A record 150 people turned out for the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers' (AMAP) 9th Annual Meeting, held Feb. 11–13 in Austin, Texas.
This year's meeting included speakers from the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Center for Asphalt Technology, and the Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Utah Departments of Transportation. Pete Rahn, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, delivered the keynote address, and a number of case studies highlighting cost-effective paving solutions for municipalities, modified asphalt use in the southeast region and an individual contractor's experience with modified asphalt were also presented.
The meeting was capped off with a special banquet honoring Dr. Thomas W. Kennedy as the first member of AMAP's newly established Paving Industry Hall of Fame. Dr. Kennedy, former Engineering Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, was recognized for his work in the development and implementation of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) and for his leadership in the formation of the Superpave (Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements) System.
The SHRP program was a five-year applied research initiative, directed by a committee of top-level managers from state highway agencies, industry and academia, which was designed to develop and evaluate techniques and technologies to combat the deteriorating conditions of the nation's highways and to improve their performance, durability, safety and efficiency. Now a worldwide standard, the Superpave System evolved from the SHRP program and was developed to provide highway engineers and contractors with tools to design asphalt pavements that would perform better under temperature extremes and heavy traffic loads.
During the banquet, Dr. Kennedy was presented with a plaque recognizing his accomplishments with SHRP and Superpave. Representatives of AMAP also announced that Dr. Kennedy's name was the first to be added to a special Paving Industry Hall of Fame plaque which will be displayed in the AMAP office.
The meeting concluded with the naming of new members to AMAP's board of directors. In the producer board member category, Ron Corun of CITGO Asphalt Refining Company was re-elected to a second term on the board, while Kevin Carlson of Jebro, Inc. was named a new member. New to the supplier board member category are Ed Myatt of Dexco Polymers LP and Jean Valery-Martin of Innophos, Inc. Laurand Lewandowski of PRI Asphalt Technologies is the newest board member in the associate member category. In addition, Henry Romagosa of ICL Performance Products LP will continue his duties as a Past-Present board member.
New officers for 2008–2009 were also announced at the meeting. Ron Corun, technical support manager for CITGO Asphalt Refining Company remains President of AMAP for the second year of his two-year term, while Gaylon Baumgardner of Ergon Asphalts continues as vice president. In addition, Kathy Sokol of ExxonMobil was named secretary, and Jim Sattler of Momentum Technologies was named treasurer, replacing former secretary-treasurer Mark Bunch of BP Asphalt.