Donna Clark promoted to American Traffic Safety Services Association vice president, member services
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — Donna Clark, a project management professional, was promoted to the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s vice president of member services position after serving as director of training for more than 16 years. Clark began her employment with ATSSA as training course manager nearly two decades ago.
Clark oversees training, new programs, business development, meetings and conventions and member engagement departments in addition to the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation. In her new position she will steer ATSSA’s strategic goals of maintaining the association’s position as the industry leader in advocating roadway infrastructure safety and the primary resource for knowledge exchange, education and training. She will continue to work on behalf of ATSSA to ensure the association is recognized as the voice and authority on roadway safety and to support ATSSA members’ business development.
NTEA recognizes 50-year member companies
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. — At the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2016, NTEA honored four companies celebrating 50 continuous years of association membership. Representatives from Cook Truck Equipment & Tools Inc., Monroe Truck Equipment Inc., Northern Truck Equipment Corp. and Washington Auto Carriage were recognized.
“These companies have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to NTEA membership,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “The association is proud to represent them and the industry they have helped build.”
Among the honorees is Monroe Truck Equipment Inc., Monroe, Wis., which specializes in the design, manufacture, distribution and installation of truck equipment, including snow and ice control products, for the municipal and commercial markets. Founded in 1958, the company evolved from its roots as a one-person blacksmith shop. Today, Monroe Truck Equipment has six locations and is a commercial vehicle pool and nationwide ship-through for Chevrolet, GMC, Ford and Ram.
Nashville facility earns Envision Platinum Award for sustainable infrastructure
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure announced in March that the Nashville Metropolitan Government West Park Equalization Facility earned the Envision Platinum award for sustainable infrastructure, the highest rating of the Envision system. This is the first joint wastewater and park project in the U.S. to receive an ISI Envision rating award and the 10th project in North America to receive recognition.
Nashville MWS, charged with eliminating unpermitted discharges from its wastewater collection system, implemented a strategy that included wastewater storage throughout the system during wet weather. The design for the West Park Facility originally called for a second tank on the existing pump station site. However, updates to the flood zones made in response to a historic 2010 flood resulted in an unsuitable original location. The alternative, remote location would have required multiple tanks and additional piping.
By relocating this project in the park, the cost savings funded much-needed park upgrades and new recreational facilities. The project’s interagency collaboration provides two different community benefits: valuable park improvements and cleaner rivers and streams.
Inaugural Construction Event held at The Work Truck Show 2016
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — NTEA, Allison Transmission Inc. and key partners worked together to produce The Construction Event — a unique first-time experience held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2016. Sponsors included Odyne Systems LLC, Palfinger North America, Palfleet Truck Equipment Inc., Roll-Rite LLC and Truck Bodies and Equipment International Inc.
The event began with a reception at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Educational sessions were offered the next day at Allison Transmission headquarters. Participants were then able to take advantage of a plant tour, as well as an outdoor ride-and-drive — complete with product demonstrations.
American Traffic Safety Services Association offers training tailored to law enforcement, first responders
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — The American Traffic Safety Services Association offers “Safe and Effective Use of Law Enforcement Personnel in Work Zones,” a train-the-trainer course and “Incident Traffic Control for First Responders” for police officers, firefighters and emergency management services personnel.
The four-hour “Safe and Effective Use of Law Enforcement Personnel in Work Zones” course is designed to provide awareness and guidance to law enforcement personnel who work in active highway work zones, whether on or offduty.
“Incident Traffic Control for First Responders” is a training course for police and fire rescue personnel involved with traffic control when responding to an incident or enforcing traffic control in work zones.
For more information, hosting options and pricing, contact ATSSA’s training team at (877) 642-4637.
APWA announces new certified public fleet professionals
KANSAS CITY, MO. — The American Public Works Association published in March the names of public works fleet professionals who received Certified Public Fleet Professional certification. CPFP certification is for those who actively supervise, manage, oversee or administer fleet services within a public or private fleet entity.
The purpose of the certification is to promote excellence in fleet management by advancing the knowledge and practice of public fleet professionals to benefit their communities through quality fleet services. Since its inception, a total of 100 U.S. and Canadian fleet professionals have received the CPFP certification, and the program continues to have more applicants who strive for excellent public works service in their communities.
The most recent APWA Certified Public Fleet Professionals are: Jared Divett, CPFP, Bernalillo County Fleet Albuquerque, N.M.; Gilbert English, CPFP, city of Raleigh, N.C.; JeffLawver, CPFP, San Bernardino County, Calif.; and Carlos Osterroth, CPFP, city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
Matthew Wilson to serve as 52nd NTEA president
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. — Matthew Wilson, chairman and CEO of Switch-N-Go, AmeriDeck & Bucks Divisions of Deist Industries Inc., Hadley, Pa., was installed in March as the 52nd president of NTEA — The Association for the Work Truck Industry. He accepted the position from immediate past president Jeffrey Messer, president of Messer Truck Equipment, Westbrook, Maine, at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2016.
Wilson joined Deist Industries in 2006 as a division manager, becoming general manager three years later. In 2010, he was appointed president, and later that year he and his wife acquired full ownership of the business. He maintained the position of president until 2015, when he transitioned to his current role as chairman and CEO.
Also serving on the board are executive committee members First Vice President Adam Keane, executive vice-president of Allied Body Works Inc., Seattle, Wash.; Second Vice President Todd Davis, vice president of Phenix Enterprises Inc., Pomona, Calif.; Third Vice President/ Treasurer Ross Haith Jr., president of Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, Atlanta, Ga.,; and Secretary Steve Carey, executive director of NTEA, Farmington Hills, Mich.
