Left to Right, Pete Ruane, Fred Fehsenfeld, Sr., Bill Burgett & Ethel Birchland
By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
Former ARTBA President & CEO Dr. T. Peter Ruane; the founder of Kokosing Construction Co. and past president of the Ohio Contractors Association William “Bill” Boyd Burgett; the first woman executive leader of ARTBA, Ethel A. Birchland; and Heritage Group founder and innovator, Fred Fehsenfeld, Sr. are the 2019 inductees into ARTBA Foundation’s Transportation Development Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Sept. 23 at the association’s National Convention in Savannah, Ga.
Launched in 2010, the Hall “honors individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development during their careers.” Nominees are considered in two categories: Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators: Honors the men and women who discovered or created a “game changing” product or process that significantly advanced transportation design, construction and/or safety. It seeks to honor the original innovator; and Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders (Individuals or Families): Recognizes men, women and families who have made significant contributions—beyond just having successful businesses or careers—that have notably helped advance the interests and image of the transportation design, construction and safety industry.
Read more about the inductees and past inductees into the Hall of Fame on the ARTBA Foundation Hall of Fame website.