Contribution to Transportation Award

Recipient is an individual or organization not affiliated with NCSITE who has contributed significantly to transportation through professional and/or political activities.

2015 Award Winner: NC Chamber of Commerce

On behalf of the NCSITE Board of Directors, Members, and Affiliates, Terry Snow, Strategic Initiatives Committee Chair, presented the 2015 Contribution to Transportation Award to the NC Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has strongly supported efforts to increase revenue for transportation funding particularly during the North Carolina General Assembly’s recent legislative session and that support is clearly evidenced in part by a mixed media advertising campaign at substantial cost borne by contributions from the Chamber’s member throughout North Carolina. The General Assembly passed a budget which was signed by Governor Pat McCrory and included increased funding for transportation. The NC Chamber of Commerce led the Coalition for a Prosperous Future, which NCSITE is a founding member. This Coalition was instrumental in advocating for transportation funding reform. The NC Chamber was on the tip of the spear in this grass roots effort.

To highlight the NC Chamber’s efforts, Gary Salamido, Vice President of Government Affairs delivered an informative keynote address at NCSITE’s Annual Meeting which highlighted the Coalition’s actions. NCSITE honors and thanks the NC Chamber of Commerce for its passion and partnership for better transportation solutions for North Carolina’s future. For more information about the NC Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for a Prosperous Future, please visit


Thanks to the NC Chamber of Commerce for your continuing partnership and congratulations for receiving the 2015 NCSITE Contribution to Transportation Award.


2014 – Rep. William Brawley
2013 – Jim Trogdon, P.E.
2012 – Joseph E. Hummer, P.E.
2011 – John Brantley
2010 – Pat McCrory
2009 – Senator S. Clark Jenkins
2008 – Lyndo Tippett (NCDOT Secretary of Transportation)
2007 – William A. “Beau” Mills
2006 – Nancy Dunn
2005 – J. Douglas Galyon (NC Board of Transportation)*
2004 – Dr. Downey Brill (NCSU)
2003 – Rep. Jim Crawford
2002 – Rep. Nelson Cole
2001 – Senator Wib Gulley
2000 – Dr. Gorman Gilbert
1999 – Mayor Rebecca Smothers
1998 – Deputy Secretary David King
1997 – Congressman Howard Coble
1996 – (no award recipient)
1995 – Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr.
1994 – Secretary Sam Hunt
1993 – Mayor Avery Upchurch
1992 – Senator William Goldston