Nate Smith named American Traffic Safety Services Association vice president of government relations
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — Nate Smith, who began his career with the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s Government Relations Department as manager in 2009, was elevated to associate director and director before recently being promoted to vice president. Smith’s responsibilities include advocating for roadway safety infrastructure policies and funding at the state and federal levels on behalf of ATSSA’s membership. His team works to educate elected officials about the importance of increasing funding for roadway safety infrastructure products and services.
Smith has been integral in increasing ATSSA’s visibility to state and federal legislators and representing ATSSA’s membership on Capitol Hill for the passage of the five-year, $305 billion transportation bill that was passed by Congress last December. The passage of Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act includes significant roadway safety infrastructure investments that will substantially improve the safety of the nation’s roadways for motorists.
NTEA presents ‘2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook’
FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. — NTEA recently released the “2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook,” which monitors and evaluates vocational fleet acquisition activity. Companies can use this study as they seek to navigate market fluctuations and understand shifts in fleet buying patterns.
The Outlook, based on survey responses from a diverse pool of fleet professionals in mid- to high-level management with decision-making authority, carefully examines the latest results and benchmarks against data from NTEA’s 2013–15 reports. NTEA members can access the “2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook” for free in print or a downloadable PDF. Nonmembers can purchase the report for $199. To receive a copy, visit ntea.com/shopntea or call (800) 441-6832.
APWA Awards 2015 Public Works Leadership Fellows
KANSAS CITY, MO. — The American Public Works Association has announced the awarding of the 2015 Public Works Leadership Fellows. The 2015 group of PWLFs received credentialing from the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership and Management.
There are currently 258 APWA PWLFs who provide one-on-one mentoring for aspiring public works leaders enrolled in three of APWA’s Leadership and Management professional development programs, including the Public Works Executive, Public Works Manager and the Public Works Supervisor.
The APWA 2015 Public Works Leadership Fellows include: David Derrick, city of Greenville, S.C.; Thomas Driscoll, town of Jupiter, Fla.; Steve Hoambrecker, city of Burlington, Iowa; Louis Jearls, city of Florissant, Mo.; Douglas Layton, P.E., city of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; JeffMay, city of Clive, Iowa; Brian McReynolds, city of Waynesboro, Va.; Dena Mezger, city of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Jobst Schulte, city of Moline, Ill.; and Sammy Vanderzee, city of High Point, N.C.
American Traffic Safety Services Association partners with Federal Highway Administration on work zone safety grant training courses
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — The American Traffic Safety Services Association has partnered with the Federal Highway Administration to offer work zone safety grant training courses to state and local governments, transportation and public agencies, and departments of transportation for $25 per person for each course through Sept. 30. Federal employees can take advantage of the courses for free.
The grant courses were made possible through the FHWA’s Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, which addresses the safety of motorists, pedestrians and highway construction workers in roadway work zones by funding work zone safety training.
Participants can choose from about a dozen grant courses, including “Maintenance and Short-Duration Activities,” “Minimizing Worker Exposure in Highway Work Zones Through the Use of Positive Protection and Other Strategies,” “Traffic Control Design Specialist,” “Urban Work Zone Design” and more.
For more information and to fill out a grant course request form, visit www.atssa.com/WorkZoneSafetyGrant/GrantCourses.
3M raises more than $30,000 for American Traffic Safety Services Foundation with ‘Toward Zero Deaths Pledge Wall’
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — 3M raised nearly $14,000 from pledges on the first-ever “Toward Zero Deaths Pledge Wall” during the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s 46th annual Convention & Traffic Expo in New Orleans, La., Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The company, which also sponsored the Pledge Wall for $5,000, matched the pledges for a grand total of $32,724 for the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation’s Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship.
The wall was available for attendees to donate to the foundation, which promotes roadway safety through charitable giving and public awareness with the National Work Zone Memorial and a scholarship program. Donors had the opportunity to write a message, honor a fallen roadway safety worker or write the amount of the pledge on 3M Post-It Notes that were placed on the wall.
The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship provides continuing education financial assistance for spouses and dependents of roadway workers who have been killed or permanently disabled while making the nation’s roads safer for motorists and pedestrians. Individual scholarships have a value of up to $5,000. In addition, applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism are eligible to receive an additional $1,000 in honor of Chuck Bailey, an esteemed member of the roadway safety industry who died in 2002.
Robby Wehagen named director of government relations for the American Traffic Safety Services Association
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. — Robby Wehagen, who began at the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s Government Relations Department as associate director in 2014, was recently promoted to director. In this position, Wehagen is responsible for educating decision-makers about roadway safety and advocating for roadway safety infrastructure policies and funding. He meets with approximately 200 representatives and their staffs a year to discuss roadway safety infrastructure, share the impact that ATSSA member companies have on their districts and states and ensure continued support of ATSSA members in their districts.
Wehagen worked with Vice President of Government Relations Nate Smith to represent ATSSA’s membership on Capitol Hill for the passage of the five-year, $305 billion transportation bill that was passed by Congress last December. The passage of “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” includes significant roadway safety infrastructure investments that will substantially improve the safety of the nation’s roadways for motorists. Keeping up the momentum on Capitol Hill, he’s already meeting with representatives to work for the next five years of funding when the FAST Act expires in 2020.
Wehagen and his wife, Stefanie, live in Washington, D.C.