James A. Russ, President
Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association – MTBMA

2018 Hall of Leadership Inductee, December 6, 2018

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Engineering from Washington and Lee University in 1962. 

He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard serving in Key West, Florida following the Cuban crisis.  He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander-USCGR.

Jim has served in management positions in the construction materials industry for over 40 years in both public (Lonestar Industries, Bardon/Aggregate Industries and Essroc Cement Corp.) and private companies (Buffalo Sand & Gravel, Washington Materials, Howat Concrete and Boston Sand & Gravel), operating in three major east coast markets – Virginia, Greater Baltimore Washington area and Massachusetts.

Prior to joining Aggregate Industries as President of the Mid-Atlantic region in 1991, Jim held positions of General Manager and President in a number of divisions and companies since 1969. 

He served as Senior Vice President of Aggregate Industries, USA from 2001 until he retired in 2006.  Retirement was short lived as Jim joined Essroc Cement Corporation as Senior Vice President of  Construction Materials Development, a post he held through 2008 when he once again elected to retire.

Another short period of retirement ended when Jim was asked to become the Interim President for MTBMA in August resulting in the Board election to President in November. 

Along his journey, Jim has been very active in industry, political and community activities, holding numerous Board positions.  He was a active Boys Club football and basketball coach and became very proficient at lining baseball and football fields along the way.

Jim served on the Board of Prince George’s Community College for many years and as Chairman of the Board in 1983.  He was selected as Director Emeritus upon departing the Board to move to Boston after nearly 10 years on that Board. 

Jim is a past Chairman of Massachusetts Concrete and Aggregate Association, a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association and of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Ready Mixed Concrete Association. 

Jim has served his National Association in many capacities over the past 30 years – serving on numerous committees, chairing Government Affairs and PAC Committees, serving on the Executive Committee several terms, chairing special long range planning committees, the CIM (Concrete Industry Management) program at middle Tennessee state, as Treasurer, 1st and 2nd Vice Chair of the Board. In 2002 he served as Chairman of the Ready Mix Concrete Research and Education Foundation and as Chairman of the Board of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in 2003-2004. Jim continues to serve on the NRMCA Board as Honorary Director Emeritus.  Jim also served three terms (9 years) on the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Joint Show Council.

Jim has also been active in support of the area contractor groups.  He served on the Board of Metro Washington, ABC and was elected Chairman of the Board for 2002.

Jim is a registered lobbyist in Maryland and has been a strong coalition builder working with the Maryland Chamber, SMTA, GBC, AAA, ABC, AGC to advance the infrastructure needs of Maryland. 

Jim continues to serve on several industries company boards:  Center Concrete Company, State College, Pennsylvania and Delta Industries, Jackson, Mississippi. 

Jim and his wife Rita have three children, six grandchildren and one great grandson.  They live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.