By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

It takes only a quick look at the Flint, Michigan, water crisis or the Volkswagen emissions scandal to see how shoddy business ethics can damage reputations. The opposite is also true.

“A culture of compliance and leadership works to the advantage of a company, including increased profitability and employee retention,” said Lorraine D’Angelo, Esq., founder and president of New York-based LDA Compliance Consulting, Inc. “At the end of the day, it means an enhanced reputation.”

D’Angelo will give presentations on Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) compliance and ethics at ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) Project Management Academies, Dec. 6-7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dec. 13-15 in Chicago.

Internal detection and correction protocols are important to mitigate harmful reputational damage, D’Angelo said. It helps keep employees from becoming whistleblowers who alert outside agencies that “don’t stop looking once they come inside.”

On the DBE front, D’Angelo will address some subcontractor rules that were revised in 2014 and could have major impacts on transportation construction firms, especially regarding trucking companies and suppliers.

Other topics and speakers at the Charlotte and Chicago academies include:

  • Construction Documentation: Chris Brasco, senior partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP;
  • Management & Leadership in the Workplace: Rich Feyerabend, corporate manager & consultant;
  • Client Relations: Ann Schneider, former secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, in Chicago; and Steve DeWitt, senior vice president of Business Development, ACS Infrastructure Development Inc., formerly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, in Charlotte; and
  • Economics of Safety: Brad Sant, ARTBA’s senior vice president of safety and education, in Chicago, and Robinson Vasquez, ARTBA’s safety training & business development specialist, in Charlotte.

The Chicago academy will also include a third day of instruction on scheduling from retired Brigham Young University professor Jay Newitt.

Registration and additional information for both academies, including cost and Professional Development Hours, can be found in the “Transportation Builder Institute” section of, or by contacting ARTBA’s Allison Rose: or 202.289.4434.