Blacklidge leaders are men and women with a wide range of skill sets culled from many years of experience in their respective fields. Most importantly, our leaders are people with strong values and a deep commitment to our customers.
In between roles as president of Blacklidge, Associate Board Member to asphalt associations NAPA, AAPA, and RAF, member of the Young Presidents Association (YPA), Deacon at First Baptist Church of Gulfport, husband and father to two wonderful girls, and saltwater fisherman, Brittany Blacklidge found time to reflect on his personal history with the asphalt and emulsion industry and where he sees it going.
Doug Fergusson is a strategic thinker who has helped grow a considerable number of companies over the years. He oversees Operations, Finance, and Sales and Marketing at Blacklidge, and always has an eye on business goals. He took a moment to discuss innovation in the asphalt / emulsion industry and where Blacklidge is going.
In addition to serving as Blacklidge’s CFO, Jarrod Gray is a coach, philanthropist, faith leader and family man. He recently took a moment to reflect on his experiences and his vision for Blacklidge.
As COO of Blacklidge, Matt Renick oversees companywide plant operations, logistics, purchasing and the research and development wing (BETA). BETA is where scientists are constantly testing and innovating to create the next asphalt and emulsion technology. A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Matt brings deep experience in operations and a passion for building community to Blacklidge.
As Vice President of Sales, Britt Ward is responsible for all sales activities at Blacklidge. He ensures customer expectations are not only met, but also exceeded. Britt has served in a variety of sales and sales management roles at Blacklidge over the last four years and has repeatedly demonstrated that he is a champion for our customers.
As Technical Director at Blacklidge, one of Grover Allen’s main responsibilities is answering the question, “How do we make roads safer and longer-lasting?” Grover leads Blacklidge’s world class BETA Lab, where his team is hard at work advancing products. Additionally, Grover ensures all of Blacklidge’s products pass stringent quality control tests before release. In the midst of these responsibilities, he took a moment to share some personal history.
David Vaught handles all of the operations in the state of Florida – which is no small task when Blacklidge is responsible for 90% of the state’s paved roads. He manages three facilities, two in Tampa and one in Fort Lauderdale. On any given day, David is in his truck driving between facilities. He took some time to reflect on the growth of Blacklidge.
As Director of Technical Operations, Jim Thomas wears many hats. From troubleshooting customer concerns and solving product and manufacturing difficulties, to retrofitting, streamlining and new plant design – he tackles it all. With over 22 years of experience in the asphalt and emulsion industry, he shares his perspective on the past and future of Blacklidge.
A Nashville native, Paul Johnson brings over 20 years of logistics experience to Blacklidge. Since age 18, he has been overseeing the movement of big equipment, including four years in the U.S. Navy as the Navigation Supervisor onboard the USS Essex LHD-2 during her maiden voyage from San Diego to the South Pacific. In between dispatching loads, communicating with drivers, customers, and support staff, and making sure everything shows up on time, Paul took a moment to deconstruct the puzzle behind his job description.
A Gulfport native with 20 years of financial accounting experience, and 8 of those years at Blacklidge, Kimberly Lewis has deep knowledge of Blacklidge’s operations. She took a moment in between managing her team, juggling different states’ tax regulations, and strategizing best practices for growing into new markets to tell us more about her day-to-day.