HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTERESTED IN THE ASPHALT / EMULSIONS INDUSTRY?
I was a pavement engineer before earning a doctorate in Civil Engineering. I began my academic career by earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech. After college, I worked for Applied Research Associates (ARA) in Vicksburg, Mississippi and my boss there, Dr. Jim Hall, was a tremendous mentor. He encouraged me to pursue more advanced studies in the civil engineering field of pavements and materials. I attended Texas A&M for doctoral studies and worked concurrently at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). My dissertation was related to asphalt binder and how to engineer better performing pavements. I was naturally drawn to Blacklidge, an asphalt/emulsion company with a reputation for advancing the industry with technology and innovative products. That is my passion. Shortly after completing my doctorate, I joined the Blacklidge family.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISMENT AT BLACKLIDGE?
The quality of Blacklidge’s products keeps getting better and better. I’m responsible for the QC/QA of existing products and research and development of new products. I take pride in recent advances in product quality, but none of it would be possible without a strong team that shares the same vision of producing products that extend pavement life. By clearly understanding the contribution of our products to the final pavement structure, having a customer-based focus, implementing necessary checks and balances, and ensuring consistent accountability at all levels, Blacklidge will continue to deliver the best products on the market.

WHAT DO YOU SEE IN STORE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE COMPANY?
More innovation! We will continue to focus on the way our products perform and the positive impact they have on the functionality and longevity of the road. I really see Blacklidge as providing world-class product solutions that satisfy our customers and deliver the best life-cycle cost to D.O.T.’s, County Road Construction and Maintenance Divisions, Cities and Municipalities, and the traveling public. Customers and D.O.T.’s are already beginning to see the value in investing in the longer-lasting, safer products that we produce. A personal goal of mine is to help shift the industry so that taxpayers enjoy higher-quality roads during their service life while paying less for them in the long run.

ARE YOU PART OF ANY PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS?
Well, since you asked…

– Airfield HMA User/Producer Group
– American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
– Binder/Emulsions AMRL R18
– American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
– American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Committee D.04 – Road and Paving Materials
– American Public Works Association (APWA)
– Asphalt Institute (AI)
– Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT)
– Florida D.O.T./Asphalt Contractor’s Association of Florida (ACAF) Flexible Pavements Committee and User/Producer Group
– Florida D.O.T. Binder/Emulsions Task Group
– National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
– Texas Asphalt Pavement Association (TXAPA)
– Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE)

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
I like to read and watch sports, particularly football and baseball. Traveling is one of my biggest passions. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some exciting places around the world and thus far, my favorite destination is Kauai, Hawaii. I also enjoy attending church, spending time with friends and family, and of course, spending time with my lovely wife, Mollie, our son, Samuel, and daughter, Sarah”.

We continue to focus on the way our products perform and the positive impact they have on the functionality and longevity of the road.

GROVER ALLEN, Ph.D., P.E.