ASAE Recognizes ARTBA As One of 100 Associations That Will “Save the World”

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has been named as one of 100 associations “that will save the world” by the nation’s premier organization for the association management community.

The summer 2020 centennial issue of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) magazine, Associations Now, recognized ARTBA in the safety category for its contributions to establishing “Smart Infrastructure.” 

“Collectively, these associations and many others are conducting research, convening experts and advocates, and deploying volunteers to advance healthcare, improve local communities, fuel businesses, and advance equity in the workforce and society,” says the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Julie Shoop. “And this year, many have turned on a dime to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, even as they feel the devastating impact of the pandemic themselves.”  

“This honor is a testament to the innovations and vision of the more than 8,000 ARTBA members who strive each day to make our transportation systems safer and more efficient for the general public and the workers who build them,” said Dave Bauer, ARTBA president and CEO. 

The magazine noted that 118-year-old ARTBA is working to jump-start the transportation infrastructure network in the 21st century by making it smarter.  “That means autonomous cars, road sensors to help traffic flow safely and use of hyperloops—sealed pods in frictionless tubes—to transport people and products,” Associations Now said. 

What will that success look like?  “Sensors in the road and new design and construction techniques help keep vehicles moving,” ARTBA Executive Vice President & COO Matthew Jeanneret told the magazine. “The nearly 36,000 annual highway fatalities have largely been eliminated.”  

ARTBA’s ally, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), was the other industry group named to the ASAE list.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is celebrating 100 years of making society smarter, better and safer. The Centennial anniversary represents ASAE’s role as a leader and supporter of progress and innovation in the association industry. ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at


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.  ARTBA also offers value-added programs and services providing its members with a competitive edge.