Dan Gallagher took his position as the 2017 Chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) at a ceremony Jan. 30 during the association’s 62nd Annual Meeting. As chairman, Gallagher is responsible for guiding NAPA’s efforts to support the asphalt pavement industry. Gallagher is vice president of operations and chief financial officer for Gallagher Asphalt Corp., based in Thorton, IL. The company operates three permanent asphalt plants and offers paving, hot-in-place recycling, trucking, and other services throughout the Chicago Southland.
Priorities for Gallagher’s term as NAPA chairman include engineering and pavement quality, work zone safety, as well as working toward a reliable funding source for infrastructure.
“Tax reform and investment in America’s infrastructure are being discussed both in the White House and Congress,” said Gallagher. “We will be working diligently to ensure that a stable funding stream for the construction, maintenance, and improvement of our nation’s infrastructure is part of those discussions.”
Gallagher has been a strong and active voice for quality in the asphalt pavement industry since the 1990s. He has served on NAPA engineering committees and chaired NAPA task forces on recycling and energy conservation during the past decade, as well as working on industry best practices and warm mix asphalt.
“We are entering 2017 with a lot of optimism, but we have still to face a competitive business environment. NAPA is leading important educational and research efforts that will help the industry continue to deliver high quality, long lasting, and sustainable asphalt pavements for the driving public,” Gallagher said.