Concrete Products

MAY 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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www.concreteproducts.com May 2017 • 27 After 12 years as American Concrete Pipe Association president, Matt Childs has joined Iowa-based pipe and precast machinery specialist HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technol- ogies Inc. as vice president of Sales, responsible for the North American market. Childs served as ACPA director of Engineer- ing Services prior to taking the helm, and is credited with leading an expansion of the association into all corners of the industry and recruiting a top technical team to help producer members expand concrete pipe market share. Leading into his arrival at ACPA in 2000, he worked as project engineer and project manager with two Fort Worth, Texas, engineering firms specializing in infra- structure design. Childs holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Separately, Brad S c hm i dg a l l h a s been promoted from HawkeyePedershaab executive vice pres- ident of Sales to president. He will lead sales, engineering and service groups, working alongside Ryan Gable, Hawkeye- Pedershaab CEO and managing director of St. Louis-based BW Forsyth Partners, which acquired the company in 2016. Over a 16-year tenure, Schmidgall has worked out of both the Iowa and Denmark offices, and been an integral part of engineering, marketing and sales departments. "Brad's varied experience and proven success with HawkeyePedershaab, along with his alignment with BW Forsyth Part- ners' people-centric vision, makes him the ideal person to fill this role," says Gable. "We feel very fortunate to promote an internal candidate who knows the business and the team as well as Brad does, and who will be able to offer valuable strategic direction and enrich our custom- ers' trust." Marianne Johnson has joined Marcan- tonini Concrete Technology Group, North America Divi- sion, as director of Operations. Based in Clearwater, Fla., she will oversee plant engineering and pro- duction. MCT Group maintains Reno, Nev., headquarters, and specializes in custom material handling and batch plant solutions for ready mixed and manufactured concrete production, leveraging management and con- trols software programmed in house. Command Alkon has named Charles Evans as chief technology officer and vice pres- ident of Engineering, tasked with leading the development of new products and technologies, while further enhancing the business value derived from the company's current suite of information technology offerings. He will partner with clients, industry thought leaders, and technology innovators to intro- duce breakthrough solutions that drive value globally. Evans brings over 30 years' experience leading and managing software product development and IT efforts. Prior to joining Birmingham, Ala.-based Command Alkon, he was chief technology officer for Inte- graph Process, Power & Marine, where he led a cloud computing architecture trans- formation and grew product capabilities in such areas as mobile device platforms, visualization, augmented reality, Internet of Things, and analytics. Evans graduated from Southern Technical Institute with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineer- ing Technology. Separately, Command Alkon has appointed Ed Rusch as vice pres- ident, Marketing, responsible for grow- ing the company's mindshare in con- struction materials and executing digital marketing strategies. He brings over 15 years of experience leading business-to-business marketing programs that strengthen brands, drive growth, and create positive momentum in complex, global industries. Prior to joining Command Alkon, Rusch was vice president, Corporate Marketing at Elemica, where he directed rebranding and marketing program digitization, and helped garner Technology Association of Georgia recognition as one of the state's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies. Matt Childs Marianne Johnson Charles Evans Ed Rusch BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS Brad Schmidgall

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