NPE to Return to Nashville for 2015

The exhibit floor from NPE 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, shows just some of the more than 100 companies exhibiting. Want to know who's exhibiting at NPE 2015? Visit and click on 'Exhibits.'
The exhibit floor from NPE 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, shows just some of the more than 100 companies exhibiting. Want to know who's exhibiting at NPE 2015? Visit and click on "Exhibits."

January 28-31 National Pavement Expo returns to Nashville, TN, for its 30th annual show, featuring a new downtown location and first-time awards presented by Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction, among other highlights.

NPE will be held at the Music City Center, Nashville’s new trade show and conference venue located right next door to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nine Pavement Awards (visit to enter) will be announced at Preview Night on the exhibit floor (4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 28). And new exhibitor Case will give away a DV Series roller on Friday afternoon Jan. 30 (must be present to win).

This year’s four-day conference program offers 53 sessions – 37 of which are new and there will be 25 new presenters. Highest-rated sessions from the 2014 NPE will also be offered.

Among the new presenters and topics are:

Gary Goldman, Curb Appeal Consulting, presenting 3-hour workshop How to Run a High-profit Pavement Maintenance Company: Strategies, Practices & Systems as well as 90-minute session How to Deliver the “Intangibles” of the Sales Process.

Dave Crenshaw, Conquer Small Business Chaos, presenting 3-hour workshop The Focused Business: How Entrepreneurs Can Triumph over Chaos!

Mario Flores, Ethos Enterprises, presenting a 90-minute session How Decorative Sealcoating Adds Value to Your Sealcoating Business.

Jim Bebo, Asphalt Contractors Inc., teaming with Jeff Stokes of Next Level Contractor System to present the 90-minute session How to Build a Successful Referral System.

Chad Jung and Scott Langton, Superior Striping Inc., present the 90-minute session How Lasers Improve Striping Productivity & Speed Growth.

Jeff Korhan, Built-In Social, presents a 3-hour workshop, Relationship Selling in the Trust Economy and two 90-minute sessions, How to Leverage the Power of Mobile Technologies and Cloud Computing and Google+ is “Content Marketing” on Fire!

In addition NPE will offer two panel presentations that will rely on contractor experience to relate problem-solving tips to attendees.

In How to Manage Your Company’s Growth: Cautionary Tales from the Front, Vinny Engongoro, Roccie’s Asphalt Paving; Nick Howell, T & N Asphalt Services; and Michael Nawa, Custom Maintenance Services will share their growing pains, discussing the growth they pursued, the problems and potential damage they faced, and the solutions they eventually came up with.

In addition to a dozen paving-focused sessions, NPE will host two 90-minute Asphalt Institute-sponsored sessions presented by Wayne Jones, Senior Regional Engineer. Materials Selection: Quality + Efficiency = More Profitability will focus on HMA material-related issues. The second Asphalt Institute session, Pavement Evaluation and Repair: Quality + Efficiency = More Profitability, will offer practical “troubleshooting” guidelines for pavement evaluation and repair – including examples of what causes pavements to fall apart and “best practices” for repairing an asphalt pavement.

Among the new paving-related sessions are:

Warm Mix Asphalt and Its Impact on Your Paving Operation, James Curtis, Chec Management Systems with Don Rooney, Pioneer Paving & Grading. A session that covers this material and how to put it down. An engineering perspective first followed by an on-the-job perspective from a contractor who uses WMA in the field.

How to Place, Compact & Troubleshoot Thin Asphalt Overlays, James Curtis, Chec Management Systems. A session to introduce contractor to the different types of thin overlays, the appropriate uses for each type, and some of the challenges paving contractors face as they install this new approach to pavement preservation.

“Best Practices” of Residential and Commercial Paving, Byron Blair, Brian Hall and Jim Harkins, VT LeeBoy. A 90-minute session that will cover proper residential and commercial paving practices, jobsite safety and efficiency.

How to Execute Parking Lot Sealcoating & Paving Jobs Profitably, Janice Potter, The Paving Lady. A 90-minute session devoted half to parking lot paving and half to parking lot sealcoating.

For details including complete descriptions or to register for the conference and hotels, visit