AEMA, ARRA, and ISSA Boards Meet in Indianapolis

The AEMA, ARRA, and ISSA Board of Directors met this June 10-11 to review and direct the business of the associations. Hosted by Heritage Research Group, the Board met at HRG’s The Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, to take advantage of some Board members participation in the Emulsion Task Force meeting in the same location.

On June 10, the ARRA Board reviewed financial reports and 2019 activities to date, discussed plans for the remainder of the year, and checked in on progress toward meeting goals identified in the strategic plan. 

The ARRA Board voted to develop a Benevolence Fund to allow for the provision of assistance to families of member companies following tragic circumstances.  The first beneficiary will be the family of Roadtec employee Jimmy Richardson who suffered a fatal accident during the Alabama Asphalt Convention.

The Board also discussed the development of an ARRA Young Leader committee and Board member Bryan Ray will investigate and bring back a proposal to the Board.

Also on June 10, representatives from all three associations came together for a PPRA representative meeting.  Discussions revolved around items pertaining to the website, potential topics for a meeting planned with FHWA on July 24, and the formation of a joint Sustainability Committee.  During the meeting, the representatives also voted to host the 2022 AEMA-ARRA-ISSA Annual Meeting at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

On June 11, the ISSA Board met to review activities including a summary of the results of the recent Latin American Workshop and the Annual Meeting, plans for the 2020 Slurry Systems Workshop, financials to date, and the progress towards meeting goals identified in the strategic plan.

The ISSA Board approved the expenditure for a subscription to ASTM SpecBuilder to allow for enhanced collaboration in the development and review of specifications and other documents and also voted to apply for registration of a trademark for the newly developed ISSA logo.

During its meeting on June 11, the AEMA Board heard reports from committees and industry organization liaisons, responded to requested actions, and reviewed progress on the strategic plan.  Among the actions taken, they voted to recommend a bylaw change to the membership to clarify the structure of the Nominating Committee.  This bylaw change will be voted on during the business meeting at the 2020 Annual Meeting. The Board also decided to extend the synopsis deadline for the 2020 International Symposium on Asphalt Emulsion Technology, with synopses now due by September 30, 2019.

As part of discussion of ongoing activity related to the strategic plan, the Board voted to contract with the University of Arkansas to develop and produce a fourth certificate course on ‘Achieving Quality of Asphalt Emulsion.’

In addition to discussions of the strategic plan, the AEMA Board reviewed the 2018 audit and current association finances, discussed the results of the 2017-2018 Benchmarking Study on Asphalt Emulsion Production, and discussed plans for participation in upcoming meetings.

The AEMA and ISSA Boards are next scheduled to meet in mid-October in Glen Ellyn, IL, and the ARRA Board will meet on October 21 in Monterey, CA, in conjunction with the ARRA Semi-Annual Meeting.