Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 18

Meet the Chairman:

Craig Parker
A pilot and 26-year veteran of the
asphalt industry, Parker brings a
bird's-eye mentality that will help
open new perspectives in 2018.
By Monica Dutcher

A

s a pilot, Craig Parker,
Executive Vice
President of Silver Star
Construction Co. Inc.
in Moore, Okla., has
a unique perspective on asphalt.
Beyond driving a freshly paved
road project, beyond his day-today oversight of operations at
Silver Star Construction, Parker
particularly enjoys the view from
his Cirrus SR22 single-engine
aircraft. At altitude, the network
of roads stretches out beneath as a
magnificent reminder of the asphalt
industry's impact and scope; from
no other vantage point is it more
evident that America moves on
- depends on - asphalt. Parker's
bird's-eye mentality has served him
well - he's been Executive Vice
President of Silver Star Construction
since 1994 and will become
president of the company later this
year. As the 2018 NAPA Chairman,
Parker, with a specific set of goals in
mind, is poised to bring clarity to
the industry's big picture.
First on Parker's agenda as
chairman is igniting a higher
commitment to safety and quality.
"Statistically our employees are

at a very high risk of injury and
death, and we need to find ways
to reduce that and make it a safer
work environment for all of our
employees," he said. "Distracted
driving has been one of our biggest
issues [in Oklahoma], and we need
to help find ways to reduce the risk
for distracted drivers." It's a topic
that strikes close to home for Parker,
who reported that, in 2017, Silver
Star Construction documented
two catastrophic injuries related
to distracted driving. "It's just
unacceptable," he stated. Although
training and education are mainstay
approaches to improving safety
culture and ultimately reducing
incident rates, Parker is adamant
about exploring new technologies
to help protect workers and increase
their awareness.

"We have an exciting
industry. It's not the
same day in and day
out...I've never been
bored." - Craig Parker

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At the same time, Parker added,
the industry is called to push
quality to a higher level to better
compete with the concrete industry.
"We need to do a better job of
educating all of our contractors on
how to produce a quality project
consistently, day in and day out," he
said. According to Parker, one of the
best ways to achieve superior quality
in construction and mix design
is to stay informed, particularly
via an active NAPA membership.
"NAPA has done such a wonderful
job of staying on top of the topics
and protecting all of its members,"
he said. Parker recommended
preparing for and attending NAPA's
Annual and Midyear meetings as
an easy way to start networking
with colleagues, locating resources,
and realizing the membership's
value. "Look at the [agenda] topics
that you're passionate about or that
you think you need to know more
about...Speak up, ask the questions,
get involved in the discussion, and
help make the changes. Even though
we're competitors, we come together
to talk about common interests and
common problems, and we reach
common sense solutions."


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Tools for the Trade
Meet the Chairman: Craig Parker
How to Host an Effective Congressional Site Tour
Quality in Construction: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Quality in Construction: The Larry H. Lemon Awards
Quality in Construction: The Ray Brown Airport Award
NAPA Quality in Construction Awards
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
Perspectives
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 6
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 7
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - President’s Perspective
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 10
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Industry News
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 13
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 14
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 15
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Tools for the Trade
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 17
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Meet the Chairman: Craig Parker
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 19
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 20
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 21
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - How to Host an Effective Congressional Site Tour
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 23
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 24
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 25
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Quality in Construction: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Quality in Construction: The Larry H. Lemon Awards
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Quality in Construction: The Ray Brown Airport Award
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - NAPA Quality in Construction Awards
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 65
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 66
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Industry Calendar
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Perspectives
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