The editors of The Concrete Producer magazine join Concrete Construction in selecting their own influencers of 2007:

Gene Martineau, CIM National Steering Committee

For more than a decade, Gene Martineau has been one of the ready-mixed concrete industry's greatest cheerleaders, critics, and supporters serving as the national director of Ready Mixed Concrete 2000. More recently, Martineau has undertaken perhaps his noblest cause by becoming the champion of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. This effort resulted in establishing the CIM program at Middle Tennessee State University and then at Arizona State University, University of California at Chico, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Thor Becken, Cemstone

Leading his family's business Cemstone, Thor Becken also serves on the board of directors of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and recently has been appointed president of the Aggregates & Ready Mix Association (ARM) of Minnesota. Becken continues to reposition concrete from commodity to specialty product. His company is a leader in sustainable concrete technology and the application of LEED practices.

Bill Holden, Block USA

Bill Holden, incoming president of the National Concrete Masonry Association, has been a key player in the push to demonstrate the worthiness of masonry structures in rebuilding the Gulf Coast region that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. He supports pushing and educating zoning officials, architectural education on new building codes, and promoting masonry as an economic solution to safe rebuilding of residential construction.

Sidney Freedman, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Sidney Freedman has been, and continues to be, our industry's leading influencer in the growth of architectural precast. After joining PCI in 1973, he now serves as the director of Architectural Systems, Industrial Operations and Safety, and Erection Safety. He is responsible for implementing marketing, technical, and educational programs that respond to the needs and interests of the architectural precast and glass fiber-reinforced concrete producers.

The Committee on National Concrete Canoe Competitions (CNCCC), American Society of Civil Engineers The now 30-year-old tradition started by the student organizations of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) continues to cement students to the concrete industry for life through its National Concrete Canoe Competition. Each competition results in challenging students to apply traditional engineering principles in the designing and building of a concrete canoe, and think outside of the box when it comes to concrete. Related Articles

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