Paving the Future

    2018 Convention

    Recent Events / June 13, 2018


    2018 Utah Asphalt Conference & Expo

    In our busy social media crazy world we often forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with others from the business community.

    Being active in UAPA can bring with it many benefits. There is power in being connected to other people who are active in your line of work, but it can also be easy to talk yourself out of committing to our conference, Lunch and Learn events, or other events. Many people think that joining our organization is enough, but to capitalize on the return on your investment you need to be engaged and participate in the meetings.

    In case you missed our recent conference, Geared for Success, we hope that you will save the dates for next year. For those of you that took the time and attended, we’re positive that you came away with good ideas, more knowledge and some new relationships. We feel that there are five really good reasons to attend our events, and our conference didn’t disappoint.

    UAPA thanks our sponsors and those attending for making this year’s conference one of the best attended conferences we’ve had.



    Discovering innovative products and services for your business is necessary to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced world. Plus, vendors who sell to our industry fully grasp what is happening within our market. Investing time with the sponsors at our events turns them into your friends and allies, and who can’t use more friends and allies?

    Black & Gold Sponsors
    Black & Silver Sponsors
    Black & Bronze Sponsors
    Lanyard Sponsor
    Lunch Sponsor
    Break Sponsor
    2018 UAPA Industry Dinner Sponsor

    Awards & Honors

    Industry Leader of the Year

    The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association’s Industry Leader Award is a prestigious award given to an individual who demonstrates commitment and leadership to industry, to UAPA, to themselves, and to the community. Having been nominated and chosen from among peers, this individual strives to represent all that is best about the asphalt pavement industry in Utah.

    Mark Droubay, Double D Distribution
    Cody Thompson, Winner of the 2018 UAPA Industry Leader Award
    Cody Thompson, winner of the 2018
    UAPA Industry Leader Award

    Utah Asphalt Hall of Fame Inductee

    Harvey Hansen

    Utah Asphalt Hall of Fame Inductee
    Harvey Hansen with his son, Dale. Harvey was the 2018 winner of the Don Brock Award and our inductee into the Utah Asphalt Hall of Fame.

    Small Asphalt Project of the Year Award

    Old Highway 91 – Phase IV, Geneva Rock Products;
    Jones & DeMille Engineering; and Juab County

    Winners of the Small Project of the Year Award

    Large Asphalt Project of the Year Award

    Hales Sand & Gravel
    Sunrise Engineering

    Winners of the Large Project of the Year Award
    Winners of the Large Project of the Year Award

    Quality In Pavement Preservation Award

     I-15 – Arizona State Line to Cottonwood Creek
    and  Intermountain Slurry Seal, UDOT Region 4.

    Quality in Pavement Preservation Award

    The Friend of Industry Award

    The Friend of Industry Award is one of two prestigious honors we hand out each year at the Utah Asphalt Conference. It is presented to an individual, organization, or agency who, fosters and demonstrates vision, dedication, and the spirit of public-private partnerships in advancing the asphalt pavement industry and overall investment in quality infrastructure for the state of Utah.

    They support policies and practices that create a stable and innovative environment for the asphalt pavement industry, lower the costs for doing business, and reflect industry values of responsible, safe, and ethical business practices.

    City of Salt Lake, winners of the 2018 UAPA Friend of Industry Award
    City of Salt Lake, winners of the
    2018 UAPA Friend of Industry Award
    Church of Jesus Christ fo Latter-day Saints, winners of the 2018 UAPA Friend of Industry Award​
    Church of Jesus Christ fo Latter-day Saints, winners of the 2018 UAPA Friend of Industry Award

    When you are active in your industry, you can develop a reputation as an expert to your peers and your clients.  Those who are engaged over the long term are often asked to speak at the events and to write articles for their industry publications – and yes, we have one.  Like it or not, others like to associate with the experts in any industry.  Clients feel good about doing business with those that are celebrated by their peers. If your strategy is to be the best-kept secret in your business community, you will be missing a valuable opportunity.



    Rudy Ruettiger
    Opening Keynote - Day 1

    Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, in twenty-seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and the third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States.


    David Okerland
    Lunch Keynote - Day 1

    David Okerlund grew up in a rural, Midwestern town of Manchester, Iowa where as a young teenager he saved up money to go on to college by working on the town’s garbage route. Till this day he still says that, “It was the best job I have ever had in my entire career. It taught me more about the value of commitment and endurance than one might ever dare to believe.” In 1983 David’s speaking abilities gained national attention when he finished in the final three of the World Championship of Public Speaking; a contest that includes over 20,000 contestants from over 45 different countries.


    Carlos Braceras
    Opening UDOT Update - Day 2

    Carlos Braceras is executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, a position he has held since May 2013. A native of New Jersey, Carlos came to work at UDOT in 1986 because, quite honestly, he loved the skiing in Utah. In the 30 years that have passed since then, he has helped to shape UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the quality of life, making it one of the most respected and influential DOT’s in the nation.


    Sydne Jacque
    Opening Keynote - Day 2

    Sydne Jacques is an engineer turned CEO and professional speaker; often referred to as the “the engineer with a personality.” Sydne has built an award-winning company with clients around the world, has trained over 10,000 individuals and has facilitated team-building for more than 300 different construction teams.


    Tim Border
    Lunch Keynote - Day 2

    Tim Border has been a professor at Weber State University in the Department of Professional Sales since 1992. Over the last 25 years Tim has consulted many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies throughout the world in the areas of sales, customer service and leadership. He lives by the mantra “go big or go home.”


    No matter how experienced you are at your business, everyone can learn. Working in a small business venture can often be isolating, and without exposure to a variety of points of view, we can miss new ideas and trends that can impact future results. The educational aspect of a conference can expose you to new ways of conducting your business and help you discover how to be more productive.

    Convention Recap


    Industry conferences provide a great opportunity to network.  Often competitors from other regions of the country can become valuable resources for referrals and best-practices.  Avoiding peers can actually limit your own success.  Collaboration is the way to approach networking because people can help each other uncover ideas and spark inspiration when they get to know each other on a personal level.


    Being in business should be rewarding and fun.  All work and no play can get old fast.  Industry conferences can add a layer of enjoyment to managing your career growth by mixing a social aspect into your learning and industry branding efforts. Never underestimate the power of a little fun mixed with some interesting people!

    Many falsely believe that since they can now access industry information via the Internet that the days of the live meetings are gone. The truth is, meetings are more important than ever. The value in meetings comes from the human-to-human connections that occur. Often people cite the serendipitous “hallway conversations” that they have with other attendees as the most valuable parts of attending an event. While these are not on the agenda, or mentioned in the breakout sessions learning objectives, when two or more people begin to discuss topics on a deeper and personal level, the success of the event to those involved becomes irreplaceable. It is the people that bring the ROI to your time at a conference.

    Convention Photo Gallery

    Convention Video

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