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PACA Emerging Leaders Academy

Thank You to Our 2022 PELA Donors!

Cornerstone Level

  • Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
  • New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
  • Union Quarries, Inc.

Sponsor Level

  • Allegheny Mineral Corporation
  • Arcosa Aggregates, LLC
  • Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Mellott University

Friend Level

  • Delaware Valley Concrete Co., Inc.
  • Dyer Quarry, Inc.
  • H&K Group - 2 donations made
  • Hanson Aggregates
  • Highway Equipment & Supply Co. - 2 donations made
  • Highway Materials, Inc.
  • Kemper Equipment
  • York Building Products

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.

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Class Applications and Nominations Process

Nominations for the 2022 Class of the PACA Emerging Leaders Academy are now closed.

Nominations are made in two parts - one is a nomination form completed by a supervisor or mentor of the potential class member and the other is an application form completed by the actual applicant themselves.

Applications are reviewed by the members of the PELA Board of Trustees in early January with announcement of the final roster soon thereafter. The class is capped at 20 people per year.

Trustees are:

  • Jason Blase, Conewago Ready Mix
  • Megan Dennis, Skelly and Loy, a Terracon Company
  • Corey Hull, Laurel Aggregates, LLC
  • Rod Martin, Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
  • Vince Pagano, Highway Equipment & Supply Company
  • Lisa Stephen, Wayne Concrete/Wayne Gravel Products
  • Chris Wright, Union Quarries, Inc.

PELA Class of 2021

This year, 16 students were selected and welcomed into the inaugural PELA Class of 2021. The bond formed among these 16 over their ten months together is as solid as a rock. They have cemented relationships that will be cast in concrete and last a lifetime.

It all came together at the 2021 Annual Meeting as the attendees viewed their Cornerstone Project presentation on the Future of Workforce Development in the Aggregates, Concrete and Cement Industries and watched them all graduate as true leaders in the industry.

Congratulations to all the graduates of the inaugural PELA Class of 2021. We wish you all the very best and our deepest gratitude for not only being a part of the very first class, but for helping to shape and grow the program for future classes.

The Future Starts Here.

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The Graduates

Megan Dennis

Skelly and Loy, Inc., a Terracon Company

Mike Faller

Union Quarries, Inc.

Danny Funk, Jr.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Andrew Gutshall

Hanson Aggregates

Brianne Hastings

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Corey Hull

Laurel Aggregates, LLC

Benjamin Lentine

Buzzi Unicem USA

Sean Lundgren

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Kyler Martin

Specialty Granules, LLC

Justin Perry

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Angela Rhoades

Union Quarries, Inc.

Daniel Ridenour

Union Quarries, Inc.

Richard Rohrssen

Laurel Aggregates, LLC

Dan Sheakley

Kemper Equipment

Carolyn Speicher

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Kurt Staab

Allegheny Mineral Corporation

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Class of 2021 Cornerstone Project - The Future of Workforce Development in the Aggregates, Concrete & Cement Industries

Members of the Class of 2021 collected retirement data among member companies in PACA. The results are staggering as to the intellectual knowledge that will be lost over the next five years due to retirements. How do we attract younger workers to our industry? How do we replace that knowledge base? The class' Cornerstone Project starts the process for the industry by tackling the creation of PACA's Workforce Development Community. Learn more here.

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Watch the Graduation Ceremony

The Class of 2021 graduation was held during the PACA Honors Program at our Annual Meeting in Hershey. This video shows the full graduation ceremony.

Thank You to Our 2021 PELA Sponsors

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