Lehigh Hanson’s Tiefenthaler elected chair of American Concrete Pavement Association

Lori Tiefenthaler, senior director of Marketing for Lehigh Hanson Inc., has been named 2017 Chairperson of the American Concrete Pavement Association Board of Directors—the first woman to serve as the top volunteer leader in the group’s 54-year history.

Lori Tiefenthaler addresses members as 2017 Chairperson. In tandem with her ACPA and Lehigh Hanson marketing duties, she is a Slag Cement Association director and member of the PCA Paving and NRMCA Sustainability Committees, and served on the advisory task group for the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Construction Management from the University of Northern Iowa.

ACPA officials underscore the broad range of skills and expertise Tiefenthaler brings to the office, along with her extensive experience in sales, marketing and development of promotional programs to increase concrete and cement usage. Prior to joining Lehigh Hanson, Tiefenthaler served as Southeast Cement Association executive director, and held management positions with the Iowa Concrete Paving Association plus her family’s ready mixed concrete and sand & gravel operations in Iowa.

She succeeds 2016 ACPA Chairman Steve Jackson, president of Cedar Valley Corp. During an annual convention ceremony, Tiefenthaler recognized Jackson as well as current and past association leaders for their contributions, noting, “I am extremely honored to accept this gavel and the responsibility of leading this great association in 2017. As I look back on the 53 chairmen before me, I personally knew or know 33 of them, and am humbled to join their ranks.”

Tiefenthaler also recognized industry allies, Portland Cement Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; longtime collaborative partners, the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University and International Grooving and Grinding Association; plus, new partnership efforts with the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Turning to ACPA, she commended regional and state affiliates and Rosemont, Ill., headquarters staff for their contributions to advocacy and technical advancement for concrete pavements.

“In the coming year we will continue building alliances within the industry and work together to strengthen our influence,” Tiefenthaler affirmed. “In addition, we must focus on attracting and retaining young professionals to the concrete pavement industry.” On the latter point, she cited the first meeting of ACPA emerging leaders, held during the early-December convention, and participants’ role in the Vision 2040 program.

She challenged association members and others to share their experiences with concrete paving, and encouraged them to spotlight green or finished pavements through open houses or other events. “Seeing concrete paving trains up close inspires people and projects,” Tiefenthaler said. “Reach out and instill some concrete pavement passion in engineers, students, project managers and staff, or policy makers.”