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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • May 2019 • 37 ways that people with any education or background can find a place in any operation. I think that the more we can bring people into our quarries and pits, the more people we can educate about the many jobs available in our industry. For NSSGA members interested in tackling this topic in a hands-on way, the association has a task force open to employees of member companies that is charged with finding industry wide solutions to this challenge. Also, NSSGA continues to work with student chapters of the association at colleges throughout the country. We are always looking for schools to become student chapters and attend our events because it increases the exposure that students have to the industry. Why is national association member- ship important to business success? NSSGA exists to safeguard the industry from overly burdensome regulations and to secure long-term, federal infrastruc- ture funding that allows our companies to provide the materials that rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges. Our companies are both users of infra- structure and contributors to its repair, which puts us and our national associ- ation in a unique position to discuss the need for better roads, highways or bridges and how best to modernize our infrastructure. However, our voice in Washington is only as loud as our membership size. The more members that join NSSGA, the louder our voice becomes on Cap- itol Hill. Talk about the importance of the Young Leaders group to NSSGA. Why is this group critical to future growth? NSSGA's Young Leaders is a truly dynamic group. It is a great way for young professionals in our industry to learn leadership lessons from CEOs and industry leaders and develop NSSGA Past Chairmen 2018 Randy Lake CRH Americas Materials Inc. Atlanta 2017 Mark Helm Dolese Bros. Oklahoma City 2016 Hal Wiliford Jr. Memphis Stone And Gravel Co. Memphis, Tenn. 2015 Charles Luck IV Luck Companies Richmond, Va. 2014 Paul Detwiler III New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. New Enterprise, Pa. 2013 Ward Nye Martin Marietta Materials Raleigh, N.C. 2012 Ron Summers CalPortland Co. Glendora, Calif. 2011 Dave Thomey Maryland Materials Inc. North East, Md. 2010 Bill Schneider Knife River Corp. Bismarck, N.D. 2009 Gerald Geraghty Rogers Group Inc. Nashville, Tenn. leadership and management skills. Another value of Young Leaders is that it allows the future leaders of small, family-run operations or large, inter- national companies to build a national network of peers; exchange ideas; and discuss areas of mutual interest that will help them become more successful in the aggregates industry. This year's AGG1 show was very suc- cessful. Next year is a ConExpo-Con/ Agg year. Talk about the importance of industry events. Watching the AGG1 Academy & Expo grow over 10 years has been a real pleasure as a member of NSSGA; as a board officer; and now as the chairman. More than 10,000 people came to Indi- anapolis this year, for the largest show floor we've ever had, to take advantage of the most education courses we have ever produced. Of course, every three years we focus on ConExpo-Con/Agg and we're excited to be a part of the event each year. For NSSGA members, our Legislative & Policy Forum, Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo are important events where our entire industry and association gathers to learn about technological advancements; hear from inspiring speakers; and network with others. No matter how many locations a com- pany has, or how large an operation is, we all share the same concerns. Meeting in person at NSSGA's events allows us to come together and plan to address the issues that affect each of our businesses. What is the best piece of business advice you ever received? Manage and lead by walking around and be curious. Communicating face- to-face and asking questions of all levels of your organization is a critical way to stay informed.

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