ARTBA Announces Winners of Inaugural Leadership Impact Awards
ASHINGTON – The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation is marking the 25th anniversary of its Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP) with the launch of “Leadership Impact Awards” to honor ILDP graduates.
The ILDP annually provides attendees with a solid understanding of industry economics, how transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how they—and their company or agency—can become politically engaged.
Nearly 800 professionals from all eight ARTBA membership divisions representing 200 firms and public agencies have completed the program since 1996.
The winners of the 2021 Leadership Impact Awards, announced during the association’s national convention in Pinehurst, N.C., were evaluated on these key criteria: 1) demonstrated contributions to national, state, or local transportation design and construction associations or professional societies in at least one of three areas: infrastructure funding or regulatory advocacy, safety, innovation, technology or communications/marketing; 2) proven track record displaying visionary thinking, driving change, or solving problems that helped improve operational performance; and 3) measurable examples serving as a mentor to firm/agency colleagues or industry peers, and/or driving efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.
The winners, followed by the year they completed the ILDP, are:
Ozzy Bravo, national manager, Terracon, Orlando, Fla. (2015)
Bravo is on the national Women Transportation Seminar Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, which establishes measures of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He focuses on working closely with Terracon’s emerging transportation market leaders, mentoring them as they transition from technical into business strategy development. Bravo continues to serve in leadership roles at ARTBA, as a past ILDC Chair and currently a Director on the Planning & Design Division’s Board.
Rolando Amaya, senior vice president, WSP USA, Washington, D.C. (2011)
Amaya is on the WSP Diversity and Inclusion Silver team and supported WSP’s working group that developed the company’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Strategic Plan. He also helped start WSP’s local Washington, D.C., D&I group.
Albert Sosa, office leader, HNTB, Chicago, Ill. (2007)
Sosa regularly holds meetings with elected and appointed officials at the local, state, and national level to advocate for infrastructure funding and transportation related regulatory issues. He founded the firm’s south Florida construction services practice and grew it to over $10 million in annual revenue in 4 years.
Nick DiBartolo, vice president, Rogers Group, Columbia, Tenn. (2017)
DiBartolo was elected to the ARTBA board of directors two years after completing the ILDP. He is presently co-chair of the ARTBA Workforce Development Council as well as southern vice-chair of its ILDP. Since 2020, he has been ARTBA’s liaison to the Federal Highway Administration’s implementation team for its EDC-6 (Every Day Counts Round 6) Strategic Workforce Development initiative.
Ponch Frank, vice president, Ranger Construction Industries, West Palm Beach, Fla. (2008)
With nearly 25 years in the industry, Frank is active in the community as an officer for the Florida Asphalt Scholarship Program, as a member of Virginia Tech’s Committee of 100, and by mentoring new project managers and engineers within Ranger. He is also past ILDC Chair and served as 2015 co-chair of the ILDP’s strategic planning committee.
The ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, “promotes research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certificate program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, cutting-edge economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.