Eric Carleton

Eric Carleton, P.E., vice president of Technical Services for the National Precast Concrete Association, has received the Frank J. Heger Memorial Award from ASTM Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe. The Heger Award recognizes distinguished services and dedication to Committee C13, whose portfolio of standards play an important role in concrete pipe testing, engineering and specification.

A member of ASTM International since 1988, Carleton has served as C13.08 Joints chairman and is currently C13 vice chairman. He is a past recipient of the C13 Spangler Award and the ASTM Award of Merit. Carleton has led the NPCA Technical Services division since 2013, joining the group after 26 years as Independent Concrete Pipe Co. technical director and corporate engineer.


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Bob McCormack

A Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Fellow and past chairman, Bob McCormack, executive vice president of Denver-based EnCon United Co., has rejoined the PCI Foundation Board of Trustees and been appointed treasurer. He has worked in the precast concrete industry for more than 20 years, including as executive vice President and chief operating officer of Spancrete in Waukesha, Wis.  Additionally, McCormack worked as president & COO of VideoPropulsion Interactive Television in Milwaukee. 

McCormack was instrumental in launching the Spancrete Studio at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Working with School of Architecture faculty, the team crafted an innovative approach to incorporating product-specific education in partnership with a local supplier. That studio subsequently became the model for the approach used by the PCI Foundation in creating precast/prestressed-focused educational programs at 11 schools and universities around the U.S.


Rachel Derby has joined the Portland Cement Association Washington, D.C. staff. As vice president of Government Affairs, Derby focuses on legislative relationships and advocacy. “The addition of her considerable talent and experience is a significant step in the reorganization of the association’s advocacy team, following the recent addition of Michael Schon as vice president and counsel in charge of regulatory issues,” notes PCA CEO James Toscas.

Derby joins PCA from the Toy Industry Association, where as senior director of Federal Government Affairs she managed outreach with the White House, Congress, and regulatory agencies, and led strategies on environmental sustainability, chemical regulations, and social responsibility matters.

Separately, A. Todd Johnston has been promoted to executive vice president of Government Affairs and Collin Long to senior director of Government Affairs in the PCA Washington office. Johnston, who joined the association in January 2015, will oversee all Government Affairs operations, including activities at both federal and state levels. Long, who has been with PCA for three years, will continue fostering relationships and representing industry interests, primarily in the legislative arena.

Amy Trygestad, P.E., FACI, has joined CTLGroup as a principal engineer, based in Minnesota. A licensed Professional Engineer with 20-plus years in structural design and construction, she holds a bachelor’s and master’s of civil engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her experience includes engineering consulting, program management, concrete subcontracting, ready mixed concrete production, plus strategic marketing and technical enhancement of concrete construction. Trygestad was elected American Concrete Institute Fellow in 2014 and serves on ACI Committees 362 on Parking Structures; 423 on Prestressed Concrete; 421 on Reinforced Slabs; 347 on Formwork; and, 132 on Responsibility in Concrete Construction.

Leaders from the American Concrete Institute and Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to formalize their relationship. While the two organizations and their members have worked together for years, this agreement memorializes both organizations’ desires to collaboratively develop and disseminate technical information on concrete and concrete structures.

“Members of the American Concrete Institute and Fédération Internationale du Béton include thousands of the brightest minds from across the globe who share a common passion for concrete materials, design and constriction,” says ACI Executive Vice President Ronald Burg. “By formalizing the relationship between our organizations, we accelerate the development and dissemination of the global knowledge needed to use concrete effectively to meet the demands of a changing world.”