James D. Pitcock, Jr.
2014 Class | Industry Leader
Once called a “gentle persuader” by “Engineering News-Record” magazine, Doug Pitcock’s impacts on the transportation construction industry for 60 years are profound.
Pitcock has been a powerful advocate for increased highway funding at the federal and state levels and the use of innovative financing for highways. His volunteer leadership positions span decades. In 1976, he was appointed to the National Transportation Policy Study Commission by President Gerald Ford. Beyond his many years of service to the ARTBA board, Pitcock was elected national president of Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, twice elected president of AGC of Texas, co-chaired the AASHTO-AGC-ARTBA Joint Committee, served as chairman of the Houston Chamber of Commerce transportation committee, and was named a permanent member of the Executive Committee for the Texas Good Roads and Transportation Authority.
Over many years, Pitcock has been a major financial supporter of the programs administered by ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation, and the association’s “Transportation Makes America Work” campaign—the industry’s only comprehensive communications and grassroots advocacy programs aimed at boosting federal surface transportation investment.
His list of industry honors is long and distinguished, including induction to the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association’s Hall of Fame and the Texas Transportation Institute’s Hall of Honor, and being named in 2002 as one of the “America’s Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design & Construction Professionals of the 20th Century.”