May 1, 2023 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Young Leaders Annual Meeting was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 23-26. At the event, the Mark S. Walsh Award – sponsored by Rock Products – was presented to Danette Swank of Philippi-Hagenbuch by Josephine Patterson, Rock Products’ managing editor. This award is given to an aggregates industry member who embodies the qualities of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment in working to improve and develop the image and programs of the Young Leaders. It is named for Mark S. Walsh, who was comptroller of National Stone Association producer member Rein, Shultz and Dahl of Illinois. He was an energetic and enthusiastic supporter of the mission, purpose and activities of Young Leaders and an active member of the Young Leaders Steering Committee. NSSGA’s Young Leaders is a group of aggregates professionals, age 40 and under, who are committed to growing in their professional development and establishing a strong network within the industry. The annual meeting attracted a record attendance of more than 325 participants, who heard from industry leaders; participated in networking activities; and welcomed their new committee leadership.