WHAT WE DO

WTBA is a "cutting edge" association that is widely recognized for its expertise, the effectiveness of its programs, and the long-term impact of its forward-looking vision on the development of a very competitive Wisconsin transportation system. WTBA promotes and serves the Wisconsin Transportation Construction Industry and its members through the following programs:
WTBA continuously monitors and proactively supports state legislation that advances investment in transportation construction, and shapes an acceptable regulatory environment. The Association is extremely active at each stage of the Biennial Budget process, where most of these decisions are made. WTBA efforts were instrumental is winning a 40% increase in transportation construction investment, in inflation-adjusted dollars, over the past decade. Specifically, WTBA: Participates in a wide variety of external advisory committees, that provide policy recommendations on transportation planning and financing. Presents timely issue papers and analyses to the Legislature, state agency officials, and allied organizations on emerging transportation topics that will impact the industry. Establishes industry-wide positions and priorities through its ongoing Leadership Committee and regularly communicates those goals to its members to insure coordinated political action. Contracts with highly credible, effective lobbyists, whose expertise is supplemented by staff lobbying efforts.
WTBA provides extensive, up-to-date information on all transportation construction projects to be let with federal or state funding statewide. The Association also provides accurate, timely information on bids received and awarded. WTBA actively participates on numerous committees and task forces that evaluate new ideas on quality improvement, contract delivery tools, alternative contracting systems, project development streamlining, and contract administration procedures. Association professional staff provides direct assistance to members in settling disputes, uniformity of specification interpretation and application, and appropriate training for new processes and procedures.
WTBA continuously monitors, tracks and proactively participates in rapidly changing environmental expectations, that impact numerous aspects of transportation construction. These areas include, for example, the emissions of criteria pollutants under the Clean Air Act, transportation conformity, and air toxics regulations; stormwater management and construction runoff; pit and quarry reclamation; and the disposal of construction debris. WTBA is also very active in public policy debates about transportation and land use, that could force the redirection of highway funds to other modes and severely restrict new highway capacity, despite growing congestion. To deal with these issues, WTBA employs dedicated professional staff with the expertise and skills to identify emerging issues, develop an appropriate WTBA strategy with extensive member input, and achieve our goals through needed legislation and/or major, complex rule-making processes. WTBA also provides information alerts and arranges for specialized training to assure that its members know about and can successfully comply with new rules.
WTBA contracts with a transportation safety construction consultant to: •Staff a WTBA Safety Committee that works closely with OSHA to improve member safety performance. •Provide timely information on changing safety regulations and respond to member questions. The Association is also active in federal and state safety regulatory processes.
WTBA actively monitors and communicates its positions on key federal transportation legislation to Wisconsin's Congressional delegation. WTBA members are extremely active in ARTBA (American Road and Transportation Builders Association) and TRIP (The Road Information Program), and have held numerous leadership positions. The Association sponsors a member "Fly-In" each year to maintain continuous dialogue with the delegation and its staff. WTBA also organizes member communications directly with the delegation, at critical points in the federal legislative process.

HISTORY

WTBA's beginnings are linked to a number of contractor-related groups that organized in 1902. They worked to promote highway building in Wisconsin at a time when the automobile was increasingly becoming an important and popular means of transportation. In 1939, after the consolidation of a number of these organizations, WTBA emerged as the primary trade association representing the interests of the highway construction industry. A year later in 1940, WTBA moved from Milwaukee to Madison, Wisconsin's capital, to be closer to legislative decision-makers. The Association expanded its activities from solely road-building activities to working on issues such as highway industry safety, and balancing environmental protection with mobility for travelers and products. Today, WTBA has more than 280 member companies, including contractors, consultants, and a broad range of other firms that supply diverse products and services to the transportation construction community.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WTBA is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors representing all sectors of the construction industry. The Board meets semi-monthly.

