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PACA Emerging Leaders Academy


About PACA's Emerging Leaders Academy


It’s 2020 and our members, most of the world at that, are locked down working from home amid the worst pandemic of our lifetime. PACA continued its crusade for our members, although remotely, throughout the national crisis.

Our Young Leaders Development Group (YLDG) formed a taskforce to review educational and virtual networking opportunities for PACA members ages 40 and under during the pandemic. Over several Zoom meetings, the need for a leadership program going beyond that of the one YLDG conference a year came to light. Thus... the PACA Emerging Leaders Academy or PELA was born.


The taskforce agreed that age should not be a limitation to this program, as the need was too great to prevent anyone and everyone from participating. The program is open to any employee, of any age, of any PACA member company - aggregates, concrete, cement and our business partners - that a company colleague or supervisor sponsor foresees the possibility and likelihood of moving into a leadership role within their company.


PELA is a 10-month hybrid program consisting of both online and in-person educational sessions and networking opportunities. There is no better way to elevate the potential leaders in your company than by having them participate in this program. However, the commitment to the ten-month program is key. Travel with overnight stays throughout Pennsylvania is a required part of the program.

Class members have the opportunity to meet key industry and legislative leaders throughout the Commonwealth, tour industry plants and facilities throughout the state, learn valuable leadership and life lessons skills that they can bring back to the benefit of their company and their peers. Led by instructor and facilitator, Greg Coker, class size is limited to up to 20 students as selected by the members of our PELA Board of Trustees. The curriculum is exceptional and includes mandatory participation in a Cornerstone Project to be presented at the PACA Annual Meeting.

Five Reasons Why You or Someone From Your Company Should Be a Part of PELA


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Donor Information

The Donor Program will assist in the cost of instructors and guest speakers, travel, expanded curriculum, meals and other opportunities for the members of the 2024 PELA class.

Donors will be highlighted throughout all of 2024 in newsletters, email blasts, signage, etc.

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Time Commitment

Applicants must be able to fulfill the time commitment required as a PELA student to qualify.

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Thank You to Our 2024 PELA Donors TO DATE!

Cornerstone Level - $2500

  • Allegheny Mineral Corporation
  • Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
  • New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
  • York Building Products

Sponsor Level - $1500

  • Heidelberg Materials
  • H&K Group

Friend Level - $500

  • PACA Staff

PELA Class of 2024

Welcome to the Members of the Class of 2024!

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Class of 2024 Roster

Tyler Butterbaugh

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Rory Connor

Commonwealth Equipment Corporation

Blair Dively, Jr.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Scott Hanley

Pennsy Supply, Inc., a CRH company

Ryan Helsley

Specialty Granules LLC

Benjamin Hollister

Heidelberg Materials

Tommy Kirchhoff

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc.

Adam Lis


Luke Medich

Heidelberg Materials

Robert Menard

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

John Milburn

Rahns Construction Material Co.

Aliyah Rigsby

Conewago Ready Mix

David Skarzynski

Command Alkon

Austin Slater

Allegheny Mineral Corporation

Will Smith

Mellott Company

Grant Stephen

Wayne Gravel Products, Inc.

Ashley Weidman

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Andrew Wilson

Greer Industries Inc.

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