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World of Asphalt Announces Education Series, Highlights the 5 Most Popular Sessions for Asphalt Paving Pros



MILWAUKEE World of Asphalt and the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) today announced the show’s education program calendar, showcasing120 education sessions that will be offered at the next World of Asphalt and AGG1 Academy in Nashville, March 29-31, 2022. This includes the five most popular sessions asphalt paving pros can use to build their businesses and skillsets.

“This is the best education lineup we’ve had in years, and the All-Access badge gets attendees into up to ten different sessions,” said World of Asphalt Show Manager Brittany Weltcheff. “As with every year, we listen to what the industry and our attendees are saying about what they need, and make sure to have it.”

The education conference, called the People, Plants and Paving Conference by NAPA is divided into five different education tracks.

  1. People: Focuses on the important skills necessary to maximize job performance.
  2. Plants: Experts will evaluate and improve plant performance and keep the plant operating at peak levels.
  3. Paving: Learn important techniques to construct safe and smooth quality pavements at optimum efficiency and enhanced profitability.
  4. Pavement Preservation: Learn techniques used to extend the life of pavements such as seal coats, in-place recycling, and crack sealing.
  5. Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S): Obtain the tools, best practices, and innovations to build a world-class EHS&S culture.

“The People, Plants and Paving offerings are essential to the asphalt pavement industry,” said Dr. Audrey Copeland, president and CEO of NAPA, majority-owner of the show. “Now is the time to look through the education sessions, create your list of sessions you can use to build your skillset, and then register.”

All 120 of the of the education sessions offer important, critical content for asphalt pros. The anticipated most popular 5 Sessions asphalt paving pros can use to build their business and skillsets are:

  • PAVING – Not Everything is Flat: Paving Up, Down and Around (Todd Mansell)
    • Proper paver setup and use of automatic and manual grade and slope control enables contractors to tackle a wide variety of paving scenarios. This session will cover best practices for paver setup and take off on uphill and downhill grades, wide-width paving, and paving through super elevations.
  • PAVING – Best Practices for Residential and Commercial Paving (Brian Hall)
    • Commercial pavers must employ good paving practices but use them more rigorously as they face the challenge of sculpting pavement to meet — in some cases — extreme geometric and grade constraints. Because commercial paving can be so challenging, having a good understanding of the principles of quality construction and utilizing best practices are necessary to performing an award-winning job. This session will help you help your customer be successful with asphalt paving projects.
  • PEOPLE – 10 Commandments of Supervision (Larry Kokkelenberg)
    • The promotion from worker to supervisor is one of the largest in anyone's career. It means going from pure task focus to a combination of task and relationships. Little, if any, management training is given to an employee prior to their promotion to supervisor. In this program, you will learn 10 things you can do to build your relationship and skills as a supervisor and prepare you for future leadership responsibilities."
  • PLANTS – Key Metrics for Monitoring Performance at Asphalt Plants (Ron Sines)
    • Asphalt plants are complex mechanical systems. In order to get optimum performance from a plant, it is imperative that key performance metrics are properly monitored. This session will provide key performance metrics to ensure top plant performance.
  • PEOPLE – Top Ten Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail (Larry Kokkelenberg)
    • This program is for the small contractor (100 employees or less). In this session, the Top 10 reasons why small businesses fail and what can be done to avoid those failures are addressed. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, over 50% of small businesses fail in the first year and 95% fail within the first five years. According to Forbes, less than one-third of family businesses survive the transition from first- to second-generation ownership. Another 50% don't survive the transition from second- to third-generation. Come learn what causes small businesses to fail and evaluate your company against these issues.

About World of Asphalt

Held every year except during CONEXPO-CON/AGG years, World of Asphalt is the leading trade show and conference focused on the asphalt and paving industries, whose most recent edition was recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the “Fastest 50” growing trade shows. The show features the best education, and latest equipment, products, services and technologies for the asphalt and paving industries. The next World of Asphalt, co-located with the AGG1 Academy & Expo, will be held March 29-31, 2022 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. For more information on World of Asphalt, visit

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.

About the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,200 companies as members, was founded in 1955.