Robert M. Brown
President & CEO
Robert M. Brown is President, CEO and Chairman of American Asphalt Company. It is believed that the owner of the business is actually God, and Robert has been entrusted to manage these people and assets while he is here on earth!
Bob is the visionary of the business, looking for opportunities to grow the list of satisfied customers and also help the people grow who depend on the company for employment or economic benefit. Being a leader entails setting the “Core Values” of the company and maintaining alignment with them throughout the organization. These are the expected attributes and behaviors that are mandatory to be associated with Bob and the company.
Our core values are about doing things “RIGHT”.
We are performance driven and treat others with Respect.
We do what we say demonstrating Integrity
We are accountable, our actions honor God
We always deal fairly, safely and Honestly.
We care about customers and each other, earning Trust.
In the past Bob grew up in a family business and later, in 1986, purchased the assets of a small asphalt company that he grew from 5 employees to its current 150 employees. This growth meant being a multi‐tasking entrepreneur in the early years and learning each facet of the business, to now having a dynamic management team to professionally manage the business. Bob feels it is true that to be successful, it is imperative to surround yourself with great people that are aligned in culture and brilliant in their own specialty field. This has been accomplished over time allowing the company to not only flourish, but to have the breadth to sustain challenges and the wide variety of talents needed to manufacture and place asphalt in almost any situation. The customers and people are our concern and Bob’s hope is that they will benefit greatly by doing business with American Asphalt Company, as all involved adhere to the core values and Christian principles.
Bob actively participates in the construction industry and in the communities in which he works and resides. He served as the President of the Board of the Food Bank of South Jersey for nine years and is a past chairman and current Emeritus board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of NJ. Bob actively participates in C12, a Christian Business Owners Group, Utility Contractors Association (UTCA), and New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA)‐ former Secretary and Treasurer, New Jersey Business and Industry Association and The Builders League of South Jersey. Bob enjoyed being a
volunteer fireman for over 30 years in his “spare time”. In addition, Bob is involved in industry lobbying and political efforts, believing in the Merit Shop philosophy in which American Asphalt Company has been built.
Karen S. Littlefield
VP of Finance
Karen Littlefield joined American Asphalt Company in 2014 and brings a diverse financial, accounting and business experience to the company. Karen has worked in the construction industry her entire career, gaining extensive construction experience through senior accounting and management roles with well‐established heavy highway construction companies in the Southern New Jersey area. Karen is a member of the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Accounting from Richard Stockton College and her Masters of Business Administration from Rowan University.
Chief Operating Officer
Patrick Polazzo joined American Asphalt Company in 2019 and has brought an extensive general management, business development, and leadership portfolio to the company. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
VP of Construction
James Wildish joined American Asphalt Company in July of 2020 and brings over twenty years of experience in the construction industry to the company. James came from Dufferin Construction located in Canada as the VP of Partnership-Ventures. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business, a joint degree from Northwestern and York Universities. James also received his bachelor of civil engineering at McMaster University and became a registered member of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada.