Philip C. Annis was born on January 13, 1940, to Cortland and Electa Annis in Logansport, Kentucky. He grew up on the family farm on Green River in Butler county.
In high school Mr. Annis was a good student and was President of the junior and senior class. He also played sports, excelling in baseball. His team won the District tournament his junior and senior years. In 1958 he graduated from Butler County High School and was salutatorian of his class. Upon graduation he received a Department of Highways scholarship to the University of Kentucky.
During college Mr. Annis worked part-time at the Department of Highways’ Division of Research and during the summers worked full-time on construction and route location. He was a member of Triangle Fraternity where he participated in fraternity activities and intramural sports. In 1962 Mr. Annis graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he continued his work with the Division of Research performing work on several research projects while working part-time on a graduate degree. In 1968 he received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In 1965 Mr. Annis transferred to the Division of Materials as a field Engineer and in 1968 he became Assistant Director of the Division.
In 1972 Mr. Annis took a job with the East Kentucky Paving Corp. which started his career in hot-mix asphalt. In 1974 he was appointed Vice President of East Kentucky Paving and Grayson Coal and Stone Company. When the companies were sold to Mountain Enterprise Inc. in 1988 he was hired as Vice President. In 1992, he was appointed Vice President of Central Kentucky Asphalt and in 2000 was appointed President. In 2002, he was also appointed President of Mountain Enterprises. During Mr. Annis’ career he has served on several committees with Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky and served as chairman of the technical committee for several years working on quality control issues with the Department of Highways. He has been on PAIKY’s Board of Directors and served as President in 2002. In 1992, he was appointed to the Committee on Training which was a joint effort by the DOH, the University of Kentucky Transportation Center, and PAIKY to develop certified technicians for hot-mix asphalt quality control and mix design.
Mr. Annis has been involved in hundreds of projects in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia involving millions of tons of hot-mix asphalt. Several projects have received the National Asphalt Paving Association’s Quality in Construction Award and three projects have won NAPA’s Sheldon G. Hayes Award for Quality in Construction. One of his favorite projects was the Lexington Bluegrass Airport in 1994. This project was extremely challenging. It required placing 24,000 tons of hot-mix asphalt over a weekend while meeting Federal Aviation Administration’s stringent specifications. This project also won a Quality in Construction Award. Phil and his wife Margie live in Lexington and have been married 42 years. They have two children, Leigh and Chris, and five grandsons. Phil enjoys taking care of his lawn and garden, visiting his farm and entertaining his five grandsons.