OHMPA names its new president
April 21, 2015 by STAFF REPORT
The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association has a new president as Steve Smith takes over the gavel from outgoing president Bentley Ehgoetz.
“I’m honoured to be stepping in as the 38th president of OHMPA, and look forward to continuing our work providing leadership and advocacy for Ontario’s asphalt industry,” says Smith, Vice President, Paving and Construction with The Miller Group.
“OHMPA, to me, is the brightest best of the industry. Being a part of OHMPA is to be with peers, people who share the same interest and passion for paving excellence. To me, it’s always been about education. We’re the experts, and we’re striving to get even better, that’s the exciting challenge.”
A native of Belleville, Ontario, Smith graduated from the Civil Engineering program at McMaster University. He started his construction career with Harnden & King Construction in 1989, but long before that he was earning his keep with his father’s sewer and water-main company.
Smith joined the OHMPA board in 2010, but he’s been attending OHMPA events since early on in his career.
“I remember walking into events as a young guy thinking, ‘Wow, here are the leaders of the industry’, and It was intimidating, but what an opportunity to learn,” recalls Smith.
He currently lives in Oshawa with his wife of 27 years and has two grown children.