Article by Kallie Kline, Director of Member Services and PELA Liaison
Congratulations to all the graduates of the PACA Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2023!
Those who have not experienced PELA may not understand the time each class spends with not only each other, but myself as well. I am with them every step of the way.
PELA 1 brought to tears to my eyes on their graduation day. The bond among myself and the members of that class is still very near and dear to my heart.
PELA 2 came through one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever experienced in my personal life and they helped me through it more than they will ever know. To say both PELA 1 and PELA 2 were like family to me is an understatement.
And, now, PELA 3… between moving into a new house and the death of my beloved grandfather, I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with them one-on-one as I did the past two classes, but to say they mean anything differently to me because of that would be completely wrong. I continue to treasure this program and the people that go through it over any experience I’ve had in my entire career with PACA.
Each class brings a unique perspective and outlook on the industry and life in general. This year’s class was truly impressive with their drive, their professionalism and their inquisitive way of looking at the leadership principles presented throughout the program.
I will miss you all so much when we do not have the opportunity to see each other monthly in 2024, but I look forward to seeing who may step into the Class of 2024 and what they may bring to the program and the industry.
To the Class of 2023, my wish for you is that you continue to impress those you come in contact with in your professional careers as you did all of us and that you achieve each and every goal you set for yourself both personally and professionally. I know the future holds nothing but greatness for all of you. Once again, congratulations to you all and wishing all the very best!
Tyler Brubaker, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Lou Bruzda, Murrysville Machinery, LLC
Dylan Chase, Pennsy Supply, Inc., a CRH company
Kevin Claycomb, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Mike Hopkins, R-E-D Industrial, Inc.
Chris Imbrogno, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Tim Ingram, Specialty Granules, Inc.
Madison Kistler, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Jeremy Landowski, Conewago Ready Mix
Caleb Martz, Heidelberg Materials
Tonia Masciotti, H&K Group
Paul McAndrew, Masters RMC, Inc.
Bailey Mills, Mellott Company
Jordan Rodgers, Allegheny Mineral Corporation
Jim Seidle, EADS Group
Adrian Snyder, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
Ben Welch, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
Daniel Yoder, Centre Concrete Company