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Whitacre Joins Simplex

Simplex* is pleased to announce Shane Whitacre has joined the company’s sales team as Regional Sales Manager, according to Simplex Co-CEO & Co-President Ron Meskis.

Based in the greater Columbus, OH-area, Shane will cover the highway and airport markets in the Northeast USA and in Ontario and Quebec. He brings successful sales experience and knowledge in the concrete paving industry. Shane’s appointment supports the company’s strategic direction, strengthening customer relationships as well as expanding sales coverage in the Northeast and eastern provinces of Canada.

“This is a great time to join Simplex, with multiple new initiatives and an exciting vision for the concrete paving industry,” said Shane “I am excited to be part of the team and honored to work for such a well-respected company in the paving industry. I look forward to working with my customers and helping them find the best paving products that will help them grow their business.”

Prior to joining Simplex, Shane worked for over 13 years with Dayton Superior serving in nine different positions during his tenure, with the longest running position being Regional Vice President covering all product lines.

“Shane is a great fit for this position and this company,” Ron says, adding, “I am confident that his experience and knowledge will help cultivate our customer centric sales model and drive our company goals. We are delighted to have him onboard as a key part of the team.”

Shane’s contact information is: 937.313.1025 or


* An ACPA member.

Staff Productive During “Stay at Home” Order

As we approach nearly 70 days of work-at-home status, the ACPA national staff has been hard at work, strengthening the association and working on projects to support our members and promoters across the country. Here’s a snapshot view of some of these projects:

  • Redesigning our web site with more robust features for our thousands of web visitors.
  • “Scrubbing” our membership contact data to ensure we have the best information possible and replacing our Association Management System to improve our communications efforts.
  • Launching a new social media program with our chapters. (This new program will augment our on-going program and increase our reach through social media channels with positive industry and concrete paving messages.)
  • Reviewing contracts and coordinating discussions about a cooperative agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration and CP Tech Center to focus research and implementation of priority issues.
  • Continuing to answer the call when contractors or engineers need advice on specifications, construction, or design issues.
  • Supporting local chapter organization’s board and member meetings with national updates and strategic ideas. (Last week ACPA participated in virtual meetings of Illinois, Ohio, and Southeast Chapters.)

New Functional Committees Taking Shape

Membership rosters of the new ACPA Functional Committee are filling up. Invitations to join the committees have been sent to members over the last several weeks.

The five new functional committees include: Marketing & Communications, Engineering & Design, Quality Construction, Research, Technology & Innovation and Legislative Issues Steering Committee.

The ACPA Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) successfully developed the new committee structure that was approved by the Board of Directors on December 2019.

The new structure also features four member-driven market forums where issues and opportunities in ACPA’s primary markets will be brought forward and discussed. The SAC’s role is to evaluate, through strategic discussion, new ideas in order to prioritize and assign them to functional committees.

Functional committees are comprised of members with subject matter expertise, who will work with ACPA staff to develop solutions and accomplish objectives. The SAC’s objective will be to increase involvement in the oversight and management of member-driven initiatives and provide advisory recommendations.

After rosters are complete, each functional committee chairperson will hold an introductory meeting to refine their scope. The chairs and staff will then  hold an introductory web meeting in the next few weeks.


Illustration shows ACPA’s current committee structure. Our five functional committees are shown in blue boxes.

Elke Allen Celebrates Major Milestone

Elke Allen recently celebrated her 30th work anniversary with ACPA.  

In addition to her role as ACPA Vice President of Finance & Comptroller, she has planned, organized and provided on-site support for ACPA meetings and events for the past three years.

These events have included recent ACPA Annual and Mid-Year Meetings, as well as ACPA workshops. Congratulations Elke!


Photo shows Elke and her husband Dewayne enjoying some time in New Orleans prior to ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting in December.

TRIP Report Explores Challenges Facing Rural Highways and Roads

The nation’s rural roads, highways and bridges face a $211 billion backlog in needed repairs and improvements. This is one of the key findings in TRIP’s latest report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” which was released Tuesday.

The 48-page publication details state-by-state rural pavement conditions, as well as other information that can benefit industry and public sector stakeholders responsible for planning, funding, building and preserving highways, roads and other surface transportation facilities. 

For more information, including a video report, appendices and other information, please visit TRIP’s dedicated web page

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