Lifetime Achievement Award

ACAF’s Board of Directors created a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 to recognize members who have a made a significant contribution to the asphalt industry in Florida and the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida.  Nomination forms are now being accepted and can be obtained from the ACAF Office. Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Dave Drehmer – Dave moved to Florida from upper New York in the mid 70’s where he landed at MacAsphalt, which ultimately became APAC. After 30+ years in asphalt paving, he left APAC to work for Florida Rock Industries, then for EA Mariani Asphalt Company, then finally to become a consultant until his retirement in 2016. Dave served on numerous ACAF committees and joint ACAF/FDOT Task Forces. Through his training, his mentorship, patience, and willingness to give his all to the industry, Dave has left a legacy that should never be forgotten.

Mike Slade – Mike started his professional career with Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. (a parent company of Ranger) as a laborer and has held numerous administrative and management positions in several of the Vecellio Companies and was appointed president of Ranger in 1998 and retired as President in 2012 after 43 years. Mike is a past president of the Asphalt Contractors Association, and a long tome Board of Directors member. Mike is a sage and his wisdom has helped lead the Asphalt Industry to where it is at today.

Previous Award Winners


T. H. “Ted” McRae – 
Ted has spent over 61 years in the industry, starting as a time keeper and finished as the President for Anderson Columbia Company. During his career, he has served as President of the Asphalt Contractors Association of FL and a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Transportation Builders Association. He was named Lake City/Columbia County Chamber of Commerce “Business Person of the Year” in 1995. Ted retired from Anderson Columbia in 2003 but continued to work as a consultant.