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Pave It Black: The Official Podcast of NAPA

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Podcast by National Asphalt Pavement Association

Podcast by National Asphalt Pavement Association


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Podcast by National Asphalt Pavement Association








An Outsider Perspective on Asphalt

NAPA partnered with Georgia State University to give Public Relations/Journalism students an opportunity to learn about the asphalt industry. In Pave It Black’s season 2 finale, we talk with a GSU professor and two students about how the asphalt industry went from something they didn’t know existed to an industry they respected.


Asphalt Checks all the Boxes for Auto Industry Proving Grounds

Dan Stys, P.E., of the PEA Group, an integrated site development firm with a specialty in test track design, explains why asphalt is predominantly selected for automotive testing facilities and racetracks. Reasons include asphalt’s smoothness, economical cost to build, speed of construction, and ability to fine tune asphalt mixtures.


What's the Deal With Plastic?

Paul Lum, Technical Director at Colas Inc., talks about the different types of plastics, the wet and dry processes of introducing recycled plastics into asphalt pavement mixtures, worker safety, and more.


An Intentional Approach to People

Pat Nelson, President & CEO of Lehman-Roberts Co. in Memphis, Tenn., dives into the details of some very intentional workforce development changes that are happening at his company.


The Truth About Leadership Development

In the wake of the “silver tsunami,” who will lead the next generation of asphalt plants and businesses? Buddy Hobart, President & CEO of Solutions 21, expert on the multi-generational workforce, and author of “The Leadership Decade: A Playbook for an Extraordinary Era,” explains the importance of company leaders having a knowledge transfer strategy.


From Music to Construction: The Appeal of Asphalt's Sustainability

How does one go from a career in music to a career in asphalt? The answer, for Janie Gallagher, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Wirtgen America in Nashville, Tenn., is the asphalt pavement industry's commitment to sustainability


Infrastructure Week 2020

Laura Perrotta, President & CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, and NAPA’s Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President for Advocacy, break down the inner workings of Capitol Hill and the effects on highway funding. They provide an outlook on what needs to happen before and after the FAST Act expires on Sept. 30.


Why Is Marketing Important in a Low Bid Environment?

Brian Fraley of Fraley Construction Marketing explains why marketing is important in a low-bid environment. Learn why complacency is the enemy of progress, especially in the age of Google.


How Does Asphalt Fit Into a Resilient World?

It’s not often you hear someone in the asphalt industry quoting Mike Tyson, but when discussing the topic of resilience, it just fits.


The Power of Social Media in the Asphalt Industry

Season two of "Pave It Black," the official NAPA podcast, opens with our interview with Valerie Echter, a freelance social media strategist and content creator for the construction, asphalt, and engineering sectors. Echter shares the main mistakes industry makes on social media and offers easy tips to help companies build brand authority, increase engagement, attract employees, and grow sales revenue.


Craig Parker's Industry Game Changers

A 30-plus-year industry veteran, Craig Parker, President at Silver Star Construction Co. Inc., has a keen perspective on what he sees as industry game changers. He is particularly excited about balanced mix design.


Dr. Buzz Powell: Walking the Asphalt Path

Dr. Buzz Powell, Assistant Director at NCAT, got his start in the industry as a laborer with the Alabama Department of Transportation in 1986. He's got a reputation for being truly passionate about asphalt pavements, and he can tell incredible stories about working on the NCAT Test Track during oppressive Alabama summers


OMG! What if There Were No Cell Phones?

Grant Wollenhaupt, Chief Commercial Officer of XBE LLC, is challenged to imagine the asphalt pavement industry without cell phones. Wollenhaupt describes some obvious changes to operations but also provides insight into how certain workforce interactions would improve.


What If There Were No Cameras?

Matt Riggle, Operations Manager at Bluegrass Testing Laboratory, is asked what life would be like if there were no cameras, especially as it would impact the job site or lab operations.


Special Edition: National Work Zone Awareness Week

In a special edition recorded specifically for National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 20-24), NAPA interviews Tim Lee, retired CEO of Lakeside Industries Inc. Lee shares the story of how he became a very vocal NAPA member on the issue of safety, which soon prompted the highly successful WatchForUs campaign.


Special Edition: National Work Zone Awareness Week

In a special edition of "Pave It Black," recorded specifically for National Work Zone Awareness Week, NAPA interviewed Tim Lee, retired CEO of Lakeside Industries Inc. Lee shares the tragic story of a crew member who was pinned to the back of the screed by a reckless driver.


Life in the Lab With Tanya Nash

Tanya Nash, Pavement Materials Engineer at Asphalt Testing Solutions & Engineering (ATS), describes her path into the asphalt industry, which began, of all places, in a karate class.


What If There Were No Classrooms?

NAPA's Dr. Richard Willis interviews Dr. Adam Hand, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to teaching, Hand worked for 16 years in the construction industry. As shutdowns related to the coronavirus continue, Willis asked Hand how the industry would adjust if there were no access to classrooms or laboratories.


All in the Family With Ron and David White

NAPA's hosts of "Pave It Black" interview Ron and David White of Superior Paving Corp., which Ron joined in 1976. David shares fond memories of when his father would take him to visit the job sites on Saturdays. Today, David is the Vice President of Operations and takes his own son to see the asphalt paving and plant equipment. Listeners will discover a unique, father-son perspective of balancing work and family.


My Journey to Asphalt: Si Katara

In episode three of "Pave It Black," host Dr. Richard Willis, NAPA Vice President of Engineering, Research & Technology, interviews Si Katara, President & Co-Founder of HeadLight (formerly Pavia Systems Inc.), a company that provides photo-driven inspection and verification technology along with other innovative tech solutions to support the transportation industry.