Oregon Businessman to Chair National Transportation Group in 2016
A Springfield, Oregon, construction executive has been elected 2016 chairman of the Board of Directors of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.
Scott Williams, who began his career at Hamilton Construction Co. in 1979 and was named president in 2000, joined the TRIP Board of Directors in 2003. Founded in 1939, Hamilton Construction has grown from a small firm building concrete roads and irrigation systems in Oregon, to a corporation performing over $150 million annually in concrete and steel construction throughout the Western states.
“Hamilton Construction has supported TRIP’s efforts to increase public awareness of the need to invest in America’s surface transportation system for over a decade, and I look forward to leading this fine organization,” Mr. Williams said. “While the country has long term funding stability at the federal level in the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) for the next five years, TRIP’s efforts to inform the public and lawmakers about the critical issues facing America’s transportation system are as important as ever as the nation faces the challenges of sustainable funding to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent and adequate funding at the state and local levels,” he added.
In addition to his service to TRIP, Mr. Williams is incoming (2016) treasurer of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, past chair of its Highway &Transportation Division, and past president of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the AGC. Locally, Mr. Williams serves as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon State University Construction Education Foundation.
TRIP elected the following individuals as officers for 2016: Nick Yaksich, vice president – Global Public Policy, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee, Wis., was elected president; David R. Gehr, senior vice president, Highway Market Leader – Americas, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Herndon Va., was elected fist vice president; Tom Brown, president, Sierra Pacific West, Encinitas, Calif., was elected second vice president; and, Jeffrey DiStefano, vice president and chief operating officer, Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc., Glenmont, N.Y., was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues. TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.