One of the great things about National Pavement Expo, which runs next week from Jan,. 20-23 in Nashville, is I get to meet and spend time with contractors (and manufacturers) who are out there in the industry's front lines every day. This is more than an opportunity to just meet the readers of Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction -- it's an opportunity to learn what's going on in the field. Every year Kim Johnston, Pavement's Associate Editor, and I return from this show with ideas for new stories, insights on current or coming trends, and great leads for profiles of contractors who are doing something special out there. Our goal is to learn from you and to help you tell your story to the rest of the industry. So while we're always on the lookout for any ideas, here are some suggestions: * "How to" job stories about unusual, large, or particularly difficult jobs you tackled * An aspect of your business that you do particularly well or differently from your competition * A change you have made within your company or your goals that has made you more profitable But don't let these suggestions limit you. If you have a story to tell we want to hear about it. So if you're attending NPE next week try to leave a little time in your schedule to stop by and say hello. You can find Kim (she's a little more difficult to track down) as she covers many of the seminars and spends a good deal of time on the exhibit floor. I can usually be found in or around Room 207 at the Nashville Convention Center, and if the timing is right I'll even buy you a cup of coffee while we talk about your business. If for some reason the timing isn't right and I'm a little busy (hey, it can happen) leave me a business card and I will make it a point to give you a call when the show ends. If you can't make it to Room 207 just drop a card off at the Cygnus Business Media Booth #910. Hope to meet you there!