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The asphalt industry continues to be an ever changing market and 2018 is proving to be no different. Asphalt is cheaper to produce, raising demand in regions and setting the stage for a trickle-down effect to all aspects of the industry. Refiners are increasing operating rates, running lighter crudes and are faced with upcoming shifts in regulations among other key challenges. With all of these looming questions, how can you best position your organization for success in 2018 and beyond?

Join over 200 industry colleagues at our 11th anniversary of the Argus Americas Asphalt Summit to discuss how to maximize profits as well as do business at this annual industry event. This three-day conference includes numerous opportunities for networking as well as informative leadership sessions.

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Key topics include:

  • A keynote address on planned infrastructure improvements under the Trump administration and an update on the nation’s Highway Trust Fund
  • Changes in crude slate and refinery economics as well as the Marpol Annex VI deadlines’ impact on the bottom of the barrel 
  • Updates on highway funding and economic outlook from both a government and private perspective 
  • Outlook for the transportation, storage and logistics for asphalt
  • RAP and RAS impact on hot mix quality
  • Latin American asphalt markets
  • …and much more

New for 2018:

  • An interactive hour and a half panel discussion on asphalt additives and the occurrence of failures
  • A second panel discussion addressing the effect of the Axeon refinery on the US east coast and arbitrage opportunities within Europe to fill the supply gap 
  • Increased networking: Join us on Monday, March 13th for our inaugural golf outing at the beautiful Miami Beach Golf Club
Plus: Don’t miss our preconference workshop on technical specifications and additives!

Register today and join over 200 industry participants in over 10 hours of scheduled networking opportunities

2018 Speaker Faculty:

  • Governor Ed Rendell, Former Pennsylvania Governor and Co- Chair, Building America’s Future
  • Austin Miller, Chief Operating Officer, World Oil Refining & Terminals
  • Mo Rahman, P.E, Director of Tech Services and Chemical Purchasing, Alon Asphalt Company 
  • Abraham García, Asphalt Export Executive, CEPSA
  • Al Palmer, Technical Director, Kleen Performance Products
  • Bill Lee, PhD, Terminal Manager, Century Asphalt
  • Ross Poland, Ph.D., Technical Service Mgr, Fuel Additives, Baker Hughes
  • Jim Musselman, Asphalt Performance Manager, Oldcastle Materials
  • John Harper, President, Wiregrass Construction
  • Raymundo Benitez, President, Mexican Asphalt Association
  • Flavio Vianna, General Manager, Bitunel Asfaltos
  • Daniel Penovich, President, Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
  • Laurand Lewandowski, Director, Asphalt Innovation, Owens Corning
  • Gabriel Hernandez; Ph.D., Asphalt Leader-Americas, Dynasol
  • George Reddin, Managing Director, FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.
  • Allen Smith, Managing Partner, Asphalt Sourcing Alliance 
  • José Javier García Pardenilla, Managing Director Ditecpesa, Ferrovial
  • Anne Huber, Senior Consultant, Aromatics and Refining, Argus
  • Nasreen Tasker, Vice President, Asphalt, Argus

Who Should Attend:

Managers, directors, vice presidents and c-suite from:

  • Producers, refiners and material suppliers
  • Dealers and manufacturers
  • Industry services professionals
  • State, county, township, municipal and other DOT government officials
  • Contractors, engineers, foremen and other construction professionals

    Registration Pricing
    Early Registration Rate (December 9th - February 2nd $1595
    Standard Registration Rate (February 3rd - March 11th $1795
    Onsite Registration Rate (March 12th - 14th) $1895

    Add-On Items
    Workshop Package
    Spouse pass $99
    Golf Outing $195

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    Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

    Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application
    Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    Antitrust compliance reminder

    Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the 11th Annual Argus Americas Asphalt Summit is to help market participants understand the major issues shaping the market. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

    Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

    The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

    Monday, March 12, 2018, Preconference Day
    14:00 - 15:00  Registration  
    15:00 - 17:30 Pre-Conference Workshops 

