Yarossi, a professional engineer with 40 years of experience, first joined HNTB in 1973 after graduating with a civil engineering degree from Manhattan College. HNTB is one of the nation’s top engineering, architecture, and construction management firms.
Before taking on the job of president, Yarossi chaired HNTB’s aviation practice and worked as officer in charge for several HNTB offices in New York and New Jersey.
At the heart of Yarossi’s agenda as ARTBA chairman is to lead the transportation design and construction industry’s push for passage of a robust, multiyear federal highway and transit investment bill in 2012. The current surface transportation authorization law known as “SAFETEA-LU” expired in September 2009 and has been temporarily extended eight times, the latest of which will expire March 31.
Yarossi also desires during his year as ARTBA chairman to launch a long-term public education and industry image campaign that spotlights the industry’s innovative practices on transportation projects and the benefits to American taxpayers.
He has been a leader in ARTBA for nearly a decade, serving as senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, vice chairman at large, chairman of the Transportation Design and Construction Innovation Advisory Committee, and co-chairman of the ARTBA SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force.
Yarossi has also been involved with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Let’s Rebuild America’s Leadership Council, held the position of American Council of Engineering Companies’ Transportation Committee vice chairman, and served as a member of the Design Professionals Coalition’s Executive Committee.