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64th Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop
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When: Monday, March 2, 2020
Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota  55430
United States

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Mark your calendars and join us on Monday, March 2, 2020 for the 64th Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop! We’ll be back at the Earle Brown Heritage Center for a great day of speakers, networking opportunities with exhibitors as well as fellow contractors. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

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Member Early Bird (on or before 2/13/2020): $150
Non-Member Early Bird (on or before 2/13/2020): $175 

Member (after 2/13/2020): $175
Non-Member (after 2/13/2020): $200

Public Sector: $100


7:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM- 3:00 PM

8:00 AM

GENERAL SESSION I: Environment and Sustainability 

  • Climate and Weather Events - Ken Blumenfeld, Minnesota DNR
  • Environmental Product Declarations - Curt Turgeon, MnDOT
  • Air Testing and Compliance Updates - Matt DesJardins, American Engineering Testing, Inc.
Speaker Details

Matt DesJardins is a Senior Environmental Scientist at American Engineering Testing, where Matt focuses on air permitting, compliance audits, and air emissions testing management. For the past 14 years, Matt has been assisting clients in the manufacturing, mining, and energy sectors. He has earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Bemidji State University.

9:30 AM

10:00 AM


  • Workzone Safety Panel
    • Legislation, Automated Enforcement, Flagger Training Changes - Abbey Bryduck, MAPA
    • Panelists: Brent Carron, Valley Paving; Reed Leidle, Safety Signs LLC and Tom Ravn, MnDOT
  • Potpourri
    • Spec Updates - John Garrity, MnDOT
    • Legislative Updates - Brian McDaniel, Frazen Moore Government Relations
    • MAPA Quality Training Program - Chris Benson, Tiller Corp
    • CAT/ Ziegler Training - Susan Green, CAT
Speaker Details

Brain McDaniel- Attorney & Government Relations Professional, Frazen Moore Government Relations
Brian R. McDaniel is an attorney and Minnesota governmental relations professional working with Franzen Moore Governmental Relations in Saint Paul with over 20 years experience working both inside and outside of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Prior to joining Franzen Moore, Brian served as the Director of Government Relations for the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Legislative Director to the Speaker of the House, Director of Fiscal Policy for the Minnesota Business Partnership and Committee Administrator for the House Committee on Commerce, Jobs & Economic Development.

Additionally, McDaniel spent 5 years as an appointed member of the Metropolitan Council, was elected by his peers to serve on the Board of the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, has been published in Hennepin Lawyer magazine, teaches American Government at Concordia University-Saint Paul, and makes frequent television appearances as a political analyst.

Brian holds a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law (cum laude) as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University (magna cum laude).  

11:30 AM


  • Negotiations and Conflict Resolution - Michael Gregory, Founder/ Owner, Michael Gregory Consulting, LLC
Keynote Details


Michael Gregory


If you are looking for a dynamic, interactive, educational and fun session you have come to the right place. In this session participants will learn about The Collaboration Effect® and how to apply The Collaboration Effect® it to enhance relationships, resources and revenues.  The Collaboration Effect is all about connecting relationships, listening actively and educating judiciously to negotiate closure. Everyone has conflicts at work, home and life.  This session will provide you with practical tools you can use to build bridges with difficult people.  At the same time if someone truly does not want to work with you, you must realize that “it’s not about me” and simply move on.  With practical commentary and interesting stories, you will be able to take what you learn and apply lessons learned immediately at work, home and life.
As a result of this session you will able to:

  • Define The Collaboration Effect®
  • Apply tools to de-escalate yourself and others
  • Take the pocket guide with you to remind yourself what questions to ask
  • Apply the ten steps for an interest-based solution
  • Negotiate more effectively to find winning solutions

1:00 PM


  • E-Ticketing Panel - Mike Schulz, Command Alkon; John Shogren, Minnesota Paving & Materials; and Rebecca Embacher, MnDOT
  • Intelligent Compaction - Rebecca Embacher, MnDOT
Speaker Details

John Shogren- President, Minnesota Paving & Materials
Prior to CRH John worked for a couple heavy civil construction companies with projects across the country.

John began his career with CRH in the Northwest Division in 2004.  John worked as a Project Engineer, Estimator and Project Manager in Missoula, Montana, and then transferred to the General Manager position in Kalispell, Montana, with oversight of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mix and construction.  John then transitioned into a Construction Performance Management role for three years before accepting a position as VP of Development for CRH Americas Materials West Sector where he was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions across the Western US.

John moved back to Spokane, WA in December of 2014 to take on the position of President of the Inland Northwest Region with P&L responsibility over 8 operating companies in Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana.

John relocated to Minnesota in January of 2018 to become President of Minnesota Paving & Materials.

A native of the Spokane area, John graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Civil Engineering and with a MBA from Gonzaga University.

2:00 PM

2:30 PM


  • Highway 6 Rejuvenation Project - Dr. Michael Vrtis, Minnesota Paving & Materials
  • Tack and Asphalt Tech - Brent Carron, Valley Paving
Speaker Details

Michael Vrtis- Research Engineer, MnDOT
Michael is a research engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) working at the Minnesota Road Research Project (MnROAD) Facility. Prior to MnROAD, Michael was a graduate research assistant at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University. His passion for pavements began at the University of Utah where he completed Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering.

3:30 PM


Hotel Information

Hotels in the area include:
Embassy Suites Minneapolis - North (Ph:763.560.2700)
Quality Inn (Ph: 763.560.7464)
Best Western Plus Minneapolis-Northwest (Ph:763.566.7500)

Thank you, Sponsors & Exhibitors

Aggregate         HGMiegs    Marathon Purple Wave

RMS         Marathon        ZieglerCAT


Interested in representing your organization at the 64th Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop? Check out the sponsorship opportunities here or contact Jacob Nelson at


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Attendee Cancellation 
To receive a registration refund, less a $25 processing fee, all cancellations must be received via this form by February 13, 2020 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. No refunds will be granted thereafter. No-shows will not be refunded. Registrations can be transferred to another person within your organization with the same membership status by contacting (or note that registrations are non-transferable).

Conference Modification or Cancellation
MAPA reserves the right to modify the course’s schedule or program as necessary. MAPA also reserves the right to cancel this event, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. We are unable to refund any travel costs (flight, hotel, etc.) in the case of MAPA cancellation.

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All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the conference areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.