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Empowering Our Industry with Knowledge

TXAPA Member Steve Waczak with Austin Industries is sharing the success of the two-day training event led by asphalt educator Chuck Fuller hosted on January 24-25 in DFW. Austin initiated this localized training initiative in 2023, and its resounding success prompted us to organize another session just a few weeks ago. True to form, Chuck delivered an outstanding performance, enriching attendees with invaluable insights.

What Was it About?
This event served as a lunch and learn opportunity tailored for our localized customers, particularly those associated with Austin Asphalt (Austin Bridge & Road).

Training and Cost
Refer to the attached agenda for details. Importantly, attendance was free for all participants, and lunch was provided.

Impressive Turnout
The response was overwhelming, with over 280 individuals participating over the course of the two days.

Key Takeaways
The significance of ongoing training within our industry cannot be overstated. Localized training, in collaboration with TXAPA, proved to be highly effective. Industry professionals must continuously enhance their knowledge and skills.

Gratitude and Support
Steve extends heartfelt gratitude to TXAPA for their invaluable partnership and to Chuck Fuller for his exceptional training sessions. Says Steve, “Their contributions have been instrumental in our collective growth and success.”

Recap: A Closer Look Behind the Scenes
Here’s a brief rundown of the meticulous planning and execution that went into organizing this event:

  • Planning and preparation began as early as May 2023 during the MAPS Conference, where the January dates were confirmed.
  • Key customers were identified and personally invited.
  • The agenda was meticulously organized with Chuck to cater to the needs of Austin’s customer base.
  • Venue arrangements were confirmed, and lunch expenses were sponsored.
  • Internal meetings ensured participation from all departments, including QC/QA, Plant Operation, Trucking, Customer Service Dispatch, and upper management.
  • Email invitations were sent out in Q4 2023, followed by diligent follow-ups to ensure an accurate headcount.
  • Contributions from various vendors enhanced the experience for attendees.
  • The result? A turnout of over 280 eager participants.

Continued Support and Collaboration
Steve has offered guidance and support to those interested in replicating this success. He believes we can strengthen our industry together through knowledge-sharing initiatives.

Final Thoughts
Every attendee left the event with a deeper understanding of asphalt, marking a collective win for Austin Asphalt (Austin Bridge & Road), TXAPA, and the industry.

Download the Agenda