Monday, August 25, 2014

UAPA President's Message - August 2014

As members of UAPA this time of year brings all sorts of challenges. Our people have been going strong for a few months and yet we notice that the days are getting a little shorter and the air is a little cooler in the mornings. Deadlines loom and we feel ourselves getting anxious about completing the work for the season. Welcome to the road construction industry, it's what we do!

 It was nice having a break this week and spending time as an association at our annual Golf Classic at Eaglewood Golf Course. Thanks to Reed and his great planning and execution, the tournament was a great success. We had more than a complete field  of participants (it slowed things down a bit) and we had great support from many sponsors. Other than a little scare from Mother Nature as we started, it was a great day. I think the best part was our contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Sandy, giving back to charities like this should make us all feel better.

Going into the fall we have many things to look forward to as an Association. Plans are in the works for our first Southern Utah event to spread the message to members and non-members alike in the southern part of the state. That along with our continued Lunch and Learns and the UAPA presentation at the APWA Luncheon we will continue to keep preaching the gospel of Asphalt.

Thanks for all you do,

Craig Fabrizio
Staker Parson Companies 

Looking Towards Fall and the Southern Utah Seminar

A big 'THANK YOU' to everyone who helped to make this year's UAPA Golf Classic a resounding success. From sponsors and participants to volunteers and vendors, please accept my gratitude for helping us raise money for the Sandy Club. The best part of working with the Sandy Club and helping them raise funds this year is the fact that 100% of our donation will be match by the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation! The kindness and goodness of this industry continues to amaze me - thank you for making a difference in the lives of children and families across the Wasatch Front.

As I stood on the 8th Hole selling Hole-In-Ones for the tournament, it was not hard to feel the chill in the air, especially with that wind blowing in morning! Feeling that chill, I realized that fall is just around the corner and that means so is the UAPA Southern Utah Seminar. Open your calendars and mark the 18th of November as a historic and important date for UAPA, for the 18th is the date for the very first UAPA Southern Utah Seminar at the Dixie Center in St. George. The Southern Utah Seminar promises to deliver a full day's worth of education, networking, and training for our industry similar to our Lunch and Learn Series and the Utah Asphalt Conference that takes place each spring.

I hope you will join us on the 18th in St. George. As an organization, we are excited to increase the depth and reach of the association by providing the same quality of presentations and presenters to other areas of the state because this truly is the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association and we need to make sure that we reach all areas of the state. Registration for the Southern Utah Seminar will open soon. There will be opportunities to sponsor, exhibit, and present at the seminar. Please do not hesitate to shoot me an email if you have an interest. More information will follow soon!

 Best Regards,

-W. Reed Ryan
Executive Director
Utah Asphalt Pavement Association