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Sunday, July 21

4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

We will visit a total of three breweries and will include local craft beer tastings and a production tour at each. The last stop is Wedge Brewery, where we will have dinner catered (drinks included)!


This event is currently sold out.  Please email Liz Price at lprice@asphaltpavement.org to be put on the wait list.


$105 per person


Monday, July 22

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Manages, supervises, and directs the affairs of NAPA subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Represents the interests of the Associate Members to the NAPA Board of Directors. The Council develops and recommends programs and activities to further the goals of the Association and the asphalt pavement industry.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Since 2018, China and India have both enacted plastic waste import bans, leaving cities and towns across the U.S. without a market for growing piles of household recycling material and no clear solution. At the same time, numerous articles and videos began appearing on social media and in magazines claiming that plastic waste could be used in asphalt pavements — both to address the environmental problem and to improve the quality of current infrastructure. Dow Incorporated has taken a personal interest in understanding the feasibility of using plastic in asphalt mixtures. This microsession will explore the steps Dow has taken to better understand how recycled plastics may impact asphalt binders and mixtures.


Key Takeaways:


  • Learn why plastics are being considered as a binder extender/modifier for asphalt mixtures
  • Develop an understanding of how recycled plastic may impact asphalt binder properties
  • Hear about a paving project completed by Dow using a recycled plastic modified binder


Speaker: C.J. DuBois, Packaging and Specialty Plastics TS&D, The Dow Chemical Company

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This Committee formulates a program for the development and implementation of research and technology activities for the asphalt pavement industry. CART develops and presents research needs and project requirements to represent practitioner interests in a variety of forums, including TRB, FHWA, and state agency meetings. CART will further work to ensure practical implementation of research that will improve the quality and performance of asphalt pavement.

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

2019 is a year of discovery. While NAPA conducts a critical examination of the hidden forces that drive career choices in our industry, NAPA members, industry and leaders, and other partners have launched efforts to attract and retain workers that provide opportunities we can learn from. Hear from 2019 NAPA Chairman John Harper about the current direction of NAPA's workforce development efforts, learn from industry peers, and explore partnership opportunities in this dynamic session. 


Key Takeaways:

  • Understand NAPA's Workforce Development initiative
  • Obtain implementable strategies for your recruitment and retention efforts
  • Discover the broader construction industry's workforce initiatives 



John Harper, Senior Vice President, Construction Partners Inc., NAPA Chairman

Charles F. (CJ) Potts, Jr., President, Milestone Contractors, LP 

Patrick Nelson, President and CEO, Lehman-Roberts Company 

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

During this session, industry experts will assess Federal infrastructure priorities and how Congress plans to work across the aisle to address the HTF shortfall to restore America’s economic vitality and maximize global competitiveness with an integrated national, intermodal surface transportation network that reliably moves goods and people.



Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Identifies and prioritizes key industry legislative issues pending before Congress. The Committee develops legislative recommendations in advance of major highway and airport reauthorization legislation. The Committee also responds to proposed regulations pending before relevant federal agencies.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) updated their Airport Construction Standards in December of 2018. This presentation will provide a snapshot of asphalt usage in airfields and a review of what contractors need to know about the revisions and additions to the FAA specification.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand recent FAA specification changes related to asphalt
  • Discuss the impacts of recent changes on contractors



Speaker: Danny Gierhart, P.E., Regional Engineer, Asphalt Institute

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emerging leaders committed to making a lasting IMPACT on the asphalt industry through education, leadership development and networking.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The mission of EAC is to identify, evaluate, and prioritize key engineering issues impacting the asphalt pavement industry, ensure the proper implementation of cost-effective solutions and technical advances that improve pavement quality, performance, cost effectiveness, and sustainability through technical policies, programs, education, and training, and provide intellectual support to the Asphalt Pavement Alliance technical programs. 

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 23

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

When the Superpave mixture design system launched, the goal was to combine volumetrics and advanced performance testing to evaluate mixtures. The volumetric evaluation system was fully implemented, however, almost 20 years later, performance testing has not been fully implemented. The asphalt industry is taking up the challenge of incorporating performance into asphalt mix design with the balanced mix design concept.


This session will highlight how contractor operations may be impacted by including laboratory performance tests in the mix design process and why some agencies are considering changing the way they accept mix designs.


