By Rich Juliano, general counsel, ARTBA

Richard A. Warden, Sr., a retired executive with The Rogers Group known for his commitment to safety and ability to organize transportation construction professionals for grassroots action, passed away Nov. 8. He was 82.

A lifelong Tennessee resident, Rich held several leadership roles with ARTBA during his career, including member of the Board of Directors; chairman of the Safety, Insurance & Risk Management Committee; and founding member of the Grassroots Strike Force. He helped ARTBA develop safety training materials specific to roadway construction. He was also generous in showing fellow ARTBA members how The Rogers Group had developed a highly-effective grassroots program across the states in its market, capable of generating several hundred personal calls to elected officials, often on short notice, as well as developing ongoing relationships with those legislators.

Rich retired as the company’s executive vice president and COO in 2004. At that time, ARTBA’s Contractors Division recognized him with its Nello Teer Award for his exceptional service to the industry nationally. Rich’s obituary notes, “He loved engineering and business. [He] loved going to work every day ready and able to meet the challenges as they presented themselves. Retirement was at first hard for him because he was a worker and problem solver. After retirement, he opened his own consulting business and thrived on helping companies solve their problems by bringing a lifetime of experience to the table.”

Rich Warden’s survivors include his wife Carolyn, two sons and three grandchildren. ARTBA sends our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.