President & CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
Dave Bauer assumed the role of American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) president and CEO in January 2019.
Established in 1902, ARTBA is the only national association representing all aspects of transportation development community in the federal legislative and regulatory policy arenas. It’s 8,000 members and 36 state affiliates own, manage, design, build, and provide equipment and materials for all manner of transportation infrastructure improvements.
Dave joined the A-R-T-B-A staff in 1997. He has been integrally involved in implementing and overseeing the association’s advocacy activities for over 20 years. He is a recognized expert on federal transportation capital investment issues and programmatic improvements.
Before joining A-R-T-B-A, Bauer spent seven years on the personal staff of former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.).
He has master’s in business administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree from Willamette University in his home state of Oregon.
Sara provides government consulting services and trade analysis to U.S. manufacturers and associations and works in government relations advocating on behalf of the domestic textile industry. Her work focuses on tracking pending trade initiatives and pressing for strong textile rules in U.S. free trade and preference agreements. Sara represents the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), two divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) as well as serving on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Textiles and Clothing (ITAC 13).
Dr. Furman is not your typical “academic”. She served as the Assistant Dean and Professor at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University for 10+ years, but her passion for career, leadership, and organizational development inspired her to launch Career Potential, a consulting, training, and coaching organization. Her expertise include generational diversity, unconscious bias, leadership success, and emotional intelligence. She brings her background in higher education—particularly business, counseling, and psychology—to the conversation to help individuals and organizations achieve success.
Kim joined NCTO in May 2019 as President and CEO. She has over 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multi-faceted career includes spearheading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration, and leading a non-profit organization working to advance critical policies to grow quality, U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy.
Most recently she served as Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a non-profit partnership of labor and environmental organizations. In that capacity, she led an organization that works to advance policies to help achieve a stronger economy and a more sustainable future at the intersection of energy, the environment and trade.
Before leading the BlueGreen Alliance, Kim served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she worked to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the broad product range of U.S. industries, including fiber, textiles, apparel, footwear, consumer goods, metals and mining, forest products, and chemicals. She also served as the chairman for the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel agreements.
Kim served for a decade on Capitol Hill working extensively on manufacturing, trade, and economic policy issues for Congressman Michael H. Michaud from Maine and Congressman John J. LaFalce from New York. As Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman Michaud, she led efforts in the House of Representatives to establish the House Trade Working Group, a key coalition of Members of Congress that works extensively on trade policy and domestic competitiveness issues to this day.
Kim earned a B.A. in History and graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
• Member of Congress for six years: 2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2017. Passed more laws than any other Member of Congress. Named “the Most Effective Member of Congress.” Was the only Member who raised most of his campaign funds from small donors. Returned to Congress in 2013 with the highest swing in Congressional history (43 points).
• Taxpayer Against Fraud's "Lawyer of the Year," 2006. Profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on April 19, 2006 as fighting a “one-man war against contractor fraud in Iraq.” Featured on 60 Minutes, five times in the Washington Post, and four times in the N.Y. Times. Won the only case on contractor fraud in Iraq that ever went to a jury trial.
• In 2021, filed more procurement protests at the Court of Federal Claims than any other lawyer. In 1991, founded Grayson & Kubli, which concentrated on government contract law. Wrote books on Teaming Arrangements, and Suspension and Debarment. Former lecturer at the George Washington University government contracts program.
• Co-founder and first president of IDT Corporation (International Discount Telecom), a public company (NYSE/NASDAQ).
• In 1986, helped found the non-profit Alliance for Aging Research in Washington, D.C. and served as an officer of the organization for 20+ years. 500% increase in funding for aging research.
• Law clerk at the Colorado Supreme Court in 1983, and at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1984 to 1985. Worked with two judges who later joined the U.S. Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.
• Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Special Concentration in Urban Studies, 1978. Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1983. Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P., 1983. Master's thesis on gerontology. Completed all coursework and the comprehensive examination for a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, 1983.
Executive Vice President, Advocacy, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
Jay Hansen leads NAPA’s government affairs team on federal legislation and issues important to the asphalt pavement industry. His primary focus is educating members of Congress and their staff on asphalt’s role in America’s economy and keeping the industry informed on issues pending in Washington, D.C.
Jay joined NAPA in November 1998 as Vice President for government affairs after more than 12 years of working on transportation issues in Congress. Jay has led the industry’s efforts to secure federal highway funding, worked to defeat harmful pavement-type selection mandates, and secured asphalt pavement research and deployment funding. He also arranged for the construction of an asphalt pavement exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which attracts more than 4 million visitors annually. In November 2011, Jay was named NAPA’s Executive Vice President.
