By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation Chairman Leo Vecellio, Jr. is the recipient of the American Free Enterprise Medal from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.

The medal “honors individuals whose hard work and achievement exemplify the best of the American free enterprise system,” according to Palm Beach Atlantic University, which launched the annual recognition in 1984.

ARTBA’s 2007 chairman, and since 2009 its TDF chairman, Vecellio is chairman, CEO and president of West Palm Beach-based Vecellio Group Inc., a family business founded in 1938. Today, the firm is involved in road building, paving, site preparation, limestone mining and the construction and operation of petroleum products terminals.

Vecellio received the medal late last year during a ceremony at the university’s West Palm Beach campus. Read his acceptance remarks.

In 2012, Vecellio received the ARTBA Award for his outstanding contributions to advance the broad goals of the association.”  It’s the association’s highest honor.