While the promotion of asphalt is the purpose of VAA, the association’s core is the people who make up its member companies. These individuals give their time and talents to lead the association through the VAA Board of Directors. This month VAA features the current ex officios. We hope you enjoy these brief exposes on the personal side of each director.
Ken Arthur, Director
My name is Ken Arthur. I started my career in 1994 at Marvin V. Templeton and Sons in Lynchburg, VA, where my father (Buck Arthur) worked for 36 years. I worked for Templeton as a laborer during the summers while I attended college. In the fall, I always returned to school with an impressive tan and some good stories for my classmates. I studied biology and chemistry at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I had no idea how my degree would fit into the paving industry. Upon graduation, Marvin Templeton was gracious enough to offer me a position as project manager since the company had several rural-rustic projects for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in Amherst County. At that time, VDOT was developing many of their rural “dirt roads” into fully functional 18-ft wide, surface-treated secondaries.
In 1996, I was moved into the asphalt lab and began learning Marshall Mix Design. It was there I found my niche and developed a passion for asphalt materials and mix design. I finished my time at Templeton serving as vice president when Boxley acquired us in 2011. Boxley has since been acquired by Summit Materials (2016), where I currently serve as Boxley Materials’ director of asphalt plants and development.
My amazing wife, Debbie and I have been married for 25 years, and we have three children, of whom I am immensely proud. Abigail (20) is a collegiate swimmer in her junior year at the University of Lynchburg, studying sports management and business. Buck (18) is a freshman at the University of Tennessee, studying electrical engineering. Aidan (17) is a junior at Jefferson Forest High School, where he plays soccer year round and runs track in the winter.
My hobbies are spending time with my family, watching my children compete and doing anything outdoors. I love to deer and turkey hunt and do some occasional bird hunting. I’m also an avid fisherman and enjoy hiking.
David Branscome Jr., Director
Hello, my name is David Branscome Jr., and I have been in the asphalt business my entire adult life. I work for Branscome Paving Company which was founded by my grandfather, Julius Branscome. Next year we will celebrate 50 years of construction work in the Northern Virginia area. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and grew up in the family business. Led by my father, David Branscome, vice president, I worked in all areas of the company gleaning an education on all the ins and outs of the asphalt industry. It has been a wonderful opportunity to have worked beside my dad and his dad for many years.
My wife, Shalia, and I had a very unique last two years. Like many other engaged couples, we found that trying to plan a wedding during Covid was challenging, but we successfully had our wedding outdoors on the beach. We celebrated our first wedding anniversary this year. She has been a blessing in my life. We love to travel and try all sorts of new food and dining experiences.
My goals are to continue to work hard for the family business and the asphalt industry. The climate around the construction industry is changing, and we need to adapt to accommodate a new type of workforce, changing regulations and increasing the quality of work. The asphalt industry is one big family, and it is a real honor to be a part of that family.