2020 ARTBA National Convention – Virtual Event 2020-10-21T17:02:40-05:00

Attendees at this year’s National Convention, using the interactive Remo platform, will be able to engage and connect with each other in a virtual environment. The General Sessions will provide expert insights into business continuity, risk allocation, digital construction, and market trends. We look forward to bringing everyone together to continue these important discussions.



Susan Eisenhower
Author & Public Policy Consultant

Susan Eisenhower, author of the new book How Ike Led, will speak about her grandfather and the nation’s 34th president at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21.

She is the CEO and chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C.-based consulting company.  See her full bio, details about her book and recent blog posts.

Eisenhower’s presentation will include a question and answer opportunity. Copies of the book will be made available to attendees.

David Wilcox
Former Federal Reserve Economist

David Wilcox spent 17 years as a top economist and senior advisor to three successive Federal Reserve Board chairs. He is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. See his full bio and some of his blog posts.

Wilcox also served as assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury Department from 1997 to 2001, and as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1994 to 1995. At his August 2019 Fed retirement, Bloomberg called him “the most powerful Fed economist you’ve never heard of.”

In his Oct. 19 keynote, Wilcox will focus on the broad economic impacts of COVID-19 and what we might see in the next six months to a year.


Jim Roberts
CEO Emeritus,
Granite Construction

Michael Renshaw
Chief Growth Officer,

Lou Cornell

Barry Ruffalo
President & CEO,
Astec Industries


(All times Eastern)

Day 1: Monday, October 19

10-11:30 a.m. Executive Committee
11:30-11:45 a.m. Overview of ARTBA and the Virtual Convention Platform
11:45 a.m.-Noon Chairman’s Annual Report, Annual Business Meeting
& Introduction of 2021 Leadership Team
Noon-12:45 p.m.

1 PDH available

Keynote Speaker:
David Wilcox, former Federal Reserve Board economist
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Networking & Connecting with Peers
1:30-2:30 p.m.

1 PDH available

General Session: What’s Next for Digital Construction

Moderator: Cyndee Hoagland, senior vice president, Trimble


  • Matt Blake, director of VDC / BIM, Lane Construction
  • Greg Nadeau, chairman & CEO, Infrastructure Ventures
  • Will Sharp, senior vice president, HDR
  • George Lukes, state design and standards engineer,
    Utah Department of Transportation
2:30-3:30 p.m.

1 PDH available

General Session: State of the Transportation
Construction Industry Panel


Moderator: Ward Nye, chairman & CEO, Martin Marietta


  • Jim Roberts, CEO emeritus, Granite Construction
  • Michael Renshaw, chief growth officer, AECOM
  • Lou Cornell, CEO, WSP USA
  • Barry Ruffalo, president & CEO, Astec Industries
3:30-3:45 p.m. Trivia Contest
3:45-4:30 p.m. Virtual Happy Hour
4:30-5 p.m. PAC Raffle Announcement

Day 2: Tuesday, October 20

10:45-11:15 a.m. Transportation Construction Market Update
and New Highway Dashboard



  • Dr. Alison Premo Black,
    senior vice president and chief economist, ARTBA
  • Dean Franks,
    senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA
11:15 a.m.-Noon

Grassroots Advocacy During a Pandemic

Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs, ARTBA


  • John Barton, senior vice president, HNTB
  • John Hay, senior vice president of government relations,
    CRH Americas
  • Marc Herbst, executive director, Long Island Contractors’ Association

Noon-1 p.m.

1 PDH available

General Session: Risk & Alternative Delivery Panel Discussion


  • Dave Zanetell. president, Kraemer North America
  • Dr. Shawn Wilson, secretary, Louisiana
    Department of Transportation & Development
  • Kevin Cornish, senior vice president, AECOM
  • Chad Critcher, senior vice president, RS&H
  • Michael Vecellio, vice president, Vecellio Group, Inc.

Moderated by:
Ananth Prasad, president,
Florida Transportation Builders Association

1-1:45 p.m. Lunch, Networking & Connecting with Peers
1:45-2 p.m. Trivia Contest
2-2:45 p.m. ARTBA Foundation Awards Presentation
2:45-4 p.m. Construction Forum (open to all attendees)

Day 3: Wednesday, October 21

11-11:45 a.m. General Session:
Susan Eisenhower, author, and CEO and chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI)
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Board of Directors

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