    (Additional registration required- $395.00 USD.)
    15:00 - 16:00 Workshop A- Asphalt Regulations, Technical Issues and Specifications: With the Marpol regulations now detailed, how will refiners cope and what does this mean for the rest of the asphalt market? This workshop will outline how the regulations will impact the industry as well as explore complex challenges around specifications on neat and modified asphalt, SB elastomers, trends in Nafta and others hot topics. Assess the outlook for the recycled pavement market in North America and discuss details around quality issues for products. Furthermore, take an in-depth look at asphalt ranges across a variety of grades and other market issues.
    • Details on how the Marpol regulations will impact the light/heavy split and expectations going forward
    • Outlook for pricing for heavy products and refinery economics 
    • Refiner investments to process a lighter sweeter crude slates
    • PG grades, PG-E and MSCR specifications for neat and PMA asphalt
    Gabriel Hernandez, Ph.D.
    Asphalt Leader, Technical Assistant & Development
    Dynasol Group

    16:00 - 16:30 Afternoon Networking Break
    16:30  - 17:30 Workshop B- Asphalt Additives and Proper Reduction of Hydrogen Sulfide Levels: Asphalt Additives and Proper Reduction of Hydrogen Sulfide Levels: H2S in asphalt is a constant challenge, and just as much of an issue is the asset degradation associated with this. This presentation will discuss chemical additives that are designed to remove hydrogen sulfide from asphalt and reduce hazardous levels of hydrogen sulfide which can lead to safety and environmental issues. Additionally, explore new technology for the treatment of asphalt to reduce exposure to hydrogen sulfide throughout the asphalt supply chain, from the refinery to the paving process.
    • Hear an overview of H2S in asphalt and details producers should keep in mind 
    • Explore additives that help to reduce hydrogen sulfide from asphalt and in turn reduce corrosion 
    • Assess how this can achieve health, safety and environmental compliance
    Ross Poland, Ph.D.
    Technical Service Mgr, Fuel Additives
    Baker Hughes
    17:30 - 19:30 Opening Cocktail Reception

    (Open to workshop registrants and main conference attendees only)
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Main Conference Day 1
    8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast
    9:00 - 9:05 Welcome and Opening Announcements

    John Demopoulos
    Vice President, North American Refined Products
    9:05 - 10:00
    Morning Keynote Address- Roadmap to the 2018 Asphalt Market: Join us as we discuss planned infrastructure improvements in the US and how this will continue to play out under the new administration. Additionally, we will discuss the state of US roadways and provide an update on the nation’s Highway Trust Fund.
    • Understand how the Trump administration is influencing infrastructure improvements
    • Examine regions where planned projects need to be considered immediately
    • Assess financing and budgetary considerations, including the Highway Trust Fund
    Ed Rendell
    Former Governor of Pennsylvania 
    Co- Chair
    Building America’s Future
    10:00 - 10:30 North American Crude Markets and the Marpol Annex VI Deadline’s Impact on Bottom of the Barrel Products and Asphalt Production: Growing US tight light oil production, growing Canadian crude supply to the US Gulf coast, the impending Marpol VI regulation and changes in US refined product domestic demand trends will force US oil refiners to make changes in operations behavior and/or product slates. We predict a scenario where there will be some significant price movements related to supply shortages and oversupply, for different bottom of the barrel products.
    • Hear an overview of the trends and outlook for US tight light oil production and Canadian heavy crude production
    • Learn about the likely US and global impact of the Marpol VI regulation, on asphalt and other bottom of the barrel products
    Anne Huber
    Senior Consultant, Aromatics and Refining
    10:30 - 11:00  Morning Networking Break
    11:00 – 11:45
    The Outlook for Asphalt Contractors - Funding and Market Performance: During this talk we will analyze the outlook for highway funding from the state and federal government as well as the private sector. Assess how the recently enacted five-year federal surface transportation bill continues to impact highway construction and public-private partnerships.
    • Explore questions around state and federal projects and funding
    • Understand how states are working to maximize their budget
    • Examine the current level of interest in P3 programs by the major developers and contractors
    • Look at the overall outlook for construction activity impacting asphalt producers
    • Look at the current performance of contractors and material suppliers that are consumers of asphalt
    George Reddin
    Managing Director
    FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.
    11:45 – 12:30 Asphalt Pricing: Hear an overview of the 2018 Americas asphalt fundamentals, including pricing and economics. Assess the changes that are taking place in the US and Canadian markets, as well as shifting financial considerations. Assess the Latin American region, as well as global shifts impacting the asphalt industry.
    • Learn about pricing and economics for asphalt
    • Analyze both US and Canadian market fundamentals
    • Discover trends in other regions including Latin America, and how that is impacting asphalt pricing going forward
    Nasreen Tasker
    Vice President, Asphalt
    12:30 - 14:00 Networking Luncheon 
    14:00 – 15:30 Session 1: Asphalt Production, Projects and Products

