David S. Zachry, CEO of Texas-based Zachry Corporation, is ARTBA’s 2015-2016 chairman. He succeeds Nick Ivanoff, who passed the gavel Oct. 1 at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention in Philadelphia.

Zachry’s career in the transportation construction industry spans nearly 30 years. In 1996, he was named president of the company’s Civil Group. In August 2004, he assumed the responsibilities of president and COO of Zachry Construction Corporation. And in January 2008, he was named president and CEO of Zachry Corporation.

He is the third generation Zachry in the company founded by his grandfather, H.B. “Pat” Zachry, in 1924. Today, the San Antonio-based firm builds technically-unique, large-scale projects around the world, including highways, bridges, waterways, museums, music halls, hotels, and hospitals.

Zachry’s ARTBA volunteer leadership positions include serving as senior vice chairman, first vice chairman and vice chairman at-large. In Philadelphia, he outlined several key goals for the year ahead.

Most importantly, Zachry said ARTBA will remain laser-focused on its mission of ensuring a long-term Highway Trust Fund fix and congressional approval of a multi-year bill that boosts federal surface transportation investment. The association will also advocate for increased federal investment in airport construction as part of the reauthorization of the nation’s aviation programs.

He pledged to build the number of firms and organizations supporting the “Transportation Makes America Work” lobbying and advocacy communications program to help ensure the industry has the financial muscle to achieve its legislative goals. Zachry’s other goals include:

  • expanding the scope of ARTBA’s training initiatives with development of new accredited, national road and bridge safety certification programs;
  • implementing the recommendations of the ARTBA Young Executive Leadership Task Force to more fully engaging the next generation of industry leaders in supporting the association’s advocacy mission and providing them with new leadership opportunities;
  • stressing the importance of ARTBA’s ongoing efforts to support the professional development of women in the industry, and to recruit more women and students to consider transportation construction careers; and
  • initiating a new wave of outreach to expand ARTBA’s membership, build its grassroots army and get members more involved.

Zachry holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He served three years active duty in the United States Army.

He and his wife and three children live in San Antonio, where he has served on several local boards and mayor’s committees and is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations.