Annual Conference & Workshop

Thanks to everyone who participated in AMAP’s 2018 Annual Conference and Workshop. We will post the presentations soon for participants and AMAP members. We will also leave 2018 conference information online for now. Look for information about the 2019 conference later this year.

The Association of Modified Asphalt Producers will hold its 19th Annual Conference & Workshop at the Sheraton Grand in Phoenix, February 6–8, 2018.

Modified Asphalt — The Proven Choice. Today’s modified asphalt mix designs provide long lasting, cost effective, quiet and smooth driving surfaces. Each year, AMAP brings together industry leaders and technology experts to discuss successful modified asphalt projects as well as advances and changes in technology and industry needs. Prior to the Conference, we also conduct our highly regarded Modified Asphalt Workshop. Six professional development hours will be awarded for attendance.

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Registration is now OPEN! Use this link to register now. With our online form you can register attendees and reserve a tabletop exhibit to showcase your products. Early-bird registration rates close on January 27 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, so don’t delay. UPDATED: Online registration at early bird rates will be held open through the conference!


Sheraton Grand Phoenix

Call to reserve your hotel room today! Rooms are available until the block is full or the cut-off date. (If you have questions, please contact Katrina Tohle, meeting planner, at 859-552-5509).

Conference Hotel

Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 North 3rd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004- Conference special rate of $249
Cut-off is January 12
– Reservations: 866-837-4213 and reference “AMAP Annual Conference”

Alternative Downtown Hotel

Westin Phoenix Downtown
333 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004- Conference special rate of $269
Cut-off is January 12
– One block from conference hotel
– Reservations: 866-961-3775 and reference “AMAP Annual Conference”

Alternative Airport Hotels

As the downtown room blocks fill, particularly for Thursday evening, participants may wish to consider staying near the airport for that evening.

AMAP has provided a list of airport hotels, including links and information about transit to downtown and airport shuttles.

Nearby restaurants, activities and attractions

AMAP to Honor Louisiana DOTD’s Harold “Skip” Paul

The Association of Modified Asphalt Producers will honor Harold “Skip” Paul for his body of work and significant contributions to the ongoing quest for better highway performance. Skip will be inducted into the Modified Asphalt Hall of Fame and receive AMAP’s Life Time Achievement Award during the conference.

We will honor skip at the awards luncheon on Wednesday, February 7, followed by a reception in his honor that evening.

Harold “Skip” Paul

Skip has been a champion of innovating and improving all aspects of transportation, and this outlook established Louisiana as a leader with modified asphalts.

He worked for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) for 39 years in both the research program and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC).

Driving state research

Skip conducted asphalt and materials research for the first 18 years of his career, and was involved in research program administration for 21 years. “I welcomed any opportunity to improve pavements,” Skip said. Under his guidance, LADOTD’s research program successful piloted asphalt modifiers with chip seals as far back as the early 1980s.

With ongoing pilot testing and performance of different modifiers, LADOTD went on to specify modified asphalt for all riding courses on states roads. “These efforts helped make Louisiana among the first states to go ‘all in’ on modified,” Skip explained.

During the 1980s, Skip was also part of a national AASHTO/AGC/ARTBA task force to classify modifiers.

Skip’s research contributions—within and beyond asphalt—are documented in his numerous research publications, more than 50 with Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, and elsewhere.

National leadership

Skip took the helm of director of LTRC from March 2006 and served in that role to his retirement in January 2016. LADOTD’s Materials Laboratory reported to Skip as well.

In these senior management positions, Skip oversaw Louisiana’s efforts while also working on the national stage to help advance transportation.

He served TRB in many leadership positions and NCHRP panels, culminating as the Technical Activities Council Chair, providing guidance for more than 3500 transportation professionals on upwards of 200 committees.

Among other NCHRP projects, Skip oversaw the research that resulted in NCHRP Report 459: Characterization of Modified Asphalt Binders in Superpave Mix Design. “This was a critical follow up to work begun by the first Strategic Highway Research Program,” Skips said.

In his retirement, he continues to volunteer nationally, now serving on NCHRP 20-44(01), Increasing WMA Implementation by Leveraging the State-Of-The-Knowledge.

Skip was active in the research for the American Association of State Transportation Highway Officials as well, serving as chair of the Research Advisory Committee and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Research. He is also a former board member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and has participated on many Federal Highway Administration advisory groups.

Well-deserved recognition

AMAP is pleased to be adding AMAP Person of the Year and Modified Asphalt Hall of Fame Inductee to Skip’s long list of awards.

Among other recognition, Skip was named a National Associate of the National Academies in 2001, and he received TRB’s W. N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service award in 2013. In 2016, Skip also received the Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award from the Louisiana Civil Service League.

