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The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held January 25–28, 2015 at the
Marco Island Marriott in Marco Island, Fla.
More details will be available soon.

 

NAPA Annual Meeting Sets Industry Course Forward

 

Bill photoWith a clear eye on the competitive future of the asphalt industry, 851 industry leaders met in Boca Raton, Fla., for NAPA’s 59th Annual Meeting. Attendees enjoyed general sessions, educational breakout sessions, 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 William C. Ensor III 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.

 

A highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of the industry’s new coordinated Go-to-Market effort. The comprehensive communications program builds 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. These research efforts were outlined in a booklet distributed at the session; click here to access a digital version.

 

Keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Keith McFarland 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, who shared behind-the-scenes stories about getting a story no publisher thought was marketable to print, while also shedding light on the many humble heroes of Iwo Jima, including his own father.

 

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. Networking events, including the Super Bowl Diamond Reception, and the NAPA Young Leaders’ sponsored final dinner event and annual golf tournament, also enjoyed record levels of attendance. Most of the presentations from the Annual Meeting educational sessions are available through the meeting app at http://goaspha.lt/1eUXFyi.

 

NAPA extends a big thank you to the generous sponsors who helped make the Annual Meeting possible: Asphalt Contractor, Astec Inc., Atlas Copco/Dynapac, BLS Enterprises Inc., BOMAG Americas, Caterpillar Inc., Clean Energy Fuels, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions Inc., Gencor Industries, Heavy Construction Systems Specialists Inc., Kenco Engineering Inc., The Lane Construction Corp., The Maryland Asphalt Association, Oldcastle Materials Inc., Roadtec Inc., Superior Tire & Rubber Corp., Volvo Construction Equipment, Weiler Products, Wiregrass Construction, and Wirtgen America Inc.

 

Images from NAPA's 2014 Annual Meeting