Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has elected 2006 officers, naming as chairman of the board Robert McCormack, executive vice president of Waukesha,
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has elected 2006 officers, naming as chairman of the board Robert McCormack, executive vice president of Waukesha, Wis.-based Spancrete Industries Inc. (note page 27). Other new officers include Vice Chairman Robert Konoske, vice president and general manager, Coreslab Structures (L.A.), Perris, Calif.; and, Secretary/Treasurer William Simmons III, president, Shockey Precast Group, Winchester, Va. Joining them on the executive committee will be Immediate Past Chairman Thomas D’Arcy, principal of the Consulting Engineers Group, San Antonio.
A member of the PCI board of directors in 2000-2001, McCormack served as secretary/treasurer in 2004. Additional roles in the institute include 2005 co-chair of the PCI’s Budget Planning and Review Team, past co-chair of the Hollow Core Committee, a past member of the Board Nominating Committee, chair of the Market Plan Û Housing Segment, and Promotion Team Leader. His other affiliations include the Precast/Prestressed Producers of Illinois and Wisconsin Steering Committee, serving as member and treasurer. McCormack has held his current post with Spancrete since joining the company in 1993.
Prior to becoming vice chairman of the PCI board, Konoske was secretary/treasurer in 2005 and a member of the PCI board of directors in 2003 and 2004. Among the PCI committees on which he has served are the Board Nominating Committee, the GFRC Panels Committee, the Housing Committee and the Architecture and Metric Committee. He is also a member and both current and past president of the Precast Concrete Manufacturers Association of California. A veteran of 33 years with Coreslab, Konoske served as a sales manager, plant manager and estimator before moving to his current post 10 years ago.
A member of the PCI board of directors for the past five years, Simmons has chaired the Institute’s Management Activities and Strategic Planning Committees, besides serving on the Budget Planning Review and the Nominating Committees. He also is past president of the Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association and a past member of that group’s executive committee. President of Shockey Cos. since 1999, Simmons joined the company in 1978 as operations manager for the ready mixed concrete division, Crider & Shockey. He was promoted in 1986 to vice president with additional duties involving facets of the company’s precast operations under the umbrella of the Shockey Precast Group. In 1993, he assumed the post of executive vice president and chief operating officer, overseeing Crider & Shockey, the Shockey Precast Group and the firm’s general contracting firm, Howard Shockey & Sons.
In addition to naming 2006 officers, PCI has honored six new Fellows:
- Catherine French, professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has taught a course in prestressed concrete design for 15-plus years, while conducting research in precast/prestressed and becoming involved in the work of PCI’s various technical committees.
- Neil Hawkins has served as head of the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earlier on the civil engineering faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has authored more than 100 technical papers and contributing to the development the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations in Precast Concrete Structures.
- Gerd Marohn, former president of the Construction Products Division of Carolina Steel Corp., was PCI president in 1978 (after a year each as vice president and secretary-treasurer) and later served as chairman of PCI’s Structural Precast Division.
- Vilas Mujumdar, program director for the National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va., currently serves on the PCI Seismic Committee and previously served the Institute on a Blue Ribbon Committee for the PCI Design Handbook.
- William Richardson Jr., president of Richardson Consulting Services, Colorado Springs, Colo., served as PCI chairman after two years on the Institute’s board of directors and is currently a member of the PCI Professional Member, Sandwich Wall Panels and Student Education committees as well as the PCI Hollow Core Slab Producers and Industry Design Handbook committees.
- Steven Seguirant, vice president and director of engineering for Concrete Technology Corp., Tacoma, Wash., was recently named among eight Technology and Materials Innovators in the American Road & Transportation Builder Association’s elite list of America’s 100 Private Sector Transportation Design and Construction Professionals of the 20th Century. In 2005, he received the Martin P. Korn Award (his second) for a PCI Journal-published paper, Flexural Strength of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete T. Beams.