Meet The Team
Steve Trussell: Executive Director
Steve Trussell became the Executive Director of the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) in 2007. He is responsible for the promotion and preservation of the sustainability of the rock & construction materials industry through active involvement in the community relations, regulatory, and political processes. For the last three years the Association has worked on regulatory reform and transparency legislation that will prove to be of tremendous benefit to all business sectors.
Steve serves on several Boards and Committees including the Technical Advisory Board for the Center of Environmentally Sustainable Mining, Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee and the State Aggregate Association Executives to name a few. Steve previously served ARPA as the Community Relations Director for five years prior to his appointment as Director by the ARPA Board of Directors.
Before joining ARPA, Steve was a consultant for the Arizona Mining Association as an advocate of the copper mining industry and later the Arizona Foundation for Resource Education. There he advocated for an industry designed, mining related curriculum and facilitated graduate courses on industry and curriculum and assessment related topics. Steve also served as an instructor in the Mesa Public School District for 14 years. There he served as grade level chairperson, assisted district curriculum development, was a special programs coordinator and coach. Steve received a B.A. and Master’s Degree from Arizona State University and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree from Ottawa University.
Steve has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has been nominated for two national instructor of the year awards, and in 2010 was honored by the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association as the State Association Executive of the Year. Charitable organizations that he has been proud to serve have included: Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, Youth Haven, Habitat for Humanity, Cardinals Charities, the Arizona Veteran’s Home and Arizona State Capitol improvements honoring veterans and for the State’s Centennial.
Steve has an affinity for the arts, photography, geology and has played football at the semi-professional level for over 14 seasons including professional arena football. During that time he participated on several championship teams. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Copper State Football League (now the Gridiron Football League AAA minor). Steve serves his church as a youth leader and feels there is simply nothing more gratifying than spending time with his two amazing children Jon and Danielle. He enjoys being involved in their interests and sharing in their personal triumphs.
Tammy Franco: Community Relations Director
Tammy Franco joined the Arizona Rock Products Association in 2016 as Community Relations Director. Her primary focus is raising public awareness of the organization through active involvement in the community, social media, promoting events and managing association relationships.
Tammy is an Arizona native from the west valley with a background in public relations. She graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and joined the Arizona Association of REALTORS serving as the Ombudsman and Buy/Seller Mediation Liaison to the associations 44,000 + members. Tammy’s personable demeanor and successful track record establishing and maintaining member relationships make her a valued member of the ARPA team.
Tammy cherishes her family and is a devoted mother.
Nicole Massarand: Event Manager
Nicole Massarand joined the Arizona Rock Products Association in 2012. She is responsible for Event Management, administrative services and coordinates communications to the membership. An Arizona native, Nicole graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Hospitality Management and completed an internship at the Phoenician resort. Nicole enjoys working with members and is excited to be part of the association. She is passionate about music, travel and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Brianna Kadlec: Financial & Membership Services Manager
Bri Kadlec joined the Arizona Rock Products Association in 2018 as the Financial & Membership Services Manager. Her primary responsibilities are managing the Association’s membership, overseeing financial matters, budgeting and event planning.
Bri graduated summa cum laude from Whitworth University and majored in Political Science and Communication. Her most valuable experience was serving on the public policy team at Greater Spokane Incorporated where she assisted in various committee meetings, educated members on initiatives to improve the community, and handled communication to the membership.
Her passions reside in spending time with family, exploring new places and restaurants, and connecting with people. She is proud to be a part of an association that has been a leader in the phenomenal growth of Arizona, and that is dedicated to enhancing the long-term prosperity of the rock products industry.
Heather Thrasher: Contractor
Heather Thrasher joined the Arizona Rock Products Association in 2015, managing producer and associate memberships services, assisting with event planning and handled general accounting functions. As of February 2018, Heather now serves the association as a contractor working on various projects and assignments as needed. Before joining ARPA, Heather served as Executive Assistant for the Maricopa County Air Quality Department from 2006 – 2015. In this role she served as the main point of contact for high-level officials, tracked legislative issues related to air quality and participated in numerous regulatory committees.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys music, running, photography and travel.