The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute board of directors has awarded Unilock’s Ed Bryant and Uni International’s Fritz von Langsdorff honorary
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute board of directors has awarded Unilock’s Ed Bryant and Uni International’s Fritz von Langsdorff honorary memberships, recognizing their contribution to the paver industry. Bryant has provided leadership in developing one of the first paver manufacturing companies in North America. He led the growth of Unilock to seven locations in the U.S. and Canada. Transferring technology from Europe, the company has been a leader in product development and, under Bryant’s leadership, strongly promoted awareness of concrete pavers among design professionals. A founding member of the North American UNI Group in 1974 and the Concrete Paver Institute in 1990, now known as ICPI, Bryant helped advance the industry, especially by challenging it with more sophisticated products and marketing.
The founder of Uni International, Fritz von Langsdorff promoted the paving stone industry worldwide, supporting it with research as well. His designs include vertical interlocking pavers, shapes designed specifically for mechanical installation, and permeable interlocking concrete pavement. Von Langsdorff purchased the Uni-stone patent in 1964 and, through the German UNI Group he founded in 1967, made it a commercial success. His creativity resulted in several hundred patents, designs and trademarks for concrete pavers and segmental retaining walls.
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association named Larry Russell national field director. Working out of a regional office, he and the field team are focused on building a national coalition of transportation design and construction firms throughout the country to engage in critical issues in the nation’s capital Û particularly leading up to reauthorization of VISION-100 in 2007 and SAFETEA-LU in 2009.
Portland Cement Association named the Honorable John Spitaleri Shaw as vice president for legislative affairs. He will manage PCA’s federal legislative advocacy efforts on a variety of fronts including environmental compliance, transportation, and infrastructure legislation. Separately, Thomas Carter has been promoted to staff vice president, environment, health and safety. Carter has served as PCA’s director of environment, health and safety since 1997. The association also named David Hubbard staff vice president, legislative affairs. Formerly PCA’s director of legislative affairs, Hubbard has represented the interests of the cement industry on Capitol Hill for the past 16 years.
During its 2006 spring meeting, the American Concrete Institute elected Thomas Verti president; Luis GarcÃa, vice president; and, Kenneth Bondy, S.K. Ghosh, Myles Tony Murray, and Eldon Tipping directors.