National Ready Mixed Concrete Association President Robert Garbini, P.E. will retire at the close of the 2019 convention, March 5-7 in Tampa, capping a 27-year career with the group and more than two decades at its helm. He announced his plan indicating confidence that staff and member leadership will continue to achieve goals for advancing concrete’s interests in the building sector, local paving market and advocacy arena, while increasing workforce professionalism and product quality through research and education.

NRMCA Chairman Rodney Grogan (MMC Materials) cites Garbini’s years of service as a faithful advocate and leader of the association and ready mixed concrete industry. He informed fellow directors that a search committee comprised of NRMCA past chairmen, led by Chaney Enterprises Bill Childs, will identify successor candidates.

Chris Sullivan

ChemSystems Holdings Inc. Vice President of Sales & Marketing Chris Sullivan has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors as decorative concrete specialist. He will provide leadership, counsel and direction for the group’s Decorative Concrete Council, and field ASCC member hotline questions on decorative and polished slabs or surfaces. An author of four books and numerous articles, Sullivan is a frequent public speaker on all areas of decorative concrete and has been a World of Concrete and Concrete Décor Show presenter since 2005 and 2009, respectively. He was inducted into the DCC Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2015.

The American Concrete Institute is closing the year with $1 million in funding for the ACI Foundation, which supports research, scholarships, new technologies and issues of strategic importance to the concrete industry. Double ACI’s annual $500,000 commitment for the separately managed Foundation, the 2018 tally includes one-time contributions totaling $486,000 plus funding for a new Middle East Fellowship.

This year has seen the ACI Foundation award 19 scholarships and fellowships, fund eight new concrete research projects, and invest in initiatives to advance new technology adoption. In addition to ACI, the Foundation receives contributions from ACI chapters, corporate donors, and individuals within the concrete community. In 2019, trustees expect to fund additional research and new strategic initiatives, while also administering fellowships and scholarships for up to 20 students.

“[Our] commitment to research, scholarships, and new technologies is demonstrated through the increased funding to the Foundation,” says ACI Executive Vice President Ron Burg. “The work of the Foundation is guaranteed to improve ACI’s technical knowledge and make our world stronger and safer.”

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has elected Deere & Co. Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing John Lagemann as 2019 Chairman; Reed International/VSS CEO Jeffrey Reed as Vice Chair; Trimble Inc. CEO Steven Berglund as Construction Equipment Sector Chair; and, Kubota Tractor Senior Vice President Todd Stucke as Treasurer. AEM staff president Dennis Slater continues as secretary.