After 41 years in the oil business, Bill Haverland, Marketing Manager for ConocoPhillips, and two-time Chairman of the Board of the Asphalt Institute, has decided to retire.
first chairmanship, in 1996, Haverland
lead the strategic plan team in hammering out a vision and a mission for the Asphalt Institute
The most significant accomplishment of 1996, said Haverland
, was our progress in addressing the asphalt fume issue.
The other notable change is the consolidation of industry participants, says Haverland
"Contractor consolidation is probably the most visible.
Many of the small, family-owned businesses didn't have the resources to meet the new, more demanding requirements of SuperPave.
Others were sold because of a lack of succession planning or no heir-apparent availability.
Others just thought it was the right time to get out of the business and had a willing buyer waiting."
thinks that the adoption of SuperPave, introduction of warm mix asphalt and the industry's preparation for the IARC monograph were the most significant events during his
23 years in the asphalt industry.
"The first two have made our products better," says Haverland
, "and positioned asphalt pavements to better complete with concrete.
The last one will decide the future of our products."
Future opportunities and challenges
"Funding certainly has to be at the top of the list," says Haverland
My advice to the young generation is to get involved, says Haverland
"You can't sit back and think someone else will get it done, you have to be willing to do it yourself.
There have been many people I have looked up to during my career, and that was always their advice to me."
Pete Grass recalls that it was not uncommon for Bill
to include visits to AI's
headquarters during his travels, often bringing a new salesperson with him.
used these occasions to introduce his
people to AI
and we all gained from his
genuine interest in our staff and in the current issues facing our industry.
Grass adds that Haverland
was a visionary thinker and often lead the challenge for us all to pursue excellence.
thinks we have some great new leaders coming into the industry with many tools available to them.
"I have every confidence that they will take the reins of the industry and make it a better one for us and the motoring public," he