    Asphalt additives and specifications: Hear a refiner’s technical perspective on quality and specifications for a variety of scenarios. Assess key metrics for polymers and chemical additives, as well as processes to maximize durability for years to come.
    • Hear about asphalt quality standards and technical specifications
    • Learn how polymers and chemical additives impact durability
    • Explore key differentiators regarding specifications
    Mo Rahman, P.E
    Director of Technical Services and Chemical Purchasing
    Alon Asphalt Company

    Contractor’s perspective- End user considerations: Join us as we hear from a leading construction organization on their viewpoint on asphalt quality and purchasing options. During this talk we will explore the need for transparent and stable prices as well as some key parameters around paving and roofing.
    • Analyze different scenarios around asphalt quality and purchasing options
    • Understand the need for transparent and stable prices
    • Explore case study best practices for paving and roofing 
    John Harper
    Wiregrass Construction

    Owens Corning case study: The current state of the residential roofing market: Hear Owens Corning discuss key parameters around shingle production and recent trends in the industry. What are the recent innovations and how will this impact the roofing market as a whole? Attend this presentation to get a leading perspective on RAS, as well as to hear other market details.
    • Analyze the current state of the residential roofing market
    • Discuss recent trends in the industry and anticipated challenges moving forward
    • Assess ongoing activities in the industry around RAS
    Laurand Lewandowski
    Director, Asphalt Innovation
    Owens Corning
    15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break
    16:00 – 17:30 Interactive Panel Discussion- Asphalt Additives and the Occurrence of Failures: Many things are changing with the base asphalt and there are many pathways opening up to address those changes, including the increasing use of additives and modification. Not all of these tools are properly used and not all additives work as effectively as others. As a result, we face an increasing number of failures that are not well understood, and everyone is casting blame.
    • Discuss how to better manage these issues at an industry and agency level 
    • Evaluate ways to promote the proper processes to be followed 
    • Analyze strategies for the usage of additive materials in a responsible manner
    Austin Miller
    Chief Operating Officer
    World Oil Refining & Terminals

    Allen Smith
    Managing Partner
    Asphalt Sourcing Alliance

    Bill Lee, PhD
    Terminal Manager
    Century Asphalt

    Al Palmer
    Technical Director
    Kleen Performance Products

    Jim Musselman
    Asphalt Performance Manager
    Oldcastle Materials
    17:30 – 19:30 Evening Cocktail Reception and Social Summit

    (Open to conference attendees only)
    Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Main Conference Day 2
    8:00 – 9:00  Networking Breakfast
    9:00 - 9:05 Welcome and Day 1 Recap

    John Demopoulos
    Vice President, North American Refined Products
    9:05 – 10:00 Interactive Panel Discussion- European Supply Filling the US Asphalt Gap: Join our panel of industry participants as we discuss the state of supply as well as corresponding demand implications in the US north east with only one refiner remaining in that region. Additionally we will analyze European asphalt production in relation to arbitrage and applicable freight rates for supply.
    • Understand the state of the US asphalt industry following Axeon's exit from the market
    • Explore how European refiners are positioned to fill the supply gap in the US
    • Analyze arbitrage opportunities and shifts in freight rates as a result 
    Abraham García
    Asphalt Export Executive

