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Pave It Black PODCAST

Pave It Black is the official podcast of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Hosted by NAPA's Richard Willis and Brett Williams, Pave It Black focuses on the people, issues, and technologies of the asphalt pavement industry, road building, and research and innovation.


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S2: E7 "An Intentional Approach to People" 

Pat Nelson, President & CEO of Lehman-Roberts Co. in Memphis, Tenn., dives into the details of some very intentional workforce development changes that are happening at his company. The last two episodes of “Pave It Black” have focused on the theory of leadership development, but in this episode the focus is on real-world practice and outcomes. “We believe that every human being has amazing potential, and part of our responsibility as an employer, as an enterprise, is to see people reach their greatest potential,” said Nelson.

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Buddy Hobart

S2: E6 "The Truth About Leadership in the Construction Industry" 

In the wake of the “silver tsunami,” who will lead the next generation of asphalt plants and businesses? In this latest episode, Buddy Hobart, President & CEO of Solutions 21, expert on the multi-generational workforce, and author of “The Leadership Decade: A Playbook for an Extraordinary Era,” explains the importance of company leaders having a knowledge transfer strategy and proactively developing employees with potential to be the next generation of leaders. He emphasizes workforce development – for both upcoming and current leaders – as an investment, not a cost.  

S2: E5 "From Music to Asphalt"

How does one go from a career in music to a career in asphalt? The answer, for Janie Gallagher, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Wirtgen America in Nashville, Tenn., is the asphalt pavement industry’s commitment to sustainability. In this latest episode, Gallagher explains how she was inspired by our industry’s sustainability initiatives while listening to NAPA President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E., speaking at an Australian Asphalt Pavement Association meeting in Melbourne. Gallagher gives insight into why Millennials and Gen Z care about the environment and how important it is to them to work for companies that embrace those values.   

Janie Gallagher

S2: E4 "Infrastructure Week 2020"

To mark the beginning of Infrastructure Week 2020, “Pave It Black" hosted special guests Laura Perrotta (pictured), President & CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, and NAPA’s Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President for Advocacy, to break down the inner workings of Capitol Hill and the effects on highway funding. They provide an outlook on what needs to happen before and after the FAST Act expires on Sept. 30. “If there is a large enough package and they [Congress] choose to include state and local relief, I do think there is a good chance for us to get designated state DOT relief,” said Perrotta.

Season 2, Episode 3: “Why Is Marketing Important in a Low Bid Environment?”

Brian Fraley of Fraley Construction Marketing illuminates why marketing is important in a low-bid environment. Learn why complacency is the enemy of progress, especially in the age of Google, defined by viral videos, online reviews, professional and personal image, and tweets.

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Season 2, Episode 2: “How Does Asphalt Fit Into a Resilient World?”

It’s not often you hear someone in the asphalt industry quoting Mike Tyson, but when discussing the topic of resilience, it just fits.

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Season 2, Episode 1: “The Power of Social Media in the Asphalt Industry”

Valerie Echter, a freelance social media strategist and content creator for the construction, asphalt, and engineering sectors, shares the main mistakes industry makes on social media. Discover tips on building brand authority, increasing engagement, attracting employees, and growing sales revenue.

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Season 1, Episode 11: “Craig Parker’s Industry Game Changers”

A 30-plus-year industry veteran, Craig Parker, President at Silver Star Construction Co. Inc., has a keen perspective on what he sees as industry game changers. He is particularly excited about balanced mix design.

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Season 1, Episode 10: “Dr. Buzz Powell: Walking the Asphalt Path”

Dr. Buzz Powell, Assistant Director at NCAT, got his start in the industry as a laborer with the Alabama Department of Transportation in 1986. He's got a reputation for being truly passionate about asphalt pavements. He can tell incredible stories about working on the NCAT Test Track during oppressive Alabama summers.

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Season 1, Episode 9: “OMG! What If There Were No Cell Phones?”

Grant Wollenhaupt, Chief Commercial Officer of XBE LLC, is challenged to imagine the asphalt pavement industry without cell phones. Wollenhaupt provides insight into how certain workforce interactions would actually improve.

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