The SCTPP Commission

The Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program is governed by the Certification Commission (“Commission”), an independently appointed body established by the ARTBA Foundation with sole responsibility for the governance of the certification program and related certification decisions.

The Commission is comprised of these distinguished industry leaders:

Co-Chairman: Ross Myers, CEO & Chairman, Allan Myers

rossmyersWith more than 40 years of construction industry experience, Ross Myers is the CEO and chairman of the largest civil construction and materials company in the mid-Atlantic Region, with seven regional offices and 15 asphalt and aggregate plants.  He leads a workforce of more than 2,000 men and women. In 2015, American Infrastructure, Allan A. Myers and Independence Construction Materials consolidated under one name, Allan Myers, to reflect the original father and son team who founded the company more than 75 years ago.  Previously, Mr. Myers was president and CEO of American Infrastructure.  He has a passion for safety and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.  Mr. Myers sits on the Virginia Tech Advisory Board and serves as chairman of its Myers-Lawson School of Construction.  He is a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable and his firm is a leader of the Construction Industry Safety Initiative.

Co-Chairman: David Walls, President & CEO, Austin Industries

davidwallsDavid Walls is president and CEO of Austin Industries, one of the largest diversified construction companies in the U.S., with an annual volume of $2 billion.  The firm has more than 7,000 employee-owners.  He began his career with the firm’s commercial construction branch in 1980 as a project engineer and was named its vice president and director of operations in 1988. Prior to his current position, he served as president of the firm’s commercial and transportation construction branches.  Mr. Walls has a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in building construction from Texas A&M University, and earned a Ph.D. in Leadership from Dallas Baptist University.  He is the author of “World Class Safety Program,” a book to help design and construction companies develop and maintain a “zero-accident mentality.”  Mr. Walls is a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable.


Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

victormendezDeputy Secretary Mendez is the U.S. DOT’s chief operating officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the agency’s 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 agency employees nationwide and overseas.  He is focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Mendez served as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.  He was nominated for that position by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009.  Before joining the U.S. DOT, he served as the top executive of the Arizona Department of Transportation, which he joined in 1985 as a transportation engineer.  In 2006, his professional peers elected him president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.  Mr. Mendez has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso, and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University.

Greg Kelly, President & CEO, U.S., Central & South America, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

gregkellyGreg Kelly is president and CEO for the Western Hemisphere operations of one of the largest professional services firms in the world.  WSP│Parsons Brinckerhoff has approximately 31,500 employees in 500 offices serving 39 countries.  Prior to the merger with WSP, Mr. Kelly was global chief operating officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a multinational planning and design firm with 14,000 employees.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience in the engineering services sector, encompassing executive management, engineering, project management and construction.  Mr. Kelly started his career with a major steel manufacturing company.  He has a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Mr. Kelly is member of the Construction Industry Roundtable and the National Academy of Construction.

Jerry W. Waddell, Director of Safety, Cargo Transporters Inc.

jerrywaddellJerry Waddell has been director of safety at Cargo Transporters, an intrastate and interstate shipping firm with over 500 tractors and 1,600 trailers, since 1999.   His career in transportation, however, spans almost four decades, half dedicated to safety management.   Under Mr. Waddell’s leadership, the Cargo Transporters safety program earned the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) 2012 “President’s Trophy” in the 25- to 100-million mile category.  Mr. Waddell is a member of the ATA Safety Management Council serving on several committees and working groups, including those that develop trucking industry accident preventability guidelines and work on safety compliance and accountability issues.  He was named the North Carolina “Safety Director of the Year” in 2003, Truckload Carriers Association’s “Safety Professional of the Year” in 2012, and ATA’s “National Safety Director of the Year” in 2013.  Mr. Waddell attended Appalachian State University.

Randy Vance, President & COO, Ash Grove

randyvanceAs president and chief operating officer of Ash Grove Cement Company, Randy Vance leads one of the nation’s largest cement manufacturing firms.  Ash Grove has operations in eight states that collectively produce nearly nine million tons of cement per year.  The company also operates two deep water import terminals west of the Mississippi River, extensive ready-mix operations in the Midwest and packaging operations throughout the Midwest and Western United States.  Prior to assuming his present role, Mr. Vance was the firm’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. A member of the Ash Grove Board of Directors, he joined the firm in 2011. Mr. Vance has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jerral Wyer, Director, Occupational Safety & Health Division, Texas Department of Transportation (Retired)

jerralwyerJerral Wyer, appointed to his current role leading TxDOT’s nationally recognized safety and health program, began his career in 1991 with the agency responsible for implementing safety procedures and industrial hygiene standards in field operations.  Under his leadership, the agency’s innovative risk management and safety initiatives have heightened employee safety as a core value.  TxDOT’s “Mission Zero” safety culture is viewed as a model for other state transportation departments.  Mr. Wyer is a past president of—and TxDOT’s representative to—the North American Association of Transportation Safety & Health Officials, whose mission is to share safety and health best practices among the state and provincial transportation departments in the U.S. and Canada.   Mr. Wyer has a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas A&M University.