“I look forward to joining friends and colleagues to accept these honors from AMAP in Phoenix,” said Skip, who warmly recalled participating in AMAP’s annual conference as recently as 2014 in New Orleans.

Beyond transportation

Skip is a retired Navy Reserve Officer with 42 years of service. He is a graduate of Lehigh University holding two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1976) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (1976), and is a licensed engineer in the state of Louisiana.

Skip has been married to Margaret “Meg” Marshall for 40 years and has two adult children, Audrey and Christopher, along with two grandchildren—“and a third on the way,” Skip added.

Wednesday Keynote Speaker

Tod McGreevy
Vice President and Director
Muse, Stancil & Co.

Global Petroleum Outlook: Trends Defining an Uncertain Market

Tod McGreevy

With more than 26 years in the energy and petrochemical industry, Tod McGreevy will present thoughtful scenarios on the broader petroleum refining markets that affect our modifiers and the base asphalt that is the lifeblood of our industry.

Tod’s presentation will cover recent developments in global oil markets with a focus on responses by the U.S. refining industry. Topics to be explored include turmoil in global crude oil markets, a murky refining margin outlook, and a discussion covering the looming implementation of MAROPL Annex VI regulations which will affect bunker fuel markets world-wide beginning in 2020.

Muse provides customized consulting services to the downstream energy industry, focusing on offering an integrated combination of technical and business expertise. As a consultant at Muse, Tod has worked on a broad range of assignments around the world. Many of his assignments have focused on refining economics, market analysis, and business strategy.

Prior to joining Muse in 2003, Tod worked for several U.S. refining and marketing companies including Fletcher Oil and Refining, Phibro USA, Lyondell – Citgo Refining, and El Paso Merchant Energy. Tod holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Connecticut.

Thursday Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bill Grieco
Vice President, Energy and Environment
Southern Research

Staying Competitive With Accelerating Changes In Technology and Innovation

Dr. Bill Grieco

Technology and innovation are accelerating changes in every aspect of our lives. Hear Dr. Bill Grieco’s insightful discussion of how some of the changes may impact energy, transportation and asphalt over the next decade — and how to stay in the game when game changing technologies threaten your business.

Dr. Grieco and his team at Southern Research provide economic value through innovations that reduce the environmental footprint of energy generation and chemical production. Prior to joining Southern Research, Dr. Grieco lead the innovation and technology advancement at Owens Corning Corporation.

Before joining Owens Corning, he successfully led technology development and commercialization in the biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals sectors and had his own innovation strategy and due diligence consulting firm. He now regularly teaches innovation strategy development to commercial firms.

Dr. Grieco holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Modified Asphalt Workshop

On February 6, the association will conduct a comprehensive 6-hour workshop on modifiers that improve technical, life-cycle, and economic performance of asphalt.

This year, a 2-hour breakout session on modified asphalt for roofing products has been added to the curriculum. This session will feature segments on modifiers for roofing products, shingles and underlayments. Participants will have the option of sitting in on a paving session covering mix design and pavement preservation (Session 2A) or the roofing segment (Session 2B).

UPDATE: AMAP has released the Full Workshop Program and Speaker Lineup.

Session 1
– Asphalt Modification Introduction
– Chemical and Polymer Options
– Common Modifiers

Session 2A Breakout: Pavements
– Modified Mix Design
– Pavement Preservation

Session 2B Breakout: Modified Asphalt Roofing
– Modified Bitumen Roofing
– Mod-Bit Shingles
– Modified Underlayments

Session 3
– Modified Emulsions
– Contractors’ Guide
– Field Experience
– Rheology and Testing

Conference Program

Modified Asphalt — Paving the Way to the Future
February 7-8

The Final Program with the schedule of all events and speakers in online to help you plan your conference.

See the Speakers and Sessions press release for details on the lineup for the main conference on Wednesday and Thursday.


The popular AMAP Exhibitor Show returns. Tabletop exhibits will open following the Modified Asphalt Workshop on Tuesday. Additional hours are scheduled over the Conference dates.

If you supply products or services to the asphalt industry, take advantage of this marketing venue. Reserve your exhibit space on AMAP’s website when you register. Book early as space is limited and so you can be recognized in the Conference program.

See what our exhibitors have planned for 2018.

Visit Phoenix

Click to plan your free time in Phoenix.

Away from the conference, culture and adventure await you in Phoenix.

Come early, stay after the conference, and bring the family!

In addition to our list of restaurants and attractions, you can find Virtual Travel Guides from the Phoenix Visitors Bureau.

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