The 2014 Midyear Meeting will be held July 14–16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.
More details will be available soon.
The NAPA 2013 Midyear Meeting set the stage for the industry's road forward. NAPA Chairman John Keating provided a first look at the market research effort being conducted by public relations firm Edelman, as well as the rollout of a coordinated state and federal legislative strategy to support the asphalt pavement industry.
In discussing the findings of its initial media analysis, representatives from Edelman noted that the vast majority of news and feature articles discussing pavements portrayed asphalt neutrally. However, of the 3% of articles that directly compared asphalt with concrete, most of the time asphalt came away with the more positive press.
After the research presentation, the discussion shifted to state legislative threats and opportunities for the industry. Gary Hoffman from the Pennsylvania Asphalt Pavement Association, Jim Cordero from Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida, and Vince Tutino of Lindy Paving Inc. outlined their efforts to educate lawmakers and to rebuff legislation that could have a detrimental effect on the asphalt pavement industry, while Martin Whitmer of lobbying firm Whitmer and Worrall discussed the need for grassroots action to support the industry in Washington and in statehouses across the nation.
During the meeting, NAPA honored the winners and finalists of the Operational Excellence Awards during the awards luncheon. These awards recognize companies for their excellence in community relations, ecological responsibility, safety innovation, and marketing efforts.
Committee meetings and working groups throughout during meeting learned of the latest work on NAPA projects and helped determine policies for the remainder of the year. Networking events, including a cruise of Boston Harbor sponsored by the NAPA Young Leaders, rounded out the Midyear Meeting, offering attendees the chance to both relax and to discuss industry trends with colleagues from across the country.