Author Dennis McKay reads from his story, The Borrowed Five, at CC Live. The story was published in our January 2013 issue.
Credit: Bryan Haraway / Getty Images Author Dennis McKay reads from his story, The Borrowed Five, at CC Live. The story was published in our January 2013 issue.
 

The name may have changed, but the result will be the same: three days of rubbing elbows and relaxing with the cream of the concrete industry at the ASCC Concrete Executive Leadership Forum (CELF, formerly the CEO Forum). If you are a leader in a concrete construction company, this is one meeting you really can’t afford to miss. The networking alone is worth the time and expense, but there will also be talks by ABC economist Anirban Basu and Commander Kirk Lippold, former commanding officer of the USS Cole. From July 25 to 28, you’ll find all of this at the luxurious Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. For more information or to register, go to www.ascconline.org.

CC Live!

We had a great time talking with industry leaders in our CC Live Booth at the World of Concrete. Although the crowds at CC Live weren’t always big, everything got video recorded and will soon be posted on our website. Some of my favorite interviews were with the five people we chose in the January issue as the Most Influential in the Concrete Industry. You can view those videos on the CC website right now.

Moisture Testing

Sometimes there’s an issue that seems to motivate industry members to write, such as moisture testing. On page 29 this month, we present an article by Lee Eliseian (with help from Keith Papulski of Taylor Tools) that promotes the value of the data that can be generated by the moisture vapor emissions rate test (ASTM F1869). I say “can be generated” because Eliseian admits the test has some weaknesses in untrained hands. At almost the same time, I received another article from Ken Bondy and Geoffrey Hichborn, critical of the MVER test and especially of the flooring industry’s 3-pound limit. We will publish that article in the April issue.