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ACPA Welcomes Mueller as Marketing Vice President

ACPA has named Scott J. Mueller as the association’s Vice President of Marketing, effective April 1, 2019. 

Mueller’s previous professional experience includes global, senior marketing and strategy leadership roles in companies where he blended marketing and technology to develop and implement brand strategies through channel disruption, innovation and digital marketing. 

Prior to joining ACPA, he served as Chief Revenue Officer of Jelmar LLC, a Skokie, Ill.-based company recognized as the market leader in specialty chemicals and cleaners, notably under the brand name of  “CLR.” In this role, he was responsible for sales, marketing, business- and product-development. He also served as Director of Marketing-Worldwide with AMCOL International Corp., a Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based holding company engaged in industrial/manufacturing markets (mining and construction technologies), consumer packaged goods/food, pet care, cosmetics, and healthcare.

He previously served as Director of Marketing (Global) for Dayton Superior Corporation in Dayton, Ohio.  Dayton Superior, an ACPA member company, is a leading provider of concrete accessories, chemicals, forming products and paving products for the non-residential construction industry.

“We are pleased to welcome Scott as a member of the ACPA national staff,” says Gerald F. Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. “Scott’s vast experience in senior marketing and strategy development roles provide him with both familiarity and fresh perspectives on our industry. His expertise and experience will be vital as we continue to implement our National and local promotion plans throughout the United States.”

“It’s great to be a part of the ACPA team.  Working with a national organization that has a proactive, long-term strategy combined with near-term goals will be an exciting experience,” Mueller says.

Mueller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He is also certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in the Six Sigma Master’s Program from the Chicago Deming Association. His project leadership has been recognized with awards and honors, including a platinum award in websites from the Hermes Creative Awards program and website of the month honors from Kentico. In his spare time, Mueller is also involved with several industry and civic organizations.

Use Your Smartphone to Participate in Road Research

ACPA is encouraging members, chapters, and technology partners to participate in an MIT pilot research project that uses smartphone technology and crowdsourcing to assess and report road conditions.  MIT researchers have developed a method to assess road roughness properties using acceleration data from a smartphone mounted inside of a vehicle. This method can also be used to map the aggregated excess fuel consumption and other factors. 

ACPA is joining MIT in encouraging participation in the research project. To begin, download MIT’s CARBIN app, which is available in both the Apple Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones.  Please note: MIT will not collect your personnel information; the app “sees” each phone only as an anonymous, randomly assigned number that cannot be linked to any personal data. 

The next step is to activate the app by pressing “start” as you begin driving, then “end” at the end of your trip.  The data are then automatically sent to MIT for processing. Note: Please see special usage information below.*  

CARBIN will use your smartphone’s internal GPS and accelerometers to measure the road roughness as you drive your vehicle. The app will then convert the measurements to International Roughness Index (IRI) data, which are further calculated to show excess fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  The data are mapped and visible on a special website, https://fixmyroad.us/, which shows road conditions and where repairs are needed. Currently, the view is only from data gathered around Boston, but as additional data are collected from across the country, the map will start to fill in.  In addition to viewing the results on the website, users eventually will be able to get personalized reports of IRI and excess fuel consumption on roads traveled.  

To learn more about the app, please view the video created from a recent MIT webinar, which previewed the app.  The video can be viewed at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfrVlUnyWoM&feature=youtu.be or in ACPA’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConcretePavements.  Much of the webinar covers the underlying technology of the app, so to watch specific information about CARBIN, skip to time marker 19:10 and start from there.

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For the CARBIN app to work properly, there are a couple of things to know.  First, the screen of phone always needs to be on. If the screen turns off, turn it back on to allow the CARBIN App to start collecting data again. The second issue is that the phone either needs to be in a holder or on the floor. It cannot be loose on the dash because the phone can slide around and move, which will alter the readings.  Likewise, the phone cannot be placed on a seat, which would act as a secondary suspension system because of the cushioning.  This could mask or hide the bumps/road roughness.

Emerging Leaders Group Sharpens Focus

The ACPA Emerging Leaders Group (ELG), including two new members, met last month at The Center/Heritage Group in Indianapolis. 

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack and Ben Robuck (both of CEMEX) were on hand to support the group. Steve Friess, ACPA Treasurer and contractor member with Milestone Contractors LP, provided an ACPA board update and explained the board’s hopes for the ELG. The meeting was once again facilitated by Regina Feltman of Updraft Consulting.

