NRMCA chairman, committees honor annual award recipients

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association committees and divisions convening last month in Houston recognized individuals and groups for association and industry contributions. Concrete Products joins NRMCA in saluting those honored at the 2018 convention, by AWARD:

William Sandbrook


Bill Sandbrook is president and chief executive officer of U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas, and was elected NRMCA vice chairman in Houston. The Allen Award recognizes outstanding leadership in advancing the ready mixed concrete industry and improving operations’ financial health, performance and sustainability. Sandbrook has demonstrated those qualities at U.S. Concrete and throughout a lengthy tenure in executive positions at the Materials, Architectural and Products Divisions under Oldcastle Inc. The award is named after Bill Allen, who had more than 50 years’ experience in concrete and aggregates production, transitioning from Memphis ready mixed business owner to building the industry’s top management consultancy, Allen-Villere Partners.


John Richardson


The Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee (SEO) presented the 2018 Carpenter Award to Lafarge North America veteran and principal of John Richardson & Co., a Georgia-based human capital management and asset optimization consultancy. It honors his contributions to SEO, where he played a key role in Certified Delivery Professional program development; served as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Safety and Environmental Task Groups; and, was an early National Mixer Driver Championship advocate and coordinator. An equipment and fleet management manager at West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rinker Materials, Joseph Carpenter was instrumental in forming the NRMCA Committee on Maintenance, since evolved to SEO.


Chip Wildman


The Manufacturers, Products & Services Division presented the 2018 Concrete Cares Award to Concrete Supply Co., LLC in Charlotte, N.C., recognizing the producer’s support of non-profit, community organizations or programs. The “Rock. Solid. Support!” outreach began with an annual drive supporting United Way, for which Concrete Supply has been a Pacesetter business since the mid-1980s. Last year, employee contributions rose 32 percent year-over-year across 22 Carolinas counties, all while United Way’s business donations continued to fall. Thanks to employees, a total of $138,000 was raised for the campaign through staff and corporate pledges. Concrete Supply also made financial and materials contributions—$24,000 in cash, $58,000 in concrete—to other charities and non-profit services in 2017. Accepting the award was Director of Human Resources Chip Wildman.


Gene Daniel


The Research, Engineering and Standards Committee honored industry veteran Gene Daniel, whose career spanned management or engineering roles in Beaver Lake Concrete, a 10-plant Arkansas and Missouri operator; a drilled shaft foundation contracting business; and, construction materials testing firms. During the Beaver Lake tenure, he served on the NRMCA board and chaired a plant certification task group. The award recognizes RES contributors and is named for longtime NRMCA technical ace Dick Gaynor, who capped his career as Engineering Division executive vice president.


Drew Turner


The Promotion Committee’s Buildings Promoter of 2018 is Concrete Supply Co. Director of Business Development Drew Turner. The committee credits him with aggressively engaging a wide variety of project stakeholders across the Carolinas in an effort to promote the use of cast-in-concrete. His diligence positioned NRMCA to present concrete options for upcoming contracts to the largest multifamily developer in Charlotte, Childress Klein. He also helped convince Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools officials to consider insulating concrete forms for future work.


Andrew Lester


The Promotion Committee named Andrew Lester, Product Development and Promotion Manager for Mississippi’s MMC Materials, Inc., as Pavement Promoter of 2018. The committee cites his grasp of promotion as a long-term endeavor requiring multiple visits with the same individuals, and developing relationships over extended periods. Lester has established a reputation with specifiers, contractors and testing companies as a go-to source for technical support and innovative mix designs. He also utilizes NRMCA resources in his promotion efforts, including pavement contractor training sessions plus the Design Assistance Program. A service under the NRMCA Local Paving Division, DAP has helped him convert from asphalt to concrete nearly 50 percent of 36 pavement projects submitted for review and cost estimates.


Craig Dauphinais


The Promotion Committee honors Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association Executive Director Craig Dauphinais as State Affiliate Promoter of 2018, recognizing his work with NRMCA, the American Concrete Pavement Association and other state affiliates to develop life-cycle cost legislation—inherently friendly to concrete. The committee credits his work the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Bay State Roads program, University Training Center, state lawmakers, and 50-plus towns and cities. Late last year, he arranged for industry representatives to testify before a panel of legislators in support of Bill S1966, addressing life-cycle costs for long-term pavement solutions.


Larry Gibbes


The Promotion Committee presented Larry Gibbes with the John Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership, dedication and achievement in support of concrete promotion, especially in his Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association duties. “Larry’s tireless efforts and bulldog approach to promoting with a never-give-up attitude stand as a testimonial to all in the industry,” committee members note. As an example of his promotional ability, he helped convice the City of Charlotte Engineering Department to accept a concrete paving alternate for a new local road that designed in asphalt. Gibbes took city engineers on a tour of old concrete roads and provided decades of concrete road maintenance records, resulting in a switch to concrete specs and delivery of 14,000-plus yd.


Todd Ohlheiser


The Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association received the NRMCA State Association of 2018 award—a second consecutive year for the honor. The award recognizes CRMCA’s presentation of five Build With Strength seminars, drawing 250-plus industry personnel; helping to host and annual event for federal and state legislators; providing ACI Field 1 Concrete Testing Technician certification through a partnership with Colorado State University; collaborating with the Metropolitan Government Pavement Engineers Council to update common mix design requirements; and, developing a video for concrete field testing education. Accepting the award was CRMCA Executive Director Todd Ohlheiser.


Tom Harris (left) and Scott Parson PHOTOS: Concrete Products