Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association

The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) has served as the leading transportation industry trade association in Illinois since 1938. IRTBA member firms design, build, and maintain the state highways, transit systems, railways, and aviation systems. The core purpose of IRTBA is to advance and promote the transportation design and construction industry in Illinois.

On behalf of the 350+ member firms, we hope you find our site helpful in providing background on our Association as well as answering any questions you have on transportation issues in Illinois.

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Event Details

The Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Annual Convention is more than just an annual gathering; it's the heartbeat of the IRTBA. It's where the core membership of the association comes together to share experiences, knowledge, and create a brighter future for the industry.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of road and transportation building, set against the luxurious backdrop of the Phoenician Resort. Register now to be a part of a convention that promises to be the highlight of your year. Join us for an unforgettable blend of business, pleasure, and the formation of lasting connections.


  • March 9, 2024

  • March 10, 2024

  • March 11, 2024

  • March 12, 2024

  • March 13, 2024

  • March 14, 2024

March 9, 2024


4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hospitality Suite & Welcome Reception
Grab a cocktail and come meet all of your fellow Convention attendees in the Phoenician Presidential Suite.


Optional Events

No Scheduled items for this day


Resort Information

The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
East Camelback Road 6000
Scottsdale, Arizona

The Phoenician is a short 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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*Please note IRTBA special rates are available three days pre-convention and three days post-convention. However, those reservations will need to be made by calling our rooming coordinator, Sahar Amirazimi at (480) 423-2562. As a friendly reminder, everyone in the IRTBA Room Block must be a registered guest of Convention.

Run of House - $469.00

1 King bed or 2 double beds. Bed type assigned on arrival based on availability at time of check in. This oversized room features one king or two double beds, imported Italian linen, signed original artwork and rich Berber carpeting. The oversized bathroom is decorated with Italian marble and has a separate bath and shower. Full width sliding glass doors lead to a private terrace or balcony complete with a lounge chair and table setting.

Deluxe Guest Room - $519.00

This oversized room features mountain, garden or city views, one king bed, imported Italian linen, signed original artwork and rich Berber carpeting. The oversized bathroom is decorated with Italian marble and has a separate bath and shower. Full width sliding glass doors lead to a private terrace or balcony complete with a lounge chair and table setting.

Grand Deluxe Room - $569.00

The rooms feature imported Italian linen, signed original artwork and rich Berber carpeting. The oversized bathroom is decorated with Italian marble and has a separate bath and shower. Full-width sliding glass doors lead to a private terrace or balcony where you may enjoy your view of the resort's dramatic surroundings.

The Canyon Suites 

Pool View Suite - $1,125.00

A boutique hotel within the resort, With a fresh, contemporary elegance that honors the destination as well as the guest, the Canyon Suites opens its doors to a stay anew in style and experience. Discover the beauty within.

Optional Events

Every year the IRTBA Convention Committee works tirelessly to offer some of the most exciting activities our destination has to offer! These optional events are a great way to expand your horizons, get more involved in the association, and get to know your fellow attendees in fun way. We highly encourage participating!

Hike Camelback Mountain - $185.00

Sunday March 10th, 2024 

7:30am - 10:45am  Departs from Phoenician Resort Lobby

Time to get outside and explore! With a stunning array of vibrant wildflowers, towering Saguaro cacti, and lush trees, Arizona's Sonoran Desert offers a landscape unlike any other desert in the world!

Just steps away from our home for the week, The Phoenician Resort, we'll venture into picturesque scenery and learn about unique flora, fauna, geology, and history from our knowledgeable guides. Exploring this terrain on foot is the most intimate and educational way to experience the desert.

The view of the Phoenix Valley from the top of Camelback Mountain will create lasting memories.  

*Please note this event is not recommended for beginners. Appropriate footwear required.

Craft Brewery Tour - $290.00

Sunday March 10th, 2024

11:30am - 4:30pm  Departs from Phoenician Resort Lobby

Get ready to explore the Valley's most exceptional breweries, Roadbuilder style!  

