Good morning world of asphalt:
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation as executive director of the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association. After a decade of service to WAPA, the time has come for me to move on to new adventures and different challenges. Before I do, I want to take a moment to express my appreciation for all of you, and to reflect on the journey that we have shared together.
Over the course of my tenure at the association, we have accomplished so much, and I am proud of the work that we have done to make our communities safer, more efficient, and better connected. We have transformed our roads and highways, built the driveways and parking lots that welcome people to their homes and businesses, and created jobs and economic growth, leaving our mark on the state in a tangible and meaningful way.
But more than that, I think about the people. I have had the honor of representing some of the most talented and dedicated individuals in the road-building industry. We have faced challenges, but we have always risen to the occasion. I am grateful for the many opportunities we have had to make a positive impact. I want to thank you for your friendship, your support, and your teamwork. Your commitment to our shared goals has been a constant source of inspiration, and I am thankful for the many wonderful memories we have made together.
To our board of directors, I want to say thank you for your guidance and leadership. Your mentorship and encouragement have helped me grow both personally and professionally, and I am grateful for the many opportunities you have provided me. Under your direction, we have professionalized the association to become a well-respected leader in the asphalt industry.
And most importantly, I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to our ownership group who took a chance on a 28-year-old kid and trusted that I would grow into this job to move our industry forward. As I leave here today, asphalt tonnage is at an all-time high thanks to historic transportation funding investments at the state and national levels that we successfully advocated for throughout my career.
Above all else, the best decision I ever made was hiring Deborah Schwerman. Debbie is the backbone of the association and I am proud to announce that she will be the next executive director of the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association. It has been a privilege to work alongside you and learn from your knowledge, passion, and dedication to excellence. I will always hold a special place in my heart for what we built together at WAPA.
Over the past 10 years, I have operated with the highest level of integrity and always put the industry first so it's important to me to ensure there is a smooth transition during my remaining time here. I will do everything I can to make certain that my responsibilities are transferred over so this is a seamless adjustment for everyone.
As I prepare to move on to new opportunities, I do so knowing that I'm leaving this organization in a better place than I found it. I will carry with me the confidence that the industry is in good hands moving into WAPA's 75th Anniversary, and that we all will continue to achieve great things on the road ahead.

Brandon Strand

I am humbled and honored to announce that I have accepted the Executive Director position for the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association. First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the process of selecting me to lead this organization. It has been my privilege to serve as the Director of Engineering at the association for the past nine years utilizing the 30 years of experience from both the public and private sectors across the country. As I step into this new role, I am filled with enthusiasm and eagerness to continue working with all of you in a different capacity.
WAPA has enjoyed significant success over the past decade under the direction of Brandon Strand. While Brandon is leaving the organization, we are fortunate that he will remain a significant asset in the highway construction industry. Together, we have built up an association that is recognized for excellence with our strong partnerships at the national, state, and local levels as well as academia. I remain committed to providing the same quality service to our members and to making a positive impact for the asphalt pavement industry.
It is with great pride and dedication to be able to represent WAPA as we celebrate our 75th anniversary. I look forward to representing this industry and working with our consumers to continue the commitment of building safe, smooth, durable, economic, and sustainable asphalt pavements.
Once again, thank you for this opportunity, and feel free to reach out and let me know how I can be of assistance here at WAPA.
Deborah Schwerman
608-255-3114 (office)
608-698-4510 (cell)