Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
The Honorable John Delaney, United States House of Representatives
Ron DeFeo, Chief Executive Officer, Terex Corporation
Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Ronald M. DeFeo is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Terex Corporation.
Terex is a global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment for use in a variety of industries, including construction, infrastructure, quarrying, shipping, transportation, energy, refining, and utilities. Terex also offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services.
Under Mr. DeFeo’s leadership, Terex Corporation has grown to become a diversified global manufacturer with operations in five business segments: Terex Aerial Work Platforms, Terex Construction, Terex Cranes, Terex Materials Processing and Terex Material Handling and Port Solutions.
Mr. DeFeo joined Terex in 1992 as President of the Company’s then-Heavy Equipment Group. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 1993, became Chief Executive Officer in 1995, and Chairman of the Board in 1998.
Before joining Terex, Mr. DeFeo was a Senior Vice President of J.I. Case Company, the former farm and construction equipment division of Tenneco Inc. During his tenure there, he served in a number of other leadership roles, including Managing Director of Case Construction Equipment for Europe, Vice President of North American Construction Equipment Sales, and General Manager of Retail Operations.
Mr. DeFeo began his career in brand management with Procter & Gamble, where he spent 10 years.
Mr. DeFeo serves as a director of Kennametal Inc. (a Terex supplier) and is a member of the Iona College Board of Trustees. He is also on the Board and is a former Chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
Mr. DeFeo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from Iona College.
Mr. DeFeo is an advocate for long-term infrastructure planning and investment and speaks frequently on the subject before various interest groups and in the media.
Congressman John Delaney was elected in 2012 to serve Maryland’s Sixth District, which encompasses portions of the Washington D.C. suburbs of Montgomery and Frederick Counties and all of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the House of Representatives, having done that twice, and brings to Washington an extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur and as a private sector and non-profit leader.
As the son of a union electrician, John grew up in a blue collar household. Scholarships from his father’s union (IBEW Local 164), the American Legion, VFW, and the Lion’s Club, allowed John to attend college. John is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. A business builder, Delaney founded two New York Stock Exchange listed companies before the age of 40, and is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
John spent his business career starting and running successful companies and helping small businesses grow. John’s companies were both founded in Maryland, CapitalSource, which Delaney launched in 2000 and became a public company in 2003, lent money to thousands of small businesses around the country and has been recognized by the Treasury Department for lending to disadvantaged communities while also receiving numerous awards as one of the best places to work in the Washington D.C. region. John is Chairman Emeritus of CapitalSource. Prior to CapitalSource, he founded HealthCare Financial Partners, a successful company that was started in 1993 and became a public company in 1996.
John and his wife April-McClain Delaney have made community service a priority, especially in the field of education, the provision of core services, and issues effecting children. They are generous supporters of the public interest law initiatives at Georgetown University Law Center, where they endowed the Delaney Family Professorship in Public Interest Law and have funded significant scholarships for student’s interest in public service. John is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University and the National Symphony Orchestra, was the past Chairman of the Board at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School and was a past member of the Board of Directors for the International Center for Research on Women.
April is an attorney and an education and children’s advocate in the non-profit sector. April currently serves as the Washington Director for Common Sense Media, a non-profit dedicated to educating families on social media, technology, and digital literacy. The Delaneys are members of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda, Maryland, and have been longtime supporters of Catholic Charities. John and April have four daughters and live in Montgomery County.
Congressman Delaney’s primary focus in office is to restore our nation’s economic competitiveness so that we can have a strong middle class, raise our standard of living, and expand the number of good jobs available to Americans. In 2011, Delaney founded Blueprint Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to invigorating Maryland’s private sector. Blueprint Maryland gathered businesspeople, educators, labor representatives, and policy experts together to chart a way towards a high-tech, high-information, economy.
Janet F. Kavinoky is a nationally recognized expert in transportation policy, funding, and finance. As executive director in the Chamber’s Congressional and Public Affairs Division, Kavinoky leads all transportation strategy, policy, and lobbying efforts. She has expertise in developing consensus policy positions among diverse stakeholders and lobbying Congress and executive branch agencies on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters relating to surface, air, and water transportation.
Kavinoky is vice president of the Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, a nationwide effort by business, labor, transportation organizations, and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system.
In addition, Kavinoky developed and leads the Chamber’s Let’s Rebuild America (LRA) initiative to raise the profile of infrastructure issues, broaden stakeholder engagement, and create new opportunities for businesses to influence public policy. As part of LRA, Kavinoky guided a multidisciplinary team to develop and regularly update the groundbreaking Transportation Performance Index. The Index assesses the degree to which surface, air, and water transportation systems are meeting business and economic demands and correlates improvement and decline with economic indicators.