    José Javier García Pardenilla
    Managing Director Ditecpesa
    10:00 - 10:30  Asphalt by Rail: Rail lines are still a vital mode for inland asphalt transportation. This presentation will provide a rail overview as well as take a look at leasing costs, car builds and equipment for transporting asphalt. Additionally, attendees of this session will explore the key differences in railcars and what to expect down the horizon for asphalt shipping.
    • Hear an overview of asphalt by rail 
    • Understand the necessary equipment for efficient and safe transport of asphalt
    • Explore car builds and leasing rates for asphalt cars, as well as expectations going forward
    Daniel Penovich
    Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
    10:30 - 11:00 Morning Networking Break
    11:00 - 12:00 Session 2: Latin American Asphalt Markets

    Mexican asphalt market post energy reform
    : Take an in-depth look at Mexican demand and expectations going forward. This presentation will provide a market overview of the Mexican asphalt industry, energy reform and what to expect going forward into 2018.
    • Understand Mexican market dynamics
    • Analyze the impact energy reform is having on the asphalt industry
    • Discuss demand expectations going forward
    Raymundo Benitez
    Mexican Asphalt Association

    The growing Brazilian asphalt market: Is Brazilian demand continuing to grow, and how is the country filling the supply gap? What will demand look like over the next few years, and what lies ahead in the outlook for 2018?
    • Assess Brazil’s procurement strategy
    • Explore Brazilian asphalt market dynamics
    • Receive an outlook for this region going forward
    Flavio Vianna
    General Manager
    Holding GV – BETUNEL
     12:00 Closing Comments and Conclusion of Conference 

    John Demopoulos
    Vice President, North American Refined Products

    Confirmed speakers:
    Ed Rendell
    Governor Ed Rendell
    , Former Pennsylvania Governor and Co- Chair, Building America’s Future

    After 34 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Governor Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving. His commitment to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and to fostering investment in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is as strong as it has ever been. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.

    Perhaps no other issue has been and continues to be as important to Governor Rendell as America’s dire need to rebuild and reinvest in its infrastructure. As Governor, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called “Building America’s Future.” The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. Governor Rendell currently serves as Co-Chair of the organization, along with Mike Bloomberg and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and travels throughout the country speaking about this issue.

    In 2012, Governor Rendell penned his first book, A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great. In A Nation of Wusses, Rendell chronicles his storied political career with his trademark candor while making a strong statement about the state of American leadership.

    Rendell served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011) and oversaw a budget of $28.3 billion as the chief executive of the nation’s 6th-most-populous state. As Governor, Rendell was committed to making government more responsible and responsive to the public’s needs, and he successfully cut wasteful spending and improved efficiency leading to savings of over $1 billion. His legislative agenda focused on commonsense political reform and putting progress ahead of partisanship. Through his unprecedented strategic investments, he energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment, expanded access to health care to all children, and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians.

    During his two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City’s budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. Philadelphia’s renaissance, which The New York Times called “the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history,” is largely attributed to his determination, inspiration, and energy.

    Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985. Rendell also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election. He currently sits on several boards, supports multiple non-profit organizations and teaches government and politics courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

    An Army veteran, he holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova Law School.
    Austin Miller
    Austin Miller
    , Chief Operating Officer, World Oil Refining & Terminals

    Austin Miller joined World Oil in 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer for the Refinery in South Gate and the Terminals located in the Cities of Long Beach and Vernon. He oversees the functions of connected business operations, positioning the company’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing customer markets, and growing demand for World Oil’s products and services. Before joining World Oil, Austin served as the Director and General Manager for Gardner Asphalt Corporation, where he facilitated the startup, terminal construction, product development, and promotion of a new business segment for the company concentrating on marketing paving asphalt. Austin began his career at Valero Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for supply and distribution for the second largest asphalt producer in the U.S. Austin holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Texas, San Antonio.
    Mo Rahman
    Mo Rahman, P.E
    , Director of Tech Services and Chemical Purchasing, Alon Asphalt Company

