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Emerging Leaders Group Sharpens Focus

The ACPA Emerging Leaders Group (ELG), including two new members, met last month at The Center/Heritage Group in Indianapolis. 

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack and Ben Robuck (both of CEMEX) were on hand to support the group. Steve Friess, ACPA Treasurer and contractor member with Milestone Contractors LP, provided an ACPA board update and explained the board’s hopes for the ELG. The meeting was once again facilitated by Regina Feltman of Updraft Consulting.

A key focus of the meeting was to advance the agendas of the working groups, which were started last year to focus on Technology, Specifications, Workforce Development, and Marketing.  The working groups at this meeting focused on SMART goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based.  As they created SMART goals, the group also completed a stakeholder mapping activity to identify who holds power and who influences that power in organizations. The stakeholder mapping process was also used to help inform the steps of each group’s goals.

The group also participated in a storytelling exercise in which Regina explained how to frame a compelling story.  This included ideas on how to use storytelling to enhance presentations and informal discussions of ideas. Another session focused on identifying and using different tactics for influencing people’s actions. The ELG also discussed other ideas, including ways to make the ACPA awards banquet more engaging and interesting. 

Following the first day’s meeting, the group visited Speedway Indoor Karting for indoor kart races, followed by a group dinner at Big Woods. During dinner the group participated in an ‘fun facts’ excercise where ELG members heard two fun facts and had to guess which group member the facts were about.

The ELG is planning its next meeting during the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting in June.  The working groups will continue to work on projects and will propose ideas to the ACPA Board. 

Mack Named 2019 ACPA Chairman

James W. “Jim” Mack, Director of Market Development-Commercial Strategy for CEMEX has been named  the 56th Chairman of the ACPA Board of Directors.  

He assumed the role with the traditional gavel passing ceremony last Thursday at the closing awards dinner at the ACPA annual meeting.  Chuck Niederriter, 2018 Chairman (and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Co.) said Jim is the first Chairman in the history of ACPA to have served with a cement company, a regional shipper’s group, an ACPA-affiliated Chapter, ACPA National, and PCA.

“The combination of his work experiences, business sense, and his technical prowess give him some unique perspectives on the industry,” Chairman Niederriter says, adding, “But even more than that, Jim has a well-deserved reputation as being a staunch and tireless advocate for concrete pavements.” 

Jim thanked Chuck for his service as 2018 Chairman and described his two major objectives as 2019 Chairman.  

“The first is the implementation of the industry pavement promotion plan,” he said, adding, “The second item I want to focus on is the continuation of the ConcreteCOMPETES initiative started by Chairman Niederriter.”  The initiative is about aligning resources at the national level to scale up pavement promotion and to support the local promotion network, he says.

CEMEX Opens its First U.S. Admixture Blending Plants

CEMEX announced on Sept. 5 the opening of the company’s first admixture blending plant in the United States. The plant will provide CEMEX’s nearby ready-mix plants with up to 16 different products for regular and high performance concrete. When fully-operational, the Brooksville, FL-plant will service close to 160 company ready mix facilities throughout Florida and the mid-south region. 

In related news, CEMEX announced on Sept. 12 that it has purchased a turnkey aggregates quarry from Blue Star Materials II.  The 122-acre site and quarry plant are located in Chico, Texas, about 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

For more information about both these developments, visit CEMEX’ press room

ACPA Members in the News

Here’s a snapshot view of recent news reported by ACPA members.

  • Cemex says it is the first company to operate cement plants by remote control. Click here for details.
  • GOMACO is training large numbers of students at its GOMACO University training course.  Click here for details, as well as upcoming classes. 
  • Power Pavers video offers tips for setting bridge parapet stringlines.  Click here for an instructional video.

Do you have news to report to ACPA members.   Click here to email a news, web links, and other announcements.

CEMEX Contributes to Texas Relief Effort

CEMEX, an ACPA member, announced a total $500,000 donation for employee and community relief efforts in Texas, following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

CEMEX USA has a strong operational and commercial presence in the Greater Houston area, where it is also headquartered. A rapid response effort to provide aid to affected employees and their families has been launched. Fortunately, all CEMEX employees are safe.

CEMEX also established a fund to receive voluntary donations from its personnel worldwide to help affected colleagues. Total funds contributed will be matched by the company.

“Our top priority is the safety of our employees. We will continue to assist our colleagues and their families affected by this devastating storm,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX. “Our thoughts are with the people in Texas. We trust their resilience and solidarity will help them overcome this tragedy.”

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.

For more information on CEMEX, please visit:  www.cemex.com.  

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