J.R. will be returning to VECAT this year to cover Plant Safety for Plant Level I classes. With nearly 15 years of experience overseeing safety in the construction industry, J.R. currently serves as Lane’s Corporate Safety Manager of Field Operations. He has been instrumental in helping Lane to significantly improve its safety program and performance by fostering a safety culture where people take ownership of, and value, safe work. J.R. holds dozens of safety and environmental certifications, including Certified Occupational Safety Specialist designation; OSHA 500 Outreach Instructor; ATTSA traffic control supervisor basic and intermediate instructor; NSC first-aid and CPR instructor; and the Radiation Safety Officer designation.
John will be returning to the VECAT Plant Level I classes to present on Stockpile Management and Loader Operations. John has served the construction industry since 1977, with the first 23 years dedicated to vertically integrated companies. These companies perform their own mining for aggregates to be used in hot mix asphalt plants and ready-mix concrete plants. During this phase of his career, John’s responsibilities in the construction division encompassed Highway Construction, Housing Developments, Site Work, Airports Construction and Military Bases. He is certified by The Asphalt Institute in Parking Lots Design, and Construction & Inspection of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements, by NAPA for Hot Mix Asphalt Design and Construction, and by The American Construction Inspectors Association for Asphalt and Concrete Paving Inspection among others.
Daniel teaches the Plant I level class focusing his attention on How Asphalt Plants Actually Work. Currently serving as the Director of Services for Astec, Inc., Daniel has 24 years of experience with Astec, holding a range of positions including Electrician, Controls Lab Technician, Controls Service Technician, Assistant Controls Service Manager, and Controls Service Manager. He attended Chattanooga State Community College where he studied Information Systems and Electronics.
Mike is one VECAT's Plant II instructors, helping to teach Production Mix Testing Requirements and Specifications. Mike has his Masters in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and a Professional Engineers License for the State of Alabama. Currently, a member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and President of Huner Consulting LLC, VECAT is lucky to be able to use Mike’s extensive knowledge in the production of both the Plant Level I and Level II class workbooks.
Mike brings a wealth of industry knowledge to VECAT’s Plant Level II class. Serving as VAA's Director of Technical Services, Mike will also be teaching the Production Mix Testing Requirements and Specifications section of the class. Prior to coming to VAA, Mike was the Technical Development Manager for Hi-Tech Asphalt Solutions, and before that, he spent 7 years with Branscome Inc. as the Asphalt Quality Control Manager and Project Manager. Mike also has 13 years with VDOT where he started as a Construction Inspector, worked as an Asphalt Technician and rose to the Asphalt Laboratory Manager and an Asphalt Field Engineer at Virginia Transportation Research Council.
Michelle is returning to the VECAT Plant Level I class to share her knowledge in plant and worker safety. With over 15 years of experience overseeing safety in the construction industry, Michelle currently serves as Lane’s Corporate Safety Manager Plants & Paving Segment. She is currently a member of the Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association. In 2013, Michelle was awarded the HCCA Robert Woodard Safety Professional of the Year and has helped Lane Construction to be awarded the Safest Plant of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys traveling and being outdoors.
Angela acts as both an instructor and an advisor for our Field and Plant schools. An Assistant Asphalt Program Manager for VDOT (one of VECAT’s partner organizations), Angela brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to our Plant Level II school, but will specifically be addressing VDOT’s MITS/PLAID database. Angela holds a BS in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, and dutifully follows the WVU football team in her off hours.
Trenton is Executive Vice President of Virginia Asphalt Association. Partnered with VAA since January 2011, he spent the previous 12 years with the Virginia Department of Transportation responsible for the technical activities of DOT. He currently leads efforts related to specifications development and enhancement, pavement design issues, research, and technical training. He serves on several technical committees within Virginia as well as with the Transportation Research Board, National Center for Asphalt Technology and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.