    Mo Rahman has 22 years of experience in asphalt materials industry since his undergraduate degree. He has specialized in construction materials, production / operations, evaluation / testing, quality control / quality assurance and managing QC lab. He is knowledgeable in liquid asphalt materials, engineering design and planning, operations, budget, department supervision, hot mix asphalt paving and building construction, soils / aggregate, asphalt and concrete mix design, sales & customer service, and solving customer complaints. He is also experienced in construction materials research and development, specification review, and working around roadway construction, asphalt, ready mix concrete and aggregate crushing plants.

    Mo has worked for Granite Construction Company from 1997 to 2007 in various technical roles, from 2007 to 2012 he was with Cemex and ATC Group Services before starting working for Alon Asphalt Company in 2012. He currently works as Director of Technical Services and Chemical Purchasing.

    He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1995 and a Master’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in asphalt materials in 1997 from University of Nevada, Reno. He is a licensed professional engineer in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

    He is active in local material producers’ (ARPA) technical committees for asphalt, ADOT/ASU pavement materials committee/conferences, Association of General Contractors (AGC), Asphalt Institute Technical Committees.
    Abraham Garcia
    Abraham García
    , Asphalt Export Executive, CEPSA

    Abraham Garcia is Export Executive for bitumen in Cepsa. He is responsible of the bulk exports of Cepsa’s bitumen. With a Technical Engineering Degree and Master in Quality and Environmental Systems, he joined Cepsa in 2007 at the Technical Department, in charge of Customer Technical Assistance for cold and warm mixes (emulsions). In 2010, he took a position in the Sales Department, in charge of the central Spain area, and finally in 2012 he joins the Export team, initially in charge of North African market, and later, worldwide for bulk operations, being part of the Cepsa’s Asphalts Export expansion.
    Laurand Lewandowski
    Laurand Lewandowski
    , Director, Asphalt Innovation, Owens Corning

    Laurand Lewandowski is currently the Director for Asphalt Innovation at Owens Corning Science and Technology, LLC. Prior to that Laurand spent four and half years at PRI Asphalt Technology, Inc. as Vice President of Business Development where he focused a variety of asphalt related areas. Laurand has over 24 years in the asphalt industry both from the technical and commercial sides of the business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Akron in Polymer Science and currently lives in Newark, Ohio.
    Bill Lee
    Bill Lee, PhD
    , Terminal Manager, Century Asphalt

    Mr. Lee Received a BSc and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Oklahoma in research on the ‘Chemical Characterization of Asphalt.’ He taught synthesis courses before moving to industry in 1993 with Deepwater Chemicals, where he managed R&D and full-scale production.

    In 1997, he went to work for GAF Roofing Materials, initially as Research Manager for Commercial Roofing, then as Manager of Asphalt Technology. Mr. Lee moved to Total Petrochemicals in 2001 in Asphalt R&D, eventually being promoted to Asphalt Business Manager in 2007. He now manages the asphalt terminal for Century Asphalt in Baytown Texas, a facility with more than 550K bbls storage. He has also served as a consultant.
    Ross Poland
    Ross Poland, Ph.D.
    , Technical Service Mgr, Fuel Additives, Baker Hughes

    Ross is the Technical Service Manager for Baker Hughes’s Petroleum and Fuel Additives group. He joined the company in 2012 as a synthesis chemist for the Petroleum and Fuel Additives group and has spent most of his career working on development and technical support of H2S scavenging additives, primarily for asphalt applications. His other professional experiences in finished fuels include development projects in drag reducing additives and cold flow improver additives.
    Gabriel Hernandez; Ph.D., Asphalt Leader-Americas, Dynasol
    Gabriel Hernandez
    ; Ph.D., Asphalt Leader-Americas, Dynasol Group

    From 1990 to 1992, Gabriel worked as Polymer researcher at Mexican Petroleum Institute. He has been at Dynasol Elastomers since 1995 working at process department, research & development and, starting in 2008, in Technical Support in polymer modified asphalt subjects for all the customers in the American continent.

