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AEMA-ARRA-ISSA Annual Meeting Features Unveiling of

Friday, March 2, 2018  
Posted by: Kristi Olson

At the 15th combined Annual Meeting of the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and the International Slurry Surfacing Association, more than 380 members and industry representatives were witness to, among other presentations and activities, the debut of the new website.

  Lindsay Matush, Vario Consulting, unveils to the attendees of the 2018 AEMA-ARRA-ISSA Annual Meeting. (Photo courtesy FP2)


Two dynamic sessions opened the meeting February 21, 2018, at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.  An Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead, keynote speaker Mark Fernandes shared his thoughts on “Values-Based Leadership and the Future of Work,” providing attendees some insights into the multi-generational workforce and the leaders roles in engaging employees.  Lindsay Matush, CEO of Vario Consulting, then took the stage to follow up on the project introduced at last year’s Annual Meeting – giving attendees their first glimpse of the new website.  The result of nearly two years of effort by her marketing team and numerous volunteers, Matush described how this site will be a game changer for agencies, and how this site will aid members’ in educating and communicating with owners and agencies.

    At left: NCPP Director Judith Corley-Lay addresses the Annual Meeting Attendees.       At left: FP2 President Andrew Crow updates attendees on FP2 activities. (Both photos courtesy FP2). 

The general session featured local agency Los Angeles Department of Public Works, with Senior Civil Engineer Dai Bui presenting on the “Sustainable Pavement Approach for Los Angeles County Roads.” Partners in the pavement preservation and recycling community were also an integral part of the general session.  IBEF Executive Director Etienne Le Bouteiller provided a preview of PPRS 2018 Nice, FHWA Construction Team Leader Connie Yew spoke on “The Future of Highway Construction,” National Center for Pavement Preservation Director Judith Corley-Lay provided an update on NCPP activities, FP2 President Andrew Crow and Executive Director Jim Moulthrop informed attendees of recent FP2 activities and National Center for Asphalt Technology Assistant Director Buzz Powell provided an overview of the NCAT and MnROAD National Long-Term Pavement Preservation Benefit Experiment.

Association-specific sessions offered educational opportunities over the course of the meeting.

During AEMA’s technical session, Andrew Braham, University of Arkansas, updated attendees on the latest AEMA online certificate courses; Ester Ternero Dalessi, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry LLC, spoke on “A Field Relevant Method for Evaluating Prime Coat Emulsions”; Dan Wegman, Ingevity, provided information on advancements in pavement preservation and rehabilitation using emulsion Technology; Alejandro Rosales, Idaho Asphalt, shared “Evaluation of the Amount of P200 on Wear Resistance of Micro Mix Solutions”; Trey Jordan, Paragon Technical Services, Inc. spoke on the structural benefits of micro surfacing applications; Tim O’Connell, Ingevity, presented “Laboratory Wear Testing of AE Surface Treatments, Part 2”; and Bob Huitt, Russell Standard, announced a new AEMA Excellence in Manufacturing Award.

ARRA’s session featured Lindsay Matush outlining how contractors can use the new website to more effectively talk to agencies as well as presentations by Shawn Yadon, California Trucking Association, on a roadway users’ perspective from the trucking industry; Eric Smith, Marsh, on the Economics of Safety; and Byron McFarland, the McFarland Group on creating a bankable succession plan.

During the ISSA session, Matush again spoke to members on using effectively and Tim O’Connell again shared his presentation on laboratory wear testing with ISSA members.  In addition, Brett Gaither, Microsurfacing Contractors, Inc., shared all that went into the 2018 ISSA President’s Award winning project and Jason Dietz, FHWA, providing updates from the Federal Highway Administration and the newest advancements in pavement preservation.

Associations Welcome 2018-2019 Boards

As part of its 45th Annual Meeting, AEMA installed its Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 term.  Mark Ishee, Vice President of Pavement Preservation & Specialty Products at Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., continues as President, and other AEMA officers include Vice President Todd Ryne, Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry LLC; Secretary/Treasurer Bob Huitt, Russell Standard Corp.; and Past President Archie Reynolds, Walker Emulsions.

The 2018-2019 AEMA Board of Directors, pictured from left: Mark Ishee, Bob Huitt, Jeremy Thomas, Rick Madison, Arlis Kadrmas, Etienne Le Bouteiller, Greg Arntson, Todd Ryne.  Not pictured: Matt Kennedy, Dan Koeninger, Archie Reynolds.

Directors installed for 2018-2019 include Greg Arntson, Albina Fuel Co.; Arlis Kadrmas, BASF Corp.; Matt Kennedy, McAsphalt Industries, Inc.; Dan Koeninger, Terry Asphalt Materials, Inc.; Etienne LeBouteiller, Colas S.A.; Rick Madison, Ingevity; and new director Jeremy Thomas, Asphalt Materials, Inc.  Craig Moore, Cleveland Asphalt Products, retired from the Board following seven years of service.

ARRA inducted its Board of Directors during its 42nd Annual Meeting, with Darren Coughlin, President, Coughlin Company, continuing as President. Eric Baker, Roadtec, Inc., will step into the role of Vice President, and Jonathan Pease, Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation will now be Secretary/Treasurer. Rounding out the officers, Ryan Essex, Miller Paving Limited, continues as Past President.  Pat Faster, who served 12 years on the ARRA Board in various roles, most recently as Vice President, retired from the Board.

The 2018-2019 ARRA Board of Directors, pictured from left: Ron Wilson, Jonathan Pease, Jason Wielinski, Eric Baker, Darren Coughlin, Ryan Essex, Mike Marshall, David Peterson, Steve Cross. Not pictured: Kimbel Stokes.

Elected for the 2018-2019 term, ARRA directors include Mike Marshall, Wirtgen America; David Peterson, Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc.: Kimbel Stokes, The Miller Group Inc.; Ron Wilson, Dustrol, Inc.; and new director Jason Wielinski, Heritage Research Laboratories/Asphalt Materials, Inc.  Steve Cross, PE, Oklahoma State University, will continue as ARRA’s technical director.  During its business meeting, ARRA also revised the association bylaws to allow for up to two more directors to be elected in future years.

Celebrating its 56th Annual Convention, ISSA elected a new President, Rex Eberly, Bergkamp Inc., with Carter Dabney, Slurry Pavers, Inc., moving to the immediate Past President role.  Other ISSA officers include Vice President Doug Hogue, VSS Macropaver, Secretary Larry Tomkins, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. and Treasurer Eric Reimschiissel, American Pavement Preservation.

 The 2018-2019 ISSA Board of Directors, pictured from left: Doug Hogue, Eric Reimschiissel, Fabio Mendez, Dave Welborn, Dan Patenaude, Bob Jerman, Brad Pearce, Rex Eberly, Howie Snyder, Chuck Ingram, Carter Dabney, and Larry Tomkins.  Not pictured: Steve Olsen.

2018-2019 ISSA directors include Fabio Mendez, MPI Ltda.; Steve Olsen, California Pavement Maintenance Systems; Dan Patenaude, Sealcoating, Inc.; Brad Pearce, Viking Construction; Howie Snyder, Vance Brothers, Inc.; Dave Welborn, Ingevity; and new director Chuck Ingram, Slurry Pavers, Inc.  Bob Jerman, Ingevity, continues as ISSA’s technical director. 

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