Charles F. Potts

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Charles F. Potts

2018 Class

Charles F. Potts

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Charles Potts has a distinguished career spanning more than 45 years in the public and private sectors of the transportation design and construction industry.  He was elected chairman of the board of five construction or asphalt-related groups, and led a one-night, $500,000 fundraising event that established a legacy program known as the Dr. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop.

Potts, the chairman of the board of Indianapolis-based Heritage Construction & Materials, is a recognized expert in the field of hot mixed asphalt materials and construction, and the author or co-author of over 100 technical papers on the subjects.  He was Heritage CEO for 10 years.

Earlier, he spent nearly two decades as a senior vice president of Ashland, Inc., and president of APAC, Inc., Ashland’s highway construction contracting arm.  Prior to APAC, Potts worked for the Florida Department of Transportation for 16 years, serving in numerous positions including as head of the state’s materials and research program and its director of construction.

He is a former chairman of ARTBA, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University; past president of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists; past chairman of the board for the International Center for Aggregates Research at the University of Texas; and a member of several Transportation Research Board Committees and Federal Highway Administration technical working groups.

As ARTBA chairman and in his role as Heritage CEO, he spent many years as an eloquent national advocate articulating the need for a new transportation vision—dubbed “Critical Commerce Corridors”—to improve the safe and efficient movement of goods.

In 2012, Potts led the fundraising outreach for a dinner in Memphis to honor and recognize the lifetime innovations and achievements of Astec Industries Founder Don Brock.  The net proceeds were used to establish a fund to support future TransOvation™ activities.  The name plays off the meanings of three words—“transportation,” “innovation” and “ovation.”  Today, the Dr. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop is an annual interactive learning event that fosters innovative thinking from the business community and transportation design and construction industry.