Meet Your VAA Board of Directors

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 three of the Board’s Directors. We hope you enjoy these brief exposés.

 


Brent Moore

My name is Brent Moore, and I am Vice President of A & A Contractors, LLC in Richmond. I started my career in the asphalt business in 1976, working for Mega Contractors. We opened our first asphalt plant in 1977 and continued to grow until we had six plants. In 2006, I moved to Branscome-Richmond and worked with them until 2016 when I went to work for A & A Contractors helping them set up their first asphalt plant in Chesterfield. I’ve served on the VAA Board of Directors for 30 years and was president in 1998.

I grew up in Orange County on top of a mountain where my father had a large peach orchard. After attending college, I went to the coal mines of Kentucky and ran a coal strip mine for my father’s company for a year before moving back to Virginia and accepting the position with Mega Contractors.

I have been married to my lovely wife Glenda for 44 years, and we have three wonderful children, Chance, Brentney and Goodwin. Chance works for TDS, a construction company in Gainesville. Brentney is a realtor in Charlottesville, and Goodwin works for Superior Paving in Gainesville. Chance and his wife, Jenny, blessed us with our first grandchild in December.

Jerry Short

Jerry Short is the president and general manager of W-L Construction & Paving, Inc. in Chilhowie, Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer and has been a licensed land surveyor for over 40 years. He began his career with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, working 11 years in road and bridge construction.

In 1985, he accepted the position of vice president of engineering with Mountain Enterprises, Inc., an asphalt paving and construction company headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. He managed the company’s asphalt plants and construction operations in West Virginia. One of the most memorable projects in West Virginia was the enormous Corridor G Project. He said, with an excited chuckle after all these years, “It was phenomenal.” In the spring of 1998, Mountain Enterprises, Inc. acquired W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., which relocated him to Virginia.

Over his long career, he has watched technology change the industry we work in and the world in which we live. But he firmly believes that it is the people that make the difference. He attributes his success to the mentors guiding him early in his career and the life-long friendships he has cultivated. But, he adds, “It is the daily contributions of individuals that make our industry and our country great.”

Jerry currently resides in Abingdon, Virginia, with his wife of 48 years, Carolyn. Their two children, Kelly Short and Jerry Cedric Short live nearby in Bristol. When the weather permits, he enjoys golfing and spending the weekends boating on the lake. He is an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat fan and loves watching college basketball and football. He also enjoys bird hunting, horse racing and working on his vintage Willys Jeeps collection, his classic 1968 Camaro and his latest acquisition, a 1990 military Humvee.

Blair Williamson

Hello, I am Blair Williamson, President of S. L. Williamson Co., Inc. Our company is a third-generation paving business as my grandfather, Stirling Williamson Sr., started our company in 1949. My father ran it after him, and I am fortunate to now be in the catbird seat—funny story about landing in this role.

I went to VPI and graduated in 1988 with a Professional Degree in Architecture. I worked in a small office in Richmond for six years before becoming licensed as an architect. During that time, it became clear that although I loved architecture, I really wanted to be on the building side of construction. I also wanted to work with my father, Stirling Williamson Jr. In the late ’80s, our company was also involved in some development work. In 1992, After several years of talking about working with the company, I finally convinced my father to hire me. My first job was on a paving crew operating the shovel as I was not qualified to do anything else. At the same time, I lived in a townhouse development that we developed. Our partner had gone bankrupt (remember interest rates were 18%), and I started to manage our empty units by renting them and being the onsite landlord after hours.

After my crew work, I graduated to driveway estimating and did that for several years. Eventually, I became a project manager and took on more of the business of the company. Fast forward to 2011, financially our worst year ever. Every market sector crashed, banks were not lending money for private construction and VDOT did not have money to spend. When all your typical avenues for income close, it opens your eyes to new opportunities and along came Aquaphalt. We partnered with our now Austrian partners and started a new company to manufacture and sell Aquaphalt, a high-performance cold patching material. We currently sell this product across the US, Canada and South America and have recently moved into a new 44,000SF manufacturing facility in Orange, VA.

I sit on several boards as I think it is important to be engaged with and give back to my community. I am currently serving on the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board, Emily Couric Leadership Foundation, Downtown Business Association, SPCA and the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development.

In my spare time, I own a knitting shop, Magpie Knits, with a friend, located on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. You can find me there most Saturdays. If you have been in a meeting with me, you have probably seen me knitting. I pay attention a lot better if I can knit! I also like to play golf, kayak and spend time with my three mutt dogs.

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