ARTBA National Convention | Register Now 2018-10-10T14:10:57-05:00

Strategize. Learn. Network.

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 systems, and explore potential impacts on future market development.

12:30-5 p.m.Project Tour: East Side Access and Moynihan Station (New Penn Station)

*Optional Event: Preregistration required
1:30-5 p.m. Contractor Safety Awards Judging
5-6 p.m.Past Chairmen

Materials & Services Division

Council of State Executives
6-7 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.A Conversation with Women Transportation Executives from the Public Sector

Hosted by: ARTBA’s Women Leaders Council and the WTS GNY Chapter (Open to all Attendees)

Moderator: Susan Martinovich, national highway market director, Jacobs


  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation

  • Paula Hammond, senior vice president, WSP USA (former Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation)

  • Joan McDonald, director of operations, Westchester County (former Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation)

P3 Division
9:30-11 a.m.Executive Committee
11-11:15 a.m.Convention Opening Session
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.General Session: “State of the Transportation Construction Industry”(1.25 PDH)


  • 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

  • Jean Vidal, president & CEO, Colas

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(1.25 PDH)
4-5:30 p.m.Workforce Development and Challenges in Transportation Design & Construction

Hosted by: Industry Leader Development Council (Open to all attendees)

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
7-9 a.m.Buffet Breakfast
7:30-9 a.m.Contractors Division
Planning & Design Division

(8:30-9 a.m. Planning & Design and Contractors Division Meeting Presentation: Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry: Is the Threat Real? What Can I Do? – Pearl Room – 9th Floor)

Transportation Officials Division
9-9:30 a.m.General Session: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Presentation

Speaker: Rick Cotton, executive director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
9:30-11 a.m.General Session: Transforming Disruptive Technology for New Business Models: "Transportation, Resilience & Infrastructure" (1.5 PDH)

Speaker: Mike Steep, executive director, Stanford University Global Projects Center’s Digital Cities & Emerging Technologies
11 a.m.-1 p.m.Board of Directors
1:10-1:30 p.m.Dr. J. Don Brock Transovation™ Workshop: "Building Smart & Resilient Transportation Infrastructure"

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

Speaker: Jennie Clinton, senior risk manager, Microsoft
2-3 p.m.Resiliency for Infrastructure 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.Resiliency in Transit and Bridge Projects

Moderator: Sofia Berger, senior vice president, Louis Berger


  • Eric Daleo, assistant executive director, Capital Planning & Programs, NJ Transit

  • Jon Carnegie, executive director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers

  • Niek Veraart, vice president, Louis Berger

P3 Division
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.-12:30 p.mMuseum of Modern Art Tour

Please join us for the “Masterworks of the Collection, Collection Galleries 1880s – 1950s” tour of the Museum of Modern Art. (MOMA)

Experience highlights from the museum's most famous permanent collection on the 5th Floor galleries. Within an overall chronological flow, Collection Galleries highlight individual stylistic movements, artists, and themes, including Cubism, the work of Henri Matisse, Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and the work of Vincent van Gogh.

A professional art historian will provide a guided 60-minute tour and help us to explore the history of modern art and the museum’s rich collection.

MoMA is one of the most popular museums in New York City as it averages over 2.5 million visitors annually. Bus transportation will be provided from the hotel.

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.Lunch at the Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse (across the street from the MOMA)
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

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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.”