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::February 21-22, 2018::


South Towne Expo Center


Early bird rates end December 31.

2018 UAC Attendee Registration Rates:

Agency Rates:

$125 by December 31, 2017 (Early Bird Rate)

$150 after December 31, 2017

$175 after February 7, 2018 (Late Registration)

UAPA Member Rates:

$150 by December 31, 2017 (Early Bird Rate)

$175 after December 31, 2017

$200 after February 7, 2018 (Late Registration)

Non-Member Rates:

$225 by December 31, 2017 (Early Bird Rate)

$250 after December 31, 2017

$275 after February 7, 2018 (Late Registration)

Register Now

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
All attendee cancellations must be received in writing prior to February 1, 2018.
All attendee refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $25.
No refunds will be made for "No Shows" or cancellations after February 1st.

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Keynote Speakers | Education Tracks | UAPA Industry Dinner | Exhibitors & Sponsors


2018 Keynote Speakers

Rudy Ruettiger - Opening Keynote - Day 1
9:00am-10:00am - Day 1
Opening Session in Exhibit Hall General Session Seating Area

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, in twenty-seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and the third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered "RU-DY, RU-DY," he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school's history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders. In 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received "Two Thumbs Up" from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.

David Okerland - Lunch Keynote - Day 1
Luncheon Keynote Speaker - Day 1

David Okerlund grew up in a rural, Midwestern town of Manchester, Iowa where as a young teenager he saved up money- to go on to college by working on the town's garbage route.  Till this day he still says that, "It was the best job I have ever had in my entire career.  It taught me more about the value of commitment and endurance than one might ever dare to believe." From there he went on to Hastings College in Nebraska where he became a nationally ranked speech and forensic speaker.  After graduation he became a teacher in Iowa where in his first year he was nominated as the Outstanding Young Speech Educator for the state. After leaving teaching, David became what he affectionately calls a "road toad warrior." He defines that as a salesperson who can drive over 100,000 miles a year and still love selling. In the late seventies David moved into management as a special assistant to the college president.  Shortly after that he became fund development director for a large heart hospital.  And then an administrator for a 350 bed trauma center hospital. In 1983 David's speaking abilities gained national attention when he finished in the final three of the World Championship of Public Speaking; a contest that includes over 20,000 contestants from over 45 different countries. In 1984 David was an instructor at Oxford University where he taught speech and debate. In 1987 David decided to pursue a speaking career on a full time basis has developed a reputation as one of the finest speakers in the United States.  He is a member of the International Hall of Fame for speakers and has shared the platform with American greats like Bob Hope, Lee Iacocca, Robert Schuller, and others.


Carlos Braceras - Opening UDOT Update - Day 2
8:30am-9:45am - Day 2 - Speaker #1
Opening Session in Exhibit Hall General Session Seating Area

Carlos Braceras is executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, a position he has held since May 2013. A native of New Jersey, Carlos came to work at UDOT in 1986 because, quite honestly, he loved the skiing in Utah. In the 30 years that have passed since then, he has helped to shape UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the quality of life, making it one of the most respected and influential DOT’s in the nation. Today his influence extends beyond the state of Utah through his service on a number of national and regional boards and committees including chair of ITS America, chair of RUC West, vice president of the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, Chair of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Design, Chair of the Center for Environmental Excellence Advisory Board, member of the Board and Directors, and immediate past president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.


Sydne Jacque - Opening Keynote - Day 2
8:30am-9:45am - Day 2 - Speaker #2
Opening Session in Exhibit Hall General Session Seating Area

Sydne Jacques is an engineer turned CEO and professional speaker; often referred to as the “the engineer with a personality.” Sydne has built an award-winning company with clients around the world, has trained over 10,000 individuals
and has facilitated team-building for more than 300 different construction teams.
Sydne is passionate about helping individuals and teams to improve leadership, build trust and improve communication.
Sydne is a certified facilitator with the International Partnering Institute, serves on the National Advisory Committee for the College of Engineering at Brigham Young
University, is a founding member of the “I Build America” organization and is currently leading the movement in Utah to help construction companies recruit and retain more quality workers.


Tim Border - Lunch Keynote - Day 2
12:00pm-1:45pm - Day 2
Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Tim Border has been a professor at Weber State University in the Department of Professional Sales since 1992. Over the last 25 years Tim has consulted many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies throughout the world in the areas of sales, customer service and leadership. He has also owned several successful businesses and has extensive field experience in sales and negotiations. 
Tim loves to write music and has written over 20 original songs that have been recorded on his CD called “Whatever You Dream”. He has participated in over 100 extreme sports such as going inverted on his wakeboard and racing motorcycles in the desert. He lives by the mantra “go big or go home”.




