HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE ASPHALT INDUSTRY?
Asphalt has always been a peripheral part of my life. My father is a professor of engineering at Texas A&M, where he focuses on materials engineering/sciences, asphalt technologies and more. Because of my early exposure to his work, I naturally gravitated towards engineering in college, and eventually found myself back in the world of asphalt. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M, I then went on to get my Masters in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

After I graduated from college, I focused on design. I quickly realized I wanted to be more engaged in product innovation and work in a different capacity within the field. It was during my time at Koch Industries that I was given the opportunity to run sales support and product development for a division within the company. Since that time, I’ve managed business development teams, assisted with technical support of sales teams, and have run two businesses, all affiliated in some capacity, with the asphalt industry.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WORKING ON AT BLACKLIDGE?
I am really excited to be a part of Blacklidge’s innovative culture. Their culture is vastly different from any company I’ve worked for or with. Blacklidge prioritizes being a part of, and supporting its employees’ lives. Employees feel as though we are a part of the Blacklige family. It’s truly special to find a company like Blacklidge. The culture was a really big draw for me to join the team.

WHERE DO YOU SEE THE ASPHALT INDUSTRY GOING?
It’s bifurcating—the industry as a whole is showing signs of movement in one of two distinctly different directions. Some companies are headed towards commoditization while the other part of the industry is moving towards significant advancements in innovation. At the rate things are changing, it remains to be seen if the asphalt industry will even be centered on asphalt in 50 years. Technological innovation will play a big role in shaping the future; Blacklidge is on the forefront of pioneering technical advancements, and I am honored to be a part of that effort.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
I like to stay as active and physically healthy as possible. I also like to follow and attend sporting events, especially Texas A&M athletics. My wife and I are actively involved in our community and our church. Currently, we are spending a lot of time with our young son and enjoying being new parents. We love to travel, and look forward to exposing our son to unique cultures and experiences. After all, there’s no better way to appreciate what you have than to witness, first hand, how truly special our country is.

Technological innovation will play a big role in shaping the future; Blacklidge is on the forefront of pioneering technical advancements, and I am honored to be a part of that effort.

DALLAS LITTLE, PE