February 24, 2014
For immediate release
Jim Sattler takes over for Bob Berkley as AMAP Executive Director
The Association of Modified Asphalt Producers extends its sincerest gratitude to its first and longtime Executive Director, Bob Berkley, who is retiring.
Berkley was the driving force behind the formation of the association in 1999 and helped lead AMAP through changes in the industry and challenges in the global economy over the past 15 years. AMAP thanks Berkley for his years of service and dedication to the modified asphalt industry and looks forward to his contributions as Friend of the Association for many years to come.
AMAP was proud to name Berkley its 2014 Person of the Year and appoint him as Executive Director Emeritus. The Association also inducted Berkley into the AMAP Hall of Fame in 2014.
Berkley leaves AMAP in the capable hands of Jim Sattler. Sattler was among the dozen industry experts Berkley called together for AMAP’s founding meeting, and he has been an active member in AMAP for the last decade and a half. He officially assumed the role of Executive Director of the association on January 1, 2014. To assure a smooth transition, Berkley will remain with AMAP in an advisory consulting role for the first three months of the year.
About Jim Sattler
Sattler served as a founding member of the AMAP Board of Directors from 1999 to 2008 and as AMAP President in 2003. His career spans more than 40 years in the polymer industry. He spent 26 years with Firestone Polymers, retiring in 1996 as National Sales Manager to become a founding partner in Momentum Technologies, a polymer distributor and laboratory serving the asphalt industry.
A late-blooming entrepreneur, Sattler formed NuVention Solutions, Inc. in 2010. The mission of NVS is to solve serious environmental issues by bringing together a variety of technologies to create viable products and services that meet commercial needs. The production of Bio-Oil from livestock waste has been the primary focus of the company since its inception. The company has developed both asphalt additives and fertilizer coating products based on Bio-Oil.
NuVention is now in the process of scaling up the processing technology from the lab to a commercial scale demonstration unit based on patent-pending process technology developed by the company. Having grown up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, Sattler has come full circle to his family roots with this project.
Sattler holds both a bachelor’s of science in Agriculture Education & Economics from Cornell University and a master’s in Agricultural Marketing from the University of Vermont.
Jim lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, with his wife of 44 years, Mary. They have one daughter, Julie, who resides in nearby Olmstead Township, Ohio, with husband Brian and three children.
AMAP is a national association of companies dedicated to informing owners, contractors and specifying agencies about the performance and economic benefits of modified asphalt binders for bituminous pavements. The association serves as a consolidated voice on issues pertaining to modified asphalt, encourages the use of higher performing binders, evaluates and communicates advancements in modified asphalt technology and promotes the standardization of asphalt binder testing procedures.
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