Leo Vecellio, Jr., center, with National Academy of Construction President Hugh Rice, left, and Vice-President Tom Sorley, at the Oct. 26 induction ceremony.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Leo Vecellio, Jr. Oct. 26 was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Construction. The longtime ARTBA leader is chairman and CEO of West Palm Beach, Florida-based Vecellio Group, Inc.

The 2017 class included 28 inductees among 300 leaders under consideration, the Austin, Texas, organization said. Vecellio, the immediate past chairman of the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation Board of Trustees and 2007 ARTBA chairman, was described as a “transformative leader in transportation construction who has made outstanding contributions at a national level and significantly influenced education at all levels for future generations.”

In addition to his leadership roles within ARTBA and his family’s businesses, Vecellio is active in numerous industry, educational and business associations. He is on Florida’s Council of 100 and a member of the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA). He is a founder of West Virginia’s Flexible Pavements Council and is active in the state’s contractors association.

Vecellio is the recipient of the ARTBA Award, the association’s highest honor, and the Nello L. Teer, Jr. Contractor Division Award. He has been inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy of Distinguished Alumni and its Academy of Engineering Excellence, the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, the West Virginia Academy of Civil Engineers, and the FTBA Hall of Fame. Palm Beach Atlantic University bestowed upon him its American Free Enterprise Award.

All of us at ARTBA congratulate Leo on his induction into the NAC.