President

Steve Higgins
Payne & Dolan, Inc.
Waukesha, WI

1st Vice President

Mike Debelak
Michels Corporation
Brownsville, WI

2nd Vice President

Steve Nachreiner
Edgerton Contractors, Inc.
Oak Creek, WI

Secretary

Tom Burch
American Asphalt of WI
Mosinee, WI

Treasurer

Mike Sikma
Musson Bros, Inc.
Brookfield, WI

Past President

Peter Zignego
Zignego Co., Inc.
Waukesha, WI

Board Member

Renee Burcalow
Yahara Materials, Inc.
Waunakee, WI

Board Member

Megan Decker
Mega Rentals, Inc.
Madison, WI

Board Member

Chris Goss
Hoffman Construction Co.
Black River Falls, WI

Board Member

Joe Larson
Lunda Construction Co.
Black River Falls, WI

Board Member

Jeff Parisi
Parisi Construction Co., Inc.
Madison, WI

Board Member

Darrin Stanke
Zenith Tech, Inc.
Waukesha, WI

Board Member

Joe Trierweiler
Trierweiler Construction & Supply Co.
Marshfield, WI

Chair, WTBA Legislative Committee

Bill Kennedy
Rock Road Companies
Janesville, WI

Chair, WTBA of Tomorrow

Dan Weinkauf
Integrity Grading & Excavating, Inc.
Schofield, WI

Chair, WTBA Associates Council

Tim Cleary
M3 Insurance
Madison, WI

Chair, WTBA Consultant Council

Rusty Chesmore
Mead & Hunt
Middleton, WI

COMMITTEES

Board of Directors

WTBA is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors representing all sectors of the construction industry. The Board meets semi-monthly.

Executive Committee

Association budget, personnel and other management responsibilities are overseen by WTBA officers and its immediate past president.

Legislative Committee

This committee monitors legislative initiatives and directs the Association’s political efforts.

Environmental Committee

This committee meets regularly to discuss and monitor a range of environmental issues impacting transportation construction. Membership is open to any WTBA member.

Safety Committee

Comprised primarily of company safety directors, this committee focuses primarily on OSHA and work zone safety issues. Membership is open to any WTBA member.

WTBA of Tomorrow

This 7-member board administers the Association’s Scholarship Program and organizes events to foster a better understanding of key issues among younger industry professionals.

Associate Member Council

This 9-member council of representatives from Associate Member companies works on the participation and involvement of Associate Members in WTBA including sponsorship and developing/supporting networking opportunities such as WTBA’s Annual Golf Outing.

Consulting Council

This 8-member council of representatives from Associate Member consulting engineering firms works on contract administration and other construction-related issues.

STAFF

Pat Goss

  • Executive Director

Kevin Traas

  • Director of Transportation Policy & Finance

Karen Brown

  • Karen Brown Director of Marketing & Events

Matt Grove

  • Director of Construction

Sean Stephenson

  • Director of Government & Member Relations

Pam Fugina

  • Office & Financial Manager

Patricia Hackett

  • Administrative Assistant

Michelle Klubertanz

  • Administrative Assistant

WTBA Scholarship Program

Wisconsin’s transportation construction industry continues to foster the next generation of leaders through its scholarship program geared toward state university and technical college students. The WTBA Scholarship Program has awarded approximately $185,000 in scholarships over the past 25 years to students who plan to work in the construction industry. The scholarships are funded through the generous donations of WTBA member companies to an annual scholarship auction. WTBA invites eligible students to apply for this year's scholarship program.

WTBA Scholarships

WTBA awards $2,000 scholarships to students enrolled in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Construction Management and related curriculums at universities throughout the state. Schools currently participating in the scholarship program are Marquette University, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville and UW-Stout.
WTBA awards $750 scholarships to students enrolled in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Construction Management and related curriculums at technical colleges throughout the state. Schools currently participating in the scholarship program are Madison Area Technical College, Northeast WI Technical College, Midstate Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College.