Our leader, our colleague, and our friend – Mark Mehalko, President, Move Colorado, passed away in August 2011. He was widely loved, respected and appreciated for his leadership, his insight and his warmth – he supported and encouraged us, and he let his passion and good humor motivate us and move us forward. We are all honored to have worked with him and known him. We extend our sympathy, our love and prayers to his family.
Mark recently joined LS Gallegos and Associates, after holding long term senior executive management positions with AECOM and URS. He was a strategic thinker and manager who infused others with passion, enthusiasm and purpose. He began his career as a professional engineer with the Colorado Department of Highways in 1979 and then President of a construction firm for road and bridge contracting. A former Evans-Eisenhower Scholar, his degrees were from the University of Colorado (BSCE and MPA). He was a dedicated Buff’s fan and accomplished golfer. Mark was known for his strategic thinking, his understanding of innovative and traditional financing, and his ability to get things moving and get things done – the full package. During his 30 career, he worked on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, E-470 Tollway, I-76 in Denver, US 550/US 160 in Durango, US 24 in Colorado Springs, Powers Boulevard EA, US 119 into Blackhawk, US 50 from Pueblo to Kansas to name a few.
He was a tireless voice for transportation – having served on Colorado Governor Ritter’s Transportation Implementation and Finance Panel. He met with communities across the state helping to develop a transportation vision for Colorado, and then advocated legislation to make that vision happen – HPTE, P3’s, RTA’s, federal funding and increased state investments in order to maintain and improve our transportation system. In 2009 he was elected President of Move Colorado. Mark brought the national discussion on VMT to Colorado in 2011; helped lead the re-authorization of the ¼ cent sales tax for transportation in Douglas County in 2008; was actively engaged in the development and passage of the RTA in El Paso County; and worked hard to support the passage of SB 108 – creating new revenues and new tools to finance transportation in Colorado. He was active in all of the professional organizations, and was most proud of his involvement in WTS Colorado.