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JUL 2018

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26 • ROCK products • July 2018 A s you begin your term as chairman of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), what is the number one thing you would like to accomplish? I believe focusing on the legislative and regulatory environ- ment and ensuring an all-inclusive approach to membership are fundamentally important for NSSGA to be effective – but advocacy remains job number one. Further establishing NSSGA as the advocacy leader in the construction materials sector is critically important. We all have a role to play in making this happen, from local produc- ers, to regional and the big players. By continuously engaging with elected officials and effectively advocating for the issues important to our members, we can ensure that the issues facing our industry remain at the top of their agenda. What are your plans to build on the work of your prede- cessor and continue to execute the Rocks Build America 2020 strategic plan? It's been four years since the launch of the Rocks Build Amer- ica 2020 strategic plan and great progress has been made to date. We started by growing the scope and influence of the association to better serve the entire aggregates industry, strengthening our voice at a legislative level and aligning our board structure with the goal to have representation in every state. Last year, this year and to 2020 we will continue to focus on becoming the advocacy leader in the construction materials sector. The job ahead is to deliver a return for those members who invested their time and talent in our association, because we firmly believe our collective voice is stronger than any one of ours alone. The current administration has gotten off to a slow start in launching its infrastructure initiative. How can the industry push the process along? There have been some very positive steps taken by the admin- istration so far, especially around streamlining regulations. Early on President Trump signed an Executive Order that required agencies to delete two regulations for every new one. The most significant impact the administration has taken in this regard has been around regulatory reform, and the process to repeal and replace the onerous 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. Another area where the administration is having a nota- ble impact is with our primary regulator, the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA). The arduous paperwork The Rock Products Interview: Randy Lake As the President of CRH Americas Materials Takes Over as Chairman of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, He Talks About Association Initiatives, Infrastructure Funding and Young Leaders. By Mark S. Kuhar Randy Lake Interview

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