Transportation Hall of Honor inductees announced William Hurley, retired co-owner and president of J.D. Evans Inc., and Harlan Brown, retired project engineer and engineering supervisor with the Winner Area Office of the South Dakota Department of Transportation, will be inducted into the Transportation Hall of Honor on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The announcement naming Hurley and Brown to the honor group was made by Dennis Landguth, deputy secretary of transportation and chairman of the transportation hall of honor committee.
This year's inductees were selected by the Hall of Honor Committee, which is made up of retired and current employees of the Department of Transportation, transportation contractors and suppliers. Hurley and Brown will join 64 others who have been named to the Transportation Hall of Honor since 1972. More than 200 leaders of South Dakota's transportation industry are expected to gather for the banquet Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramkota River Centre in Pierre.
Hurley was involved in the construction industry for over 40 years. He was employed by Sioux Road, J.D. Evans Equipment, and at his retirement was co-owner and president of J.D. Evans, Inc.
Hurley was very active in the promotion of the construction industry, including active participation in the AGC, county conventions and LICA conventions and functions for many years. Hurley perfected the term "relationship selling." He knew all of his customers on a personal level. His knowledge of the asphalt business had customers calling him to help solve their problems with compaction or different types of oils. He believed that the customer must be happy, the agency getting the work done must be happy, and his company must be happy. Only then was it a good deal.
Brown stood for dedication and pride while employed with the South Dakota Department of Transportation. He spent his entire career as an employee of the Winner Area, but his influence was felt statewide. Because of Brown's knowledge and expertise, he was selected to be a part of the group that developed the Manpower Management System. He also assisted the DOT training office by instructing several courses. This was done above and beyond his regular duties.
Brown had the respect of fellow employees and contractors. He was very instrumental in providing on-the-job training for new engineers and technicians. Brown worked on all segments of Interstate 90 from Wall to Chamberlain and all highways in south central South Dakota.
during his 36- year career.
He took special pride in grading projects where he was excellent at anticipating future problems and would change line and/or grade to help alleviate those problems. He always assured that the department got what they paid for and that the contractor was compensated for any unforeseen item or extra work.
Tickets for the 2002 Hall of Honor banquet can be ordered by contacting Jean Rounds, Department of Transportation, 700 Broadway Ave., Pierre, SD, or by calling (605) 773-3265.