Pavement contractors prioritize government relations, seek new association chief

The American Concrete Pavement Association has begun a search for the successor to President & CEO Gerald Voigt, P.E., who has decided to transition toward retirement, moving to a non-executive role once a new staff leader is appointed.

Voigt has served at the helm for more than half his nearly 33 years with ACPA, based in Rosemont, Ill. near O’Hare International Airport. During his tenure, the association has chartered the widely known and well-respected National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (or CP Tech Center) at Iowa State University, Ames, and entered cooperative agreements with the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Aviation Administration to implement applied research and technology for highways and airports. He is also credited with fostering a mutually beneficial working relationship with the cement industry; growing contractor membership to historically high numbers; advancing concrete pavement market share; and, building a stronger national/chapter team.

David Howard
Gerald Voigt

“We congratulate and commend Jerry for his long and distinguished service to ACPA and the concrete pavement industry,” says ACPA Chairman David Howard, P.E. (Koss Construction Co., Michigan). “This is not a farewell, however, because Jerry has generously agreed to stay on with ACPA in an important role where he will focus his time, expertise, and attention to assist staff, including a new CEO, with the association’s robust and ambitious work plan and long-term programs.”

Joining Howard on a chief executive search and transition team are Ed Griffith of St. Marys Cement Co.; Ernie Peterson of Ash Grove Cement Co.; Steve Friess of Milestone Contactors LP; Greg McCormick of Northern Improvement Co.; and, Dan Rozycki of The Transtec Group. They will lead the process of interviewing and onboarding the best candidate to continue ACPA’s vision for the future. Over a projected three- to four-month window, Howard notes that the transition team will be seeking input from association members and chapters on the qualities they seek for the fifth chief executive in ACPA’s 58-year history. (Individuals interested in consideration for an interview can contact David Howard, [email protected].)

“We are optimistic and confident this approach will help us attain our goals in legislative advocacy; technical service and research facilitation; concrete pavement marketing and promotion,” Howard observes. “As we look ahead to this year, we see a great opportunity with a new Administration and the 117th Congress to advance a well-funded, robust highway bill.

At ACPA headquarters and throughout the chapters, he adds, “We are also continuing to build on our programs to inform and educate the transportation-construction industry about the benefits of competition; advance effective marketing and promotion; continue our successful education and training program; and, implement our new committee and market forum structure.”

“All of this is going to take time, effort and expertise, so the prospect of growth that comes through change is exciting and holds great promise for the future,” Howard affirms. “At the same time, our new CEO and our skilled and capable association staff will be augmented by Jerry’s commitment to support the transition and stay involved.”