2004 OAIMA Annual Meeting

by Diana Barnum, Correspondent and Patrick A. Jacomet, Executive Director of OAIMA
The Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) hosted their two day 2004 Annual Meeting and Trade Show in November at the Hilton Columbus on Chagrin Drive in Columbus, Ohio. Attendees enjoyed educational sessions that focused on local and national industry issues, entertainment and motivational presentations, an evening reception with an OA-PAC (Ohio Aggregates – Political Action Committee Event) Live Auction, an awards breakfast and both indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Opening speaker James Carnes, deputy director for Resource Conservation at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), kicked off the event, discussing many of the top concerns of ODNR including the war, reducing the deficit and the Asbestos Trust Fund.
“How many industries in America ARE growing?” James Carnes asked. “We are!”
He added that Ohio is a leader in gaining contributions to the Transportation Trust Fund, mentioning Ohio Governor George Voinovich (R) as a huge leader in voicing this issue.
Mr. Carnes formerly served as the State Senator from eastern Ohio’s 20th District from 1995 to 2001 where he chaired the Senate Energy, National Resources and Environment Committee and the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, reflecting his exceptional understanding of ODNR’s programs, priorities and finances.
The next speaker was Jennifer Joy Wilson, president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). Mrs. Wilson formerly served the White House office of communications for President Ford; as chief of staff to Virginia Governor John Dalton; and legislative director and campaign manager for U.S. Senator John Warner. She updated the attendees on national issues facing the aggregate industry and discussed the four major roles of the NSSGA; legislation, education and training, research and networking.
Entertainment broke up the first morning session with a presentation by comedian Greg Hann, an internationally recognized consolidation expert, “Stay Highly Motivated in the Face of Change.” After trying to get everyone in the audience psyched up by doing “The Wave,” he explained how he was in the military and used to clown around in the drill field only calling “lefts.” His jokes about job interviewing roused laughter at the changing industry.
“Ever do the ‘walk around and meet people,’ then decide you DON’T want to work there?” joked Greg Hann. He has appeared on the Comedy Channel and as an extra on the movie “Passenger 57.”
Other featured sessions were:
• Acquisitions and Mergers – The Changing Face of the Industry, by George Reddin, FMI Investments
• MSHA Update – Top 10 Citations with moderator Rick Birt, Martin Marietta Aggregates, and presenters Robert Lemasters, MSHA Field Office Supervisor and Don Canfield, MSHA Inspector
• Trucking – Hours of Service Update and Explanation of Construction Exception by Larry Woolum director of Regulatory Affairs, Ohio Trucking Association
• Environmental Audit Privilege – Using it to your Advantage, by Shara Dine, Dine Comply, Inc.
• Economist and Investment Banker by William Watkins, Brown, Gibbons, Lange and Co.
• Changes in Ohio’s Delivery Tax – What You Must Know by Williams Riesenberger, Council for Sales and Use Tax Division, Ohio Department of Taxation
• Getting it Together – Belts and Belt Scrapers – A panel discussion and Q/A session with Chris Wagner, moderator, The Olen Corporation, and presenters Bill Thaman, Thaman Rubber Co. and Mike Rebich, Hosch Company.
• Quality Control / Quality Assurance Updates – OAIMA Technical Committee with Larry Shively, Shelly Company; Stuart Schwotzer, Bowser-Morner, Inc.; Kerry Goodyear and Jeff Wigdahl, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) Materials Mgt.Div.
• Fine Aggregate Production – A panel discussion and Q/A session with Chuck Zirkle, moderator, Martin Marietta Aggregates and focus on these topics:
In Line Sand Production w/ Hydrosizers and Dewatering Screens, by LPT Group and Redliner Associates, Inc.
Screws and Classifiers by Kolberg Pioneer
Log and Coarse Material Washers by Process Machinery, Inc. and Eagle Iron Works
During lunch activities, the two-term OAIMA President Ron Tipton, V.P.G.M. Hanson Aggregates Mideast, turned the office over to new OAIMA President Dennis Garrison, Melvin Stone Co., Sabina, OH. Motivational speaker Gerry Faust, former coach for Notre Dame University, spoke about “The Great Leap.” “Be a team, a solid team,” said Gerry Faust.
Sponsors of the event included Process Machinery, Inc., Lafarge North America, Columbus Equipment Co., Austin Powder Co., Northern Ohio Explosives, Inc., North American Quarry News, The Olen Corporation, Hartman-Fabco, Inc., Watson Gravel, Inc., CompManagement, Inc., Bowser-Morner, Inc., and many exhibitors and reception sponsors.
For inclusion in the OAIMA mailing list, a complete list of sponsors or additional information, contact OAIMA at 162 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230. Call 800-OH-ROCKS or 614-428-7954; fax inquiries to 614-428-7919; or go online at oaima.org.