2020 Specialized Transportation Symposium

Keeping it Real: State Officials Dish on Future of Harmonization

Wednesday, February 19
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm


Three highly respected former State DOT officials offer their perspective on the future of specialized transportation based on their first-hand experience. Listen-in to a no-holds barred conversation about reality and possibility in the next decade.

Speakers: Randy Braden, Scott Marion, Dan Wells

Randy Braden Bio

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Braden began his career working for the Alabama Highway Department surveying proposed routes for the Interstate system. In 1974, he transferred to highway construction and while there became chief inspector. In 1985 he accepted a promotion to assistant permits and operations engineer for ALDOT in the Central Office in Montgomery, Alabama. There he reviewed all permits in the state for the use of the Right of Way including oversize and overweight permits and developed and implemented the state’s Enforcement Plan for approval by FHWA. In 1999, Braden became assistant state maintenance engineer, permits and operations. He represented the state of Alabama on all state and national committees regarding the use of ALDOT right of way and commercial vehicle activities (including the writing of laws, rules and regulations regarding the movement of oversize and overweight loads in the state). He retired from ALDOT in April 2018 after having worked 45 years with the department. Currently, he is a transportation consultant and has worked for Turner Industries and Bennett Transportation. Bradon majored in engineering at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB).




Scott Marion Bio

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Marion is the national support services director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. InterVarsity is an interdenominational ministry to students and faculty on US college and university campuses. Prior to going into ministry work, he was the Director of Motor Carrier Services for the Missouri Department of Transportation, where his team was recognized for outstanding customer service, innovation, and the reduction of burdensome regulations. Marion was active in leadership roles with AASHTO, MAASTO and enjoyed partnering with SC&RA in efforts to harmonize rules and regulations, in addition to other government/carrier issues.  


Dan Wells Bio

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In 2010, Danny Wells joined the Colorado Department of Transportation as the Permit Unit Manager.  Prior to this, he spent 25 years in commercial vehicle enforcement with the Colorado Port of Entry Division, serving in all positions up to and including, Deputy Chief.  During this time, he also performed CVSA level 1 through level VI inspections. Wells is a past CVSA Size & Weight Committee Vice-Chair and the Chair of the WASHTO Committee on Highway Transport.  He has also been involved with AAMVA and AASHTO.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Northern Colorado. He now is retired from the State of Colorado in 2018 and currently serves as a consultant to the transportation industry.


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