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The Heartland Sustainability Award

2018 Award Recipient


Daniel Gallagher


Gallagher Asphalt Corp.


Dan Gallagher has been in paving almost all of his life. After getting a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University, he worked briefly as an engineer for General Motors. He began his career at Gallagher Asphalt Corporation in Thornton, Illinois in 1987, as a third generation family member. Over the years, Dan worked as a quality control technician, plant foreman, plant superintendent, and Vice President of Operations. He currently serves as COO of Gallagher Asphalt.

Mr. Gallagher is active in the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association where he served as President. He is a past Chairman of the National Center for Asphalt technology (NCAT) and in 2017 was the Chairman of National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). Dan also serves on Sustainability Committee at NAPA. Dan has been married for 31 years to Sarah and has 3 grown children with his oldest Don working in the family business.

As a recognized leader in infrastructure and transportation Dan understands that the foundation for economic development rests on the quality of the entire transportation system. He has served on the CEC Advisory Board at Bradley University for 15 years and has served with dedication and distinction. He received the CEC Outstanding Board Member Award in 2012. He is very involved in the Peoria Sustainability Commission as a long-standing member and an advocate for permeable pavement in conjunction with the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project.

Mr. Gallagher’s leadership with ICAT and $FIG has helped to push Illinois infrastructure as a priority for business and political leaders. Mr. Dan Gallagher serves on the ICAT DBE Focus Board and offers significant opportunities for minority and women-owned business enterprises. He is involved in providing scholarships to Bradley University students for undergraduate research. He has been involved with many worthy causes, including the Easter Seals, past Chairman of the American Cancer Society and has contributed thousands of dollars to help the most needy students in Central Illinois middle- and high schools.

Mr. Gallagher has worked closely with Dr. Al-Khafaji on the International Construction Innovations Conference (ICIC 2004 and ICIC 2006), ICAT conferences, $FIG, and many other initiatives over the last 15 years. He values this close working relationship, which has helped achieve significant results for the industry and the state over the last several years. A Purdue University graduate, Mr. Gallagher notes “I now understand why my father really encouraged me to consider BU when I was young. I am now proud to be part of the Bradley Braves!

 It is a great honor to be recognized by others for things I feel passionate about but it only happens when a group of likeminded individuals work together to make a difference that can cause change that lasts into future generations.  I would like to thank Bradley University and particularly Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji for providing the environment for so many leaders to come together, share ideas and put those ideas into action.