Romancing the Stone


October 4, 2012

By Therese Dunphy


Jennifer Joy Pinniger, who focused on “romancing the stone” for nearly 16 years, will retire as president and CEO of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) on Nov. 2. Instead, she will enjoy a well-deserved opportunity to build a life with new husband, Miles, in England. During her tenure at NSSGA, Pinniger marked numerous accomplishments for both the association and the aggregate industry.

“None of us can afford to simply go about our business and do a good job and think that’s going to be enough,” said Pinniger during her first interview with Aggregates Manager (January, 1997). “We have to have our eyes open, we have to interact with others who are acting around us to be sure that we have a place in the future and we’re going in the right direction.”

Throughout the years, she’s acted upon that philosophy as hard work and relationship-building became key components to her many successes. In 1998, the former National Stone Association (NSA) spearheaded a $1 million fundraising campaign to endow The Rocks Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. In 2000, board members of the NSA and the National Aggregates Association agreed to merge the two associations into the entity that is now NSSGA. In 2003, the association developed a ground-breaking alliance with the Mine Safety and Health Administration with the development of its safety pledge. All of these accomplishments were achieved even as the association continued to invest in scientific research, streamlined meeting and show schedules, and lobbied Capitol Hill on transportation funding and other important topics.

“It seems appropriate after our national merger and three highway bills, a Great Recession and two office moves, that 16 years later I hang up Mrs. Executive Busy Mom’s high heels, briefcase, and pearls for scarves and touring cars,” she wrote in her Sept. 5 resignation letter. “I am a romancer of the stone and always will be. I stand with you and those who can lead and protect our precious freedom of mobility. It is with a hard tug that I leave this fellowship. I say goodbye with more gratitude in my heart than I can express for all whom I’ve met and from whom I’ve learned during the past decade and a half with NSSGA.”

We wish Joy all the best as she begins her next adventure.


3 things I learned from this issue:


1. A unique twist makes community relations efforts memorable, page 12.


2. CalPortland plants conduct “treasure hunts” for energy savings, page 17.


3. Moisture content in a classifier should be 1.5 percent or less, page 22.







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