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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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Application Instructions

  1. Return Application Form by the date noted
  2. Return Nomination Form by the date noted
  3. Include Supplemental Application material - per the guide included here - by the date noted

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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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2024 Candidate Application Form

The candidate who wishes to be a student in PELA's Class of 2024 should complete this form.

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2024 Nomination Form

This form should completed by the candidate's supervisor, company owner or mentor.

Download Nomination Form »

Thank You to Our 2023 PELA Donors!

Cornerstone Level

  • Allan Myers
  • Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
  • New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
  • Rohrer's Incorporated
  • York Building Products

Sponsor Level

  • Allegheny Mineral Corporation
  • Babst Calland
  • Centre Concrete Company
  • Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Heidelberg Materials
  • Highway Equipment & Supply Company
  • Kemper Equipment
  • Mellott University
  • Rahns Construction Material Co.

Friend Level

  • Masters RMC, Inc.
  • PACA Staff

PELA Class of 2023

Congratulations to the GRADUATES of the Class of 2023!

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Class of 2023 Roster

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 LLC

Madison Kistler

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Jeremy Landowski

Conewago Ready Mix

Caleb Martz

Heidelberg Materials

Tonis 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

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