A familiar face has a new name

Therese Dunphy

February 29, 2012

Attendees at the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) Annual Convention, as well as AGG1, will see a familiar face, but one sporting a new moniker: Joy Pinniger.  The former Joy Wilson, NSSGA’s president and chief executive officer, was married on Feb. 18, 2012.

“I can’t tell you how amazingly lucky I feel,” Pinniger says. She met her future husband, Miles, in October 2010, when visiting association members throughout Europe. The two were on the same train as Joy traveled to a friend’s home in England. “I had this great big suitcase blocking the aisle of this train.,” she says. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw these very long legs stepping over my suitcase.” She apologized for blocking the aisle, and he politely said it was not a problem.

When she reached the train stop, she realized that she knew the name of her friend’s home, but not the address. “I heard this wonderful voice say, ‘Excuse me, but you look like you could use some help,’” she recalls. It was the man with the long legs, Miles. He called more than half a dozen taxis for Joy, trying to find a driver who knew where her friend’s home was located. Before helping her into the seventh taxi, he gave her his telephone number and told her that if she encountered any more problems, she should contact him.

The two began to correspond. After regular trips across the “pond” for frequent visits, they married in February. Miles is a semi-retired businessman and will attend NSSGA’s Annual Convention as well as the Young Leaders with his bride. Pinniger compares their cross-continental marriage to one of two business people who travel frequently.

In the meantime, Pinniger has significant goals for the association and remains committed to achieving those goals. “Right now, the industry is in a challenging time,” she says. “It would be amazingly grand if we could help get some part of the market for our industry stabilized. It would be good, not just for us, but for the nation. It’s very important to me to get the highway transportation legislation authorized. We’re not going to turn our heads from this.”

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