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T. Peter Ruane Named 2019 IRF “Man of the Year”

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, October 30, 2019 –T. Peter Ruane, a highly respected voice of the U.S. transportation construction industry has been unanimously selected to receive IRF’s most distinguished individual honor. The Award will be presented in Las Vegas on November 20, on the occasion of the IRF Global R2T Conference & Exhibition, November 19-22. More information, click

Established in 1951, IRF’s Man (Woman) of the Year award recognizes eminent public, private and education sector professionals with an outstanding track record of leadership and commitment to the road transport industry. Over the years, the award has recognized some of the world’s most influential transport leaders for their work in the field of advocacy, policy, research and educational programs in support of better, safer, and more sustainable road networks globally.

Prior to his recent retirement, Ruane oversaw the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) which he dedicated to aggressively growing and protecting transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel. Ruane also served as the Treasurer and as Vice Chairman of the International Road Federation.

Ruane is a decorated U.S. Marine Corps officer. He earned a doctorate in public administration at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., holds a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.

According to IRF Chairman Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, “This accolade crowns an exceptional career dedicated to advocating for the transportation construction industry’s market interests. Pete brought his exceptional energy and insights to the work of the IRF which he helped elevate to its present position.” IRF President & CEO C. Patrick Sankey added, “Having worked in parallel with Pete on transportation construction issues for three decades, IRF and the industry he served tirelessly will miss his leadership and vision.”

Acknowledging the notification of the Award, Ruane stated “I am deeply honored to be selected for the 2019 IRF Man of the Year award. As a member of IRF’s Board and Executive Committee for nearly 30 years, I have witnessed firsthand IRF’s phenomenal growth, and most importantly, steady development of tangible member services. IRF provided me with a worldwide perspective and insights into successful national road programs that was uniquely valuable to my ARTBA service. I will always treasure the friendship, camaraderie and lessons learned from IRF’s world leaders in the road sector.”



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