History

In 1971, a small group of Wisconsin transportation leaders founded TDA to advance the development of an efficient, effective and safe transportation system throughout the state. Their efforts drew the increasingly strong support of businesses, individuals, communities and organizations involved in every mode of transportation, and TDA grew in size, respect and influence. Today TDA is a prime Wisconsin resource for clear analysis on transportation policy and a crucial participant in Wisconsin’s transportation planning process. TDA serves more than 400 members and is recognized for nonpartisan expertise, advocacy and leadership on transportation issues.

TDA Presidents

The strength and diversity of TDA’s membership is represented in the men and women who have served as TDA presidents throughout the years. From city managers to business executives to civic group leaders, the TDA presidents listed here have helped build TDA into an influential and respected voice for transportation in Wisconsin.

2016 Dave Brose, EMCS, Inc. (current)
2015 Jerry Derr, Town of Bristol
2014 Barb LaMue, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
2013 John Schmitt, Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council
2012 Steve Higgins, Vice President,Payne & Dolan, Inc.
2011 Paul Halverson, Commissioner, Douglas County Highway Department
2010 Dean Haen, Port Manager of Green Bay, Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association
2009 Richard Jones, Commissioner of Public Works, City of Racine
2008 Phil Ramlet, President & CEO, OMNNI Associates
2007 Sheldon Johnson, Deputy Director, North West Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
2006 Kristine Scott, Vice President of Organizational Development, Hoffman Construction Company
2005 Scott Sharp, Treasurer, Wisconsin Council 40, AFSCME
2004 Lee Crook, Director of Wisconsin Transportation Services, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
2003 Ernie Stetenfeld, Vice President of Corporate Relations, AAA Wisconsin
2002 Doug Pearson, Executive Director, CHAMCO/Oshkosh Industrial Development Corp.
2001 Ken Graham, President, HNTB Corporation
2000 David Mumma, Transit Director, City of Janesville
1999 Donald Hoeft, Airport Director, Austin Straubel International Airport
1998 Mary Ellen O’Brien, President, Transportation Environmental Management
1997 William Welch, President, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce
1996 William Kennedy, President Rock Road Co. Inc.
1995 Michael Korby, Marketing Director, Cooper Engineering
1994 Kenneth Theine, Executive Director, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
1993 Kenneth Warren, Deputy Director, Milwaukee County Transit System
1992 Mark Artensen, Administrator, Village of Plover
1991 Michael Marsden, Director, Outagamie County Department of Public Works
1990 James Malloy, Executive Vice President & CEO, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.
1989 Harvey Hammond, Partner, HNTB Corporation
1988 Michael Soley, Sr., President, Miller-Bradford & Risberg Inc.
1987 Donald Walker, Program Director, U.W. Madison
1986 W.A. Schullenberg, President, Ayres & Associates
1985 Thomas Pilgrim, President, Bublitz Inc.
1984 Robert Henken, Commissioner, Dodge County Highway Department
1983 Ronald Fiedler, Marketing Vice President, Donohue & Associates
1982 Donald Stone, Executive Director, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce
1981 Earl Skagen, Commissioner, Racine County Highway Commission
1979-1980 John Keyes, Editor/Publisher, Western Builder Publishing Company
1978 Dale Dresel, President, Dresel Construction Co.
1977 Bruce Wencel, President, Nagle-Hart Inc.
1971-1976 Charles Aring, Jr., President, Ahlgrim Explosives Corp.

 

Transportation Service Awards

TDA’s highest honor, the Transportation Service Award, is presented annually to members or public officials who have greatly advanced the cause of an effective transportation system in Wisconsin. TDA is proud to recognize the distinguished leadership and significant contributions made by the honorees listed here.

2016 Chet Caine, Dodge County Highway Commission
2014 Mary Ellen O’Brien, Transportation Environmental Management, Inc.
2013 William Kennedy, Rock Road Companies, Inc.
2012 Senator Herb Kohl
2011 Richard Stadelman, Wisconsin Towns Association
2010 Congressman David Obey
2009 David Mumma, City of Janesville Transit
2008 Phil Evenson, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
2007 Ken Warren, Milwaukee County Transit System
2006 Lee Crook, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
2005 Wisconsin Senator Roger Breske
Wisconsin Representative Jeff Stone
2004 Tom Boguszewski, Rock County Highway Department
Tom Kujawa, Milwaukee County Transit System
2003 Jean Jacobson, Former Racine County Executive
2002 Terrance Mulcahy, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary (retired)
Phil Scherer, TDA Executive Director (at retirement)
2001 Donald Hoeft, Austin Straubel International Airport
Ernest Stetenfeld, AAA Wisconsin
2000 Wisconsin Representative David Brandemuehl
Charles Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary
1999 Emmer Shields, Ashland County Highway Department
Henry Ellison, Wisconsin Earth Movers Association
1998 Mike Marsden, Outagamie County Department of Public Works
John Keyes, Western Builder Magazine
Congressman Thomas Petri
1997 Kurt Bauer, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
1996 Wisconsin Senator Joe Andrea
Harry Lindberg, Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
1995 James Rooney, Racine County Department of Public Works
Edward Burkhardt, Wisconsin Central Ltd. Railroad
1994 Marilyn Hardacre, Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Don Stone, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry
1993 Don Walker, UW Transportation Information Center
1992 Governor Thompson
Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation
1991 Ron Fiedler, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
1990 James Peterson, James Peterson & Sons
1989 Ed Strese, Burnett County Highway Department
William Redmond, Wisconsin Association of Manufacturing & Commerce
1988 George Bechtel, Bechtel & Associates
1987 Robert Paddock, Federal Highway Administration
Tom Walker, Wisconsin Department of Transportation