Schedule of Events




Tuesday, September 11

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Steering Committee Meeting (Closed)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wirtgen Welcome Party on the Old Ebbitt Grill Rooftop Terrace



Wednesday, September 12

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Construction Industry's Economic Outlook and America's Economic Future

Speaker: Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.


Economist Anirban Basu will examine and explain the data that dramatically affect the construction industry on domestic and global levels.

Learn about key economic factors, trends and indicators, including an economic analysis of what we can expect in the future.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

U.S. Transportation Design and Economics 101

Speaker: Alison Premo Black, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, ARTBA


Attendees will learn how transportation infrastructure investments impact U.S. state economies and the importance of federal programs to state economies.

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

Networking Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Federal Surface Transportation Program: How it Works, How It is Funded

Speaker: Jennifer Brickett, Director, BATIC Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence

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

Lunch - Legislative, Regulatory, and Industry Efforts to Ensure Safer Work Zones

Speaker: Howard Marks, Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety, NAPA


Key Takeaways:

  • Prior and current legislative efforts
  • State agency program implementation
  • Industry efforts


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

Legislative Panel - What is Now Happening in Congress That Impacts the Transportation Infrastructure Market

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Getting Involved in the Political & Regulatory Game: Grassroots Action 101

Speaker: Ryan Lindsey, Executive Director of Government Relations, CRH Americas 


Key Takeaways:

  • Getting to Know Your Elected Officials at Home
  • Inviting Elected Officials to Workplace and Project Sites
  • Supporting Transportation Champions/Challenging Opponents
  • Importance of Primary Vote
  • Providing Legislators and Regulators with “Real World” Impacts

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

DC Breweries Tour (Optional Event)

Attendees will get a chance to tour two of the top breweries in our nation's capital!

Hellbender Brewing Company was founded in November 2014 and got its name from the Eastern Hellbender Salamander, which is the largest salamander in North America, and the third largest in the world! So, it’s safe to say that their beers boast BIG flavors. But they don’t just brew killer ales, they do it in an environmentally sound, super-efficient way using their hammer mill and mash filter to protect the earth from harsh effects and you from bad beer. Unlike any brewery on the east coast, Hellbender Brewing is able to use less grain and less water for all of its brews but brings you more flavor than you can even imagine. Let us take you on a behind the scenes tour of this brewery’s unique process and walk you through the science of why less really is more. 

DC Brau is the OG of local DC beer. They’ve been brewing the area’s best ales since the 1950s, and were the first brewery to brew and distribute beer within Washington, DC. Now, DC Brau has been designated one of the fastest growing breweries in the USA, and their commitment to excellence has been going strong for over fifty years. You’ll taste the dedication as our expert guides walk you through DC Brau’s canning process and how they churn out their award-winning brews year and after.

Cost: $85 per person (includes beer tastings and snacks) 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Chairman's Welcome Reception

Welcome Remarks

Tim Caudle, Vice President, Silver Star Construction Co. Inc.
2018 IMPACT Leadership Group Chairman


Craig Parker, Executive Vice President, Silver Star Construction Co. Inc., 2018 NAPA Chairman


Thursday, September 13

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

Direct Lobbying 101: Preparing for Your Congressional Office Visit

Speaker: Channon Hanna, Director of Government Relations, Van Scoyoc Associates 

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

Congressional Visits on Capitol Hill

You will get a chance on Thursday morning to meet face-to-face with your elected representatives and staff to discuss matters of importance to the asphalt industry and the specific issues your business is facing. This unique opportunity allows you, as a professional in the asphalt industry, to create connections with policy-makers that will not only advance the industry, but your own organization as well.

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

Lunch with Congressional Member at the Capitol Hill Club


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Tour

Capitol Tours of the historic Capitol Building begin at the orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through our country's struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses our Congress. The film will be followed by a 45-minute guided walking tour.

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

Capitol Hill Reception (House Office Building)


Friday, September 14

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

FHWA: Federal Aid Highway Program


Tom Harman, Director, FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation

Chris Lawson, Division Administrator, FHWA