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Published on : Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The National Capital Area Boy Scouts of America recognized People Who Move America on Dec. 7 during a luncheon to benefit Boy Scouts of America. The honorees – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx; Governor Bill Graves, former President & CEO, American Trucking Association; Nicholas Calio, president & CEO, Airlines for America; and Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association – were chosen for their impact on America’s transportation sector.
“The leadership these men have shown in the biggest sectors of the transportation industry are key values that we try to instill in our scouts,” said BSA National Capital Area Council President Bob Wood said. “It is an honor to show our scouts that they can grow and develop to become leaders in such important industries like transportation. The strength of the transportation is the backbone of America and it is our pleasure to recognize these leaders who can be models to our younger generations.”
All four honorees have had a significant impact on the transportation industry, which moves people and goods safely and securely around the United States and throughout the world.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Secretary Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013.
At the U.S. Department of Transportation, Secretary Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a budget exceeding $70 billion. DOT oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation, and the Secretary’s primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world for this and future generations.
Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as mayor of Charlotte, N.C., from 2009 to 2013. As mayor, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte’s job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project.
Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history. He also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.
Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College.
Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.
Governor Bill Graves, former President & CEO, American Trucking Association
Graves is the recent past president & CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the national trade and safety organization of the United States trucking industry. Under his leadership, ATA advanced several safety initiatives and was a fierce advocate for improving our nation’s infrastructure through the use of existing user fees, including calling for higher fuel taxes. ATA also has spearheaded efforts to combat the use of tolling and public-private partnerships.
Graves also oversaw ATA’s efforts to promote the industry’s record on sustainability, ranging from support for fuel economy standards for large trucks to promotion of the EPA’s SmartWay program.
In January 2003, Graves completed his second term as governor of Kansas, capping 22 years of service to the state. He won reelection in 1998 by the largest margin in state history.
As governor, Graves enacted the largest tax cut in state history, but also signed into law an historic 10-year, $13 billion comprehensive transportation program improving highways, railroad infrastructure, airports and public transit service in Kansas, financed by higher user fees.
Graves has been involved in the trucking industry his entire life. For almost 70 years, members of his family have operated fleets including Graves Truck Line.
Graves earned a degree in business administration from Kansas Wesleyan University in his hometown of Salina and attended graduate school at the University of Kansas. Graves lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Linda and daughter Katie.
Nicholas Calio, president & CEO, Airlines for America
Nicholas E. Calio is president & CEO of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading passenger and cargo airlines. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and 10 million U.S. jobs.
Under Calio’s leadership, A4A rebranded and honed its focus on being an influential voice in helping to shape legislative and regulatory policies and priorities that improve air travel for everyone. Known for his ability to build consensus, Calio focused the re-launched association on working collaboratively with airlines, labor unions, Congress and the Administration to promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry.
Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s executive vice president for Global Government Affairs and a member of its senior leadership committee. He was responsible for the company’s government affairs globally.
Calio served President George W. Bush as assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from January 2001 to January 2003. As the president’s principle liaison to Congress, Calio worked closely with the leadership and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and had the primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House strategy on all legislative issues. He held the same position during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Calio was a partner at O’Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm he co-founded in 1993. A 1998 Fortune Magazine survey of members of Congress, congressional staff, administration staff and Washington lobbyists rated the firm as one of the “10 most powerful” in Washington. Calio started the firm after leaving the first Bush administration.
An active civic leader, Calio was honored to receive the 2016 Award for Excellence in Business, presented by the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), the philanthropic arm of the nation’s largest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage.
Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University; the Board of Directors of RTCA, Inc.; the Wolf Trap Foundation; the U.S. Capitol Historical Society: the First Tee of Washington, D.C.; and the Centerra Group Advisory Board.
Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Rinaldi became the sixth president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association when he began his first term in October 2009. In March 2012, Rinaldi was re-elected by acclamation. In March 2015, Rinaldi was re-elected, again by acclamation, to serve a third, three-year term. Rinaldi is the first in NATCA’s history to serve three-terms as president.
Since taking office in 2009 Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert have continued to work as a team, along with the NATCA National Executive Board, elevating NATCA to new levels of success. NATCA’s team is committed and focused on improving the working relationship between the Union, the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation. Efforts like the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), fatigue mitigation, Professional Standards, and Partnership for Safety are a result of the team’s focus on progress and safety. These processes have led to collaborative decisions on important issues involving airspace, procedures, technology, staffing and training while cementing NATCA’s leadership role and voice in the aviation industry.
Prior to being elected NATCA president, Rinaldi served three years as NATCA’s executive vice president, after 16 years as an air traffic controller at Washington-Dulles Tower (IAD). Rinaldi currently holds positions on the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), the FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC) and at the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention he was elected as a vice president of the labor federation’s Executive Council. Rinaldi also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation, the RTCA Policy Board, and as a union representative on the FAA National Labor-Management Forum, a group whose formation was mandated by a presidential executive order to improve labor relations within the federal government.
Rinaldi was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most significant awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor. The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of one of the “Fathers of Air Traffic Control” and honors the lifelong achievements of an individual in the field of aviation.
In May 2016, Rinaldi received the prestigious 2016 Humanitarian Award from the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) at its National Education & Leadership Gala in Washington, D.C. The SIF is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy, the nation’s largest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage.
Rinaldi is a native of Island Park, N.Y. He resides in Manassas, Va., with his wife, Debra. He has two sons, Anthony and Nicholas, and a daughter, Olivia.