Bob Alger Elected Chairman
Dave Bauer has been named president and chief executive officer of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, effective January 1, 2019. Bauer succeeds Pete Ruane, who retired October 31 after 30 years of service. Long time ARTBA Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Bill Toohey, Jr., who has been with the association 34 years and has announced his intention to retire in April 2019, was appointed interim president and CEO by the board and will assist in the transition process.
“Dave Bauer’s encyclopedic knowledge of transportation policy issues, his non-partisan approach, and his strong relationships with the staff, the association’s membership and its industry coalition partners make him the right person to lead ARTBA,” said David Zachry, chief executive officer of the Zachry Corporation, who chaired the search committee.
Bauer joined ARTBA in 1997, and currently serves as executive vice president of advocacy. As head of ARTBA’s government relations team, he has directed the association’s lobbying, grassroots initiatives, policy development, regulatory engagement, political fundraising and disbursements. He played a key leadership role in the passage of four major federal highway and public transit investment laws: TEA-21 (1998), SAFETEA-LU (2005), MAP-21 (2012) and the FAST Act (2015).
Prior to joining ARTBA, Bauer spent seven years on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR). Originally from Oregon, Bauer graduated from Willamette University in 1990 with a B.S. in economics. He earned a master’s in business administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Robert (Bob) E. Alger, P.E., president and chief executive officer of The Lane Construction Corporation, has been elected ARTBA Chairman for 2018-2019. His roster of ARTBA volunteer leadership positions includes: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, Contractors Division president, Contractors Division first vice president, ARTBA Foundation trustee, and Trans2020: “MAP-21 Policy Promotion, Implementation & Funding Enhancement Task Force” co-chair.
Outlining his chairman’s agenda, Alger said ARTBA would remain laser-focused on its core mission of transportation market development by working to achieve three main goals: a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund; passage of a new infrastructure investment package that includes significant investments in the National Highway Freight Network; and laying the groundwork for the scheduled 2020 reauthorization of the FAST Act highway and transit investment law. The association will also “continue to collaborate with federal agencies to build a regulatory environment conducive to more efficient and safe project delivery,” he added.
Watch a video about Alger on ARTBA’s YouTube Channel.