By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
Dave Bauer has been named president and CEO of ARTBA, effective Jan. 1, 2019. He will succeed Pete Ruane, who retires Oct. 31, after 30 years of service, the longest leadership tenure in the association’s 116-year history.
ARTBA Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer William D. Toohey, Jr., who has been with the association 34 years and had announced his intention to retire in April 2019, was appointed interim president and CEO by the board and will assist in the transition process.
The ARTBA’s board of directors’ unanimous decision on Bauer was announced earlier this month at the association’s National Convention in New York City. Bauer joined ARTBA in 1997, and currently serves as its executive vice president of advocacy.
“Dave Bauer’s encyclopedic knowledge of transportation policy issues, his non-partisan approach, and his strong relationships with the staff, the association’s membership and its industry coalition partners make him the right person to lead ARTBA,” said David Zachry, CEO of the Zachry Corporation, an international construction firm based in San Antonio, Texas. “Dave earned this position with his enthusiasm, energy and plan for the future.” Zachry chaired the search committee charged with finding the association’s new top executive.
“I am humbled and energized by this new opportunity,” Bauer said. He added: “While this is a personnel change for the association, it is not a mission change. ARTBA will continue its aggressive advocacy work to grow and protect the nation’s transportation infrastructure market to meet the demand for safe and efficient mobility.”
Bauer, as head of ARTBA’s government relations team, has directed the association’s lobbying, grassroots initiatives, policy development, regulatory engagement, political fundraising and disbursements. He played a key leadership role in the passage of four major federal highway and public transit investment laws: TEA-21 (1998), SAFETEA-LU (2005), MAP-21 (2012) and the FAST Act (2015).
Bauer accepted an “Industry Partner Award” on ARTBA’s behalf from the Renewable Fuels Association in 2005 that recognized his work to help ensure ethanol blended motor fuel is appropriately taxed to support federal Highway Trust Fund investments. The policy reform boosted revenues for transportation programs by more than $2 billion per year.
“After a rigorous search process, Dave Bauer was clearly the best choice to lead ARTBA’s outstanding staff,” ARTBA Chairman Bob Alger, president and CEO of Connecticut-headquartered Lane Construction Corporation, said. “His passion and unwavering commitment to advancing ARTBA’s mission will help drive his—and the association’s—success.”
Prior to joining ARTBA, Bauer spent seven years on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.).
Originally from Oregon, Bauer graduated from Willamette University in 1990 with a B.S. in economics. He earned a master’s in business administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife, Julie, and two sons, Davis and Josh, reside in Alexandria, Va.