The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) proudly presented the 2011 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award to Dan C. Keys (retired), President of Berns Construction Company, Indianapolis, Ind.

The award recognizes Keys for the “indelible positive marks he has left on the concrete pavement industry in both the state of Indiana and across the nation.” The award cites his role as both a founder of the Indiana Chapter – ACPA, and as chairman of the American Concrete Pavement Association, including leadership in chartering the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center in 2005.

John Eisenhour, Sales Manager-Concrete Paving Equipment, Guntert & Zimmerman, Ripon, Calif., presented the award, noting that he has known Keys both professionally and personally for about a quarter century.

  • “He once worked with the Indiana Department of Highways, now the Indiana Department of transportation. He went on to become a contractor, and through hard work, focus, innovation, and attention to detail, he became the president of a formidable contracting company that was once a small company with used equipment and not much more than a truck and a ‘dozer,” Eisenhour said.
  • “I witnessed him grow that once small company to one that maintained three paving crews, did mass excavation work, and did some tremendously innovative and large scale projects,” he added.
  • “I learned that he’s a good listener, and more than that, genuinely cares about the people around him. In all the years I have known him, I’ve never heard a cross word about him, and I know that through his inimitable style, he has earned the highest respect of officials at the Department of Transportation, his company, his industry, and the roadbuilding community at large.” Keys is the 43rd recipient of the Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award since the inception of the award in 1968.