MAPA’s 7th Annual Black to Basics Spring Training was held February 27-28, 2020, in Columbia, MO. This year’s training spanned two days and offer three different educational tracks: Field and Lab Operations, Asphalt Plant Operations, and Benefits of Asphalt Design and Construction.

Our Keynote Speaker this year was Mitch Holthus “Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs”. Mitch presented on “Alternative Sources of Power”, speaking on the Power of: Resilience, Teamwork, Focus, Listening, Waiting, and Purpose. Following the keynote, we continued general session with a presentation on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace.

After lunch we proceeded to breakout tracks A, B, and C. (To view the presentation, click on topic)

General Session

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
Drones in Construction
Technology’s Impact on Productivity

Track B – Asphalt Plant Operations

Closing out Thursday’s event, attendees met at the atrium for networking. Friday morning, we continued with breakout tracks in the morning. We came back into general session to close out the event with speakers presenting on Drones in Construction and Technology’s Impact on Productivity.

Thanks to everyone who attended this year’s training. Check back soon for next year’s dates for the Black to Basics Spring Training.


Holiday Inn Executive Center
2200 I-70 Drive S.W. Columbia, MO 65203