Asphalt Institute Chairman in 1999, Ken served on numerous Asphalt Institute committees, often as its chairman. His direct and influential Institute service spanned more than 14 years. After service in the Navy, Ken started his professional career with Amoco/BP and spent his entire career with the company, supporting asphalt in some way throughout it. All of Ken's work with Amoco/BP was based from the Whiting Refinery, in Illinois.
One of Ken's passions for the industry manifested itself with his continued service on several of the Institute's partnered environmental councils. Here, with service on the Asphalt Paving Environmental Council and the Asphalt Roofing Environmental Council, Ken worked tirelessly to build relationships with other asphalt user-groups and to promote the importance of research on asphalt fumes as an important part of member company product stewardship. During his tenure in these top leadership positions, the Asphalt Institute Ken's leadership helped steer the industry through the publication of the NIOSH skin painting studies. These reports, published by NIOSH in January 2000 as the Health Effects of Occupational Exposure to Asphalt galvanized the industry to work to better understand the true impact exposure had on human health. Ken's involvement, understanding of the issues, and ability to chart a course for solving the problems associated with an often fractious group of industry leaders will forever be his Asphalt Institute legacy.
Ken died in 2009 following a battle with cancer, cutting short his career and love of life. He died at the age of 56.
Support and commitment is highlighted on a permanent plaque at the Asphalt Institute's Headquarters and Research Center in Lexington, KY.