2018 Education Tracks

Track #1: Asphalt Basics/Industry Innovation & Design

Asphalt Basics: Designed to give a basic understanding of all things asphalt, this track is for those who may be new to the industry or those who may need to just brush up on their knowledge base in this fast-moving and and ever-changing industry. More than just the simple basics, this track also offers attendees the chance to hear from top-notch presenters from Utah and around the country on key topics that affect our industry.

Industry Innovation & Design: What are the challenges facing industry? What are some of the solutions that may be out there? As an industry, what have we done and what we will we do moving forward to seize upon the challenges and opportunities being presented to us? These are just some of the questions centered on the creation of the Industry, Innovation, and Design Track for the Utah Asphalt Conference. Attendees of this track are afforded the opportunity to not only learn about award-winning projects from the previous year, but the chance to also realize where industry may be headed moving forward.

Session 1: Asphalt Milling Basics and Best Practices

11:00am-12:00noon - Day 1
Cody Thorn, Construction Material Recycling

Session 2: The Ins and Outs of Specifying Asphalt - Applications and Examples

1:30pm-2:30pm - Day 1
Sy Winkelman, Terracon Consultants

Session 3: The Simple Basics of Paving

3:00pm-4:00pm - Day 1
Larry Brown & aaron Venz, Wheeler Machinery

Session 4: Tooele County Finds the Benefits of FDR

10:00am-11:00am - Day 2
Rod Thompson, Tooele County

Session 5: ELD's - Don't Get Burned by the New Transportation Regulations 11:30am-12:30pm - Day 2
Skyler Droubay, Double D Distribution

Session 6: Bonded Wearing Course: What? When? Where? Why?

1:45pm-2:45pm - Day 2
Kevin Neisen, Roadtec

Session 7: Unemployement: You are Doing it Wrong

3:15pm-4:15pm - Day 2
Sean O'Donnell, G&A Partners


Track #2: Pavement Preservation

Pavement Preservation:

Session #1: Using RAP in Chip Seals

11:00am-12:00noon - Day 1
Doug Olsen, Western Emulsions

Session #2: MnROAD & NCAT Pavement Preservation Experiment

1:30pm-2:30pm - Day 1
Michael Vrtis, MnROAD

Session #3: The Pavment Management Plan - What to do once You have It?

3:00pm-4:00pm - Day 1
Jed Bell, South Jordan City

Session #4: Achieving Construction Quality for Chip Seals, Slurry Seals, & Thin Asphalt Overlays

10:00am-11:00am - Day 2
Elie Hajj, Univeristy of Nevada Reno

Session #5: Year round Pot Hole Repair (That Actually Works)

11:30am-12:30pm - Day 2
Ben Allen, Maxwell Products

Session #6: High Performance Thin Asphalt Overlays

1:45pm-2:45pm - Day 2
Tom Scullion, Texas Transportation Institute

Session #7: Microsurfacing: Improving Quality Via Specifications

3:15pm-4:15pm - Day 2
Casey Hawkins, Geneva Rock Products


Track #3: Construction & Engineering

Created to focus on topics, opportunities, and issues central to the asphalt pavement industry, this track offers attendees the chance to learn about topics critical to successful projects and planning. From management of our workforce to workplace safety, this track offers insights and education on topics that affect your bottomline whether you are an owner or a contractor, this track is for you.

Session 1: Balanced Mix Design

11:00am-12:00noon - Day 1
Dave Johnson, Asphalt Institute

Session 2: Cold Weather Asphalt Paving - A Reality of Every Season!

1:30pm-2:30pm - Day 1
Dave Johnson, Asphalt Institute

Session 3: The Rap on RAP: When to Use a Little or a Lot

3:00pm-4:00pm - Day 1
Pedro Romero, University of Utah

Session 4: Outstanding Asphalt Pavement Projects in 2017 - Small Projects

10:00am-11:00am - Day 2
Waylund Ludlow, Geneva Rock Products

Session 5: Outstanding Asphalt Pavement Projects in 2017 - Large Projects

11:30am-12:30pm - Day 2
Waylund Ludlow, Geneva Rock Products   

Session 6: Paving Principles & Basics of Segregation - Part 1

1:45pm-2:45pm - Day 2
Laikram "Nars" Narsingh, Wirtgen    

Session 7: Paving Principles & Basics of Segregation - Part 2

3:15pm-4:15pm - Day 2
Laikram "Nars" Narsingh, Wirtgen

Track #4: Safety, Aggregates, & Asphalt Production

Safety, Aggregates & Aspahlt Production -

Session #1: Temporary Traffic Management & Safety in the Workzone

11:00am-12:00noon - Day 1
Nicole Shields, Barricade Services

Session #2: Plant & Terminal Safety

1:30pm-2:30pm - Day 1
Joe Johnson, Kilgore Companies; Dale Hansen, Asphalt Materials; Craig Fabrizio, Staker Parson Companies

