The 27th Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Conference will be held on January 22 & 23, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Please refer to the tabs below to see the variety of exciting things being offered at next year’s conference!

In the early 1990’s, Maryland’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recognized the need to address quality at all levels and areas of the highway community. SHA, along with other local industry members, attend the preliminary National Quality Initiative Conference in 1994.

Fostering an atmosphere of open communication and cooperation with our partners is critical to defining and achieving our goals. The MdQI Steering Committee was created to draw industry partners into Maryland’s transportation plan and the Steering Committee is the link between our stakeholders and guides strategic thinking on a day-to-day basis. There are two Co-Chairs, one from the public sector and one from the private sector.

It meets monthly to discuss a broad range or quality-driven initiatives, as well as deliver the annual conference which features a series of workshops on pressing issues and future focus of the industry. Thus, the Steering Committee has evolved from a conference organization group to an industry-wide driving force in the continuing quality journey. MdQI has expanded to include nearly all modes of transportation and federal and county agency partners.

The MdQI Steering Committee is comprised of a diverse group of highway industry professionals, was originally established to organize and present the annual MdQI conference. The Steering Committee recognized that the conference was only one way of advocating quality as a way of doing business throughout the industry. As a result, the Steering Committee broadened its initial mission to include fostering ongoing dialogue among members of the highway industry. Today, the Steering Committee provides overall leadership and management of MdQI subcommittees, activities and programs.

The State Highway Administration’s Deputy Administrator/Chief Engineer for Operations is one of the co-chairs of the committee; the other co-chair is a transportation executive selected from the private sector. The committee meets monthly to facilitate productive public-private sector relationships and oversee activities sponsored by MdQI.


(410) 545-0360

Michael Sakata, MTBMA
(410) 760-9505


Ed Burgos, FHWA-Maryland Division
Dave Coyne, JMT
Tony Crawford, MDOT-SHA, District 6
Mark DeLuca, CEAM / Howard County
Eric Eckhardt, AMT
Tom Evans, MRMCA
Christopher Fronheiser, The Lane Construction Corporation

Ramesh Ganachari, MDOT-MTA
Bob Hackman, GeoMaterials
Jim Harkness, MDOT-MDTA
Breck Jeffers, FHWA-Maryland Division
Aaron Jones, MDOT-SHA, OPR
Marshall Klinefelter, Maryland Asphalt Association
Dana Knight, McCormick Taylor
Marissa Lampart, MDOT-SHA, OHD
Laurie Lawler, MTBMA
Joe Makar, Whitman, Requardt & Associates

Ray Moravec, Wallace, Montgomery & Associates
Frank Murphy, Baltimore City DOT
Franz “Alex” Ollerman, MDOT-MAA
Joel Oppenheimer, STV, Inc.
Saed Rahwanji, MDOT-SHA, OOTS
Michael Rice, MDOT-MDTA
Doug Rose, JMT
Michael Sakata, MTBMA

Paul Shank, MDOT-MAA
Jo Ellen Sines, M. Luis Construction Co. 
Nelson Smith, MDOT-SHA, OOC
Ray Streib, DFI
Glenn Vaughan, MDOT-SHA, OOS
Fran Ward, MDOT-SHA, District 4

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.  We are looking forward to another successful conference!  

*Cut-off date for all registrations is January 16, 2019.
*No refunds for cancellations after this date.

The Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Conference will be held on January 30 & 31, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention
Center. This year’s conference offers breakout topics of interest to the Maryland Transportation Industry identified by
the MdQI Steering Committee. Each breakout topic is presented by a panel comprised of public/private professionals
considered experts in the topic area. The presentations on breakout topics are followed by team discussions and
brainstorming. Conference attendees participate in the breakout topics of their choice.

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All 2019 exhibitor booths are sold out! 

Set up time for exhibitors will begin on Tuesday, January 29th from 1:00 – 5:30 PM and January 30th from 7:00 – 10:00 AM.  Booths will be located in the Vendor Area.  All booths will have signage and electricity.  More information will be forwarded from Sheppard Exposition Services regarding delivery and loading, equipment, etc. and will be mailed out after we have received registration and payment.  Sign-in will be located in the convention center lobby for all attendees and exhibitors.  No additional cost at loading dock for transporting booths to the showroom floor. 



