Garden City – Bruce S. Wong, a retired United States Air Force Colonel who has been an executive with Supervalu/Albertsons and other businesses, will be the next Director of the Ada County Highway District.
Wong, 57, was announced Friday morning at a press conference with the ACHD Commission.
“It is an absolute honor to have been selected to join the ACHD team, and I look forward to January 24, 2011,” said Wong, referring to his first official day on the job.
During his 28-year Air Force career, Wong commanded squadrons, served as chief of staff for the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home AFB, and worked at the Pentagon over a distinguished 28-year career. After leaving the Air Force, Wong was an executive for Supervalu leading marketing, merchandizing and operational initiatives, and also for Driveline Retail Merchandising, a multi-million dollar provider of merchandizing services, among other business ventures. He then founded the philanthropic organization, The Precision Strike Group, which handles business leadership development and project management.
ACHD Vice President Rebecca Arnold praised Wong’s communications skills, his vast leadership and management experience and demonstrated ability to oversee major construction projects, including building roads and transportation infrastructure for air bases.
“He rose to the top of a very qualified field of applicants,” Arnold said.
Earlier this year, Wong designed and led Idaho Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle charity event to benefit military families through the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wong holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the University of Oregon, a Masters in Business Administration from Gonzaga University, a Masters of Arts in National Security Strategy from the Navy War College and is a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.
The director works for the five-member Commission and oversees a workforce of 290 people, who manage, maintain and improve the 2,186 miles of local roadways and associated infrastructure in Ada County. ACHD’s annual budget averages about $79 million.
Wong begins work at ACHD on January 24, 2011 and will succeed J. Schweitzer upon the current director’s retirement on February 5.