Want to become a member?  

Schedule of Events

17-023 NAPA AsphaltPaveAd 640x150


Click here to download a copy of the preliminary program and registration brochure.


Sunday, July 16

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

ChicagoAll Aboard! Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 16, as we celebrate summer in the city and “Rock the Boat” on Chicago's Classic Lady! Tickets include a sunset and architecture boat cruise, complete with an open bar, dinner buffet, networking and music along the beautiful Chicago River and Lake Michigan.


$150 per person (Dinner buffet and full bar included)


Monday, July 17

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.

As agencies move away from purely volumetric mix designs and towards balanced mix designs, mixture performance will be an integral part of the mix design approval. While many states are comfortable with the current rutting tests they specify, there is less agreement on cracking tests due to the number of tests available and the way cracking can vary from state to state.

In this microsession, you will:

  • Hear a general overview of the cracking tests available
  • Learn which cracking tests have been validated or tested through field performance
  • Discover the latest advancements in this field.

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.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

KingtonAwards Program

Join us as we honor the asphalt industry’s leaders with the Operational Excellence Awards. Winners will be recognized in the Community Involvement, Outstanding Brochure, Outstanding Website, Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations, Ecological Awards categories and NAPA Operational Excellence Awards Program. In addition, the presentation of NAPAREF’s Ronald D. Kenyon Award will be given.


General Session

Well, OK … it’s true. Kenn is one of the most popular comics on SiriusXM radio and performs regularly across the country. And he’s coming to the NAPA Midyear Meeting as our opening keynote speaker.

A comedian for a keynote, you ask? Of course! 

But Kenn is more than just a comedian …

He has spoken to hundreds of companies … he was also a top 10 salesman in a Fortune 500 growth company!

Kenn also possesses the ability to communicate some of the most original concepts in business today. And he has studied, refined, and developed the principles that makes the most effective communicators successful.


When you hear Kenn, rest assured you will be entertained, encouraged, challenged and inspired but the greatest benefit is that YOU will leave with more insight and motivation to experience true success and significance.

Visit with Kenn online at http://www.kennworks.com or http://www.kennkington.com.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Edward Mortimer, Executive Director, Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM)


The ATM coalition led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of advocating for an infrastructure bill that fixes the Highway Trust Fund with a permanent gas tax increase.  Ed will discuss President Trump’s Infrastructure plan: what’s in it, how will it be paid for, and when Congress is likely to take up the legislation.

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

Securing positive media coverage is one of the best ways to build brand equity and public trust. Asphalt contractors work in local neighborhoods connecting communities, businesses, and services, but we often try to keep a low profile. Learn how to work cooperatively with local media to promote your company, your projects, and the asphalt industry. At this microsession, you’ll hear from both industry and public relations experts on how to cultivate media relations that can improve community standing and public support.

Key Takeaways:

• Hear a first-hand experience of industry working with transportation reporters to promote asphalt pavement.
• Learn the six critical steps to obtaining positive media coverage for your company.
• Understand how to utilize Drivability messages in story pitches.

2:45 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.

Presenter: Brian Hill, Illinois Department of Transportation

The goal of this session is build on the information regarding cracking tests discussed during the CART micro session. Attendees will hear from the Illinois State Department of Transportation on how they’re incorporating a cracking performance test and performance-related mix design into their specifications. The discussion will focus specifically on the I-FIT test for asphalt mixtures and the challenges encountered.

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Responsible for the development of the Association's communications plan, and all communication avenues, including Asphalt Pavement magazine, the ActionNews e-newsletter, brochures, websites, technical publications, e-newsletters, and social media. It provides an ongoing review of the Association's communications activities and recommends program adjustments to the NAPA Board of Directors. 

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. 

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

Oversees the broad activities of the NAPA-Political Action Committee, including approving an annual budget and approving specific disbursements to congressional candidates. 

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

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


Tuesday, July 18

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Illinois Perspective on Innovative Project Delivery

This session will provide details on the Illinois Department of Transportation priorities for innovative project delivery and the importance of sustained funding for infrastructure, while trying to accomplish improvements within a challenging political environment.


Speaker: Randall S. Blankenhorn, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation


Saving Money and Reducing Environmental Impact Through Implementing Innovation: The Illinois Tollway Story

Also featured is the successful Illinois Tollway, a leader in green technologies and performance specifications, and the Tollway’s implementation of innovative processes and technologies for constructing and maintaining pavements including quantifying environmental impacts through a life-cycle analysis for sustainability reporting.


Speaker: William R. Vavrik, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President & Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

When residential communities are developed near existing asphalt plants, or when siting a new asphalt plant near existing communities, sometimes members of the public have questions about impacts from asphalt plant operations.  Some of the more common community concerns include odor, trucking, and potential health impacts from plant emissions.  While some of these community concerns can be easily addressed, others, like potential health impacts from plant emissions, require more sophisticated responses.  In response to these issues, NAPA contracted with a focused environmental engineering consulting firm to prepare materials that are useful in addressing plant emission health impacts in public forums.


Key Takeaways:

  • Communicating potential health impacts from asphalt plant emissions
  • Understanding the differences between health hazards and health risks
  • Distinguishing emissions from asphalt cement and dryer stacks
  • Communicating the impact of odor


Speaker: Steve Zemba (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.)

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. - 12:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.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.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

OSHA’s new Silica Standard (Rule) is effective June 23, 2017; however, the agency has extended its enforcement date until Sept. 23. This Micro Session will help attendees understand many of the compliance obligations associated with the Standard and the types of company programs that might be needed to comply with its many provision. Information sources to help companies comply with the rule will also be presented, including any exposure information related to certain job tasks like power sweeping operations.


Key Takeaways:
• Understanding compliance obligations associated with OSHA’s Silica Standard
• Identification of information sources to assist companies in complying with the Standard
• Developing a Written Exposure Control Plan and designating a Competent Person, all required under the Standard.


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 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.

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 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. 

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Sustainability is nothing new, but the asphalt industry is increasingly asked to document and demonstrate how it meets the goals of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Over the past few months, legislation requiring environmental transparency in material choices and mixture production practices was introduced in several states. While these initial efforts have not yet become law, other customers, such as the Illinois Toll Road, are including sustainability as a factor in bid decisions.

In this micro session, you will:

  • See the current status of sustainability implementation across the U.S.
  • Gain insight into how agencies will adopt sustainable concepts in the future
  • Understand the impact of sustainability on the asphalt industry

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 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 19

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m