Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2014 - (Page 11)

Industry News NAPA Annual Meeting Sets Industry Course Forward With a clear eye on the competitive future of the asphalt industry, and in an atmosphere of collegiality and fellowship, 851 industry leaders met in Boca Raton, Fla., for NAPA's 59th Annual Meeting. Attendees enjoyed general sessions, educational breakout sessions, networking events, and committee meetings all geared to setting the course forward for the industry. The meeting began with the passing of the gavel from outgoing 2013 Chairman John Keating of Oldcastle Materials Inc. to 2014 NAPA Chairman Bill Ensor of Maryland Paving Inc. Keating spoke of the industry's 2013 efforts to build and secure market share, as well as the realignment and strengthening of the NAPA staff. Ensor affirmed his commitment to carry through with the work started by his predecessor, while also keeping NAPA focused on helping the industry harness innovation in the interest of continually improving product quality, worker safety, and customer service. The industry's new coordinated Go-to-Market effort was unveiled during the meeting. The comprehensive communications program includes advertising in trade magazines, as well as articles that build on a wide range of scientific and engineering research, and a solid understanding of what drivers want from a pavement. The end focus is on the high-performance attributes of asphalt pavements that ensure a consistent level of drivability. Much of this research is being developed through the Pavement Economics Committee with the support of NAPA and the state asphalt pavement associations. A booklet outlining prior and ongoing research was distributed at the session; visit to download a copy. In a keynote address, Keith McFarland, author of The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers, shared the characteristics that define superior businesses, regardless of their industry. He then moderated a roundtable discussion with asphalt industry CEOs who are striving to competitively position their companies in the current business environment. The other keynote address came from James Bradley, best-selling author of Flags of Our Fathers. Other sessions and breakouts focused on legislative issues, including the importance of grassroots advocacy at the state and federal levels, as well as pavement design, green construction codes, workforce development, using technology to improve efficiency, and expediting project delivery. The 2015 NAPA Annual Meeting will be held Jan. 25-28 in Marco Island, Fla. more Industry News on page 13 A highlight of the Annual Meeting was the "Taking the Wheel: Securing the Market for Asphalt" roundtable discussion on the industry's new Go-to-Market campaign. (l to r) Moderator and Facilitator John Keating, Oldcastle Materials Inc.; Kurt Bechtold, Payne & Dolan Inc.; Brian Wood, The Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky; Neal Flieger, Edelman; Dr. Audrey Copeland, NAPA; and Ron White, Superior Paving Corp. 2013 NAPA Chairman John Keating passed the gavel of leadership to 2014 NAPA Chairman Bill Ensor. Scenes from NAPA's 59th Annual Meeting. Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2014 * 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2014

High Performance Thin Overlay Solves Hard Problem
Paved to Perfection: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Sky-High Expectations for a Smooth Runway
2013 Quality in Construction Awards
Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
Tools for the Trade
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2014