Key takeaways:

  • Learn the theory of balanced mix design
  • Understand how balanced mix design can impact contractor mix design operations
  • See how future technologies might make balanced mix design more efficient


Shane Buchanan, Ph.D., PE, Asphalt Performance Manager, CRH Americas Materials, Inc.


Bill Buttlar, Ph.D., PE, Glenn Barton Chair in Flexible Pavements at University of Missouri


Sam Cooper III, Ph.D., PE, Materials Research Administrator, Louisiana Transportation Research Center

Jay Winford, Ph.D., PE, President, Prairie Contractors


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


The Environmental Committee identifies and prioritizes key environmental issues impacting the industry and provides information and guidance on selected plant and paving operational issues that are key to environmental compliance and cost-effective operations performance.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Responsible for the development, implementation, direction, and monitoring of a new Member recruitment program and a Member retention program for the Association. The Committee reviews the Membership status of the Association and presents recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to generate an increase in the Membership. The Committee also reviews the cause and reason for any Member resignations or general depletion in Membership and devises countermeasures.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Administers the NAPA Awards and Commendations Programs by establishing the criteria and selection process. The purpose of the Awards Program is to promote to owners and contractors all asphalt pavements whose design and workmanship exhibit exemplary quality. Additional awards and recognition are also considered on an annual basis which recognizes excellence in outreach and responsible practices. The purpose of the Diamond Commendation Program is to establish metrics that identify best practices at the asphalt plant, terminal, lab, and paving operations.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

There are many strategies to prevent incidents and injuries during road construction activities. Although DOTs’ focus has been on controlling vehicular traffic in and around the work zone, internal equipment runovers and backovers account for the majority of construction employee injuries and fatalities within the work zone. The effective use of Internal Traffic Control Plans (ITCPs) is one strategy to prevent such incidents. A properly trained crew is an effective defense against runovers and backovers.


Key Takeaways

  • Learn what an ITCP is
  • Understand when and how to use ITCPs
  • Recognize the benefits of using ITCPs
  • Identify NAPA’s resources for training employees on ITCPs


Speakers: Scott Seamon, Safety Director at Ace Saginaw Paving; and Kelly Kanaras, Director of Awards & Marketing at NAPA

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The PEC is a joint effort of NAPA and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The PEC develops scientific research projects and analysis that positions asphalt as the pavement material of choice. Provides technical knowledge and scientific reports to the communications and deployment programs. Works to strengthen legislative grassroots activities and to insulate the industry from harmful legislation on the state and national level. Manages the Asphalt Pavement Economics Fund that supports industry research. The PEC is supported by seven NAPA/SAPA Task Groups.

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The Health & Safety Committee identifies and prioritizes key health and safety regulatory issues impacting the industry and provides information and guidance on selected plant and paving operational issues that are critical to health and safety compliance. 

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The US Energy Information Administration estimates that 8-13% of transportation energy consumption emanates from rolling resistance. While some of these losses are undoubtedly associated with vehicle powertrains, complex tire-road interactions physically contribute to rolling resistance. Furthermore, since the transportation sector accounts for 28% of all energy consumed in the U.S., even a small reduction in roadway rolling resistance will make a tremendous impact to overall energy consumption and pollutant formation.


Recent multinational collaborative efforts have sought to quantify the rolling resistance of different road surfaces and correlate rolling resistance with key road surface metrics, such as mean profile depth. Some initial studies have indicated that concrete compositions are superior to asphalt in rolling resistance. These studies have been utilized as leverage by the concrete industry with government funding agencies. This presentation will outline the underlying physics of rolling resistance, the various measurement methodologies, and inconsistencies within initial experimental results as a motivation for the asphalt industry to include rolling resistance as an evaluation parameter for perspective asphalt compositions, providing an opportunity for the industry to write its own narrative regarding surface rolling resistance.



Key Takeaways

  • Discover the importance of rolling resistance for overall transportation energy consumption
  • Obtain a basic understanding of the forces at work at the road-tire interface that contribute to rolling resistance
  • Have a working knowledge of the current state-of-the-art in rolling resistance measurement
  • Understand the importance of including rolling resistance as an evaluation parameter for future asphalt compositions


Speaker: Dr. Mark Hoffman, Assistant Professor, Auburn University


3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Identify, evaluate, and prioritize key sustainability issues impacting the asphalt pavement industry to ensure that the benefits of asphalt pavements are properly recognized in green rating systems and standards and specifications. Develop guidance and procedures to quantify the potential environmental impact of asphalt pavements.


Wednesday, July 24

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.