Todd Hillard, senior purchasing manager at AMI, is part of the seventh EPIC (Experiential Participatory Image-Driven Connective) leadership program class through the Asphalt Institute (AI). The program is designed to foster future leaders within AI and develop AI members for further industry leadership. Hillard’s class began the program in June and will end at the Asphalt Institute’s spring meeting in April 2024. 

EPIC is a fully immersive program that allows asphalt industry employees to understand the inner workings of various business partners. It’s also an opportunity to develop strong relationships with others in the industry and learn from each other.  

“It’s a close-knit group of individuals,” said Todd. “It’s a group of people I may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with on a day-to-day basis across the industry. The long-term relationships formed within the program are just as important as immersive experiences.” 

The program includes various industry tours as well, and this class has visited a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Garyville, Louisiana, and Arkema’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, location. Participants are also required to attend each of the 11 committee meetings during all three annual AI meetings. 

Todd says one of his biggest takeaways so far is that the asphalt industry requires a vast skillset from many people. “Within our group we have a lot of technical and commercial folks,” he said. “It shows the importance of diverse backgrounds in the industry, because everyone has their niche, and we all need to work together.” 

Others from AMI who have completed the EPIC program include HC+M CEO Geoff Dillon, AMI President Chip Ray and AMI VP of Sales and Supply Adam Redman. Those interested in getting involved can submit an application to AI’s EPIC selection committee. 

Todd was also recently named Treasurer of the Executive Committee for the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP). Congratulations, and thank you for your continued involvement with our industry partners!