ORGANIZATIONS – JUNE 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Portland Cement Association have named Joe Roche as chief financial officer, reporting to NRMCA President Mike Philipps and PCA CEO Mike Ireland. Roche arrives with 30-plus years’ management experience supporting non-profit and trade organizations, and immediately transitions from the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Md. He will lead ongoing evaluation, development and implementation of NRMCA and PCA financial processes and systems, and oversee the groups’ Finance Shared Services agreement. Based primarily at the Alexandria, Va., association offices, Roche will work with external finance partners to implement process improvements, maximize system capabilities, and focus on staff development.

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CIM Programs and Patrons start year strong after solid 2019

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The Concrete Industry Management program auction grossed more than $1.2 million from bidding on a Mack Granite-mounted McNeilus Bridgemaster mixer, Somero S-485 laser screed, Shumaker Load and Go truck wash system, Mahindra Automotive 2020 Roxor off-road vehicle, and a host of smaller ticket product, material, equipment, and entertainment, sports or travel package offerings. The event was staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center amid World of Concrete 2020 day two activities. Proceeds will benefit CIM degree programs at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark; Texas State University, San Marcos; and, California State University, Chico.

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MANUFACTURERS – DECEMBER 2019

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St. Louis-based Afinitas has promoted Matt Childs to vice president of Sales, Americas for the HawkeyePedershaab-BFS equipment and automation sales organization. He joined the company in 2017 as vice president of Sales, North America.

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Texas CIM venue hosts ACPA Pipe School and Show

Source: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas

The American Concrete Pipe Association will spur a strong start to the new year for drainage engineering and construction professionals, producer and associate members, plus allied interests. The ACPA 2020 Pipe School and Show runs January 6-9 at Texas State University, San Marcos, home to the most recently chartered Concrete Industry Management four-year degree program. 

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CIM director studies employee burnout in the concrete business

Sources: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro; CP staff

One of the primary Concrete Industry Management Program catalysts on the academia side has commenced an online survey to gauge employee burnout and worklife context. As director of the School of Concrete and Construction Management at MTSU—home to the charter CIM degree program—Dr. Heather Brown and Associate Professor Dr. Jacob Avila cite the survey’s intent of “advancing collective understanding of work and identifying intervention strategies to enhance the health and engagement of professionals in the concrete industry.” 

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CIM National Steering Committee names new officers, board

Sources: Concrete Industry Management National Steering Committee, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The CIM National Steering Committee (NSC) has appointed new officers and directors, effective July: Executive Director Eugene Martineau, U.S. Concrete (retired); Chairman Michael Schneider, vice president and chief people officer, Baker Concrete Construction; Vice Chairman Michael Philipps, vice president, Business Development, Sandler Training; Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Maher, chief operating officer, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; and, Immediate Past Chairman Wally Johnson, vice president of Marketing, U.S. Concrete.

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ORGANIZATIONS – NOVEMBER 2017

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Ashley Smith, president and chief operating officer of Virginia’s Smith-Midland Corp., has been appointed 2017-18 National Precast Concrete Association chairman—a post his father and company co-founder, Rodney Smith, held in 1980. Ashley Smith has been involved with NPCA on various product committees and task forces throughout his career and served on the board since 2011. His one-year term began last month at NPCA’s 52nd Annual Convention in Atlanta. Smith-Midland was founded in 1960 and has been an NPCA member since 1971.

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Contractors, CIM formed-surface research: Mockups best ACI 347 criteria

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Researchers evaluating the American Concrete Institute’s Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces (ACI 347.3R-13) contend that a) suggested measurements or other criteria used in assigning a given formed surface to one of the document’s four categories is neither objective nor practical; b) converting ACI 347.3R-13 recommendations to specification requirements could result in disputes and litigation; and, c) preparation of concrete mockups for architect or engineer approval is superior to guide methodologies.

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ORGANIZATIONS – JUNE 2017

The National Concrete Masonry Association is participating in this month’s National Thought Leaders Forum on Disaster Mitigation Resiliency for a Stronger and Safer America. Staged on Capitol Hill, it brings together top policymakers, industry representatives, and experts to examine the power of disaster resiliency in construction to save lives and taxpayer dollars, and explore solutions and incentives for strengthening buildings and mitigating damage from natural disaster. The event is in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

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