Unsung Hero Award

The APAI Unsung Hero Award is presented annually at the Winter Conference and Expo to an individual who volunteers to go the extra mile on behalf of the association, the Indiana asphalt industry and all APAI members firms. The recipient is selected by the APAI Executive Director and confirmed by the president of the APAI Board of Directors. Often, he or she is a member of an APAI committee or task force. The award can be bestowed either for a successfully concluded special project or in recognition of an extended period of service to the association and industry.


Elizabeth Pastuszka, E & B Paving - 2021

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association on committees, at training programs, workforce development outreach, and spearheading the establishment of Women of Asphalt Indiana.


Brad Cruea, Milestone Contractors - 2019

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association as chairman of the INDOT Certified Asphalt Technician training committee.


Ryan Shotts, Brooks Construction - 2018

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association as chairman of the APAI Workforce Development Committee in launching APAI's partnership with FFA.


Tom Partipilo, E & B Paving - 2017

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association as chairman of the APAI Conference Planning Committee.


Dudley Bonte, Rieth-Riley Construction & APAI Staff - 2016

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association during his industry career on the APAI Technical Committee and, in retirement, as staff Technical Director.


Jay Smitley, Milestone Contractors - 2015

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association as chairman of the APAI Scholarship Committee.


Gerry Huber, The Heritage Group - 2014

For meritorious volunteer service to the Association as a volunteer presenter for lunch and learns provided to LPAs and consultant engineering firms.