CIM National Steering Committee names 2016-17 officers, directors

The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management program has elected officers to terms beginning July 1: Chairman Wally Johnson, U.S. Concrete Inc. vice president of Marketing & Sales; Vice Chairman Alan Nedza, BASF Admixture Systems North America director of Sales; Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Maher, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association chief operating officer; and, Immediate Past Chairman Michael Schneider, Baker Concrete Construction vice president of Operations.

Wally Johnson

Serving as 2016-17 NSC directors are Walter P. Moore Managing Director Randal Beard; American Concrete Pipe Association President Matthew Childs; Trinity Industries Senior Vice President of Development Dr. Rex Cottle; Command Alkon Vice President, Customer Success Steve Cox; RMC Research & Education Foundation Executive Director Julie Garbini; O’Neal Inc. Director of Marketing Brian Gallagher; American Society of Concrete Contractors Executive Director Beverly Garnant; Sika USA Vice President, Target Market Concrete Jamie Gentoso; CIM Patrons of California State University, Chico Chairman Douglas Guerrero; Cemex USA Vice President – Market Development Michael Philipps; Portland Cement Association CEO James Toscas; and, World of Concrete/Informa Exhibitions Editor-At-Large Rick Yelton.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CIM program, we continue to have the great fortune of a board of directors with industry leaders that bring vast amounts of experience, capability and commitment to the National Steering Committee,” says NSC Executive Director Eugene Martineau. “Their leadership will be essential as the committee continues to provide oversight and direction while advancing the CIM program and preparing the next generation of leaders for the concrete industry.”

Program origins

Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, charter CIM program patrons launched the four-year degree offering in 1996 at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. Additional CIM programs have followed at California State, Chico; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Texas State University. Graduates of the business intensive program demonstrate the skills set necessary to meet the growing demands of progressively changing business. The curriculum is aimed at providing solid management skills that can be used in any industry, but has been developed specifically for the concrete industry.

CIM degrees entail a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also required. Industry-specific courses span the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, plus construction and practice. Courses utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure degree candidates obtain real-world experience essential to a successful career. Additional opportunities for growth include on-campus socials and other organized events providing industry networking and professional development.