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Julie Brand receives the David P. Brand award from NACE President Brian Stacy (left) and Awards Committee Chair Richard Sprains (right).


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CEAO NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) is pleased to announce Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S., as the new Executive Director of the Association, effective July 1, 2017.

Mr. Ringle has worked at the Franklin County Engineer’s Office for more than 36 years, with the last 17 years serving as the Franklin County Engineer. During those years he has served in various capacities and on various committees for CEAO, in addition to being recognized as the 2011 County Engineer of the Year by CEAO and the 2013 National Urban County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers.

“Dean Ringle is one of the most highly respected public officials in the Central Ohio region and he is widely respected across the state and the nation. Dean is an outstanding professional leader and we are extremely fortunate to welcome him as the Executive Director of our Association,” commented Chris Bauserman, P.E., P.S., Delaware County Engineer and CEAO President.

“I look forward to continuing my work with Ohio’s County Engineers in this new capacity,” stated Mr. Ringle. “The professional engineering and surveying services County Engineers offer to their counties and townships are vital to the transportation needs of our communities and Ohio’s economic growth for the future.”

County engineers oversee for the maintenance, repair and capital improvements of county highways, roads and bridges in Ohio. County engineers are responsible for 28,970 miles of urban and rural roadways and 26,081 bridges that are vital to the combined growth and prosperity here in the state of Ohio. Since 1940, the County Engineers Association of Ohio has worked to unify its members in their goal to provide the highest quality transportation, drainage, surveying and land record keeping services.

For more information about CEAO, please visit ceao.org.

David P. Brand First Recipient of the

NACE David P. Brand Safety Award

With local road safety in the forefront of our mission, NACE is pleased to announce that David P. Brand is the first recipient of the David P. Brand Safety Award. The award was presented at the NACE annual banquet on April 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Chris Bauserman, Delaware County Engineer, Ohio, a longtime peer and friend of Brand’s, presented the award to Dave’s widow, Julie Brand. Dave’s daughter and son, Sophie and Andrew, also attended the event.

“Dave was NACE’s “go-to” guy on all things related to local road safety,” commented Bauserman. “He knew the FHWA Safety staff personally, and, though always respectful, he was sometimes a thorn in their side. When FHWA began to cite statistics on decreasing fatalities on our nation’s highways, Dave repeatedly reminded them that fatalities were increasing on our local roads.

“I am convinced that the current and previous Federal Highway legislation’s pertaining to local road safety programs were influenced by Dave Brand’s tireless advocacy. Dave’s legacy is a life that inspires each of us to be passionate about our work and about life.”

Throughout his career, Brand, Madison County Engineer, Ohio, was a champion of local road safety. He was the chair of the NACo Highway/Highway Safety Subcommittee, which was significant in that he led, as a County Engineer, a committee comprised primarily of County Commissioners.

Brand was recognized by FHWA Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau for his work on the Every Day Counts (ECD) initiative during the 2013 NACE Annual Banquet. Brand was commended for his success on the Safety Edge program, for which he led the 3 year process involving federal, state and local stakeholders.

Brand had represented NACE on numerous national roadway safety initiatives, including the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS), the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) Roadway Safety Working Group, the Every Day Counts (EDC) Safety Edge Team, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), and the National Center for Rural Road Safety.

PAUL GRUNER AWARDED NACE

2016 URBAN COUNTY ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of County Engineers (NACE) awarded Paul W. Gruner, P.E, P.S., the 2016 Urban County Engineer of the Year during its 2017 Annual Conference held April 9-13 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gruner has served as Montgomery County Engineer, Ohio, since 2011. He is responsible for 520 bridges and 316 miles of public roads.

“Paul is an outstanding urban engineer with the benefits of service in both the public and private sectors,” said Brian Roberts, P.E., NACE Executive Director. “This experience contributed to his successful leadership in helping to form a statewide funding coalition for infrastructure. He co-chaired the Montgomery County campaign for the state capital improvement program, which generated $175 million dollars for 5 years, followed by $200 million for the next 5 years. The citizens of Montgomery County are fortunate to have Paul oversee their local roadways.”

Under Gruner’s leadership, his department has completed many successful projects, including: widening of the “gap” project at Austin Boulevard to 5 lanes from 2; widening of the 5 miles of North Dixie Drive to 5 lanes and sidewalks; replacement of the Ridge Avenue bridge; and the $2.5 million intersection improvement at Clyo and Spring Valley Roads. Design is complete for the Keowee Street Bridge and the aesthetic design phase for the Peace Bridge is being finalyzed to commemorate Dayton’s history.

For 2006-2010, Gruner was Senior Vice President with Gresham, Smith & Partners. He was a Partner/Vice President with Woolpert, Inc., for 1979-2006; and Chief Deputy Engineer with Montgomery County, 1973-1979.

Gruner has been active in NACE for 5 years and is currently First Vice President of the Ohio affiliate, the County Engineers Association of Ohio. He recently served as President of the ARTBA (American Road and Transportation Builders Association) Transportation Officials Division.

In its 61st year, NACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association representing over 2,000 county engineers, public works directors, highway commissioners, road managers, and related professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., local roads account for about 75% of highways and roads, or 2.93 million miles. Counties manage 1.74 million miles of those roads while cities and townships account for another 1.19 million miles. Counties also own 231,000 bridges and operate one-third of the nation’s transit systems.

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Julie Brand receives the David P. Brand award from NACE President Brian Stacy (left) and Awards Committee Chair Richard Sprains (right).
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/05/web1_Safety-Award.jpegJulie Brand receives the David P. Brand award from NACE President Brian Stacy (left) and Awards Committee Chair Richard Sprains (right).

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CEAO NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) is pleased to announce Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S., as the new Executive Director of the Association, effective July 1, 2017.

Mr. Ringle has worked at the Franklin County Engineer’s Office for more than 36 years, with the last 17 years serving as the Franklin County Engineer. During those years he has served in various capacities and on various committees for CEAO, in addition to being recognized as the 2011 County Engineer of the Year by CEAO and the 2013 National Urban County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers.

“Dean Ringle is one of the most highly respected public officials in the Central Ohio region and he is widely respected across the state and the nation. Dean is an outstanding professional leader and we are extremely fortunate to welcome him as the Executive Director of our Association,” commented Chris Bauserman, P.E., P.S., Delaware County Engineer and CEAO President.

“I look forward to continuing my work with Ohio’s County Engineers in this new capacity,” stated Mr. Ringle. “The professional engineering and surveying services County Engineers offer to their counties and townships are vital to the transportation needs of our communities and Ohio’s economic growth for the future.”

County engineers oversee for the maintenance, repair and capital improvements of county highways, roads and bridges in Ohio. County engineers are responsible for 28,970 miles of urban and rural roadways and 26,081 bridges that are vital to the combined growth and prosperity here in the state of Ohio. Since 1940, the County Engineers Association of Ohio has worked to unify its members in their goal to provide the highest quality transportation, drainage, surveying and land record keeping services.

For more information about CEAO, please visit ceao.org.

Information for this story was provided by the National Association of County Engineers.

Information for this story was provided by the National Association of County Engineers.