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Tom Warne

President, Tom Warne and Associates, LLC

June 2001 - present

Tom Warne and Associates was founded to assist public agencies in becoming more effective and private companies achieve greater profitability in the 21st Century. Projects and engagements include large design-build efforts, strategic planning, partnering facilitation, succession management, legislative initiatives, market analysis, government relations, leadership seminars, process improvement initiatives, and client interventions.

Clients include a variety of public and private entities including the FHWA, AASHTO, state DOT’s, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, regional transportation/mobility authorities, engineering consulting firms, and contractors. Major projects include the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, John James Audubon Bridge, I-64 Widening Project in St. Louis, Everett HOV, I-10 Widening in Tucson, 35W Bridge Replacement in Minneapolis, SR-22 in Orange County, University Light Rail, Utah, Pasadena Gold Line, Hood Canal Floating Bridge, Tri-Rail Double Track in Florida, and the Louisiana TIMED Project.

Tom Warne is known in the industry for his work on large and complex projects and programs. In addition, his knowledge of national policy issues as well as state and local concerns allows him to provide insights and advice to his clients across the country.

An area of emphasis for Tom Warne is in the resolution of issues facing state DOTs. He has chaired expert review panels on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, the Hood Canal Floating Bridge and the SR 520 Floating Bridge. He has also provided individual consultation on the Q Bridge in Connecticut, the replacement of the collapsed 35W bridge in Minneapolis and other projects across the country.

President, The Tom Warne Report

July 2004 - present

The Tom Warne Report is a weekly Internet newsletter that reports on the activities, projects, policies and other relevant transportation happenings in the 50 states. Tom is the editor and provides his insights into the news stories and shares the nuances with his readers so they are better informed to make critical decisions for their organizations. Each week about 1000 readers benefit from the information reported in The Tom Warne Report.

Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

May 1995 - June 2001

Appointed by Governor Michael O. Leavitt. Responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of Utah’s 6000-mile state highway system. UDOT is an agency of 1800 employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $700 million. During this period was responsible for the $1.59 billion I-15 Reconstruction Project which has become the benchmark for large highway construction projects. This design-build project was completed three months ahead of schedule and over $30 million under budget.  The most recent public opinion poll showed UDOT with a 75% approval rating.

Deputy Director, Chief Operating Officer, Arizona Department of Transportation

September 1992 - May 1995

Responsible for the day to day operations of the Highways, Motor Vehicle, Administrative Services, Planning and Aeronautics Divisions comprising over 4500 employees. During this period was responsible for Arizona’s 145 mile, $4.5 billion regional freeway construction program. This voter approved initiative provided a loop freeway system for the Maricopa County area supplementing the already constructed network of interstate highways in the region.

Arizona Department of Transportation

July 1983 - September 1992

Other positions of responsibility from Resident Engineer to State Construction Engineer. During this period was responsible for over $1 billion of highway construction. In addition, was responsible for the implementation of the management concept known as partnering on Arizona’s highway construction contracts.

US Army Corps of Engineers

August 1979 - July 1983

Rising to the rank of Captain, was responsible for a variety of military construction projects from roads to light commercial work.

Professional Activities

  • President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 2000-2001
  • Chair, Standing Committee on Highways, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 1998-2000
  • Chair, Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 1998-1999
  • Vice Chair, Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, 2001
  • Past Chair, Task Force on Design-Build, Transportation Research Board
  • Past Member, Eno Transportation Foundation’s Board of Advisors


BS in Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1979 MS in Civil Engineering, Arizona State University, 1988

Registered Professional Engineer

Arizona and Utah

Other Activities

Author of the book, Partnering For Success. Numerous presentations both nationally and internationally

John R. Njord, P.E.


John is a proven leader with a working knowledge of the technical aspects of the transportation industry in addition to a first-hand understanding of the political, financial, and social requirements. A good listener, an able communicator, a student of leadership art, an agent for change and unwilling to compromise his integrity.

Executive Director - Utah Department of Transportation


Under John’s leadership, the department became known nationally as one of the most innovative and best run state DOT’s in America. Focused on accelerated project delivery and minimizing impacts on customers, UDOT led the country in accelerated bridge construction (ABC), having completed more bridges using this technique than the rest of the states combined. Over 70 Design Build and CMGC contracts were successfully completed under John’s direction. The balance of the hundreds of projects per year were delivered using price plus time, also known as A+B contracting which significantly reduced the physical impacts upon drivers while dramatically speeding up project delivery. Some of the most leading edge innovations are being implemented in Utah.

Deputy Director / Chief Engineer - Utah Department of Transportation


Chief Operating Officer for the Department, providing direction and vision to Project Development, Program Development, Operations, and the four UDOT Regions. Emphasized the development of leaders, empowerment of employees, partnerships with contractors, businesses, and other interest groups. Challenged employees to work in teams, measure their performance, implement quality improvements, exceed customer expectations, and embrace change. Served on the Board of Directors for the unprecedented $1.325 billion Design/Build I-15 Reconstruction Project in Salt Lake County.

Director Olympic Transportation Planning - UDOT/SLOC


Integrated the concerns of multiple interests into a comprehensive Olympics Transportation Plan. Orchestrated the cooperative efforts of interest groups including security, federal agencies, Salt Lake Olympic Committee venue development and operations, venue cities, and other local governments. Briefed U.S. Congressmen, committee staff, and U.S. Department of Transportation officials on Olympic transportation planning efforts. Championed the acceleration of multiple transportation projects before the games, and fast-tracked the development of several venue specific transportation projects.

Utah Department of Transportation


Served in various roles from construction, to Local Government Liaison, to Urban Planning. Developed and implemented a training program for automated construction engineering. Facilitated an outreach to local government officials statewide and provided technical assistance to Envision Utah. Oversaw the preparation of Major Investment Studies on the Legacy Highway, Southeast Highland Drive, Mountain View Corridor, and I-80.

Professional Activities

  • Past-President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 2003-2004
  • Past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), 2005
  • Founding chair of the United States Connected Vehicle Executive Leadership Team, 2004-2013
  • College of Engineering National Advisory Board, 2012-Present

Education and Professional Credentials

  • B.S. Civil Engineering - University of Utah
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Languages - English/Portuguese