Session #3: Behavioral Based Safety, Our Journey

3:00pm-4:00pm - Day 1
Chelly Heninger, Granite Construction

Session #4: RAP and the Impact of WMA

10:00am-11:00am - Day 2
Dr Buzz Powell, National Center for Asphalt Technology

Session #5: Maximizing Production Output at Your Aggregate Plant

11:30am-12:00pm - Day 2
Brent Ward, Summit Materials; Dave McLaughlin, KPI-JCI

Session #6: Hot Plant Operations 101

1:45pm-2:45pm - Day 2
Jeremy Leonard, Western Rock

Session #7: What's Next at UDOT? A Round Table Discussion

3:15pm-4:15pm - Day 2
Howard Anderson, UDOT


2018 Uapa LAB of the Year Awards

Congratulations to each of our Lab winners. Winners will be presented awards at the 2018 Utah Asphalt Conference at South Towne Expo Center on February 22nd.

UDOT Region:




2018 Uapa Industry Dinner


UAPA Industry Dinner Sponsor

Please join us for the 2018 Annual Utah Asphalt Pavement Association Annual Industry Dinner, which will be held the night of February 21, 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center. It will be a memorable night of delicious food, drinks, and pleasant conversation with your fellow Asphalt Industry leaders and spouses.

The Event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 6:30. Our featured speakers of the evening will include Reed Ryan, Executive Director of UAPA and outgoing president Waylund Ludlow with Geneva Rock Products.

Tickets pricing $65 per person or $600 per table. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are required and should be made early. Tickets must be purchased no later than February 14, 2018.

For additional information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Reed Ryan at 801-916-2426.


Reception: 6:00pm

Dinner & Program: 6:30pm

Pricing: $65 per person or $600 per table (table of 10)

Register by clicking the link below or calling Reed Ryan at 801.916.2426


Register for the UAPA Annual Industry Dinner


Exhibitors & Sponsors 2018

There are plenty of opportunities for your organization to be part of the biggest and best asphalt event in the state. Plus don't miss out on the new Product Theater. The new Product Theater gives you a chance to talk about your product or service in a new format, an educational breakout format, away from the noise of a busy exhibit hall. Space is limited for Product Theater, so reserve early for your organization.

Vendor Prospectus - Learn why you SHOULD be in attendance with a booth display.

Exhibitor Booth Pricing:

$550 - Member Rate before January 1st.

$600 - Nonmember Rate before January 1st


$600 - Member Rate beginning January 1st

$650 - Nonmember Rate beginning January 1st

Purchase and additional booth for $500.

Additional staff - $100

2018 Exhibitor Floor Layout (PDF)

Exhibtor Rules & Regulations

Exhibitor Display Packet including move-in and move-out times (coming soon)

Register for Exhibit Booth Space

Sponsorship Rates:

Black & Gold Sponsorship: $3000

Black & Silver Sponsorship: $1500

Black & Bronze Sponsorship: $750

Lunch Sponsorship: $500 (per lunch)

Break Sponsorship: $250 (per break)

Sponsorship Details (PDF)

Register for Sponsorship

Bulk Space Pricing:

Inside Bulk Space for Members - $2.10/sq ft

Inside Bulk Space for Nonmembers - $2.25/sq ft

Outside Bulk Space - $.50/sq ft with a booth space

Outisde Bulk Space - $1.50 sq/ft without a booth space

Contact Reed Ryan to secure your bulk exhibit display space - 801.916.2426

Exhibitor Display Packet including move-in and move-out times (coming soon)




Photography Policy:

As a registered attendee of the Utah Asphalt Conference, I hereby assign and grant to the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association (UAPA), as well as their authorized representatives, the right and permission to use and publish the photographs/film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings made of me or of my employees, and I hereby release the UAPA, Association Soluitons, and all employees, volunteers, related parties, or other organizations associated with the event from any and all liability from such use and publication. I further authorize the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage, and/or distribution of said photographs/film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of the UAPA, and I specifically waive any right to any compensation I may have for any of the foregoing.