AEM Corner: Yaksich to Chair Washington’s “Road Gang” Organization

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Nick Yaksich, AEM vice president of government and industry relations, will lead Washington’s transportation fraternity in 2015.

Yaksich has been elected chairman of the Road Gang, an informal group of business and government executives, highway engineers and consultants, press and public relations specialists, company representatives and trade association officials from the highway transportation industry in the Washington, D.C. area.

For AEM’s members and the rest of the industry, the timing couldn’t be better. Momentum is growing for Congress to solve the funding crisis in U.S. infrastructure, and Yaksich will be in the vanguard pushing for solutions.

“I am honored to be chairing the Road Gang in its 75th year as a leading organization of highway professionals, especially in a year when so much is at stake for our industry with the reauthorization of the federal aid highway program,” Yaksich said.

Based in Washington, Yaksich has led AEM’s efforts on Capitol Hill for over 16 years, working with senators,
representatives and their staffs to build greater understanding of the importance of modern, well-maintained
transportation infrastructure
to a thriving U.S. economy and the creation of good-paying jobs.

According to its website (www.roadgang.org), the Road Gang organization has a current membership of about 300 individuals. Back when it was first organized, the membership numbered just 25. Soon after, however, more and more local highway transportation executives were attracted to the Thursday luncheon meetings.

The Road Gang has increased steadily in size and variety of membership. It continues to preserve its informal “off the record” atmosphere. Over the years, its programs have touched on practically every facet of highway transportation activity.

The realization that all segments of the transportation industry benefit from a long-term, fully-funded highway
program is epitomized by the Road Gang organization. AEM is proud that Nick will be helping to carry on this important tradition.

Yaksich was named by “CEO Update” as one of the top lobbyists in 2013 because of his work with the “Coalition to Save our GPS.”

World of Asphalt, AGG1 2015 to Showcase New Products, Best Industry Practices
The AEM-produced World of Asphalt and AGG1 2015 shows will again be the place for aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety professionals to network and discuss industry trends, and get up to speed on the latest product innovations and industry best practices to stay competitive in the marketplace.

The co-located events will be held March 17-19, 2015, at the Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. Attendees can make the most efficient use of their valuable time onsite by using the shows’ interactive planning tools to organize their itinerary and create a personalized agenda ahead of time.

With the World of Asphalt and AGG1 “my show planner” and exhibitor directory, attendees can search the shows for exhibitors by company name, type of product or market area, booth number, and location on the show floor.

Attendees can also schedule appointments as well as must-attend education sessions and networking events, and update their itinerary as needed pre-show and onsite.

The online “New Products and Technologies” exhibitor preview helps attendees quickly find new and innovative products and services that will be on display; special icons in the show directory will help attendees easily find program participants onsite.

For more information on attending, visit www.agg1.org or www.worldofasphalt.com.


AEM provides trade and business development services for companies that manufacture equipment, products and services used world-wide in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with offices in Washington, D.C., Ottawa, and Beijing.

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