By Rich Juliano, senior vice president and managing director of the Contractors Division, ARTBA

Charles R. Lovorn, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors (KAHC) since 1997, is retiring from his position as of April 30.  Through a long-planned succession, Chad LaRue, a former official with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and KAHC’s assistant executive director, will become its new chief staff executive.

At the federal level, Charlie has been an ARTBA activist, including service as chairman of ARTBA’s Council of State Executives (CSE) in 2006-07. His years at KAHC constituted something of a second career for him, after many years in the energy industry.  That experience proved to be critical during his term as CSE chairman, when the transportation construction industry dealt with numerous spikes in materials prices and Charlie helped ARTBA lead a national dialogue on this issue.

Charlie and KAHC’s work with Kentucky’s congressional delegation has also paid major dividends. They have maintained continued communications with current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who became a major proponent of 2015’s FAST Act in part because of constant encouragement from “back home.” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has also been a key ally of the chapter.

ARTBA, its chapters and members congratulate Charles Lovorn on his distinguished career in service to the industry, and we wish Charlie and his wife, Carolyn, the best of happiness and health during this next chapter of their lives.  We also congratulate and look forward to working with Chad LaRue in his new role with KAHC.