Thank you for a great Midyear Meeting!
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Great Plenary Sessions and Announcement of
Unified Marketing Effort
Highlights of 2014 Midyear Meeting
The asphalt paving industry has gained a strong ally with the expanded participation and increased financial support of the marketing effort from the Asphalt Institute (AI). At NAPA's Midyear Meeting in Nashville, AI Chairman Clint Rybak (pictured) with Phillips 66 Co. discussed the drivers for change and how this collaboration will result in a stronger, more unified asphalt industry. As a result, leadership from AI, NAPA, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations (SAPAs) have strategically unified the industry's three main initiatives — Research, Communications, and Deployment.
In addition to the announcement of a unified industry marketing effort, the NAPA Midyear Meeting featured a session on asphalt innovations, a keynote speaker event with Grammy-winning country music songwriters, Operational Excellence Awards presentations, committee meetings and networking sessions.
In the session, "Innovations for High-Quality Asphalt Pavements," Walter "Butch" Waidelich Jr., Associate Administrator for Infrastructure at the Federal Highway Administration discussed the agency's goals for MAP-21 performance management. R. "Buzz" Powell, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Director at the National Center for Asphalt Technology reported on NCAT's latest research, and findings that lead to innovations, best practices and emerging technologies.
The Midyear Meeting Keynote Address was presented by Bart Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and songwriters Jim Collins and Rivers Rutherford. After Herbison set the tone, Collins and Rutherford took the stage with their guitars and shared inspirational stories from their lives that influenced their songwriting, tidbits about the recording artists who made their songs famous, and sang their songs. It was a unique opportunity to experience Nashville country music up-close and personal.
Another opportunity to experience the real Nashville occurred at the optional Young Leaders Networking Event at the internationally known honky-tonk, The Station. Everyone had a grand time listening to authentic country and blues music, eating local cuisine, and catching up with NAPA friends.