James Bogdan has joined National Ready Mixed Concrete Association as senior director, Sustainability Initiatives. Based in Pittsburgh, he will help position members to meet new requirements in such green building standards as LEED and Green Globes. Initiatives include product sustainability and transparency, supply chain sustainability, and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

James Bogdan

Most recently, Bogdan led corporate sustainability efforts for a leading distributor of electrical, lighting and maintenance products. He evolved the sustainability program to align with growing stakeholder interests of assessing supply chain ESG risks. Prior to that, he was manager, Market Sustainability Initiatives for a New York Stock Exchange-listed global coatings and glass company, where he developed and implemented strategies to influence architect, engineer and contractor specifications with a focus on the green building market. Bogdan also provided environmental, health & safety consulting expertise for an architectural and engineering firm.

The American Society for Concrete Contractors has announced 2016 officer and director elections: Chris Plue of Webcor Concrete, San Francisco, first vice-president; Anthony DeCarlo of Cincinnati, Chris Forster of Tustin, Calif., and Mario Garza of Southville, Mich., vice president; and, Keith Wayne of Kannapolis, N.C., treasurer. Newly elected or re-elected directors are Nick Adams of Cleveland; Heston Hamilton of Spanish Fork, Utah; Ray Merlo of Milford, Mich.; David Somero of New Ipswich, N.H.; and, Jason Swagert of Apex, N.C.

ASCC’s Decorative Concrete Council has elected Neil Roach of Creative Construction by Design, Danville, Ill., as council director of the DCC Advisory Board for 2016-17; and, Chris Sullivan of Littleton, Colo., secretary. Newly elected or re-elected directors are Michael Campbell of Oxnard, Calif.; Rich Cofoid of Odessa, Fla.; Greg Hryniewicz of Annapolis, Md.; Byron Klemaske II of San Diego; Rick Lobdell of Nashville; and, Denise Valdepena of Shawnee, Kan.

Honolulu-based Construction Management Inspection, LLC, has joined CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill., in a strategic alliance to pursue and execute building science and engineering projects for clients in Hawaii and the surrounding Pacific Coast region. Construction Management specializes in building condition assessments, construction management, repair design, sustainability, and expert witness testimony.

“This will benefit our clients in these regions by providing a more efficient approach to engineering challenges in the areas of field investigation, repair design, and construction observation,” says CTLGroup CEO Brent Nixon, PhD, PE. “Hawaii’s building owners, contractors, and materials suppliers are faced with complex challenges requiring a combination of materials and structural expertise. This alliance addresses those needs by providing a single source for the required set of skills.”

The National Association of Home Builders has elected 2016 officers, led by Bloomington, Ill., builder and developer Ed Brady, chairman. One of central Illinois’ longest standing home building firms, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, and delivered more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units, and 100,000-plus square feet of light commercial property.

“Our focus in this critical election year is to ensure that housing remains an important national priority,” says Brady. “NAHB will work with Congressional leaders on both sides of the political aisle and the eventual Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to promote policies that encourage homeownership and affordable rental opportunities for all Americans.”

Joining him on this year’s officer slate are First Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald, Kerrville, Texas, builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry; Second Vice Chairman Randy Noel, a Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience; and, Third Vice Chairman Greg Ugalde, president of Torrington, Conn.-based T&M Building Co. Tom Woods of Blue Springs, Mo., is immediate past chairman.

A global market intelligence provider with London, New York and Washington, D.C., offices, has acquired Cleveland-based Freedonia Group. The businesses’ complementary assets are being integrated, officials note, enabling existing services to be enhanced and creating new opportunities for clients.

“We are bringing together some of the industry’s most trusted brands under one umbrella, allowing us to serve our global customer base with the best selection of reports, platforms, and custom services,” contends CEO Rob Granader. The acquisition provides businesses, nonprofit organizations, and academia a single source of authoritative market research stretching across multiple industries, from consumer goods and services to life sciences, construction and materials to chemicals and packaging, he adds.

Longtime Freedonia Group CEO Jeff Weiss will remain at the helm, reporting to Granader and supported by both the Freedonia content team and sales and marketing management. The transaction, he notes, merges “Freedonia’s deep content set with’s sophisticated search and distribution technologies. We feel clients will benefit greatly from the combined resources of our two organizations.”


36 Street 350In tandem with the National Concrete Consortium spring meeting in Columbus, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and American Concrete Pavement Association staff are organizing an April 25 field trip to Bellefontaine, Ohio, home to the first concrete slab used for a U.S. street or road. The program begins at the Hyatt Regency – Columbus with “Historical Highlights of Concrete Pavement Technology Developments in the U.S. and Canada” and “Best Practices for the Design and Construction of Long-Life Concrete Pavements” presentations, followed by the visit to Bellefontaine, one hour west. 

In 1891, NRMCA notes, an 8-ft. wide section of Main Street in Bellefontaine, along the Logan County Court House, became the first use of concrete in the United States on a road or street application. A segment placed in 1893 on Court Street on the other side of Court House Square remains in service—a testimonial to the longevity and durability of concrete as an engineering construction material.

Additional information on the April program, presented free of charge, is forthcoming. Overseeing the event planning are NRMCA Senior Director, Local Paving, Phil Kresge, [email protected]; ACPA’s Larry Scofield, P.E., [email protected], on behalf of the Task Force on Preservation of Artifacts from Historic Concrete Pavements; and, Kurt Smith at [email protected].