A key focus of the meeting was to advance the agendas of the working groups, which were started last year to focus on Technology, Specifications, Workforce Development, and Marketing.  The working groups at this meeting focused on SMART goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based.  As they created SMART goals, the group also completed a stakeholder mapping activity to identify who holds power and who influences that power in organizations. The stakeholder mapping process was also used to help inform the steps of each group’s goals.

The group also participated in a storytelling exercise in which Regina explained how to frame a compelling story.  This included ideas on how to use storytelling to enhance presentations and informal discussions of ideas. Another session focused on identifying and using different tactics for influencing people’s actions. The ELG also discussed other ideas, including ways to make the ACPA awards banquet more engaging and interesting. 

Following the first day’s meeting, the group visited Speedway Indoor Karting for indoor kart races, followed by a group dinner at Big Woods. During dinner the group participated in an ‘fun facts’ excercise where ELG members heard two fun facts and had to guess which group member the facts were about.

The ELG is planning its next meeting during the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting in June.  The working groups will continue to work on projects and will propose ideas to the ACPA Board. 

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Offers Training & Tech Transfer

In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight two of the tech transfer events in which the Mid-Atlantic Chapter has been involved recently.  Chapter President Ray Seipp covers a multi-state region and has been working proactively to provide training and tech transfer opportunities to customers.

In late March, Ray participated in the Southeast Pavement Preservation Workshop in Charleston, WV.  The event drew an estimated 150 people reepresenting industry, agencies, and academia.  The workshop focused on preservation’s role in sustainability and included two days of updates, sustainability-focused presentations, roundtable discussions, and other meetings.  

The prior week, Ray joined with Gordon Smith and Jerod Gross of the CP Tech Center to present back-to-back workshops to key employees of the West Virginia DOT’s Division of Highways employees in Princeton, WV.  More than 50 employees attended the Concrete Overlay Workshop on March 20 and the Inspector’s Workshop on March 21. 

Click here for more information about the “Gold Standard” feature coverage

Webinar Covers Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement

Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) is often referred to as the “third pavement option,” and the factors that make it a versatile, cost-effective paving option also necessitate an understanding of the specific design and construction factors, as well as material considerations. Presented by the International Society of Concrete Pavements with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association, this two-part webinar covers:

  • Best practices: RCC Mixture and Structure Design, Construction, and Performance
    Tim Smith, P.Eng., Director-Englobe & Director-ISCP
    This presentation will focus on the construction of RCC, including details on how it is made and placed, as well as, curing, jointing and testing requirements. RCC pavement design scenarios will be reviewed to show why RCC should be considered as a viable pavement option.  Actual RCC job examples will also be reviewed and the reasons for RCC being selected as the pavement of choice.  In addition, the webinar will cover some of the various RCC resource documents and websites available to help owners and pavement design engineers learn more about RCC pavements. 
  • RCC Pavement Applications and Case Studies
    Corey Zollinger, P.E., Director-CEMEX and Secretary-Treasurer-ISCP 
    This presentation will focus on various applications of RCC pavement and then review multiple case studies from recently constructed RCC pavements on low volume roads, industrial sites, urban streets, and subdivision roads.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).    Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province. This program is oriented toward jurisdictions that allow self-reporting for licensure purposes.  Participants are strongly advised to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of taking this course.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
ISCP Members:  Please log in to the members only section of the ISCP website to obtain a registration link.  https://www.concretepavements.org/

Government Employees:
   There is no cost to government employees, but verification and registration are required. The government rate is for employees of federal, state/provincial, county, or township agencies, as well as the agencies/branches of the Department of Defense. 

  • For assistance, please contact Donna Antonacci with ACPA. Ms. Antonacci’s contact information is 847.423.8710 or  donnaa@acpa.org.   

ACPA members
ACPA Member rates are available for American Concrete Pavement Association members. ACPA Member rates are: 

  • Individual – $30 | Group – $75.

Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option. Please note that group rates are intended for up to 6 people; additional registrations (at either the individual or group) rates are required for groups with 7 or more participants.  The member rate will be automatically applied after you log in.  

All other companies/organizations (Not in any categories noted above)
Rates for all other companies, except those cited above are:

  • Individual – $50 | Group – $125

 

Register online at: http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/   

 

 

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