The National Concrete Masonry Association is participating in this month’s National Thought Leaders Forum on Disaster Mitigation Resiliency for a Stronger and Safer America. Staged on Capitol Hill, it brings together top policymakers, industry representatives, and experts to examine the power of disaster resiliency in construction to save lives and taxpayer dollars, and explore solutions and incentives for strengthening buildings and mitigating damage from natural disaster. The event is in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Doug Guerrero was to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during California State University, Chico commencement ceremonies last month. The degree recognizes service to the school’s Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program and leadership on the University Foundation Board of Governors. Guerrero was instrumental in establishing the first CIM degree program in the Western U.S., ushering it into the CalState Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

In addition to co-founding efforts in 2005, he has chaired the Chico CIM Patrons, which have donated more than $3.5 million to the program. Guerrero also serves on the CIM National Steering Committee, which provides scholarship and programming support to CalState Chico, Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Texas State University. Prior to his CIM affiliation, he held executive positions with Cemex USA, RMC Industries, Lone Star Industries and Kaiser Cement.

ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings has presented its top annual honor, Award of Merit, to Jeffrey Erdly, of Masonry Preservation Services Inc., in Bloomsburg, Pa. The award includes the accompanying title of fellow and is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards. E06 honored Erdly for leadership, enthusiasm, and contributions to committee success through the advancement of standards and distribution of technical papers that continue to improve the safety, durability, and sustainability on the environment. Erdly has been a member of ASTM International since 1990, and has previously received from E06 the Award of Appreciation (2007) and the E. George Stern Award of Excellence (2015).

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has elected Grant Godbersen, Gomaco Corp. vice president of Manufacturing, to its board of directors. Eagle Crusher Co. CEO Susanne Cobey and Superior Industries Vice President of Marketing Mary Erholtz have been elected to the AEM CE Sector board. Erholtz will also chair ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020, March 10-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. She will head a cross-section of industry leaders on the show’s management committee who oversee the global construction industry gathering staged every three years. Erholtz has over 20 years of experience in equipment; her family has been in manufacturing and the construction industry since 1917.