AEMA Board Keeps Strategic Plan at Forefront of Efforts
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Posted by: Ali Mostardo
The AEMA Board of Directors met on June 6 in Chicago, Illinois, to review and direct the business of the association. Progress toward meeting the strategic plan strategies and goals established by the Board last June was central to the agenda.
One of the educational programming goals already accomplished was the introduction of a second certificate course on the application of asphalt emulsions this January, developed in conjunction with the University of Arkansas. The third planned certificate course, on the manufacturing of asphalt emulsions, is set to be made available on August 1 of this year.
As part of the strategy of promoting membership outreach and participation in AEMA, the Board contacted members as part of the reinvigoration of the stewardship program. Recognizing that member feedback regarding AEMA programs and services is critical to ensure the association is heading in the right direction, these personal contacts are planned to occur three times per year to allow members ample opportunity to share their opinions.
Progress has also been made in the identified strategy of developing a structure for members to differentiate themselves, with the announcement of the availability of the AEMA Excellence in Manufacturing Award this April. The Awards Committee spent nearly a year in the development of this award and is looking forward to reviewing applications and making the first awards next February at the Annual Meeting in Cancun. If your company is thinking about submitting applications for any of your plants, remember that the early bird deadline for applications is August 1, 2018.
Finally, to meeting the strategy of increasing the usage of asphalt emulsion, and in the culmination of one of the most significant AEMA projects of the last few years, the Board heard that the public launch of RoadResource.org is just around the corner. With the member feedback period now closed and areas for revision identified, the planned launched is anticipated in mid-July. To measure the impact of this and other AEMA efforts, the Board also committed to increasing the frequency to an annual basis of the benchmarking study on the production of asphalt emulsion.
In addition to discussions of the strategic plan, the Board reviewed the 2017 audit and current association finances, discussed the results of the 2016-2017 Benchmarking Study on Asphalt Emulsion Production, heard reports from the committees as well as the liaisons to related industry associations, and discussed plans for participation in upcoming meetings, including the 2020 International Symposium on Asphalt Emulsion Technology which is in early planning stages.
The Board will next meet this fall in Auburn, Alabama, where they will see the progress made at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) on the pavement preservation and other studies, which is funded in part by contributions from FP2 supported by AEMA.