General Shale’s Smith chairs Brick Industry Association

Charles Smith, chief executive officer of Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, has been elected Brick Industry Association chairman, succeeding Davis Henry, president of Henry Brick Co., Selma, Ala. Prior to his 2014 appointment as CEO, Smith served as president and chief operating officer, and was credited with steering General Shale—one of the top North American operators in clay brick— through the economic downturn and revitalizing product development.

“Charles offers a powerful blend of corporate perspective and native industry experience to help lead the clay brick industry and BIA into a new decade,” says Institute President Ray Leonhard.

Joining Smith on the 2020 BIA officer slate are Vice Chair Joe Rice, chief executive officer of Belden Tri-State Building Materials, New York; Treasurer Jim Stradley, president of Division 4 Inc., Cincinnati; and, Secretary Mark Ellenor, president of Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.