Concrete Products

MAR 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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38 • March 2017 www.concreteproducts.com FEATURE READY MIXED Based at the Martinez, Calif., plant, Jeff Acuna has logged more than 31 years with Central Concrete Supply, all without vehicle or on-the-job accident. "He has The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's 21 st Ready Mixed Con- crete Driver of the Year program recognizes four industry veterans from a pool of outstanding delivery professionals across the country. The NRMCA Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee assembled a panel of judges to weigh nominees' competence, driving skills, number of years without an on- or off-road accident, and colleague or customer testimonials. The NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau will present checks of $5,000 to Driver of the Year Burice Woods of Chandler Concrete (page 45) and $1,000 to Runners-Up Jeff Acuna of Central Concrete Supply (below); Michael Castellanos of Right Away Redy Mix (opposite page); and, Sylvester Wallace of Titan Virginia Ready-Mix (page 44). They will also be honored this month in Las Vegas during the NRMCA annual convention. As Driver of the Year program cosponsor, Concrete Products joins the association and OES Committee in congratulating all 2017 nominees for their professionalism, safe operating skills, teamwork, and critical role in conveying a positive message about ready mixed concrete. Front Line Excellence never taken shortcuts, delivering on [U.S. Con- crete's] 'Safety First' at all times," affirms Victtor Lopez, area manager, Operations. "Jeff is a con- stant supporter of our safety rounds, which we call our tailgate meetings. His perspective and support add to his credibility as a trainer for experienced and inexperienced drivers. "Jeff has excellent flexibility with mul- tiple sources of accountability. While being accountable for his truck and on-time deliv- ery of high quality product, he understands he is accountable to each customer. He con- scientiously listens to [and] anticipates their needs, and delivers at or above customer expectations." Acuna positively influences the Cen- tral Concrete work environment through words and actions, Lopez notes, adding "His optimism is evident, especially during intro- duction of change, which makes it possible to cultivate our culture of innovation. Jeff openly embraced the installation of our new TrackIt system, which assists drivers with nav- igation, electronic DVIRs, pre- and post-trip inspection, open mic radio communication, truck swaps, and GPS tracking, and allows our organization to optimize efficiency and accuracy of product delivery." "I could not think of a better person to nominate for this award," writes Concord, Calif. customer Jim Taylor. "I have been for- tunate to work with Jeff for 25 years. He is an excellent driver … always in a great mood and look[ing] out for the safety of our crew … A few years ago we were pouring a slab on a cold winter day. Jeff gave me his coat. I still have it." "Jeff and I have worked together for 45 years and [he] is one of the best mixer drivers I have ever worked with," adds Cliff Swisher of Martinez, Calif. "He is a great truck driver with great expertise in his field. He is always accommodating and helpful, and really tries to assist in getting the job done right in a timely manner. He takes very good care of his equipment, and that reflects on what kind of a person he is. Jeff is an essential asset to Central Concrete."

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