Ron Houle is Founder and President of Pivot Step Consultants, LLC.
Prior to founding his consulting practice, Ron served for twelve years as vice president of Washington Operations for HDT Global, which had acquired DHS Systems/DRASH in February, 2015. Ron’s focus was on opportunities and programs of record in the defense, homeland security, first responder and community hospitals sectors. He has led company partnerships with federal, state and local emergency response agencies, including strategies supporting military support to civilian agencies.
Since joining HDT Global in 2003, Ron was actively involved with the company’s growth in both the defense and non-defense applications of core products. He was involved in building relationships and programs with the Army National Guard, Philips Healthcare, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics, to name a few. In his last three years, Ron was leading the company’s initiative to develop and deploy technologies that will result in a highly mobile tactical power grid.
Prior to joining HDT Global, Ron served as the director for legislative affairs and later as the chief of staff at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. Prior to the American Red Cross, Ron served on the staff of the Secretary of the Army as the Director of the Programs Division, Office of Legislative Liaison, the Pentagon. Other experience includes an assignment as assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, United States Military Academy; congressional fellow in the office Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN); various command positions in the U.S. Army and service in Desert Storm. In addition to two assignments in Washington, DC, he served nearly six years in Germany, and assignments in Kentucky, Georgia, and Kansas.
Ron is a retired Army Colonel with over 24 years of Active Duty service, and a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He holds a master of science degree in applied mathematics, and a master of science degree in industrial engineering, both from Stanford University. Additionally, he holds a master of science degree in national security studies from the National Defense University and completed a curriculum in Foreign Policy Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University. He also studied national security policy in one-year executive seminar with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a past chair of the Corporate Advisory Panel of the National Guard Association, and past chair of the board for the US Industrial Fabrics Institute, and the founder and a past chair of the Berry Amendment Textile Coalition.
Director of Brand Sales, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.
Melissa Henkle serves as the Director of Brand Sales at Unifi, Inc. in Greensboro, NC working with global brands on creating sustainable and innovative products. Unifi is a USA publically traded US and global manufacturing company specializing in synthetic and recycled performance fibers. Through REPREVE®, one of Unifi's proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 30 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods, automotive and other consumer products. Before Unifi, Melissa worked at HanesBrands in Marketing and Merchandising for Champion athletic apparel. Melissa double majored in History and Education at Wake Forest University as an All-American on the NCAA Division 1 Top 5 US-ranked field hockey team where she also received her MBA in graduate school.
Laura joined PCI Wood Mackenzie, now known as Wood Mackenzie Chemicals, in 2017 after more than 25 years in the nylon and polyester industrial fiber business. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, she worked for DuPont, Kordsa, Hailide America, and most recently Nexis Fibers. Her roles have included everything from process engineer to shift supervisor to market manager.
Laura grew up in Rhode Island and received a chemical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In her spare time, she is an avid underwater photographer and is currently trying to improve her golf handicap. She enjoys the occasional glass of pinot noir in her suburban Philadelphia home.
Chief, Strategic Material Sourcing Division, Clothing & Textiles, DLA Troop Support
Donna Pointkouski is the Chief of the Strategic Material Sourcing Group (SMSG) for the Clothing and Textiles supply chain at DLA Troop Support. She is responsible for three key programs: Third Party Logistics (3PL) service contracts for warehousing & distribution, industrial base planning initiatives, and strategic engagement. She’s also the director of the Joint Advanced Planning Brief for Industry. Donna has been an acquisition professional with DLA for 30 years working as a contract specialist, contracting officer, and manager of various clothing teams. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Arcadia University and is a graduate of the DoD Executive Leadership Development Program.
Vice President, Strategic Development, Kuehne + Nagel Inc.
William F. Rooney has 48 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. He is currently Vice President, Strategic Development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. and has been with Kuehne + Nagel for 10 years. Prior to Kuehne + Nagel Mr. Rooney’s positions have included President of Hanjin Shipping America; Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM; and Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider. He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years including 5 years in Europe. Mr. Rooney started his career doing economic research for the US Department of Transportation. Mr. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Rooney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.
