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ACPA Publishes 2019 Annual Report

Just prior to the holidays, Jerry Voigt invited members to go back to the future. That’s the theme of the 2019 ACPA Annual Report, which presents a snapshot of ACPA programs and projects, as well as “an outlook for a stronger market moving forward,” he says. 

The 22-page report highlights membership gains for 2019, a strategic plan for the future, advocacy efforts, and support of members and chapters. Technical service, which in 2019, represented a greater than $10 million value to members, is also highlighted, along with examples of some of the technical support initiatives and accomplishments for the year.

The annual report also details national training, including our efforts to support, the cement and concrete industry’s pavement thickness design platform. More than 1,750 people have received training from ACPA and NRMCA, and there are more than 5,000 unique users of the program worldwide. In all, 11,000 completed design runs have been completed since the program was formally launched in 2017. 

Communications and marketing results are also featured in the report, as well as a new committee structure that was approved in December. The annual report includes much more information that captures the energy, excitement and optimism of ACPA members, staff and affiliates. 

ACPA Committee Restructuring to Move Forward

 As we reported in December, the proposed ACPA committee restructuring plan was approved by the Board of Directors last month. So, what comes next?

ACPA leadership and staff have jumped into 2020 with a decisive agenda to move forward with the implementation. Ed Griffith (St. Marys Cement Co.), in his role as Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) Chairman/2nd Vice Chair of the Board, takes the SAC chair as Dave Howard of Koss Construction, takes on the role of Vice Chairman of the Board. Dave, along with 2019 Chairman Jim Mack, led the original committee visioning session last year and worked with ACPA staff to create the framework for the restructuring.

Andy Gieraltowski takes on the role of staff lead for SAC and will assist with restructuring implementation. Andy, along with Ed Griffith, Jerry Voigt and Chairman Greg McCormick (Northern Improvement Co.), will begin outlining key implementation steps in an upcoming conference call.

“An initial goal is to map important on-going work from the old task forces to new functional committees to ensure continuity,” Andy says.  Another task will be to discuss functional committee leaders and membership, he says. “With the new structure, our objective is to improve member engagement in and awareness of ACPA’s programs and projects.” Key points from the conference call, he says, will be shared with the SAC during a conference call later this month.

For additional information, click here to see our Dec. 19th story and/or the linked video about the committee restructuring.

Sherry Braafhart to Retire

Mention the name, Sherry Braafhart, and the reaction is likely to be smiles and great stories about the tremendous work she has done for the ACPA network for more than three decades.

Quite simply, people who know her share a great respect for her support and value as a cherished team member and friend. Sherry recently announced her retirement, which will be effective later this month.

“Looking back, I started working with her in 1986,” recalls Gordon Smith, Assistant Director of the CP Tech Center and retired President of the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA). Sherry started in April and Gordon started at ICPA in August the same year, he says.

“She was already established, and I always looked at her as a touchpoint for anything we did. In those days, there were just three of us and two of us were traveling frequently, so Sherry was the constant, the one always in the office. She held everything together,” he remembers fondly. Among her many skills and talents, he says, Sherry was very good at putting together workshops, which Gordon said were and are vital to chapters.

Bill Cuerdon, Executive Director of the ACPA-New York Chapter, and Ray Seipp, President of the ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, echo the sentiments. He recalled how her husband’s transfer led Sherry to take on a similar role with the (then) Northeast Chapter-ACPA, supporting staff and members in that role. When the Chapter was reorganized to the current regional/state associations, Sherry continued her support, but with a twist. She and her husband moved back to Iowa, but Sherry continued to provide support remotely to the New York and Mid-Atlantic Chapters.

Coming from the NY DOT, Bill recalls he was a bit uncertain about some of the specifics of day-to-day operations. “Thank goodness Sherry was here. She showed me how to do things and has been very supportive as a professional and as an individual,” he says. “She’s personable and hard working, and she has a good and indomitable spirit. I think of her like a sister.”

“She kept things flowing and she was the glue that held things together for many years,” Ray recalls, adding, “It was the same for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She helped organize and promote our annual crab feast, but she also set up fishing, golf — and the whole program.”

Bob Long, retired President of the ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chapter says Sherry was the key to the difficult, but successful, reorganization of the Northeast Chapter into three independent Chapters (PA, NY and Mid-Atlantic) in 2006. She professionally and efficiently provided full administrative support for all three organizations; he says.

“We would not have been able come through that reorganization without her,” Bob says. He credited her with the establishment and growth of an Annual Virginia Concrete Conference, which started in 2002. The conference has grown from 130 more than 400 attendees.

Bill adds, “She taught us how to be better Chapter executives,” adding that the boards of directors provide oversight, “but Sherry provided the support and paid attention to the details. It’s safe to say Sherry has been the architect off everything that helped us maintain our day-to-day focus.” 

Photo caption: (L to R) Sherry Braafhart, an Elvis impersonator, and Elke Allen take a brief time-out to enjoy an evening reception at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Sherry assisted ACPA staff with registration and other on-site support.

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Register for World of Concrete using our unique registration link, which appears below. With this unique code, you’ll save a minimum of $55 per registration! Be sure to visit the American Concrete Pavement Association in booth C4326 (Central Hall).

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  • Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements [Look for course ACPAMO]
    Monday, February 3, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon
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    Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon

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GCC Announces Operational Changes in US Division

GCC, an ACPA member, welcomes Bob Cartmel as vice president of U.S. ready mix and announces Doug Roark’s move to vice president of U.S. cement operations.

In Roark’s 14 years with GCC, he has served as vice president of ready mix and as vice president of energy & environmental.

In his new role, Roark’s responsibilities include managing cement operations at GCC’s five U.S. cement plants. Doug’s experience in cement operations, environmental and ready mix bring great perspective to this position. Roark holds a chemical engineering degree from Oklahoma University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Doug’s experience and knowledge across the GCC business and operations will help us build an even stronger company focused on serving our customers and operating in a more sustainable manner,” said Ron Henley, president of the U.S. division.

Cartmel joined GCC in November 2019 from his consulting business and after more than 25 years at LafargeHolcim. Cartmel served in various roles including president/CEO of Lafarge Canada, regional president of aggregate and concrete, and vice president of strategy and business development. Cartmel has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and completed the international leadership program through INSEAD.

“Bob’s day-to-day operational knowledge is matched by his vision and passion to build stronger, more cost-effective companies,” Henley says. 

Additionally, Verne Stuessy will assume the role of vice president of business improvement focused on the execution of various projects throughout operations and on coordinating efforts with GCC’s Corporate Technical and Operations Office. Stuessy has degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of St. Thomas.

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