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Virginia Asphalt Association is pleased to announce that David T. Lee joined the Association effective April 15, 2019, as our Vice President of Engineering.

David recently retired from his position as Salem District Materials Engineer for VDOT where he was responsible for the preliminary engineering, materials quality control and quality assurance activities for one of the largest construction programs in the state.

David looks forward to working with member companies and visiting labs over the next several months. Please join us in welcoming him to VAA and look for a more in-depth article on David in Virginia Asphalt magazine coming next month.


Virginia's Best Paving Awards are now open for nominations!  Review your best 2018 paving jobs and nominate worthy projects for these categories: Commercial, Municipal, Roadway, Airport, and Green.  All nomination guidelines and forms can be found on the VAA website.  Remember, you can't win if you don't enter, so nominate your best projects today!

Do not miss the opportunity to present your work at the main pavement evaluation event of the year.  Please submit your abstract before May 1, 2019.
Held in 2002, 2010, and 2014, this conference builds on the previous conference’s accomplishments by combining the annual Road Profiler Users’ Group meeting with discussions and presentations from other disciplines of non-destructive pavement evaluation.
Kickin Asphalt Paving & Excavating, LLC
Insider Report
The first R J Schreck Scholarship Golf Tournament of 2019, hosted by the Tidewater Region, was played at Riverfront Golf Club in Suffolk, VA on April 3rd. It was a beautiful day with a bit of a breeze, just perfect for golf.  
The Tidewater Golf Committee and VAA would like to recognize the outstanding sponsorship support that was received for this event. Please take a moment to make note of the sponsoring companies below and thank them for their support.
Now, for the winners!
First Place Team: Chuck Bradley, Joey Auche, Adam Grobosky, Mike Grobosky
Second Place Team: David Branscome Jr., John Friedrich, Jamie Bowman, Cody Reeves
Third Place Team: Matt Hamlet, David Jane, Jason Mueller, Tripp Howerin
Asphalt Emulsion, Inc.
Quality Emulsion For Every Application
Since 1984 Asphalt Emulsion Industries, LLC has been producing quality emulsions for contractor and DOT use in the Mid-Atlantic. Our goal is to continually deliver our customers products and services that exceed expectations.
Spotlight on VECAT
*VECAT Exams MUST be Completed by June 1*
If you have taken a VECAT class either in a classroom or online but have not completed the final exam, please remember to schedule and take the exam BEFORE June 1.
*Proficiency Test Reminder*
If you have taken Plant I, II or Mix Design in 2019, please remember that you also have proficiency testing to complete to become fully certified.  This may be done at any time up until NOVEMBER 30th.

If you have VECAT-related questions and want to contact a VECAT staff member, here is the list of who to contact for what:

VECAT Coordinator: Course logistical questions (location of class, what to bring, class times, etc.), course registration, payment for course(s), Germanna student ID or access to Blackboard, scheduling a proctored or proficiency exam after completing a classroom course

Judith Calvert

Phone: (540) 937-6757


VECAT Online Class Coordinator:  Scheduling a proctored exam after completing an online course

Dave Laraway

Email Only:
Please allow 24hrs for response

VDOT Representative: Questions about certification, exam questions/issues, VDOTU access, course content questions

Duane Sayre

Phone: (804) 328-3150


VAA Representative: Questions about the VECAT program, apprenticeship program, course content questions

Carter Iseman

Phone: (804) 288-3169




Visit the only site focused specifically on jobs in the asphalt pavement industry to find the workers you need for your team. allows your company to post a position listing and review résumés of jobseekers from laborers to equipment operators.

Additionally, VECAT has been in contact with local High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers to set up Asphalt information sessions and to recruit students seeking career opportunities in the industry. If you are interested in hiring an apprentice in the summer/fall timeframe of 2019, or have an employee(s) who you think shows promise for future upward mobility, you can get information about the VECAT Apprenticeship Program from Carter Iseman at

If you do not have any employees in mind for an apprenticeship but are still interested in the program, or would like VECAT to help you find qualified candidates to interview, we can help with that as well. Contact Carter Iseman for more information.

State & National News

Governor Ralph Northam has announced an amendment to Senate Bill 1768, sponsored by Senator Monty Mason. In the legislation’s current form, Senate Bill 1768 would prohibit drivers from holding a communications device in highway work zones. The Governor’s proposed amendments would expand this hands-free legislation to be a statewide law.

Full Press Release

Reprint from The Roanoke Times
Transportation officials will spend the next several months honing a list of Interstate 81 improvements to tackle first following the passage of a funding plan from the General Assembly.
Gov. Ralph Northam appeared before the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond on Tuesday, less than a week after the Virginia General Assembly approved his last-ditch amendments to begin funding more than $2 billion in improvements to I-81.
Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine announced important leadership changes within the Transportation Secretariat.
Effective Thursday, April 25, John W. Lawson has been appointed as acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation. Lawson has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) since 2010 and has worked for the agency since 1987.
Upcoming Events
April 24-26, 2019
MGM National Harbor
Oxon Hill, MD
June 18-19, 2019
GCC Daniel Technology Center
Culpeper, VA
August 9, 2019
Bull Run Golf Club
Haymarket, VA
September 18, 2019
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Jefferson Hotel
Richmond, VA 

Event Sponsored By:  John Deere - James River Equipment - Wirtgen Group

September 19, 2019
Birkdale Golf Club
Chesterfield, VA
December 11-12, 2019
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Richmond, VA
September 17-19, 2019
Roanoke, VA
VAA Partners

Allan Myers
American Paving Fabrics
Asphalt Emulsion Industries
Associated Asphalt
Bitumar USA
Branscome, Inc.
Branscome Paving Company
Carter Machinery Company
Chemung Contracting Corp.
Colony Construction, Inc.
James River Equipment
Kickin Asphalt Paving & Sealing

Lee Hy Paving Corp.
National Asphalt Mfg. Co.
S. L. Williamson Co., Inc.
Slurry Pavers
Superior Paving Corp.
Virginia Paving Company
W-L Construction & Paving, Inc.
Astec, Inc.
B & S Contracting, Inc.
Blacklidge Emulsions, Inc.
Curtis Contracting
F. O. Day