WAPA’s History

Formation as WBPA

The founders of the Wisconsin Bituminous Paving Association drafted and ratified the organization’s constitution on December 13, 1948. On December 28 of that year, the WBPA officially incorporated.

The purpose of the organization was twofold: to promote quality of hot mix asphalt pavement and to act as a public relations liaison with all units of government and the private sector.

The original members were:

Walter Bechthold, Payne & Dolan, Inc.
J.E. Schultz and L.W. Kahl, Rein, Schultz and Dahl
L.M. Hayes, Rock Road Construction
R.L. Miller, Reliance
Orville Murphy, Black Creek Construction
Milton Neils, Alexander
Lowell Turner, Turner Construction
Henry White, White Construction

Walter Bechthold was the first President; J.E. Schultz was the first Secretary/Treasurer.

Organizational Renewal

The organization remained relatively inactive for a decade, but with initiation of the Interstate Highway System under President Eisenhower’s in 1956, Wisconsin’s asphalt industry was poised to take an active role in new highway construction in the state.

WBPA was reorganized and revitalized at Madison’s Park Hotel in 1956, Mike Hayes was selected President; R.L. Miller became Vice President, and L.W. Kahl became Secretary/Treasurer.

At that time, Ed Konkol was appointed the first full-time Executive Director of the WBPA. This marked the beginning of active representation of the asphalt industry in Wisconsin that continues to this day.

Name Change

An amendment was made to the Articles of Incorporation on April 13, 1965, changing the organization’s name to its current form: the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association.

Six Decades of Leadership

WAPA’s Past Presidents and Executive Directors since the renewal of the association in 1956:

PAST PRESIDENTS
Year President Company
1956 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1957 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1958 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1959 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1960 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1961 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1962 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1963 Mike Hayes Rock Road Construction Companies
1964 James J. Cote Mathy Construction Company
1965 James J. Cote Mathy Construction Company
1966 Bruce Schultz Rein, Schultz & Dahl, Inc.
1967 Bruce Schultz Rein, Schultz & Dahl, Inc.
1968 William Knuese Payne & Dolan
1969 William Knuese Payne & Dolan
1970 Orville Murphy Murphy Construction Company
1971 Orville Murphy Murphy Construction Company
1972 D.L. Gasser D.L. Gasser Construction Company
1973 D.L. Gasser D.L. Gasser Construction Company
1974 L.W. (Bud) Kahl Rein, Schultz & Dahl, Inc.
1975 L.W. (Bud) Kahl Rein, Schultz & Dahl, Inc.
1976 Ned Bechthold Payne & Dolan, Inc.
1977 Ned Bechthold Payne & Dolan, Inc.
1978 Charles F. Mathy Mathy Construction Co.
1979 Charles F. Mathy Mathy Construction Co.
1980 Donald J. Beaudoin Wm. Beaudoin & Sons, Inc.
1981 Donald J. Beaudoin Wm. Beaudoin & Sons, Inc.
1982 Tom Linnan L & W Construction Co., Inc.
1983 Tom Linnan L & W Construction Co., Inc.
1984 D.L. Gasser D.L. Gasser Construction Company
1985 D.L. Gasser D.L. Gasser Construction Company
1986 Don Lang Lang Engineering Company, Inc.
1987 Don Lang Lang Engineering Company, Inc.
1988 Ervin Benish Payne & Dolan, Inc.
1989 Ervin Benish Payne & Dolan, Inc.
1990 Robert J. Kennedy, Sr. Rock Road Companies Inc.
1991 Robert J. Kennedy, Sr. Rock Road Companies Inc.
1992 Joe Teglia Paving Mix & Construction Co., Inc.
1993 Kent Pitlik Pitlik & Wick, Inc.
1994 Kent Pitlik Pitlik & Wick, Inc.
1995 Steve Kennedy Rock Road Companies Inc.
1996 Steve Kennedy Rock Road Companies Inc.
1997 Steve Kennedy Rock Road Companies Inc.
1998 Jeffrey Miller R.W. Miller & Sons, Inc.
1999 John Montgomery American Asphalt of Wisconsin
2000 Larry Usack Northeast Asphalt, Inc.
2001 Brian Pitlik Pitlik & Wick, Inc.
2002 Brian Pitlik Pitlik & Wick, Inc.
2003 Rick Schmidt Payne & Dolan, Inc.
2004 Steve Kennedy Rock Road Companies Inc.
2005 Steve Kennedy Rock Road Companies Inc.
2006 Rick Schmidt Payne & Dolan, Inc.
2007 Brian Pitlik Pitlik & Wick, Inc.
2008 Jeffrey Miller R.W. Miller & Sons, Inc.
2009 Steve Higgins Payne & Dolan, Inc.
2010 John Montgomery American Asphalt of Wisconsin
2011 Dustin Gradel Tri-County Paving Inc.
2012 Brad Pitlik Pitlik and Wick, Inc.
2013 John Bartoszek Northeast Asphalt Inc.
2014 Kirt Haggard Northwest Asphalt Products
2015 Steve Kennedy Rock Road Companies Inc.
2016 Brian Endres Payne & Dolan, Inc.
2017 Brian Endres Payne & Dolan, Inc.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Year(s) Executive Director
1957-1965 Ed Konkol
1965-1975 Al Thelen
1975 Wes Burmeister
1977-1982 Jack Mathews
1984 Larry Murphy
1985 Merlin Luher
1986-2003 Gerald Waelti
2003-2007 Patrick Goss
2008-2012 Scot Schwandt
2013-Present Brandon Strand

A History in Documents

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WBPA’s Original Articles of Incorporation, December 1948


First page of the Constitution and Bylaws, December 1948


Flash! Emergency Alert Letterhead, late 1950s


Membership Application with Association Aims, Objectives and Purposes, circa 1957. (Historical reference only. New members, please apply online)


Magic Carpet, The Story of Asphalt, circa 1957


Asphalt Institute Advertisements, late 1950s


Matchbook Cover, late 1950s