NAPA Elects New Chairman for 2024, Announces Keynote Speakers for Annual Meeting

Sharks and Chefs Take Stage Alongside Asphalt Pavement Industry Leaders and Award Winners at Upcoming Meeting.

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The voting members of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) elected Brady Meldrem, President of Norris Asphalt Paving Co. in Ottumwa, Iowa, as the Chairman of the Board for 2024.

According to the press release:Brady Meldrem, President of Norris Asphalt Paving Co. in Ottumwa, IowaBrady Meldrem, President of Norris Asphalt Paving Co. in Ottumwa, IowaProvided by NAPA

A longtime NAPA member, Meldrem has served in numerous volunteer capacities. In addition to years of Board service, notable contributions include elevating issues and innovations from his home state of Iowa as State Advisor for 11 years, as well as increasing the industry’s focus on warm-mix asphalt as a member of that task force. His ascent from membership to chairmanship mirrors his career, which he began as a truck driver, then rose to become president. Meldrem was inducted into the Iowa Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame in 2017 by the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa.

In addition to Meldrem's election to Chairman, the other 2024 National Officers included First Vice Chair Patrick Nelson, President & CEO of Lehman-Roberts Co. in Memphis, Tenn.; Second Vice Chair Jay Lemon, President of Haskell Lemon Construction Co. in Oklahoma City; Secretary Jason Duininck, Partner at Duininck Inc. in Chaska, Minn.; and Treasurer Robert Doucet, President of Barrett Industries, a Colas Co., in Morristown, N.J.

Meldrem's term will not officially begin until he is sworn in by the 2023 Chairman of the board, Christian Zimmermann, at the 2024 NAPA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, January 28-31 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. 

Previewing NAPA's 2024 Annual Meeting


Over nearly seven decades of history, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has never once failed to hold its Annual Meeting for its membership. That trend will continue in the coming year, where the organization looks to come out strong in 2024 with one of its best ever gatherings. Attendees should prepare for the most educational and challenging sessions surrounding the most vital current topics in the industry, as well as numerous committee meetings that are utilized to shape the very future of it. And, as always, it will be a great opportunity for learning from one another through networking events.

The keynote speaker opening the meeting come before the assembly on January 29 in Orlando, Fla. Billionair Daymond John, most well known as the founder, president, and CEO of FUBU, and the co-host of the popular ABC tv series for upstart inventors and hopefuls, "Shark Tank." John is going to speak to the members from his experiences in leadership, entrepreneurship, and business acumen. 

Closing out the meeting on January 31 will be celebrity chef and tv host Andrew ZImmern, who is the creator of the popular, hit show, "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern." The four-time James Beard winner will share stories from his time traveling not only the United States, but around the globe, in order to inspire members. 

Preceding the Annual Meeting is NAPA’s Annual Golf Tournament at the Omni Orlando International Course. Recently ranked ninth overall by GOLF Advisor, the 7,363-yard links-style PGA Tournament course features 18 of the most dramatic and challenging holes in Florida. Separate registration is required to participate in the Annual Golf Tournament taking place on January 27.

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