    His training includes various Asphalt technical training courses at Asphalt Institute and Asphalt,Technology Resources Incorporated, USA, as well as training on Chemistry and Physics of elastomers at University of Akron. He has published technical papers at Energy & Fuels from American Chemical Society, Plastiques France and the Macro World Polymer Congress in France. He has participated in a number of international conferences at AMAAC Mexico, CONINFRA Brazil, CORASFALTOS Colombia & China Asphalt Summit, Euroasphalt & Eurobitumen at Istanbul Turkey

    Gabriel graduated as an Industrial Chemist from the National University of Mexico (1990), then went on to obtain a Master on Polymer Science and Technology from the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain (1994). He received a spectroscopy specialist degree from the University of Tampico in Mexico (1996) and his degree as a Doctor of Chemical Engineering in a co-project from Madero Technological Institute Mexico and University of Texas at Austin (2003).
    George Reddin
    George Reddin
    , Managing Director, FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.

    George is a managing director with FMI Capital Advisors, Inc., FMI Corporation’s investment banking subsidiary. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions and financial advisory services. George works regularly with companies in the construction materials industry (aggregate, hot-mix asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and concrete product producers) as well as contractors involved in road-building construction. He is a member of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and the National Precast Concrete Association.

    George’s thorough familiarity with the industry, as well as his many personal industry contacts, gives him the resources to assist clients in planning their exit strategies. George understands the need or confidentiality and the desire of many owners to provide an opportunity for the company to continue.

    George also represents buyers. He assists in all stages of the buyout or merger, establishing the best acquisition criteria, screening, analyzing the candidates and ultimately facilitating purchase negotiations.

    George maps out business continuation plans for clients, including management succession and ownership transfer considerations. This process often involves internal transactions between family members and/or key employees.

    George holds both a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Master of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. George also holds a General Securities Representative license (Series 7) from the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA.
    Jim Musselman
    Jim Musselman,
    Asphalt Performance Manager, Oldcastle Materials

    Jim Musselman is an Asphalt Performance Manager for Oldcastle Materials, a vertically integrated company that produces over 135 million tons of aggregate and 45 million tons of asphalt mixtures in North America annually. Prior to joining Oldcastle, Jim was the State Bituminous Materials Engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. He has worked in the area of asphalt pavement materials and construction for over 32 years.

    Jim has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is also a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.
    John Harper
    John Harper
    , President, Wiregrass Construction

    John Harper has over 25 years of construction management experience. Prior to joining the Company in 2002, he held several positions of increasing responsibility within Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc. ("WCC"), a wholly owned and indirect subsidiary of the Company, serving as Vice President of Estimating/Project Management and, most recently, President. An active member of several state and national highway construction organizations, John currently serves as the First Vice Chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. John received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Auburn University.
    Raymundo Benitez
    Raymundo Benitez
    , President, Mexican Asphalt Association

    Raymundo has a Chemical Engineer degree from Michoacan University (UMSNH).

    1989 – 1999 BITUMICH (Bituminosos de Michoacan) Asphalt emulsions manufacture in Morelia, Michoacan. Mexico in QC Laboratory, asphalt emulsion production area and technical service.

    1999 – to current in QUIMI-KAO S.A. de C.V. (1st fatty amines and derivatives producer in Latin America, as part of Kao Corporation Japan) El Salto, Jalisco. México. Raymundo was in R & D technical research in the asphalt and asphalt emulsion area, technical service for customers in USA, Mexico and Latin America. He also served as R & D Superintendent and Kao Europe Leader of Asphalt group (Spain and Mexico) and was an exportation technical salesman (Asphalt Area)

    He is a member of AMAAC (Mexican Association of Asphalt), and committee member of both HMA Technical and Asphalt Emulsions Technical.

