Quality Conference

Click here to register for the AAPA 2021 VIRTUAL Quality Conference!

January 7-8, 2021 (Thursday & Friday)
This will be a virtual Conference using the Zoom platform.


• We must have an accurate email address for each attendee. This will allow us to send the link to the Zoom sessions.
• Those wanting PDH must provide their PE# on the registration form.
• There will be no Paving Ops 101 offered this year.




All sessions will take place via Zoom. 4.5 PDH available. Speakers and schedule subject to change.

Thursday, January 7
10:30-10:45 am: Welcome – Lance Lamberth (AAPA Chairman)
10:45-11:15 am: FHWA Update – Vivien Hoang (FHWA)
11:15-11:45 am: ARDOT Update – Lorie Tudor (ARDOT Director)
11:45 am-12 pm: Video Presentations (Perpetual Pavement Award; New AAPA / ARDOT Partner Agreement; 2020 Safety Award)
12-1 pm: Break for lunch on your own
1-2 pm: Longitudinal Joint Spec – Danny Gierhart (Asphalt Institute) & Tom Fisher (ARDOT)
2-2:30 pm: Understanding Arc Flash at Asphalt Plants – David Miguel

Friday, January 8
9-10:15 am: Thinlays: Oklahoma Experience – Chris Wallace (ODOT); Arkansas Selection Process & Criteria – Sarah Tamayo (ARDOT)
10:15-11 am: Balanced Mix Design – Dr. Kevin Hall (University of Arkansas)
11-11:15 am: Closing Remarks – Rex Vines (ARDOT)


Vivien Hoang, FHWA Division Administrator – On March 2, 2020, Vivien Hoang became the FHWA Division Administrator of the Arkansas Division. She leads an office of 16 professionals to deliver a $550 million Federal-aid Highway Program throughout Arkansas, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Prior to this position, Vivien served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Administrator. In this capacity, she provided direct support to the Executive Director, serving as an advisor on national transportation program and policy issues as well as internal organizational initiatives. She was critical in coordinating Agency activities during the 2016 Administration transition and beyond. Vivien began her FHWA career in 2008 in the Colorado Division and has held progressive positions in the New Mexico and California Divisions. Prior to joining FHWA, Vivien worked in the private sector as a roadway and drainage design engineer. Vivien holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.





David Miguel, Safety Instructor – David Miguel has over 27 years of experience in construction, mining, and general industry safety and health. Davis is a 1988 graduate of Boston College. He is an approved OSHA 10 and 30 hour outreach instructor in construction safety and health and is a certified MSHA safety instructor for surface mining. David is also authorized by the American Safety & Health Institute as a Level 3 Instructor for First Aid, CPR and AED. He holds a Safety and Health Specialist Certification from the National Safety Council. David provides motivational/high impact safety presentations as well as safety training, safety consulting, safety equipment, and confined space entry and rescue services to the construction, manufacturing, and mining industries throughout the country. Whether David is working with an international, national, regional or local company he prides himself on a truthful, common sense, practical and highly personal approach to safety and health.




Lorie Tudor, ARDOT Director – Lorie Tudor was selected by the Arkansas Highway Commission to become Director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation effective March 20, 2020. Tudor has over 36 years of service with ARDOT. Most of that time has been in the Planning Branch. She began her career with the Department in 1981 as a Clerk Typist working in several areas, including the Fiscal Services Division and the Programs & Contracts Division. She resigned in 1995 to return to school to study Civil Engineering. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree. Tudor returned to the Department in 1998 as a Civil Engineer I in the Planning and Research Division. She held various titles in the planning, research and program management areas, including Assistant Division Head and Division Head of Programs & Contracts before becoming Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning in 2011. In December 2014, she was named the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer for ARDOT. Tudor is an active member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and currently serves as Chairman for the Committee on Funding and Finance. She received AASHTO’s Alfred E. Johnson Achievement Award recognizing a department of transportation official who has made outstanding contributions and provided exceptional service in either engineering or management. The University of Arkansas inducted Tudor into its Academy of Civil Engineering where she became the first ARDOT female engineer to achieve this distinction in the Academy’s nearly 40-year history. Tudor is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas.



Chris Wallace, ODOT District Engineer – District Engineer for ODOTs Division One in Muskogee, has been with the department since 2005. Shortly after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2005, he joined ODOT as an Engineer-in-Training at the El Reno Residency. Wallace became the Division Four Area Maintenance Manager in 2009 and was later promoted to Stimulus Coordinator. As Stimulus Coordinator, Wallace worked closely in helping with projects in coordination with the Stimulus Act in 2009. In 2010, he became District One Traffic Engineer and then Resident Engineer at the Muskogee Residency. In 2012, Wallace served as the Construction Engineer for District One until appointed to his current position in November 2016. The district engineer oversees all maintenance and construction activities on highways and interstates in Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties in eastern Oklahoma. Wallace was born in Burkburnett, Texas and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1996 to 2000. He and his wife, Felicia, have two children and live in Fort Gibson.




Check out photos from the 2020 Conference below.