The Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota has hired David Fennessy to fill the newly created position of promotions director. Bringing 20-plus

The Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota has hired David Fennessy to fill the newly created position of promotions director. Bringing 20-plus years’ experience in the concrete and cement industries, Fennessy has been involved with ARM on a volunteer basis for several years, serving most recently on the association’s board. As promotions director, he will work closely with ARM’s producer members to help make ready mixed the material of choice among owners and specifiers throughout Minnesota for commercial parking lots and residential construction.

Portland Cement Association has appointed Lawrence Novak SE, SECB, LEED AP, manager, buildings and special structures. He and his staff will consult with engineers, architects, and contractors to directly promote the use of concrete and cement for buildings, stadiums, environmental, and other structures throughout the U.S. Additionally, Novak’s activities include research and development, project management, producing books and guides to aid engineers in the design of concrete structures, and conducting technical seminars for engineers.

Novak brings more than 20 years of experience as a structural engineer on some of the world’s most prominent structures. Most recently as an associate partner with Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP, he served as the senior project engineer responsible for the structural design of the Burj Dubai Tower, the world’s tallest building. Novak has also been involved with the design of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago; Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Ill.; and, the renowned Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science civil engineering degrees from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Surpassing a career milestone of sponsoring more than 100 National Precast Concrete Association members, Hill & Griffith’s Robert Waterloo, technical sales manager-Concrete Release Agents, earned the 2007 Douglas G. Hoskin Award as top NPCA recruiter for the last 12 months. Additionally, only the third person to top 100 members sponsored, he was awarded the Top Gun ring Û NPCA’s equivalent to a Super Bowl ring Û having attained the Pinnacle Level of the Top Gun Club.

Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association Executive Director Bruce Chattin has been named the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s 2007 State Aggregates Association Executive of the Year. NSSGA recognizes one of its state counterparts for exemplary service to the aggregates industry, bestowing the award annually to a state association that has had significant beneficial impact at regional or national levels. The award will be presented in March at NSSGA’s 2008 Annual Convention Honor Awards Breakfast in Las Vegas.

At the helm of WACA since 1990, Chattin has served industry interests at the state and local level with regard to permitting, environmental, safety, technical and promotional issues. Additionally, he has served on numerous legislative committees, governor-appointed task forces, and agency committees working on a wide range of local, county and state aggregates industry issues.