The Lanford Family
The Lanford Family’s biggest—and most enduring—legacy on the industry, is their creation and endowment of the Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship fund in 1999. This first-of-its-kind program, has become a national model replicated by other groups. It provides post-high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. Today, it is supported by contributions from industry firms, state transportation departments and labor unions. Because of the Lanford family’s generosity, nearly 200 scholarships have been given to worthy students from around America and made their educational futures brighter.
Brothers Stan and Jack Lanford, after starting Lanford Brothers Company and working together for more than 25 years, were very successful, long-time chief executives at their respective firms, Lanford Brothers Company and Adams Construction.
The fact that both were elected by their industry peers nationally to serve as ARTBA chairman (Jack in 1991 and Stan in 1999), and as president of ARTBA’s state chapter affiliate, known today as the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance, speaks volumes about the men. During their careers, both testified before the U.S. Congress on transportation investment and policy issues.
Through their generous contributions of personal time, leadership and financial support, the Lanford family of Roanoke, Va., has taken the notion of “giving back” to the industry to a new level and provided a benchmark for others to follow.