Registration Includes:

  • Conference attendee’s list to advance your marketing efforts
  • One complimentary Day 1 & Day 2 registration (does not include awards dinner)
  • Company name and booth umber in the Conference Program 
  • Company name on MdQI website for 6 months 
  • One 6 ft. x 30 in. skirted table
  • Electrical hook-up when requested
  • Maximum exposure during refreshment breaks located in the Exhibitor Hall


NEW! Optional Add-On:

$127.00 – 187.00

Lead Retrieval App

  • Capture leads anytime, anywhere using

    your personal Android or iOS device

  • Create custom qualifying questions
  • Allows personalized note taking
  • Instantly email leads to yourself
  • Easily import leads into your CRM
  • Generate lead reports and analytics
  • No Wi-Fi required

2019 MdQI sponsorship opportunities have now closed.  Ads are due to by Monday, December 17, 2019 to Maureen Hays ( Ad specs, click here.


Hilton Baltimore Hotel
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

To make reservations outside of room block, please click here

MdQI announces the Engineering Challenge for 2019: Build a cannon that can launch a ping pong ball over a barrier and land it as close as possible to three different targets. Click here for Questions and Answers.  

Competition Contact: Glenn Vaughan, MDOT SHA Office of Structures. 


Congratulations to Shelly Baquol of Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Assn., the recipient of The Pierce J. Flanigan III Award for leadership in the transportation industry which was presented at the 2019 MdQI 25th Anniversary Conference. 

Pierce J. Flanigan, III Award

MdQI also sponsors the Flanigan Award in memory of the late Pierce J. Flanigan III (president of P. Flanigan and Sons, Inc.)

This award is presented to a transportation industry leader who meets the following qualifications:

1. A person who has worked in, or for, the transportation industry for more than 20 years;

2. A person that has made significant contributions to the industry (examples: held a position of leadership in an industry related organization, served on industry advice boards, contributed to acceptance or development of innovative techniques, tools, etc. within the industry);

3. A person who has been involved in the transportation industry in the State of Maryland;

4. A person that has been a supporter of the Maryland Quality Initiative.

This special award is presented at the discretion of MdQI. Nominations for the award are accepted throughout the year and may be submitted directly to the Awards Subcommittee Co-Chairs.

Awards Sub-Committee Co-Chairs: (Awards of Excellence, The Flanigan Award)

– Mr. Dana Knight, McCormick Taylor: or 410-662-7400

– Mr. Stephen Bucy, SHA District 6: or 301-729-8410


MdQI presents annual Awards of Excellence for public sector transportation projects in Maryland. Awards may be presented in the following categories:
  • MDOT/Municipal Award (Under $5 Million and Over $5 Million)
  • Green/Sustainability/Environmental Award
  • Planning Award
  • Innovation Award
  • MBE/DBE Firm Award (Engineering and Construction)
  • Subcontractor Award (Engineering and Construction)
  • “Project of the Year” will be selected from the years MDOT/Municipal award winners.

For more information, including how to apply, visit the awards of excellence page, here.

These awards are for the successful use of partnering practices on a transportation-related project in Maryland. There is a separate nomination and review process for this category. Up to three projects may be selected for awards in this category (Gold, Silver, Bronze levels).

For more information, including how to apply, visit the partnering awards page, here

This award was initiated in 2009 to honor Pierce J. Flanigan, III who was a great contractor, leader, and a true friend to the highway industry in Maryland and beyond. Mr. Flanigan was president of P. Flanigan and Sons, Inc.

For more information, including how to apply, visit the Flanigan Award page here.


The Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) is pleased to be hosting their 2nd Minority-Owned Business Meet and Greet Event as part of the 2020 MdQI Conference.  More details to follow. 



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Mission Statement: “To provide the Maryland transportation industry a forum that fosters coordinated and continuous quality improvement in order to ensure safe, efficient, environmentally sensitive and sustainable systems to meet the needs of all transportation stakeholders.