You Built it, Now What?
Planning the Future of Your Company
Business owners who have dedicated their lives to growing their business are faced with many challenges in today’s market. This panel will discuss the many options that are available to companies who are considering their future strategy.
Do you continue to grow? How will you do that? Then what? We’ll talk about succession planning, tips to increase the value of your business, timing of tough conversations and more.
Matt Slawson, Former Owner/CEO
Paradise Asphalt Maintenance
Matt Slawson is a seasoned entrepreneur and business consultant known for his expertise in construction, organizational design, and mergers and acquisitions. With a solid foundation in civil engineering and computer science, Matt seamlessly blends technical knowledge with business acumen for remarkable success. He gained valuable experience in the concrete industry, before joining Paradise Asphalt, immersing himself in all aspects of the company and developing a deep understanding of pavement maintenance.
Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Matt acquired Paradise Asphalt, solidifying his leadership in the industry. Under his guidance, the company experienced significant growth, positioning itself as a market leader. In 2022, he made the strategic decision to sell his company, marking another milestone in his career.
Matt's expertise extends beyond his own ventures, as he provides invaluable guidance and consulting services to various businesses. From small seal coat companies to Fortune 500 corporations, he navigates organizational design, mergers, and acquisitions, helping owners reach their next level.
Matt Slawson's multifaceted background positions him as a respected leader and advisor in the industry. With a passion for empowering success, he continues to inspire and guide others toward transformative goals.
Justin Meier, President
The Surface Masters
Justin Meier, President of The Surface Masters, founded the company in 2011 and plays an active role in the day-to-day operations. Currently, Justin is responsible for setting the overall direction and vision for The Surface Masters, Inc. while still overseeing sales, marketing, operations and strategic initiatives.
Under his leadership the company has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 (Inc. 5000) Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America List and has ranked as a Top 50 Contractor in Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction Magazine 8 years in a row from 2016 - 2023. Locally, the company was awarded the Pacesetter Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicles which highlights the top 100 fastest growing Atlanta-based companies in 2021 and 2023. The most recent and highly respected accolade the company achieved was being named the National Contractor of the Year by Pavement Maintenance Magazine.
Along with his accomplishments and recognition within the industry, Justin has written several technical and business articles, as well as presented at many professional and industry conferences.
Chad Buck, Owner
Buck Brothers Asphalt Paving & Concrete
Chad Buck is a successful businessman with a diverse range of experiences and accomplishments. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in the asphalt paving and concrete industry, building a reputable and thriving business. His dedication and expertise in the field have made him a prominent figure in the industry. Aside from his work in asphalt paving and concrete, Chad, along with his wife Amy, has also ventured into the ice cream business. They own and operate two ice cream stores, which have become beloved destinations in their community. Through hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, Chad and Amy have created a sweet success story.
Chad's commitment to his community is evident through his involvement in various organizations. He dedicated eight years of his time and expertise to the better business bureau, where he sat on the board and contributed to promoting ethical business practices. Currently, Chad serves on the board at the Maumee River Yacht Club, a prestigious organization that fosters boating activities in the region.
Throughout his career and personal life, Chad exemplifies hard work, dedication, and a passion for both business and leisure. His achievements in the asphalt paving and concrete industry, alongside his entrepreneurial ventures and community involvement, have made him a respected figure within his community and beyond.
Jessica Lombardo, Conference Manager
IGNITE Construction Summit & PAVE/X
For nearly 11 years, Jessica Lombardo has been creating informative content for the asphalt paving and pavement maintenance industries.
Lombardo held her role as editor-in-chief of Asphalt Contractor & Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazines for six years, helping the brands gain notoriety and a strong digital presence.
In 2022, Lombardo was named Content Director for AC Business Media’s Marketing Services team where she works with clients to grow their reach through social media, content, video and more.
“As our industries continue to face increasingly challenging labor struggles, supply chain issues, technology adoption and changing regulations, it’s more important than ever to be on the cutting edge of these trends and I’m honored to help bring relevant information to our industry,” Lombardo says.