Concrete Products

JUL 2015

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 • July 2015 BRIEFS PRODUCERS Organizations T h e P r e c a s t / P r e - stressed Concrete Institute has named R o b e r t R i s s e r i t s new president. He joins the group with 2 0 - p l u s y e a r s ' o f executive association management experi- ence, including nearly a decade as president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute in Schaumburg, Ill., and succeeds James Toscas, who left PCI in late-2014 to lead the Portland Cement Asso- ciation. "Bob has made signifcant contributions throughout his career and helped grow each organization he has worked for," says 2015 PCI Chairman Chris Pastorius. "He prides him- self on developing strong value propositions for members through a leadership model driv- en by collaboration." Robert Risser A Libra Systems Company 800.676.4111 P h i l a d e l p h i a ▪ S a n A n t o n i o ▪ C h i c a g o ▪ S a n F r a n c i s c o concrete batch controls central/local dispatch truck tracking moisture compensaton material handling enterprise informaton management expert support 24/7 & y o u r p a r t n e r i n c o n c r e t e p l a n t a u t o m a t i o n b u s i n e s s i n t e g r a t i o n f o r o v e r 5 0 y e a r s . In nearly 10 years, Risser presided over CRSI's positioning as an American National Standards Institute–accredited Standards Development Organization, plus Government Affairs Committee and Rebar Political Action Committee de- velopment. Before joining CRSI, he was Michigan Concrete Paving Association executive director for 11 years. He has also served in a variety of construction- and concrete-related roles, including di- rector of engineering design or market development, and Concrete Construction engineering editor. Risser serves on the board of the American Concrete Institute-affliated Strategic Development Council and the Concrete Research Council executive com- mittee, and was the charter Concrete and Masonry Related Associations chair. The American Concrete Pipe Association has recognized the latest winners of its P3 Awards, which recognize Professional Pipe Promotion online training course com- pletion. The P3 program offers advanced training in both the technical and sales and marketing attributes of reinforced concrete pipe, affording participants the tools and information necessary to provide a consistent message to customers, speci- fiers and agencies. By completing the var- ious P3 training modules, pipe profession- als can achieve a "Pipe Pro" and/or "RCP Master" level of knowledge. This year's P3 Award recipients are Tyson Hicks and Rich- ard Hill, Rinker Materials-Concrete Pipe Division Cemex; Bryan Rempt, County Materials Corp.; and, Brent Schofield, Langley Concrete Group. The American Concrete Institute has named John Conn as director of Chapter Activities, and Kanette Mwanjabala coor- dinator of Chapter Services; they join Cheryce Johnson on the ACI Chapters team at the Michigan headquarters. Conn will set the strategic direc- tion as it pertains to the Institute's 101 chapters (57 domestic, 44 inter- national), and 93 student chapters (51 domestic, 42 international). Appointed ACI manager of Certifcation in 2004, he has been responsible for operations that annually certify more than 30,000 indi- viduals in 21 programs, offered in four languages, through a network of 100+ Sponsoring Groups. Since 2009, he has also been responsible for managing ACI's chapter activities. Conn holds a master's in International Business and bachelor's degree in Marketing from Wayne State University, Detroit.

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