AEMA-ARRA-ISSA Present Awards at Annual Meeting

During the recent combined annual meeting in Florida, associations recognized members who have actively contributed to the preservation industry.

During the recent combined annual meeting of the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA) and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA), each association recognized companies who received their respective awards at a recognition breakfast.

The AEMA Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual, active or retired, who is or was employed by a member firm and who has made a substantial, long-term contribution to the development of the association or the advancement of the emulsion industry.

This year, the Hall of Fame Award was posthumously awarded to Keith Davidson, technical director for McAsphalt Industries Ltd., from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The AEMA President’s Award was given to the Georgia Department of Transportation Thomaston - District 3 Asphalt Shop; Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions also won for its work on the I-475 Rejuvenating Fog Seal Project.

ARRA presented its 2016 Richard E. Lowell President’s Award, which is given to an individual who has worked to advance the goals association and to promote the growth and technological advances of the industry, to Christy A. Hall, secretary of transportation for the South Carolina DOT.

Since 1985, ARRA has presented special recognition awards to deserving public officials for their overall professional contribution to and their recognition and promotion of the asphalt recycling and reclaiming industry:

  • 2016 Charles R. Valentine Award for Excellence in Cold In-Place Recycling presented to Rod Thompson, director of Public Works Tooele County Tooele, UT.
  • 2016 Award for Excellence in Full-Depth Reclamation awarded to Scott Assenmacher, County Highway Engineer for the Monroe County Road Commission in Monroe, MI.
  • 2016 Award for Excellence in Hot In-Place Recycling was awarded to Ronny Choate, general services director for the City of Hobbs in Hobbs, NM.
  • 2016 Award for Excellence in Hot In-Place Recycling awarded to Lance Malburg, Engineer for Dickinson County Road Commission in Iron Mountain, MI.

The final round of awards were presented by ISSA.

The ISSA Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation is presented to an owner/agency or engineering firm responsible for specifying and managing a pavement preservation program using the applications represented by ISSA (slurry surfacing, micro surfacing, chip sealing, cape sealing, crack treating, and other asphalt emulsion-based surface treatments). This year saw both an International and North American winner.

The International winner was Mahbub Hossain, coordinator asset services for the Campbelltown City Council in New South Wales, Australia.

The North American winner was Paul Barradas from San Francisco Public Works in San Francisco, CA, for project management during the Street Resurfacing Program.

The final award was the ISSA Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation, created with the beginning of the new millennium in mind, established to recognize those contracting achievements that exemplify the International Slurry Surfacing Association – the highest quality, workmanship, and best standards of practice.

Recipients of the award are recognized by all media at the association’s disposal to further solidify the association and its members in the road construction industry. Roadway projects submitted for consideration are judged on the merits of customer satisfaction, innovation, schedule completion, and safety.

The winner of the 2016 ISSA Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation was Strawser Construction Inc. for its work with the Ohio Department of Transportation on Project #140378 in Franklin County, OH.

For more information on these awards or to submit for next year, visit,, and Next year’s award winners will be presented during the annual meeting Feb. 14-17, 2017, at the The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ.