Burns named AI chairman for 2012

Burns named AI chairman for 2012The Asphalt Institute (AI) named J. Baxter Burns II of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions 2012 Chairman of the Board of Directors at the institute?s annual meeting in Chandler, Arizona in December.

Dave Blackburn of Asphalt Materials, Inc. was named Vice Chairman of the institute for 2012.

Burns is President of Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi. He previously served as AI Chairman in 2003. He also served as Vice President of the Bitumen Industry Health Forum (BIHF) for several years. BIHF was formed to prepare for the IARC Monograph.

“It is an honor, and I consider it a privilege to lead the Asphalt Institute for 2012. I have witnessed many trials and tribulations this industry has experienced, and without fail the Asphalt Institute has carried this industry through unscathed,” said Burns.

“As we have witnessed, when we have a good plan, are well prepared and execute perfectly there is nothing we as an industry cannot conquer,” added Burns.

The Asphalt Institute was founded in 1919 and is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. AI promotes the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt.