Last night I had the privilege of attending a concert by the Millennial Choir & Orchestra of Utah. During that performance, one individual singer sung a solo that that was both touching and effective in sharing a certain message. Later on, during the same song, the soloist was joined by the entire choir and orchestra in what can only be described as an overwhelming and powerful performance that will certainly resonate with me and many others for many holiday seasons to come.
Similar to my experience with the choir and orchestra, it is not hard for me to draw an analogy to the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association (UAPA). Individually, we can certainly be effective and cause change within and without our industry. Collectively, however, I’ve seen us move mountains and work to become a unified voice that is being heard on a number of issues affecting how we do business.
I know that that work will continue for UAPA in 2015. First and foremost on our agenda is providing a first-rate educational experience at the 2015 Utah Asphalt Conference. Indeed, we are working hard to provide all attendees with a comprehensive and meaningful education on all things asphalt – even the politics and funding that goes on in the state in order to build and maintain our roads! Here are just a few of the highlights of the upcoming conference:
· Doug Watson from CMT Engineering will join us to talk about how quality control directly affects your pavement life.
· Joe Johnson from Kilgore Companies and several city representatives will talk to attendees about why consistent specifications in our region matter.
· We will have an exciting and engaging panel discussion with representatives from WW Clyde, Staker Parson Companies, Kilgore Companies, and Granite Construction who will share with us all of the amazing and diversified careers centered on the asphalt pavement industry here in Utah.
On top of these great breakout sessions and others, we will have the President of Cat Paving join us on the 26th to give a keynote address to all attendees. As the full agenda has this and much more in store, I hope you will consider attending the conference in 2015 and even participate as an exhibitor or sponsor where appropriate.
As the year 2014 comes to a close, I want to wish you the very best during this holiday season. It is a special time of year, so take a moment to enjoy it because 2015 is right around the corner and we have much to do!