Hichborn Consulting Group, Orange, Calif., has added Senior Engineer Alicia Cropper to its roster to perform forensic investigations related to allegations

Hichborn Consulting Group, Orange, Calif., has added Senior Engineer Alicia Cropper to its roster to perform forensic investigations related to allegations of defects in concrete and cementitious materials. A civil engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, she is an experienced construction manager for large public works projects, including water and wastewater treatment facilities.

Donald Marks, president of Form Works Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been reelected president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors. Elected first vice president was Paul Albanelli, Albanelli Cement Contractors, Inc., Livonia, Mich. Clay Fischer, Jupiter, Fla.; Rocky Geans, Mishawaka, Ind.; and, Mike Poppoff, Moxie, Wash., were reelected vice presidents, and Glen Shamblen, Tampa, Fla., was reelected secretary/treasurer. Additionally, Scott Anderson, Houston; James Dolente, Sr., Malvern, Pa.; and, Frank Lewis, La Habra, Calif., were reelected to the board of directors. Keith Wayne, Kannapolis, N.C., was elected a new board member.

ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council reelected Jay Fangman, Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, as council director. Glen Shamblen was elected secretary/treasurer. Priscilla Dunn, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Frank Lewis were elected to the DCC Advisory Board. The Safety and Risk Management Council (SRMC), also an ASCC body, elected Chris Plue, Webcor Concrete, San Mateo, Calif., as council director. Steve Pereira, Denham Springs, La., was elected secretary/treasurer, and Scott Winkler, Hamilton, Ohio, was elected a new director on the SRMC Advisory Board.

Separately, Ward Malisch has joined ASCC as technical director, responsible for fielding contractors’ questions via the society’s hot line and producing the Troubleshooting Newsletter. His duties also will include reviewing construction-related ACI documents, writing technical articles and papers, coordinating research projects, providing contractor input on technical matters to allied organizations, and developing technical education programs for contractors. Prior to ASCC, he was senior managing director of the American Concrete Institute, a position from which he recently retired; editor of Concrete Construction magazine for nearly 15 years; director of construction information services for the Portland Cement Association; and, ACI’s managing director of engineering.

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute has appointed Neal Anderson vice president of Engineering, responsible for all CRSI technical development efforts, plus external engineering-related communications. He joins the Institute with 20-plus years’ experience at the Chicago-area consulting firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., where he was involved in a variety of bridge, building, and stadium projects; structural forensic investigations; engineering research; and has published numerous technical papers, many focusing on anchorage to concrete.

The American Concrete Institute will present its Distinguished Achievement Award to the California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA) at the ACI Spring 2008 Convention in Los Angeles. During the convention’s March 30 opening session, CNCA Senior Engineer David Akers will accept the award, given to nonmembers who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the concrete industry. (More information on the ACI Fall 2008 Convention is available at

One of 10 PCA Regional Promotion Groups serving the U.S., CNCA has been dedicated over the past two decades to expanding the use of portland cement-based products throughout California and Nevada. The association also offers educational programs and technical assistance to equip decision makers with tools and knowledge to design and construct quality projects.

Part of the Pacific Southwest Concrete Alliance, a group that also includes four regional ready mixed concrete associations and the American Concrete Pavement Association-Southwest Chapter, CNCA successfully obtained amendments to the International Building Code in California to protect life safety and market share of noncombustible building materials. Additionally, CNCA’s Technical Group is involved in the specification process with state Departments of Transportation, focusing most recently on blended cements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has elected 2008 board members and officers. At a late-January annual meeting, Alan Wilson, AIA, design principal of Haskell Co. (Jacksonville, Fla.) was elected TCA board of directors president. Other officers reelected to the board for 2008 are President-elect Jim MacKinnon of Saunders Construction, Inc. (Englewood, Co.); Past-president David Tomasula, P.E., of Con/Steel Tilt-Up Systems (Dayton, Ohio); Laurence Smith of J.W. Lindsay Enterprises, Ltd. (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia); Shawn Hickey of SiteCast Construction Corp. (Ottawa, Ontario); and, Glen Stephens of SAA Architecture (Laurel, Md., and Charlotte, N.C.)