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Certainly collaboration is critical
in an industry as ever-evolving as
asphalt. From mixes and equipment
to procedures and environmental
considerations, Parker has seen a lot
of change during his 26-year career.
"We have an exciting industry.
It's not the same day in and day
out...I've never been bored." He
hopes that in 2018 the industry can
brainstorm and deploy methods
of getting younger generations as
enthused as he is about asphalt.
Starting the education process in
high school, he believes, will be
key to targeting vocational talent
and communicating that "this
industry is a great industry," to
the point where students perceive
asphalt as a first option for them
after high school.
"I feel like the school counselors
are telling all the students, 'You are
not going to survive if you don't get
a college education.' That's just not
the truth," said Parker, who took
two years of college coursework
while working for a construction
company. Then, in the 1980s, he
worked for a land developer, hiring
a lot of asphalt work and learning
the industry on the job.
"[Students] could do great
in a vocational/technical
field and can have a very
rewarding, lifelong career
and make a lot of money."
Further, it's also in the best
interest of the industry to
recruit within a generation
of individuals who started
handling smart devices
at a young age. As paving
equipment is being designed
to be as savvy as some
of these devices, Parker
stressed that companies
must have employees who
are comfortable with the
technology and agile when
it inevitably changes.
But, from a recruitment
and retention standpoint,
it's not just about touting
salary and success. The
nature of the industry

is a selling point too. Though
competitive, it's not callous; rather,
it's connected and supportive,
qualities Parker has noticed at NAPA
meetings and especially at home
in Oklahoma. He explained that,
although the local companies do
not talk to each other when they're
bidding on the same work, there's
congratulations after it's over.
"Whoever loses it sends a text to the
other guy saying, 'Good bid; good
job.' It's a very healthy competition.
You don't take it personally if you
don't get the job...It keeps you on
your toes and makes you think," he
said. "When someone else comes
up with a good idea and they win a
project, you pay attention...It's very
nerve-wracking on a bid day, but [it]
keeps you young."
People and relationships are
important to Parker, who employs a
leadership style that is interactive,
personal, and hands-on. It's part
a function of his character and
part a function of being in Moore,
where taking time for one another
is just what you do. "Sometimes
when we're meeting with folks from
other areas of the country, they ask

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.
us, 'Why in the world are you still
living in Oklahoma, where you've
got all these natural disasters?'"
Because of the people, he'll respond.
"Everybody in this area has a very
strong sense of community," said
Parker. "The people in Oklahoma are
so friendly and will help you in any
manner, especially if you come up
on some sort of natural disaster."
In 2015, Silver Star, whose
employees are quick to commit
to volunteering, was a finalist for
NAPA's Community Involvement
Award. "Our company is responsible
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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 - 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 - Tools for the Trade
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Meet the Chairman: Craig Parker
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - 21
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - How to Host an Effective Congressional Site Tour
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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 - Industry Calendar
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2018 - Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
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