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Reminder: ACPA Seeks VP of Promotion

ACPA is seeking a Vice President of Promotion to direct the planning and strategizing of national programs to improve market share of concrete pavement. 

This is a new position, approved by the ACPA Board of Directors and created as part of the re-alignment with PCA described in ACPA’s 2018 Annual Report (see pages 15 & 16).

 The position description and application link may be found online on Indeed.com, said to be the number one job posting site in the world.  Click here to view the complete ad.

ACPA Emerging Leaders Group Calls for Nominations

Interested in being part of the ACPA Emerging Leaders Group (ELG)?  Or, do you know someone in your company who would be a good candidate for this group?

If so, please complete (or forward) the ELG backgrounder and nomination form.  After completing the form, it can be saved, then forwarded to ACPA’s staff liaison, Eric Ferrebee.  

Ferrebee says the group  is a good way to learn about ACPA national and the chapter network while also “working on passion projects that can benefit the industry.” 

The ELG currently has four working groups that are focusing on technology, marketing, work force development, and specifications.

“The social side is an important part, too,” Eric says. The group has done team-building, meet-ups at ACPA meetings, and other activities that give young professionals an opportunity to spend time with peers who have common interests. “It’s nice to work on specific things together, but we also have fun as a group.”

Eric encourages nominees to complete and return the form to ACPA by February 15, which will help the group as it plans its next event in mid-March.  The group is open to members and chapter representatives who are 45 years old or younger and who are eager to grow into leadership roles.  The ELG’s current chair is Robert Kish of Milestone Contractors, LP.  The group is also supported by Ben Robuck of CEMEX.

Industry Rallies in Support of Dan Frentress

The concrete industry and other friends are rallying in support of Dan Frentress, a veteran of the concrete pavement industry and former ACPA staff employee and Chapter executive.  In support of Dan, a “GoFundMe” page has been set up and has already received contributions.  For additional details, please click here.

ACPA is asking members and affiliates to join us in keeping Dan and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

 

ACPA Press Briefing Highlights Key Initiatives

ACPA’s annual press briefing at World of Concrete this year focused on key initiatives, including the industry promotion plan, ACPA’s ConcreteCOMPETES program, market growth, progress with PavementDesigner.org, and a new Interstate Highway investment plan (see related story, “Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment.”)

Referring to the industry promotion plan, ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) thanked the PCA and the cement industry, and commented that, “ACPA and PCA have worked on a plan that will focus our promotional and technical support efforts where they will be most effective.  He emphasized ACPA is moving forward quickly and decively on the plan. 

“We need to execute our plans well … and quickly,” he said, adding, “the best plans in the world are only the best if they are executed properly.”  Mack said the industry promotion plan, along with  the ConcreteCOMPETES program initiated by 2018 Chairman Chuck Niederriter will be his key focus areas in 2019.  

ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt provided a positive outlook on concrete pavement square yards placed in 2018, as well as as projections for growth in 2019.  He also provided an update on PavementDesigner.org, noting that since its official rollout in January 2018, it has been used to create thousands of pavement thickness designs on every continent except one (noting with a smile that the ACPA had no documented uses in Antartica).  He also commented on the TRB report that provides a “blueprint” for Interstate highway investment also covered in this week’s ACPA TODAY.

The press conference was well-attended and included a robust Q&A period that ended right at the 1-hour time alloted by the World of Concrete show management. 

ACPA Welcomes New Members

ACPA is pleased to welcome the following new members:

  • LAGAN US AVIATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, Woodbridge, VA (DC Metro area).  This international company, with headquarters in Belfast, Ireland, is engaged in the design, production and placement of airport pavements, along with associated infrastructure projects including roads and marine works. (Contractor Member)
  • STANTEC CONSULTING SERVICES INC., New York, NY. This diverse company provides a range of construction engineering and design services.  (Consultant Member)
  • ADAM MARLIN, Pavement Management Engineer with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal  (Government Employee). 

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