Martin Marietta’s Ward Nye Elected ARTBA Chair
Ward Nye, chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been elected 2021-2022 chair of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The announcement was made during the association’s national convention, held Sept. 26-29 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Nye has been chairman of Martin Marietta since 2014, CEO and director since 2010, and president since 2006. He previously served as chief operating officer from 2006 to 2009.
Previously, Nye spent nearly 13 years in positions of increasing responsibility with Hanson PLC, including as executive vice president of its North American building materials business.
In 2019, Forbes magazine named him one of “America’s Most Innovative Leaders” based on his media reputation for innovation, social connections, track record for value creation, and investor expectations for value creation.
Nye’s volunteer ARTBA leadership positions include senior vice chair (2020-2021), first vice chair (2019), vice chair at-large (2012-2018), director (2011-present), ARTBA Foundation trustee (2021), Strategic Planning Committee co-chair (2019-2020), and Project 2019 Task Force co-chair (2017). Nye’s goals for his tenure as ARTBA chair center on funding legislation and expanding ARTBA’s safety training programs.
“Safety is a core value throughout the transportation construction industry,” Nye said. “The availability of these resources will complement—not supplant—the safety programs utilized throughout our industry, because we can never do too much to protect our team members and the users of the transportation system we build.”
Nye is a past chair of the board of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). He is also a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization, and chair of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Nye has also served with numerous North Carolina philanthropic organizations, including on the boards of directors of the UNC Health System and the Research Triangle Foundation and on the Board of Governors of RTI International.
Martin Marietta is a member of the S&P 500 Index and a leading supplier of building materials, including aggregates and asphalt. Its Magnesia Specialties business produces high-purity magnesia and dolomitic lime products used worldwide in environmental, industrial, agricultural and specialty applications.