Friday, August 28, 2015

A Moment to Say Thanks

August was another tremendously busy month for UAPA from attending the SAPA Summer Meeting in Virginia to hosting our 4th Annual UAPA Golf Classic; the month seemed to fly by in a flash.  That’s why I was grateful for one brief moment on the morning of the golf tournament to pause and remember what really matters in life (I took the picture to capture this brief moment). 

In fact, the golf tournament is one of my favorite things that we do as an association because it gives us a chance to help our community and the UAPA Scholarship Fund.  This year, through your generous support and donations at the tournament we were able to make a difference for the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity while adding to the future educational opportunities for leaders in our industry.

There is no doubt that this is a busy time of year for all of us.  I am continually amazed at the long hours and many days of hard work that this industry puts in to make sure our state keeps moving.  Through it all, however, I hope you will find those moments like I did on the morning of the golf tournament to remember what matters most to you.  Thank you for making our industry better and thank you for helping to spread some good to others this month. 

Here’s to a Fall’s worth of meetings, educational events, and opportunities to improve - see you down the proverbial road!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Miller Tapped to Lead National Asphalt Education, Field Deployment Efforts

Assumes New Role as National Director of Asphalt Pavement Alliance

Williamsburg, Va. The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) today named Amy Miller, P.E., as its new National Director. She was introduced at the annual summer meeting of the State Asphalt Pavement Associations (SAPA) in Williamsburg, Va.
Miller, a professional engineer licensed in Florida, has an extensive background in pavement design and pavement type selection issues. As national director of the APA, she will be responsible for coordinating and leading education and field deployment efforts for the asphalt pavement industry, working in close cooperation with the Asphalt Institute (AI) in Lexington, Ky., the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in Lanham, Md., and the 40 state associations.
“I look forward to working with the APA’s partners to highlight exactly how asphalt pavements are the material of choice for ensuring quality, comfort, and value for the driving public and road owners alike,” Miller said.
Miller earned her bachelor’s in environmental engineering and a master of business administration from the University of Florida. She is a past-president of the Florida Structural Engineers Association, and has experience working as a consulting engineer, for a building materials supplier, and with a construction trade association.
“Having Amy guide and support the industry’s field deployment efforts will help reinforce all the state-level work our associations do to ensure the public gets the best value possible out of the roads they use every day,” said Richard J. Schreck, Executive Vice President of the Virginia Asphalt Association and 2015 SAPA Chairman.
“As an industry, we spend considerable resources on engineering, research, and development with a focus on quality. Amy will help ensure that this important work is put to use in the field,” said Peter Grass, President of AI.
“The asphalt pavement industry is moving forward with many advancements that boost sustainability and pavement performance,” said Mike Acott, President of NAPA. “We are excited to have someone of Amy’s caliber leading our efforts to put these innovations in front of road owners and decision makers.”

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance ( is a partnership of the Asphalt Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations.
The Asphalt Institute ( is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. AI promotes the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt, through engineering, research, marketing and educational activities.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association ( represents the interests of U.S. asphalt producers/contractors before Congress, federal agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities.
The State Asphalt Pavement Associations ( is a group of 40 associations representing the interests of asphalt pavement producers and paving companies at the state and local level across the United States.