Ward Nye, chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based Martin Marietta, has been elected 2021–22 chair of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The announcement was made during the association’s national convention, held Sept. 26–29 in Pinehurst, N.C.
Nye has been chairman of Martin Marietta since 2014, CEO and director since 2010 and president since 2006.
Previously, Nye spent nearly 13 years in positions of increasing responsibility with Hanson PLC, including as executive vice president of its North American building materials business.
In 2019, Forbes magazine named him one of “America’s Most Innovative Leaders” based on his media reputation for innovation and social connections, track record for value creation, and investor expectations for value creation.
“The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Job Act (IIJA) approved by the Senate and scheduled for a vote Sept. 30 in the House would boost highway, bridge, public transportation, airport and other types of infrastructure activities for the next five years,” Nye says. “We have no greater priority than making sure this measure gets over the goal line.”
Once the IIJA becomes law, Nye says ARTBA’s ongoing priority will be helping ensure its five-year investment levels are realized and policy reforms are implemented as intended by Congress.
Another of Nye’s priorities will be to expand ARTBA’s safety training programs.
“Safety is a core value throughout the transportation construction industry,” Nye says. “The availability of these resources will complement—not supplant—the safety programs utilized throughout our industry, because we can never do too much to protect our team members and the users of the transportation system we build.”
Nye is a past chair of the board of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). He is also a board member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization, and chair of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Nye has also served with numerous North Carolina philanthropic organizations, including on the boards of directors of the UNC Health System and the Research Triangle Foundation, and on the Board of Governors of RTI International.
Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., Martin Marietta is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a leading supplier of building materials, including aggregates, cement, ready mixed concrete and asphalt. Its Magnesia Specialties business produces high-purity magnesia and dolomitic lime products used worldwide in environmental, industrial, agricultural and specialty applications. Established in 1902, the Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA brings together all facets of the transportation construction industry to responsibly advocate for infrastructure investment and policy that meet the nation’s need for safe and efficient travel.