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World of Asphalt 2022 to feature 120 educational seminars

December 8, 2021  By Rock to Road staff

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The education program at World of Asphalt 2022 will feature 120 sessions.

Created by the show and the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the education conference, called the People, Plants and Paving Conference, will be offered at the next World of Asphalt and AGG1 Academy in Nashville, March 29-31, 2022.

“This is the best education lineup we’ve had in years, and the all-access badge gets attendees into up to 10 different sessions,” said World of Asphalt show manager Brittany Weltcheff.

“As with every year, we listen to what the industry and our attendees are saying about what they need, and make sure to have it.”


The seminars are divided into five different education tracks, including:

  • People: Focuses on the important skills necessary to maximize job performance.
  • Plants: Experts will evaluate and improve plant performance and keep the plant operating at peak levels.
  • Paving: Learn important techniques to construct safe and smooth quality pavements at optimum efficiency and enhanced profitability.
  • Pavement Preservation: Learn techniques used to extend the life of pavements such as seal coats, in-place recycling, and crack sealing.
  • Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S): Obtain the tools, best practices and innovations to build a world-class EHS&S culture.

“The People, Plants and Paving offerings are essential to the asphalt pavement industry,” said Dr. Audrey Copeland, president and CEO of NAPA, majority-owner of the show. “Now is the time to look through the education sessions, create your list of sessions you can use to build your skillset, and then register.”

Top 5 most popular World of Asphalt seminars

According to World of Asphalt organizers, the five most popular sessions for asphalt paving pros are:

PAVING – Not Everything is Flat: Paving Up, Down and Around

Speaker: Todd Mansell

Proper paver setup and use of automatic and manual grade and slope control enables contractors to tackle a wide variety of paving scenarios. This session will cover best practices for paver setup and take off on uphill and downhill grades, wide-width paving and paving through super elevations.

PAVING – Best Practices for Residential and Commercial Paving

Speaker: Brian Hall

Commercial pavers must employ good paving practices, but use them more rigorously as they face the challenge of sculpting pavement to meet — in some cases — extreme geometric and grade constraints. As commercial paving can be so challenging, having a good understanding of the principles of quality construction and utilizing best practices are necessary to performing an award-winning job. This session will help you help your customer be successful with asphalt paving projects.

PEOPLE – 10 Commandments of Supervision

Speaker: Larry Kokkelenberg

The promotion from worker to supervisor is one of the largest in anyone’s career. It means going from pure task focus to a combination of task and relationships. Little, if any, management training is given to an employee prior to their promotion to supervisor. In this program, you will learn 10 things you can do to build your relationship and skills as a supervisor and prepare you for future leadership responsibilities.

PLANTS – Key Metrics for Monitoring Performance at Asphalt Plants

Speaker: Ron Sines

Asphalt plants are complex mechanical systems. In order to get optimum performance from a plant, it is imperative that key performance metrics are properly monitored. This session will provide key performance metrics to ensure top plant performance.

PEOPLE – Top 10 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail

Speaker: Larry Kokkelenberg

This program is for the small contractor (100 employees or less). In this session, the Top 10 reasons why small businesses fail and what can be done to avoid those failures are addressed.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, over 50 per cent of small businesses fail in the first year and 95 per cent fail within the first five years. According to Forbes, less than one-third of family businesses survive the transition from first- to second-generation ownership. Another 50 cent don’t survive the transition from second- to third-generation. Come learn what causes small businesses to fail and evaluate your company against these issues.

For a complete list of educational seminars at World of Asphalt, visit

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