, planners, designers and builders, and policymakers at all levels of government.

Expert speakers at the 2018 ARTBA National Convention and Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop™ will highlight recent infrastructure disruptions, discuss the role of new technologies and “smart” construction techniques in building more resilient transportation system, and explore potential impacts on future market development.


12:30-4:30 p.m.Project Tour: East Side Access Project/Moynihan Station (New Penn Station)
*Optional Event: Preregistration required
1:30-5 p.m. Contractor Safety Awards Judging
4:30-5:30 p.m.Women Leaders Council Meeting
4:30-5:30 p.m.Past Chairmen

Council of State Executives
5:30-7 p.m.Opening Reception
7-9:30 p.m.ARTBA Leadership Dinner (Invitation Only)
7-8 a.m.Bridge Policy & Promotion Council
7:30-9 a.m.Buffet Breakfast
8-9 a.m.Materials & Services Division

Safety Certification Commissioners

P3 Division
9:30-11 a.m.Executive Committee
11-11:30 a.m.Convention Opening Session
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.General Session: “State of the Transportation Construction Industry”


  • Greg Kelly, president & CEO, WSP USA

  • Bob Alger, president & CEO, Lane Industries, Inc.

  • Steve Morriss, president, Design and Consulting Services, Americas, AECOM

  • Richard Cavallaro, president & CEO, Skanska USA Civil

12:45-2:30 p.m.ARTBA Foundation Awards Lunch

Speaker: Dr. Stephen E. Flynn, founding director, Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University
2:45-4 p.m.Annual Business Meeting & General Session: Federal Legislative & Regulatory Update, and Transportation Construction Market Conditions Report
4-5 p.m.Industry Leader Development Council

Speaker: Laura Cataldo, manager, construction & real estate services, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
4-5:30 p.m.TSID and Safety Committee Meeting
5:30-7p.m.Political Action Team Reception
7-9:30 p.m.Chairman’s Banquet

Entertainer: Sal Valentinetti
9:30-11:00 p.m. Incoming Chairman’s Hospitality Event
7:30-9 a.m.Buffet Breakfast
8-9:30 a.m.Contractors Division

Planning & Design Division

Transportation Officials Division
9:30-11 a.m.General Session: Transforming Disruptive Technology for New Business Models: "Transportation, Resilience & Infrastructure"

Speaker: Mike Steep, executive director, Stanford University Global Projects Center’s Digital Cities & Emerging Technologies
11 a.m.-1 p.m.Board of Directors
1-1:30 p.m.Dr. J. Don Brock Transovation™ Workshop: "Building Smart & Resilient Transportation Infrastructure"

Speakers: Ted Zoli, senior vice president, HNTB
1:30-2:30 p.m.Microsoft: Corporate Resilience and Humanitarian Response During Disasters

Speaker: Jennie Clinton, senior risk manager, Microsoft
2-3 p.m.Resiliency for Road Builders – What You Should Know


  • Mike Flood, national resiliency lead, WSP USA

  • Josh DeFlorio, chief of resilience & sustainability, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

  • Ryan Prime, sustainability director, Skanska USA Civil

3-4 p.m.Session: TBD
4-5:30 p.m.TransOvation™ Group Workshop
5:30-7 p.m.Happy Hour Reception: Networking & Business Development
8-8:30 a.m.Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m.Opening Session


  • John Hillman, technical director, Parsons Construction Group

  • Ross Smith, director of engineering, Microsoft

9:30-10:15 a.m.Transovation Workshop
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Workshop & Final Presentations
12 p.m.Departures

Spouse Program

*Subject to change
5:30-7 p.m.
Welcome Reception

9-11 a.m.Spouse Program Breakfast with Kevin Draper, New York City historian

Take an exciting journey through a sweeping overview of New York City history. Your will journey begin with a discussion of the Native American Tribes and the arrival of Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524 through Dutch colonization, English takeover and the American Revolution. Discover how its strategic location and status as a major seaport in the 18th century supported an influx of new ideas and immigrants that would help foster the city’s and nation’s development through the Industrial Revolution. You will then learn about how New York became a powerful influence in American culture through the Gilded Age, Jazz Era, Great Depression and the Second World War. Uncover the key dynamics that brought the city back and boosted it into a renaissance and the spectacular new era we see today.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free time
12:45-2:30 p.m.ARTBA Foundation Awards Luncheon
2:30-5:30 p.m.Free time
5:30-7 p.m. ARTBA Political Action Team Reception
7-9:30 p.m.Chairman’s Banquet

9:30-11 p.m. Incoming Chairman’s Hospitality Event

9-10 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
10:15 a.m.-2:30 p.mMuseum of Modern Art Tour and Lunch

Please join us for a tour of Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Experience how diverse, cultural, social and political themes are expressed in the form of the most provoking modern and contemporary art. The museum contains important and familiar works such as Francis Bacon’s Painting, Henri Matisse’s The Dance, Henri Rousseau’s The Dream and Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. MOMA is one of the most popular museums in New York City as it and averages over 2.5 million visitors annually. Bus transportation will be provided from the hotel.
2:30-5:30 p.m. Free time
5:30-7 p.m.Reception
8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.Breakfast


Mike Steep

Mike Steep is described by Don Strickland, a former senior executive at Apple, this way:
“Mike is an incredibly engaging speaker and is an expert on technology and
innovation. He has enormous credibility, and is one of the few executives
who understands both strategy and operational execution, and how to
transform disruptive innovation into disruptive opportunity.”

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The Westin New York at Times Square

September 28 – October 3, 2018
270 West 43rd Street.
New York, NY 10036,
Ph: 212.201.2700
The ARTBA Group room rate is $325 per night;
available until August 29.

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Chairman’s Banquet: Entertainment

Sal Valentinetti

Sal Valentinetti is an Italian-American crooner know best for his flawless vocals, larger than life personality and his heart of gold. Born August 26, 1995, to Steve and Maria Valentinetti, Sal was raised in the small town of Bethpage, New York. From a very young age, Sal was influenced by his grandmother, Tina Valentinetti, to love the musical genius of the classic crooner sounds of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. At 15, Sal realized the hidden talent he possessed and began performing his flawless tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. Before long, the world would come to know him as “Sal the Voice.”