Concrete Products

FEB 2019

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46 • February 2019 www.concreteproducts.com Family by Association Mike Hoffman, National Precast Concrete Association's Chairman of the Board, will look to his family at home, work and in the industry as he steers the association through its first leadership change in more than two decades CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY NPCA STAFF When Mike Hoffman asked his wife, Heather, out on a date in high school, he had no idea it would lead to a job offer from her father. He also couldn't have known that accepting that job would be the start of a career in the precast concrete industry or that it would one day lead to him becoming Chairman of the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). But life is funny like that sometimes. At any moment, any one of the tens of thou- sands of decisions we make daily can yield unexpected results that change our lives. On that day, that question set the first domino in motion, revealing a pattern that is still unfolding 32 years later. BRANCHES OF THE FAMILY TREE In high school, having a source of income is a major step in the evolution of independence. So, when the offer from Heather's father, Roland Lindsay, came part in parcel with the title of boyfriend, Hoffman gladly accepted. The owner of Lindsay Precast, headquartered in Canal Fulton, Ohio, soon had his daugh- ter's boyfriend washing trucks at the plant. Perhaps it was a way to get to know the young man courting his daughter. Maybe it was his way of teaching him the value of hard work. Whatever the case, both dating Heather and working for Lindsay Precast endured. Hoffman went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering while continuing to work for the company and after school married Heather. Now, 32 years later, those decisions have yielded him both a loving family and a career he loves. He and Heather have been married for 25 years and have three kids, and he has worked his way through the ranks to become vice president of Lindsay Precast. Over time, the employees of Lindsay Pre- cast have become family. This includes actual family in the case of Roland's son Ron and son-in-law Randy Lindsay-Brisbin, both of whom have played integral roles in the com- pany's growth over the years. After Hoffman attended his first NPCA meeting in 1991, he was introduced to a whole other branch of extended family. There, he quickly learned of the Lindsays' deep history with the association and long- term relationships with other members. The company and family have been involved from the start. Roland Lindsay served as Board Chairman in 1988 and received the associ- ation's highest honor, the Robert E. Yoakum award, in 2012. "From talking with Roland and Linda, NPCA has been like a second family to the Lindsays pretty much since it began in 1965," Hoffman said at NPCA's 53rd Annual Conven- tion held last October in Rhode Island. "It's one of the cool things about this association. Whether you were born into the industry or whether you came in a bit later, like me, NPCA has always been a welcoming place with the common thread of precast that connects all of us." Hoffman immediately saw the value of involvement with NPCA, from committee work and training to establishing his own network. At that first meeting, Joe Wieser, a longtime family friend of the Lindsays and industry pioneer, invited Mike to dinner and instantly made him feel welcomed and valued. Hoffman ended up establishing his own friendship with Joe's son Andy Wieser, who is now president of Wieser Concrete Products, headquartered in Maiden Rock, Wis. "I was introduced to Mike Hoffman over 20 years ago at an NPCA convention in India- napolis," Wieser recalls. "Through the years, I have worked with Mike on committees, tasks forces, along with several years on the board. I consider Mike to be one of the best leaders in our industry as well as a great friend." Wieser is one of many individuals Hoff - man knows he can call to seek advice from at any time and with any issue. In fact, beyond the confines of association work, true friendships have been formed. For example, Hoffman is part of a group that gets together for an annual snowmobiling trip in northern Wisconsin with the Wiesers. Hoffman has also encouraged his employ- ees to walk the same path by getting involved on NPCA committees and taking advantage of its education program. To date, four Lind- say employees have graduated from NPCA's Precast University curriculum as Master Precasters. In addition, one employee has completed the year-long Leadership NPCA program the association offers, another is currently involved and a third will be in the 2019-20 cohort. Continued on page 48 Mike Hoffman

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