From left to right: Michael White, Bridgette Williams, and Jennifer Woodard


By Allison Rose, manager of Member Services and Chapter Relations, ARTBA

Three of ARTBA’s 36 state chapter affiliates welcomed new leaders this year. They now serve on the association’s Council of State Executives (CSE), the only peer networking group of its kind exclusively for leaders of state transportation contractor groups.

The 2017 CSE newcomers are:

  • Michael White, executive vice president of the Kansas Contractors Association (KCA).  White succeeded Bob Totten, who retired in July. White previously worked as the director of state government affairs at ITC Holdings. He has an extensive background in public affairs, working with non-profits and corporations at Kearney and Associates, Inc. and as the chief of staff for state Senate President Steve Morris. KCA is a heavy, highway utility construction association. Founded in 1923, it has more than 235 member companies.
  • Bridgette Williams, executive director of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City (HCAGKC). Williams, the association’s deputy director since 2010, is the first female and first African-American to lead the 67-year-old HCAGKC, and among the first in the country to head a major contractors’ association. She followed Edward DeSoignie, who retired in August. HCAGKC includes some 150 contractors and product and service suppliers involved in constructing the region’s critical infrastructure.
  • Jennifer Woodard, executive vice president of AGC of Texas. Woodard, named to the post in October, has worked at the association for 31 years in a variety of increasingly responsible leadership positions. Former EVP Tom Johnson remains at the association to help the transition. Founded in 1924, AGC of Texas has nearly 900 member firms.