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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, Chief Operating Officer, World Oil Refining & Terminals

Bio and headshot coming soon. 
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.
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.
Karl Zipf, Chief Chemist, Materials & Research, Delaware Department of Transportation

Karl is the Chief Chemist at the Delaware Department of Transportation, Materials Laboratory, and has been for over 20 years. Karl is responsible for liquid asphalt testing and Portland cement testing. Karl is on the steering committee of the Northeast Asphalt User Producer Group (NEAUAPG) and he is part of the FHWA Asphalt Binder Expert Task Group. Prior to DelDOT, Karl worked for the chemical industry in product development of polymers, sunscreens and metal forming lubricants.
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.
John Harper, President, Wiregrass Construction

Bio and headshot coming soon. 
Daniel Joseph Gallagher Vice President CFO Gallagher Asphalt Corporation
Dan Gallagher
, COO, Gallagher Asphalt, Chairman, NAPA

Dan has been in paving almost all of his life. Soon after getting a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University, Dan started working at Gallagher Asphalt Corporation in Thornton Illinois. Over the years, Dan worked as a quality control technician, plant foreman, plant superintendent, and Vice President of Operations. Dan currently serves as COO of Gallagher Asphalt. He is active in the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association, the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, He is a past Chairman of the National Center for Asphalt technology (NCAT) and the current Past Chairman of National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). Dan has been married for 31 years to Sarah and has 3 grown children with his oldest Don working in the family business.
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.
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 PalmerAl 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
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. 
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Edward Arnold
, Senior Consultant, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering upstream, refining, petrochemicals, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and project valuations working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
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