NPCA CEO Grubbe to replace ACI EVP Burg

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

National Precast Concrete Association President and CEO Fredrick Grubbe, MBA, CAE, has been named successor to American Concrete Institute Executive Vice President Ronald Burg, who is retiring after 13 years with the Institute. 

“As one of the premier global authorities on all things concrete, ACI will continue to elevate the design, construction, and most effective use of concrete worldwide,” says Grubbe, who will join the 148-member Institute staff on August 10. “Ron Burg, in concert with the Board of Direction, has provided superb leadership over the years to educate and enrich the knowledge base of individuals and organizations committed to concrete usage. While I have some very big shoes to fill, I look forward to the challenge ahead and am anxious to get started.”

Frederick Grubbe

Grubbe brings ACI more than 25 years of non-profit executive leadership experience, with notable prior positions at the Appraisal Institute, American Fraternal Alliance (formerly the National Fraternal Congress of America), and the Think First Foundation. He also served as director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects at the Million Dollar Round Table, along with positions at several other non-profit organizations. Outside non-profit organizations, he worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation as a Special Assistant to the Secretary and White House Liaison, prior to serving as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush appointed Grubbe as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Consumer Affairs.  

Most recently, Grubbe oversaw NPCA’s continued growth and success of The Precast Show, the largest North American gathering for manufactured-concrete interests. He also successfully led the organization’s staff, operations, programs, and activities through the Covid-19 pandemic, while achieving NPCA strategic objectives, implementing its tactical plans, and earning member satisfaction.  

NPCA Chairman Joel Sheets (Tindall Infrastructure), along with fellow Directors and Executive Committee members, are finalizing a plan to support association programs for an interim period. A consultant will assist a search team in recruiting a new president and CEO. “Although transitions like this can be daunting, the Board and I are confident that the business of the association will continue without interruption and that the search process will lead us to the next leader of our great organization,” Sheets assures NPCA members.