Drnevich ends term as PHIA president

May 15, 2010

After 44 years in the engineering and highway construction business, it’s only fair that Ron Drnevich has had the opportunity to ease out slowly.

He retired in 2007 as chairman and CEO of Gannett Fleming and immediately took up a new career, joining Capital Blue Cross as senior executive vice president and vice chairman.  But even in this new business, he kept his hand in the highway industry by continuing to serve as PHIA president.

Last month, his four-year stint as PHIA president ended.  But he leaves a legacy of accomplishments and contributions that represent a very high standard for those who follow him.

Ron joined Gannett, an international planning, design and construction management firm, in 1963 as a junior engineer.  He spent his entire career in the transportation industry, implementing innovative transportation solutions and setting a high standard of quality in the design and construction fields. 

He has been one of the leading advocates for the industry, not only in Pennsylvania but across the country.  Ron served as chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table, a national organization of the top 100 CEOs from construction and engineering firms.  As chairman, he worked to promote engineering and construction to young students and encourage them to become a part of the industry.

Ron also served as chairman of the PA Highway Users Conference from 1990 to 1995 and as the national director of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In addition to his industry contributions, he has served his community, on the boards of the Military Heritage Foundation, Lebanon Valley College, United Way of the Capital Region and the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

“Ron has been a terrific mentor for many people in the highway industry, and his leadership as PHIA president helped me make a smooth transition when I joined the organization,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “We certainly wish him the best in his newer endeavors and take comfort in knowing he’s still just a phone call away and will continue on the PHIA board.”

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