Director of Environmental Policy, American Public Power Association
Carolyn Slaughter joined the Regulatory Affairs group within American Public Power Association, as the Director of Environmental Policy where she provides regulatory, advocacy, technical and compliance assistance to APPA members and staff on federal environmental policies, proposals and programs. Carolyn, beings more than 15 years’ professional experience working on environmental and air quality policy issues. Most recently Carolyn was the Director of Strategic Planning for Marsulex Environmental Technologies, where she formulated strategies to improve marketing and business plans, analyzed, and monitored issues from a regulatory perspective that affected profitability, growth, and productivity of MET’s core businesses as well as provided M&A valuation support. Prior to MET, she was the Senior Program Development Manager for the Institute of Clean Air Companies. While at ICAC, she developed outreach programs on emission control requirements, analyzed economic, legislative, regulatory and political trends.
Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University where he holds the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair.
His analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arizona Republic, Florida Times-Union, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Wichita Eagle and on CNN, CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg Television, NPR’s “Marketplace” and “All Things Considered,” CNN-Radio as well as by regional electronic and print media.
In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses. He has provided expert testimony on economic, financial and statistical matters in state and federal court, before the Georgia General Assembly and before the Georgia Public Service Commission. Dr. Tutterow has given several hundred speeches to professional groups in over 40 states and Canada on topics in the economic, business and political arenas.
Dr. Tutterow served on the Council of Economic Advisors, under Georgia Governors Sonny Perdue, Nathan Deal and Brian Kemp. In 2010, he was named to the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, which conducted a comprehensive review of Georgia’s Tax Code. In addition, Dr. Tutterow serves on the Georgia Child Support Commission, the Cobb County Public Employees’ Pension Board and the Board of Trustees of Berry College. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vinings Bank, on the Southern Region Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Blood Services and the Board of Directors for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta. He was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as a “notable Georgian” and as one of “Georgia’s Most Influential” by James magazine.
A Georgia native, Dr. Tutterow holds a B.S. in Decision Science from Berry College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Dr. Tutterow held faculty and administrative appointments at West Virginia University, Georgia State University and Mercer University. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and at the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea.
Martin Whitmer is a founding Partner of Whitmer & Worrall, LLC, a government relations and strategic consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Mr. Whitmer has a broad policy and political background which has allowed him to successfully promote and advance key legislative programs within the public policy arena and on Capitol Hill. Mr. Whitmer successfully works with both Republican and Democratic leaders due to his expertise transcending beyond political partisanship. While Mr. Whitmer has worked extensively on many different public policy issues, he has earned a distinguished reputation as one of Washington’s leading government relations strategists for the transportation industry.
Mr. Whitmer leads the firm’s transportation and infrastructure practice which has represented impressive corporate clientele, ranging from Virgin America, Honeywell Inc., and Penske Truck Leasing to transportation-related trade associations such as the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). Mr. Whitmer also serves on the Board of Directors at the Eno Transportation Foundation, alongside of former Secretaries of Transportation Mineta (Bush), Peters (Bush), and Burnley (Reagan).
Mr. Whitmer served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation following his appointment by President Bush to serve as a Special Assistant to Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. In this capacity, Mr. Whitmer oversaw a departmental staff of nearly 60,000, and a budget of $54 billion. He served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary on all matters relating to highway, transit, trucking, safety, energy, and trade issues. Mr. Whitmer was also the principal architect of the Presidents’ Executive Order on Environmental Stewardship and Transportation Infrastructure Project Reviews, which streamlines the environmental review process for transportation projects.
Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Whitmer served as Vice President of Government Relations for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). In this pivotal role, he served as ARTBA’s primary direct lobbyist on Capitol Hill and managed the ARTBA PAC as well as all political affairs. Mr. Whitmer was a key player in ARTBA’s legislative and coalition activities. Mr. Whitmer also served as the Director of the Public-Private Ventures Division, which implemented laws and regulations to expand innovative financing tools and leverage federal dollars for transportation projects.
From 1994 until 1997, Mr. Whitmer served as the Republican Legislative Representative for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). In this capacity, he focused on transportation market issues and joined with management organizations in an effort to remove the four transportation trust funds from the unified federal budget. He has also worked in the Capitol Hill offices of Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) and House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). Mr. Whitmer worked for the 1988 and 1992 Bush-Quayle presidential campaigns, and has subsequently assisted with the campaigns of several key members of Congress.
Mr. Whitmer graduated from the evening program at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 1999. Concurrent with his law degree, Mr. Whitmer also completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy. In 1992, he earned a B.A. from Georgetown University (major in government and a minor in English). Mr. Whitmer also graduated from the Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 1988.
Among other acknowledgements, Mr. Whitmer is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and he completed the 2014 Boston Marathon as well as the 1993 Marine Corps Marathon. Mr. Whitmer is an Eagle Scout and was awarded the prestigious 9/11 Transportation Medal by Secretary Mineta. He is from Dallas, Texas and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and three wonderful children.