By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Ananth Prasad has been named president-designate of the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA), an ARTBA chapter. The HNTB executive is a former secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Beginning Dec. 1, Prasad will work with longtime FTBA President Bob Burleson through Dec. 31, 2018. Then, Burleson will retire after 30 years of service with the 420-member contractors group. Prasad will assume the president’s title on Jan. 1, 2019.

“While replacing Bob Burleson in this association is a tall order … we are very excited to have found someone not unfamiliar with FTBA’s mission and vision, who we feel can build on Bob’s legacy and lead this association into the future,” said John Morris, president of Community Asphalt, who chaired the FTBA search committee. “Ananth’s successful and diversified experience in both the public and private sectors of our industry here in Florida, along with his familiarity with the legislative process in Tallahassee, and numerous solid existing relationships within our current membership makes him uniquely qualified for this position.”

Since 2015, Prasad has led HNTB’s national transportation practice as a senior vice president. Previously, he spent 22 years with FDOT, culminating in his tenure as secretary from 2011 through December 2014.  At various times during those years, Prasad was also an active member of the AASHTO-AGC-ARTBA Joint Committee, an executive-level transportation policy group, and the AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction, in which ARTBA also participates.  In 2015, ARTBA recognized Prasad as a co-winner of its “P3 Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

“FTBA is a key chapter for us, and of course Florida is a critical state in the nation’s transportation network,” said Pete Ruane, president and CEO of ARTBA.  “Our association knows Ananth from his past leadership roles and we’re excited to start working with him at FTBA.  While Bob Burleson is a legend who has the deepest respect of his colleagues nationwide, we see Ananth as the next major industry voice from Florida.”