    Mr. Benitez served as Technical Vice-President for 2 years and currently is President.
    Flavio Vianna, President, Betunel Industria
    Flavio Vianna
    , General Manager, Bitunel Asfaltos

    Flávio Vianna has more than 20 years of experience in the Brazilian asphalt industry and serves as Co-CEO of GV Holding. In 2014, Mr. Vianna led the effort to create GV Holding; a holding company resulted from the merge of three Brazilian asphalt distribution companies and the major private held asphalt distribution company in Brazil. Mr. Vianna is advisor of VP Investimentos and member of the investment board of local Investment Funds that majorly support paving companies in Brazil. Mr. Vianna previously worked at Price Waterhouse as Senior Auditor, and participated on the auditing process of many major Brazilian companies. Mr. Vianna has a Bachelor degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Rio de Janeiro, UERJ, and lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Daniel Penovich
    Daniel Penovich
    , President, Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC

    Dan Penovich is a 35 year veteran of the railcar leasing industry. He is president of Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. and Mitsui and Co. Ltd. both located in Tokyo, Japan.

    Dan’s previous work included 12 years at GATX Corporation where he led the North American Sales force and provided support for GATX’s international business development projects. Prior to GATX, he was employed by Union Tank Car for 15 years where he led commercial efforts in the Midwest region. He started his career in the rail car operating leasing business at North American Car Company.

    In addition to his work experience Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Logistics from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

    Dan is an active member of the Chicago Traffic Club, New York Traffic Club, National Grain and Feed Association, North American Freight Car Association, Association of American Railroads and a number of other rail shipper organizations. He also has joined the Indiana University-Kelly School of Business Transportation Executive Board. The board’s goal is to promote careers in logistics and supply chain management to students at the Kelly School. Ultimately the board wants the University to establish a major in supply chain and logistics management.

    Dan resides in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois with his wife Cindy and has two grown children, Mark and Laura.
    Allen Smith
    Allen Smith
    Managing Partner, Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance LLC 

    Allen Smith is a member of Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance (ASA); a consulting firm focused on assisting manufacturers and refiners in sourcing, using or selling asphalt and other related raw materials.

    Allen interacts with an extensive list of asphalt industry contacts and he is familiar with the major manufacturers, products, distribution channels, industry trends and competitive dynamics. He and his colleagues have conducted multiple asphalt market studies, workshops and surveys and he has presented on asphalt, asphalt roofing and related topics to industry groups in North America and Asia.
    Al Palmer
    Al Palmer, Technical Director, Kleen Performance Products

    Over 30 years experience in civil engineering with emphasis on highway construction, materials engineering, marketing, education and technical team supervision.

    Al’s current position is Technical Director of Specialty Products for Kleen Performance Products in the Dallas TX area.

    Al has previous experience with Road Science, SemMaterials and Koch Materials. From 1999 to 2013 he was the Construction Quality Manager for Koch Performance Roads and Regional Field Engineering Leader for the branded products division at these companies.

    Prior to joining Koch Materials in 1999, Al worked for 4 years as the Asphalt Institute Regional Field Engineer in Minnesota.

    Al graduated from North Dakota State University in 1981 with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota
    Jose Javier Ferrovial
    José Javier García Pardenilla
    , Managing Director Ditecpesa, Ferrovial

    Javier is Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s technical department in 1997, and subsequently worked in the company’s industrial, financial and commercial departments before taking on his current role. Javier has also helped manage the purchase of asphalt products for Ditecpesa’s parent company Ferrovial for projects throughout the world, focusing on the technological development of pavements and associated environmental concerns. Javier has outstanding knowledge of the construction and operation facilities of asphalt products including bitumen terminals, polymer modified bitumen and emulsion plants. He is also has knowledge in climate change, content strategy and industrial health and safety.
    Nasreen Tasker, Vice President, Asphalt, Argus
    Nasreen Tasker,  Vice President, Asphalt, Argus

    Nasreen has more than 23 years of experience with the Americas and global asphalt markets. She is an expert in asphalt fundamentals, trend analysis, refining economics and pricing. Nasreen developed the Argus Asphalt Report eighteen years ago, which was the first international report on asphalt pricing in the world.

