Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015 - (Page 9)

Chairman's Commentary Building the Future: It's What We Do The asphalt pavement industry is building the roads that will carry Americans and our national economy into the future. From county roads to mainline interstates, asphalt pavements provide the way for people and goods to travel more quickly, safely, and comfortably from where they are to where they want to be. But building physical infrastructure for the future isn't enough. We have to continue to build our own industry. We have to build a quality culture that always strives to provide the best product, the best customer service, and the best workmanship possible. We have to continue to innovate, to find ways to do what we do better with an eye on increasing sustainability. And we need to tell people about it. This is what NAPA is doing through its research, marketing, and deployment efforts. We are supporting the development of science that quantifies asphalt's advantages and then getting that information into the hands of pavement engineers, DOT and public works officials, lawmakers, and the public. Through the Diamond Commendation and awards programs, we are helping the asphalt industry quantify and celebrate what their companies do well. We are focused on building a high performance product that gives the public the high level of drivability they want and need in a cost-effective way that meets the needs of strapped public budgets. But there is something else we must do as an industry and as individual companies: Build the next generation of workers and industry leaders who will take on the challenge and responsibility for keeping our national infrastructure strong. The NAPA Research and Education Foundation is furthering this effort through the scholarship programs it administers and through the support of programs like professor training at the National Center for Asphalt Technology in Auburn, Ala. The NAPA Young Leaders program also helps up-and-comers in the industry prepare for their future. There are a lot of really talented young folk out there. And as an industry we're going to need them to become the great leaders they are capable of being. Those young people, they are the infrastructure of our business. They are the ones who are going to carry forth the visions set out by those great leaders who came before us. And they will keep our industry innovative for years to come. I am certain that everyone who reads this has had (and probably still has) at least one person who has helped mentor them at one point or another in their career. Someone who's taken you under their wing and helped show you how to treat customers, vendors, and employees; how to focus in on what's important and make sure things are done in a proper way. By Bill Ensor NAPA Chairman There are a lot of really talented young folk out there. And as an industry we're going to need them to become the great leaders they are capable of being. Those young people, they are the infrastructure of our business. continued on page 10 Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015 * 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
PaveXpress: A Simplified Pavement Design Tool
Sustainability Section NAPA’s Asphalt Sustainability Conference
The Federal Highway Administration Sustainable Pavements Program
Environmental Product Declarations in the Sustainable Marketplace
Examining the Use of Reflective Pavements to Mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect
Pavement Vehicle Interaction and Smooth Asphalt Pavement
The NAPA Diamond Achievement Sustainable
Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence
A World of Asphalt Preview Section the World of Asphalt Education Program: Laying the Base for Innovation
Tools for the Trade
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com

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