Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016 - (Page 18)
Meet the Chairman
New NAPA Chairman Kevin Kelly focuses on funding, market share, and performance
By Martha K. Silver
During the industry scan tour of Japan, Kelly and [a tour host] visit the Maeda
Road Construction asphalt plant in Kawasaki to view its RAP storage facility.
'm the first NAPA chairman in nine
years to be able to say we have a fiveyear highway bill, but we can't lose
sight of the fact that funding work
remains a priority."
As the NAPA Chairman for 2016, Kevin Kelly,
President & CEO of Walsh & Kelly Inc. in Indiana,
plans to keep the asphalt pavement industry's focus
on three core issues: funding, market share, and
asphalt pavement performance. With a solid focus on
business - he earned his MBA from Notre Dame -
Kelly recognizes how these three inter-related issues
are crucial to NAPA members' future prosperity.
No Time to Rest
Kelly and 2015 NAPA Chairman Mike Cote met with Congressman Paul Ryan
(R-Wis.) immediately prior to Ryan's ascension to Speaker of the House.
Leading up to the passing of the FAST Act, Kelly spent time visiting members
of Congress on Capitol Hill. (From left) Sen. Dan Coates (R-Ind.), Kelly, and
Lakeside Industries CEO Timothy Lee.
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"We have a five-year highway bill, but we've also got a
very full agenda ahead, and our industry will suffer if
we are complacent. We've got to make sure the asphalt
pavement research conducted through the Pavement
Economics Committee (PEC) and NCAT benefits us,
and propels our industry forward. We must continue to
leverage opportunities to work with the FHWA through
our cooperative agreement," said Kelly.
Staying alert and in touch with state and federal
lawmakers is important to ensure that the concrete
industry does not succeed where it failed last year to
legislate specific materials or life-cycle cost analysis
(LCCA) requirements. "We've got to continue to
advocate for engineering-based decision-making.
We've got to keep our fingers on the pulse to make
sure none of this happens."
Kelly sees 2016 as the year NAPA members should
learn the finer details of the FAST Act - the highway
bill passed in late 2015 - so that they can identify
and report implementation issues at the federal or
state level; the industry will need to develop action
plans to address any issues that arise. In particular,
the Critical Commerce Corridor provisions represent
new market share opportunities, but the industry
must compete on the issue of pavement performance
to win these jobs.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016
Meet the Chairman
Build Your Sustainable Future
NAPA Quality in Construction Awards High Scores, Smooth Rides
Airstrip Overlay Proves Army Strong
Paved Routes to Success
Quality in Construction Award Winners
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016