Leo A. Vecellio Jr., chairman, president & CEO of the Florida-based Vecellio Group, Inc. is a recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor, the 2013 ARTBA Award.
The award was presented at a gala dinner June 3 during the association’s 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.
Vecellio was recognized for his 40 years of private-sector service in the transportation design and construction industry.
A third-generation contractor, Vecellio significantly expanded Vecellio & Grogan, 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 Vecellio Group is one of America’s largest and most respected contractors, with extensive heavy and highway construction, mining and petroleum operations in the southeastern U.S., mid-Atlantic and beyond.
Vecellio’s leadership in ARTBA over the past 15 years puts him in a very elite class, including current Transportation Development Foundation chairman, 2007 ARTBA chairman, 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 ARTBA’s “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 Florida’s Council of 100. He is active in two ARTBA chapter affiliates, the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association and the Contractors Association of West Virginia.
Leo, and his wife, Kathryn, are very involved in philanthropic activities. Through their family foundation, the Vecellios have provided nearly $3 million in college scholarships to worthy students since 1973.
Also receiving the award was Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri, a champion of transportation infrastructure issues in the nation’s 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.