Don Tolbert, CSP, Senior Technical Director, Risk Control Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

dontolbertAt Liberty Mutual, the second largest property and casualty insurer in the United States, Don Tolbert develops processes and resources to support the firm’s consulting services to improve safety management systems and the organizational processes they support.  Over his 36-year career, he has served as a technical specialist to the contracting, mining and heavy industry sectors, assisting customers who are implementing behavior-based safety processes.  Mr. Tolbert is a Certified Safety Professional and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.  He has served on ANSI and other national safety and health advisory committees and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.

James R. Urtz, III, National Apprentice Director, Laborers’ International Union of North America Training & Education Fund

jamesurtzJim Urtz helps lead the national apprentice program for the Laborers’ Training & Education Fund, which develops curriculum, certifies instructors and supports a network of over 70 affiliated training centers throughout the United States and Canada.  He began his career in 1982 as a construction craft laborer and is a long-time member of LIUNA Local 633 in Syracuse, New York.  In 2000, Mr. Urtz became an instructor at the Upstate New York Laborers’ Training Fund, teaching courses related to construction skills and safety awareness.  In 2006, he joined the LIUNA Training and Education Fund team.  He was promoted to his current position in 2012. Mr. Urtz has a master’s degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Ex-Officio Members (Non-voting)

David Zachry, P.E., President & CEO, Zachry Corporation

davidzachryDavid Zachry has led the Zachry Corporation, one of the world’s largest construction firms, since 2008.   He has worked at the firm, founded by his grandfather in 1924, since 1986 in a number of progressive assignments in the highway, petrochemical, power and pipeline sectors. In 1996, he was named president of the firm’s Civil Group. In 2004, he assumed the responsibilities of president and chief operating officer of Zachry Construction Corporation.  Long before the creation of OSHA and the widespread adoption of workers’ compensation laws, the Zachry Corporation established the construction industry’s first comprehensive safety program.  Under Mr. Zachry’s leadership, for the past eight years, the firm has earned the World Safety Organization’s “Concerned Company” distinction and numerous safe contractor awards.  Mr. Zachry has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.  His industry peers elected him chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association in 2015.

Rick Dorris, Executive Vice President & COO, Astec Industries

rickdorrisRick Dorris joined Astec Industries, a global leader in the manufacture of equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing, oil, gas and water drilling and other processing activities, in 1999.   Over his 17 years with the firm, starting as Astec’s national accounts manager, his responsibilities have continually been expanded.  He was named president of the Heatec product line in 2004.  In 2012, he began leading the firm’s Energy Group, first as group vice president and then president.  He has served in his current position since 2014.  Prior to joining Astec, Mr. Dorris was president of the Esstee Manufacturing Company for nine years.  He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Paul Yarossi, PE, President, HNTB Holdings, Ltd.

paulyarossiPaul Yarossi joined HNTB, one of the nation’s top engineering, architecture and construction management firms, in 1973 after graduating with a civil engineering degree from Manhattan College in New York City.   Now in his 43rd year with the employee-owned firm, he directs its governance, capitalization strategy, strategic planning, compliance and audit functions, as well as its external and government relations.  He has also been instrumental in formulating HNTB’s training and executive development programs.  He was elected by his peers as chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association in 2011.  He continues to serve the association and the industry as vice chairman of ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation.

Pete Ruane, President & CEO, ARTBA

peterruanePete Ruane has been ARTBA president and CEO since October 1988. Prior to joining ARTBA, he served nine years as the president and CEO of the National Moving and Storage Association, moving it from Chicago, Illinois, to Alexandria, Virginia.  Earlier in his career, he was deputy director of the Office of Economic Adjustment, Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the President’s Economic Adjustment Committee.  He is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, serving with distinction as a U.S. Marine Corps officer.  Dr. Ruane is a graduate of Loyola College of Baltimore, and holds a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Bill Toohey, Executive Vice President & COO, ARTBA

billtooheyBill Toohey, ARTBA executive vice president & COO, joined the association in 1985 as its director of public relations.  Today, he leads its government relations, policy, member services and marketing functions, and manages its day-to-day operations.  Prior to joining ARTBA, he served as public relations manager for the American Automobile Association’s Washington, D.C., office, and director of media relations for a national manufacturing trade group.  He has a journalism degree from the University of Maryland.