2020 ARTBA National Convention – Virtual Event 2020-09-22T15:23:15+00:00

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.



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
President & CEO,
Granite Construction

Steve Morriss
Group President,
Design & Consulting Services–Americas,

Lou Cornell

Barry Ruffalo
President & CEO,
Astec Industries


(All times Eastern)

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Day 1: Monday, October 19

10-11:30 a.m. Executive Committee
11-11:30 a.m. Overview & What’s New at ARTBA
11:30-11:45 a.m. Chairman’s Annual Report, Annual Business Meeting
& Introduction of 2021 Leadership Team
11:45 a.m.-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
2:30-3:30 p.m.

1 PDH available

General Session: State of the Transportation
Construction Industry Panel


  • Jim Roberts, president & CEO, Granite Construiction
  • Steve Morriss, group president, design &
    consulting services-Americas, 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. PAC Raffle & Virtual Happy Hour
4:30-5 p.m. PAC Raffle Announcement

Day 2: Tuesday, October 20

11 a.m.-Noon

1 PDH available

General Session: 2020 Election & Ballot Preview,
& Transportation Construction Market Conditions Report


  • Dr. Alison Premo Black,
    senior vice president and chief economist, ARTBA
  • Dean Franks,
    senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA
  • Lauren Schapker,
    vice president, legislative affairs, ARTBA
Noon-1 p.m.

1 PDH available

General Session: Risk & Alternative Delivery Panel Discussion


  • Dave Zanetell. president, Kraemer
  • 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

1-2 p.m. Lunch, Networking & Connecting with Peers
2-2:30 p.m. ARTBA Foundation Awards Presentation
2:30-4 p.m. Construction Forum (open to all attendees)

Day 3: Wednesday, October 21

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Board of Directors

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