Of the many breweries Phoenix and Scottsdale are home to, they all have one goal in mind: to craft amazing beer and share it with great people, locals and visitors alike. As you sip and taste your way through each brewery stop, you'll gain insight on the beer making process, types of beer offered at each facility, and many more interesting facts to accompany the delicious beverages.

Gear up to have a great time as you see Arizona through the eyes of it's beloved breweries - one sip at a time!

Welcome Dinner: Roadbuilder Hoedown! 

Sunday March 10th, 2024

6:00pm - 9:00pm  Jokake Inn at the Phoenician

Y'all are invited to the first IRTBA Roadbuilder Hoedown....Phoenician style. Dust off your boots, come dressed in your best western wear and be ready to party at the Historic Jokake Inn at the Phoenician Resort.

The Jokake Inn is a historical landmark set on the grounds of the Phoenician. It was the set for Nicholas Cage's 1987 movie Raising Arizona and served as the 1950's playground to Zsa Zsa Gabour, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Jokake Inn was Hollywood's spot to relax in the desert.  

We'll have live music, cold drinks, delicious food, and the who's who of the Roadbuilding Industry will unite in the West for a party you won't forget!

Convention Golf Outing - $305

Monday March 11th, 2024

8:30am Shotgun  Phoenician Golf Course

We invite you to partake in an extraordinary golfing adventure at the exquisite Phoenician Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. This event promises an exceptional day of golf, set against the stunning backdrop of the Sonoran Desert. Crafted by the renowned architect Phil Smith, this cohesive 18-hole masterpiece is a testament to Arizona's unique natural beauty.  

Plus One Brunch: Perfume Bar & Lip Print Activation

Tuesday March 12th, 2023

9:45am - 11:45am  Orchid Lawn at the Phoenician

As seen on the Bachelorette! For this year's Spouses Brunch, the Perfume Bar will offer a curated assortment of essential oils to help each guest create their own unique custom blended creation. On site you will choose from premium oils to customize your scent and bottle. You will have the option to leave with your creation on site or have it delivered to your home.

In addition to customizing your perfume, you'll have the opportunity to have a lip reading by Pam Fox. Pam is one of the only professional lip print interpreters in the world. With incredible insight and a wonderful personality, you'll enjoy learning about yourself through her unique talent! 

Pickleball Tournament - $160.00

Tuesday March 12th, 2023

12:30pm - 2:30pm  Phoenician Tennis Facility

Get ready to take a swing at something new and exciting at the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association's 39th Annual Convention. For the first time ever, we're introducing our very own Pickleball Tournament, and you're invited to be a part of the action!

Never played Pickleball before? No problem! Our dedicated Phoenician Resort staff will provide an in-depth overview of the rules and how to play, making it easy for beginners to jump in and have a blast.

If you're already a Pickleball pro, we welcome you to showcase your skills and challenge fellow enthusiasts. It's not just a game; it's an opportunity to connect, have fun, and possibly show off your ace shots.

Cubs vs. Brewers Spring Training Game - $140.00

Tuesday March 12th, 2023

6:05pm  Sloane Park - Mesa, Arizona

Have you always wanted to go to a Cubs Spring Training Game? Check.

Come see the Cubbies take on the Brew Crew for a night game at Sloane Park with a 100 of your closest Roadbuilder friends! We'll take over the Third Base Party Deck for fun night of baseball, beer, and networking!

Tickets include transportation to and from The Phoenician to Sloane Park, full-service bar, food, and checking off a bucket list item for any Chicagoan!

Go Cubs Go!

Cornhole Tournament & Craft Beer Wall - $120

Wednesday March 13th, 2023

12:30pm - 2:30pm  Phoenician Resort Athletic Lawn (Adjacent to Tennis Facility)

Get ready to chuck some bags and sample some brews,

At the Craft Beer Wall, where we'll sip and schmooze!

The competition will be fierce, the laughter contagious,

So bring your A-game and your skills outrageous.

