Bill Hughes was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1934.
He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and enrolled at the University of Alabama. After graduating from the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, he served as an officer in the US Military. He participated in the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in Alaska. He also served in Florida and at other stations on the East Coast.
After two and a half years in the service, he returned to Alabama to join Warren Brothers in Birmingham. During his 10 years at Warren Brothers he progressed from estimator to superintendent to Branch Manager.
While at Warren Brothers, he participated in all phases of road construction – including a very large Interstate project. At that time the 21 mile base and pave project on I-59/20 in Greene County was the largest single Interstate project let to contract by the Alabama Highway Department.
In 1968 Bill joined Southeast Contractors and was a partner in one of the largest road construction companies in the South. During the time that Bill was with Southeast Contractors, they were involved in all facets of heavy highway construction throughout Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
In 1975 Bill moved back home to Montgomery when he and Tom Coleman purchase Capital City Asphalt Company. Capital City was a major factor in the Montgomery area with four asphalt plants. They were a significant producer of sand and gravel and had considerable grading capacity. Capital City Asphalt participated in several major road projects in Central Alabama until the company was acquired by APAC in 1986. Hughes continued with APAC serving as Division President until his retirement in 1991.
Bill Hughes has devoted numerous hours throughout his lifetime to our roadbuilding industry.
In Alabama, he served for years on the Boards of Directors of the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association and the Alabama Road Builders Association. He was a member of most committees at various times and he actively participated in legislative efforts resulting in highway revenue increases. He was President of AAPA in 1973 and President of ARBA in 1983. He even served as interim Executive Director of ARBA for a brief period in 1997/98. From a national standpoint, he also served on the Board of the American Road & Transportation Builders’ Association from 1987 to this retirement in 1991.
Bill is a Registered Professional Engineer. He received an Outstanding Fellow Award from the University of Alabama Civil Engineering department in 1987. In 1988, he was awarded a Distinguished Engineer Fellow by the University’s School of Engineering.
Bill has been married to Emily Bear since 1955. They have 5 children and 13 grandchildren.
Bill is active in several civic and church activities in Montgomery.
He is known to be unselfish, giving, honest, helpful, truthful and fair. He is highly respected by his peers and has contributed greatly to the betterment of our industry.