Milwaukee-based Scott Campbell, Ph.D., P.E. is the newest National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Building Promotion team member. As senior vice president of Structures and Codes, he will join colleagues in advancing industry interests through model codes and technical standards, and support state and local advocacy efforts. He will work closely with engineers and architects, code advocates, and legislative specialists to offer technically correct code-related solutions that maintain public safety and increase building resilience. Campbell holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He moves to NRMCA from Portland Cement Association, where he served as director of Code Technology.
Anthony Johnson, P.E., has joined the Post Tensioning Institute as executive director. He arrives from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute’s Regional Manager team, responsible for providing technical assistance, outreach, and education to engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and student groups. Johnson holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates is home to the first American Concrete Institute regional office and the organization’s first physical presence outside the U.S. The Middle East Regional Office, headed by Director Ahmad Mhanna, will focus on advancing the development, dissemination, and adoption of ACI consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses in the Gulf Region. “This office will lead efforts to establish and nurture a wide range of strategic relationships between ACI members, chapters, companies, governmental bodies, educational institutions, and partners,” he affirms.
“In addition to strengthening strategic relationships and increasing access to the Institute’s consensus-based technical and educational resources, it is the intent of the American Concrete Institute that our Middle East Regional Office serves as a vehicle for increasing the awareness of regional concrete design and construction practices,” adds ACI Executive Vice President Ronald Burg, P.E. “All of us in the global concrete community can learn from and be inspired by the tremendous concrete innovation happening here in the Middle East.”
Joining Burg at an early-January reception marking the Middle East Regional Office opening were ACI President David Lange (University of Illinois); Vice President, International Relations Hassan Al Hashemi; plus, Executive Committee members Khaled Awad (past president) and Vice Presidents Jeffrey Coleman and Randall Poston.
American Shotcrete Association Executive Director Charles Hanskat has been elected 2019 chair of the ACI Foundation Strategic Development Council, a broad-based group of material interests and downstream allies dedicated to accelerating technology transfer and commercialization in concrete practice. Hanskat has been involved in the design, construction, and evaluation of environmental concrete and shotcrete structures for 40-plus years. He is active in ACI Technical Activities, 301 Specifications, 506 Shotcrete, and 350 Environmental Structures Committees, plus the SDC Technology Management Committee, Technology Transfer Advisory Group, Strategic Repair Research Council, and Vision 2020 Initiative.
Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology Program’s Jussara Tanesi, concrete materials engineer and lab manager, received the Katharine and Bryant Mather Member Contribution Award from ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. A Society member since 2005, she was recognized for contributions to the development of an ASTM test method for flexural strength of concrete as well as for the enhancement of cement and concrete technology standards. C09 also presented her Award of Appreciation in 2014. Tanesi has served in her current FHWA role since 2002, and was previously a consultant to the Portland Cement Association and the Brazilian Portland Cement Association, as well as a professor at Bandeirante University in Brazil.
Separately, ASTM Committee C01 on Cement presented the Bryant Mather Award to Mark Niemuth, Ph.D. of Wiss, Janney, Elstner in Northbrook, Ill. A Society member since 2006, he was recognized for his role in promoting substantial revisions to an ASTM guide for approximating the ideal amount of sulfur trioxide in hydraulic cement. Niemuth has held his current position since 2016, having previously served as an associate technical sales representative, technical services engineer, and senior product specialist with Lafarge North America.
During its Leadership Institute last month in Las Vegas, the Associated Builders & Contractors Board elected Tony Rader, Telecom vice president for National Roofing Partners, to serve as the 2019 national chair. Ray Zamora, president of AnchorBuilt Inc., was elected chair-elect, and Steve Klessig, Keller Inc. vice president of Architecture and Engineering, was elected secretary.
“Strong leadership is indispensable to ABC’s mission to develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably in our communities across the United States,” says ABC CEO Michael Bellaman.
Kentucky Crushed Stone Association Executive Director Nick Rodgers, Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Executive Director Rita Madison and Georgia Construction Aggregate Association Executive Director Jeff Wansley have been elected 2019-2020 Aggregate and Concrete Executives (ACE) chairman, vice chairman and secretary/treasurer, respectively. Joining them as ACE directors for the same term will be counterparts Peter Vlahos (immediate past chairman), Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association; Randy Olsen, Iowa Limestone Producers Association; Doug Needham, Michigan Aggregates Association; Alan Sparkman, Tennessee Concrete Association; Jay Stem, North Carolina Aggregates Association; Tom Evans, Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association; and, Todd Ohlheiser, Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
NPCA CHIEF SETS RETIREMENT TIMETABLE
The National Precast Concrete Association has appointed a search committee to identify candidates to succeed Ty Gable, who will retire as staff president effective December 31, 2019—capping a tenure that began in 1994. NPCA Chairman Mike Hoffman (Lindsay Precast) and six fellow committee members have begun their work ahead of an official April 1 position posting, and retained executive search expert Cynthia Mills of the Leaders’ Haven to guide the effort.
“NPCA has grown dramatically during Ty’s quarter century as our president,” says Hoffman. “He has overseen the growth of the plant certification program from a handful of companies to nearly 400 certified plants. Our educational curriculum, the annual trade show, safety programs and all of NPCA’s other resources have grown dramatically during his time as president.”