    Nasreen recently developed the first Argus Asphalt Annual, a global report on asphalt supply/demand fundamentals showing regional shifts in trade and the outlook for 80 countries world-wide. The report is the most extensive and comprehensive report on the asphalt fundamentals in the industry.

    Nasreen has done many asphalt consulting projects for overseas and domestic clients, including projects on market analysis, price analysis and sources of supply. She started all four global asphalt conferences at Argus and has chaired twenty-eight events. Nasreen has done numerous presentations and consulting projects on asphalt and written articles on fundamentals and market changes. She has spoken at association meetings, including the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, World of Emulsions (France) and Road Pavement Forum (South Africa).

    Before Argus, Nasreen worked in the asphalt group at Poten & Partners. Prior to Poten, she was business development & planning analyst at Phibro Energy. Her oil industry career started in the management development training program at Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) in the supply and distribution department.

    Nasreen has an MBA and two Bachelor of Science degrees. 
    Anne Huber
    Anne Huber
    , Senior Consultant, Aromatics and Refining, Argus

    Anne Huber is a senior consultant for Argus with over 30 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. Anne worked for Chevron Corporation and affiliated companies, starting her career at Chevron’s Pascagoula, Mississippi Refinery in engineering and planning, followed by roles in regional supply, distribution and trading. With Chevron Phillips Chemical, she managed benzene feedstock purchases and with Americas Styrenics Anne was supply chain manager for feedstocks and styrene. Ms. Huber is a graduate of Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

    Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental, Miami
    500 Brickell Key Drive
    Miami, Florida 33131

    Room rate: 
    $399 per night

     Book online or call the hotel directly at 866 888 6780 and ask for the Argus Media group rate.

    Cut-off date:
     Please book your room by February 9, 2018 to secure the discounted group rate. 

    Join us for Argus Golf Outing on Monday, March 12, 2018: 

    Come out and join us for 18 holes of golf on Monday, March 12, 2018 for the Argus Golf Outing at the Miami Beach Golf Club.

    Shotgun start is set for 9:30am. 

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    The round of golf will be $195.  Golf clubs are available for rent - $70.00 per set.

    We will have transportation leaving the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday, March 12, 8:45am for a 1:15 tee time.

    Dress Code:  Golfers must be property attired.  Tank tops and cut-offs are not acceptable.

    Miami Beach Golf Club

    2301 Alton Road
    Miami Beach, FL 33140

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    Marketing, Branding and Lead Generation 

    Argus will customize the most effective package to meet your business objectives. A wide range of sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available for your budgets to deliver the highest return on your investment including:

    • Reception and signature drink 
    • Exclusive branding during breakfast, lunch and breaks
    • Delegate gifts and lanyards
    • Exhibit booths and seat drops
    • Specialty coffee bar
    • Delegate passes 
    • WiFi and networking app

    and more! Don't wait. Contact us today to customize a sponsorship package that meets your unique business needs.

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    Baker HughesBaker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) is the world’s first and only FULLSTREAM provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. We deploy minds and machines to enhance customer productivity, safety and environmental stewardship, while minimizing costs and risks at every step of the energy value chain. With operations in over 120 countries, we infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup – inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world.

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    Husky EnergyHusky Energy is one of Canada’s largest integrated energy companies with locations in Western and Atlantic Canada, the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Their operations include exploration, refining, pipelines and retail distribution.

    Husky’s Asphalt business continues to expand into the United States with the acquisition of the Superior Refining Company in Wisconsin. This enables Husky to increase its ability to process crude oil and to deliver exceptional service, technical expertise and high quality asphalt products to customers across North America. Husky Asphalt is an industry leader when it comes to customer focused product research, innovation and a dedication to service and value, which is why they have been a trusted name for almost 80 years.

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