Erdman is Executive Vice President - Administration and Corporate Affairs for Kansas City Southern (KCS). Prior to joining KCS in 1997, Erdman served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri. He also served former Governors John Ashcroft in 1985 and Kit Bond in 1981 and 1984. Erdman is involved in numerous civic organizations. He is a former member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators from 2005 until 2012 and served as Chairman of that board. He is a member of the UMKC Foundation board. He is a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees and is also an alum. Erdman serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kansas City Downtown Council.
Treece was elected mayor of Columbia, Missouri, in 2016 on a platform of public safety and infrastructure. He was re-elected in 2019. As mayor, Treece worked with local, state, and federal officials to secure $500 million in public infrastructure improvements including the new Interstate 70 Rocheport Bridge and Columbia Regional Airport terminal. Treece also serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for EquipmentShare.com, a construction technology company founded in Columbia, Missouri. Treece is a frequent lecturer and spokesperson on industry issues, advocacy, and political analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he studied political science and journalism. He has more than 30 years of experience as an advisor and strategic consultant on communications issues.
The terms of Erdmann, a Republican, and Treece, a Democrat, expire March 1, 2027. They have been serving on the commission since their appointment.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is a six-member citizens’ board that governs the Missouri Department of Transportation. Commission members are appointed to staggered six-year terms by the governor and are confirmed by the Missouri Senate. No more than three members may be of the same political party.
Other members of the commission are Chairman Robert G. Brinkmann, Defiance; Vice Chairman Gregg C. Smith, Clinton; Terry L. Ecker, Elmo; and W. Dustin Boatwright, Cape Girardeau.