The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has promoted Kevin Walgenbach from vice president, Compliance and Operations to senior vice president of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. He will help lead the industry on compliance with safety, labor, operations, and environmental regulations, and continue to advocate on key regulatory issues beforegovernment agencies and decision makers.
An 11-year NRMCA veteran, Walgenbach will oversee Safety, Environmental and Operations Division personnel and assist in developing and conducting educational training for members, including regional seminars and workshops. He will also support annual NRMCA recognition programs, among them Safety Award, Safety Contest, Safety Benchmarking, Fleet Benchmarking, Environmental Excellence Awards, Driver of the Year and National Mixer Driver Championship. Walgenbach also functions as Bureau Administrator, managing industry shipment reports and representing Concrete Plant Manufacturers Bureau, Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau and Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau interests.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has named Vice President of Public Affairs Johan “Kip” Eideberg to lead its Washington, D.C. office and advocacy activities as interim vice president, Government & Industry Relations, effective January 2019. He will replace retiring 20-year AEM veteran Nick Yaksich.
AEM President Dennis Slater credits Yaksich “for being the driving force that transformed our presence in D.C., from a two-person operation monitoring issues to a talented team of advocacy and public affairs professionals influencing legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of our members.”
Eideberg, who is in line for permanent appointment after six months in the interim role, has developed and executed government and public affairs campaigns, including I Make America and Infrastructure Vision 2050. He will continue to oversee these efforts and take on the additional role of leading the Washington office and building upon AEM advocacy initiatives and campaigns.
The International Code Council and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations have created a national database of volunteers to assist local, state or federal entities who need skilled, trained and certified building safety professionals in the aftermath of a disaster. The workforce needed to rapidly assess the safety of structures after a crisis is often in short supply, ICC notes. The U.S. has a number of skilled code officials, engineers and others willing to step in to help with post-disaster safety and building damage assessments, inspections and other code-related functions. The ICC/NCSEA Disaster Response Alliance brings these skilled volunteers together for quick mobilization.
This alliance combines the Code Council’s Disaster Response Network and NCSEA’s Second Responder Roster. “The Council and our members have long been active in the aftermath of disasters to help communities in their times of greatest need,” says ICC CEO Dominic Sims. “The increasing frequency and severity of storms, including Hurricanes Michael and Florence and the recent destructive wildfires in California, illustrated the need for this vital national database.”
“The collaboration between NCSEA and the Code Council to create the Disaster Response Alliance means a vastly improved, single resource exists to help those in need when disaster strikes,” adds NCSEA President Williston Warren IV.