Craft Beer on Tap, your thirst it will quench,

While we cheer on our champions from the sideline bench.

Glory awaits the victorious few,

we're saving a spot just for you!

*Sponsorship available for the craft beer wall!

Farewell Dinner

Thursday March 14th, 2023

6:00pm - 9:00pm  Phoenician East Lawn

As the sun sets on another fantastic convention, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening of reminiscing of the fantastic week past . It's time to bid adieu to this year's event and set our sights on the future: the 40th Annual Convention in Kauai!

Reservations for Spa Appointments can be made here.

A Map of the Phoenician Resort can be found here.


Exclusive Sponsorships

Live Music Legend - $5000

Help us kick off the 39th Annual Convention of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association in a BIG way with an evening filled with live music, good food, and great company! Your sponsorship includes platinum-level recognition, branded recognition at the opening dinner, and live music.  

Arizona Adventure Tote - $4000

The convention gift bag is embellished with your company logo and the IRTBA-designed theme for the convention. The bag will be distributed to each main attendee during the convention registration. Sponsorship includes cost of the bag and platinum-level recognition.

Home Run Hero - $4000

Love the Cubs? So do we. Help us celebrate Spring Training while highlighting your company with branded swag to all IRTBA Cubs Spring Training Game attendees ─ foam fingers and personalized baseball tees!

Convention Lanyards - $3500

Includes cost of lanyards and platinum-level sponsorship recognition. Lanyards printed with your company name along with the IRTBA logo will be around the neck of every convention attendee during the entire convention.

Get Keyed In- $3000

Put your company's logo into the hand of every convention attendee upon check in to the Phoenician Resort! Sponsorship includes cost of the room keys and platinum-level recognition.

Coffee Bar Sponsor- $3000

Help your fellow Roadbuilders get caffeinated while watching the sunrise over Camelback Mountain in the Presidential Suite every morning. Coffee Bar Sponsorship includes platinum-level recognition and branded cups.

Farewell Dinner Sponsor- $3000

Keep your company's image in our attendees' minds as we say goodbye to new friends and the Phoenician Resort, until we see each other in Kauai. Sponsorship includes platinum-level recognition and branded swag.

Cornhole & Craft Beer Wall Sponsorship - $2500

Who doesn't love cornhole and a wall of craft beer? Help us pick the selection of beer that will be offered on a wall branded with your company's logo at this year's Cornhole Tournament. Branded cups and platinum level recognition included.

Serve & Sponsor - $2000

Sponsor the IRTBA's first Pickleball Tournament. Sponsorship includes Gold Level Recognition and a branded technical tee for all Pickleball participants.

General Sponsorships

Platinum Level - $3000

-Includes Recognition in our Convention App!-

Gold Level - $2000

Silver Level - $1000

Bronze Level - $750

Custom Sponsorships

Send Swag - $750

Want to send something to Scottsdale for members to enjoy in their Convention Bags? Contact Fallon Dickson for details at


Omer Osman (Secretary of Transportation at Illinois Department of Transportation)

Omer Osman

Secretary of Transportation at Illinois Department of Transportation

David Lorig (President at Lorig Construction Company)

David Lorig

President at Lorig Construction Company

Rashod R. Johnson (President at Ardmore Roderick)

Rashod R. Johnson

President at Ardmore Roderick

Tricia Walsh (Senior Vice President, Mobility Solutions Business Development Leader at Parsons Corporation)

Tricia Walsh

Senior Vice President, Mobility Solutions Business Development Leader at Parsons Corporation

Mike Stirk (Bureau Chief of Innovative Project Delivery at Illinois Department of Transportation)

Mike Stirk

Bureau Chief of Innovative Project Delivery at Illinois Department of Transportation

Michael Sturino (President at Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association)

Michael Sturino

President at Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association

Matt Gibbons (Group Head / Managing Director of CIBC Bank USA)

Matt Gibbons

Group Head / Managing Director of CIBC Bank USA

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