Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.
Vecellio Group, Inc. President, Chairman
Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., President, Chairman and CEO of Vecellio Group, Inc. is the recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Associations (ARTBA) highest honor the 2013 ARTBA Award, which was presented at a gala dinner June 3 during the associations Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.
Established in 1960, the ARTBA Award recognizes individuals from the private and public sectors for outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Over the years, ARTBA Award recipients have included several governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. secretaries of transportation and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the private sector of the transportation construction industry.
Vecellio was recognized for his 40 years of private-sector service in the transportation design and construction industry. A third-generation contractor, he significantly expanded the West Virginia company his father, uncle and grandfather started in 1938 and diversified it into new markets and new industries. Today, the family-owned company is one of Americas largest and most respected contractors, with extensive heavy and highway construction, mining and petroleum operations in the southeastern U.S., mid-Atlantic and beyond.
Vecellios leadership in ARTBA over the past 15 years puts him in a very elite class. He has served as Chairman of ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation since 2009, was ARTBA’s Chairman for the 2007-2008 term, and has served as Senior Vice Chairman, First Vice Chairman, Southern Region Vice Chairman and Vice Chairman At-Large. He and his firm have been major financial supporters of ARTBAs Transportation Makes America Work campaign, which helps build public and political support for increased transportation investment. He is also a founder of Floridians for Better Transportation and serves on Floridas Council of 100. He is active in two ARTBA chapter affiliatesthe Florida Transportation Builders Association and the Contractors Association of West Virginia.
Leo, and his wife, Kathryn, are involved in philanthropic activities at home in Florida and around the country. Through their family foundation, the Vecellios have provided nearly three million dollars in college scholarships to worthy students since 1973.
Receiving the 2013 ARTBA Award for the public sector was Rep. Tom Petri, a champion of transportation infrastructure issues in the Nations Capital for over 30 years. As a long-time member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Petri has helped shape the outcome of many surface transportation bills.
Established in 1902 and headquartered today in the Nations Capital, ARTBA is the consensus voice of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry. For more information about ARTBA please visit: