The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced theretirement of George Barney, senior vice president for market developmentand technical services, effective May 1, 2008.

Barney, who has been with PCA since 1970, oversaw PCA's six marketpromotion programs, as well as its research and development, education andtraining, market research, and building codes activities.

"When I started at PCA last November, it quickly became apparent thatGeorge had a positive influence on many issues stretching way beyond hisjob description," says Brian McCarthy, PCA's CEO and president. "Hisleadership was instrumental in several industry and association initiativesduring the past two decades."

Barney started as a research engineer in PCA's R&D laboratory. Hetransferred to the Market Development Group in 1978 where he held a numberof positions leading to his final role as senior vice president. Duringhis tenure, under the leadership of President Jay Gleason, PCA's membershipincreased from 57% of eligible cement companies to its current 98%.

"PCA has always been the guide for the industry in large part due to theleadership of its members," Barney says. "We are blessed with dedicatedmembers committed to doing the right thing. I am proud that I had theopportunity to be part of the industry and the association."

"A person of integrity, George has always had the cement and concreteindustry interests at heart and we have truly been the beneficiaries," saidRon DeLeenheer, member of the PCA Board of Directors and vice president ofmarketing for the midwest division of Ash Grove Cement Co. "GeorgeBarney strove for the best for every individual, cement firm, tradeassociation, and industry stakeholder. Those who have had the opportunityto work alongside George are much better for the experience."

Barney has received numerous accolades for his activities and service. Hewas awarded the T.Y. Lin Award of the American Society of Civil Engineersand the Martin P. Korn Award of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute,both for his paper titled "Behavior and Design of Prestressed ConcreteBeams with Large Web Openings." He is also a recipient of the AmericanConcrete Institute's Henry L. Kennedy Award.

He is a member of several professional organizations including the AmericanConcrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the AmericanSociety for Testing and Materials, the Construction SpecificationsInstitute, and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Barney is a graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science degreein civil engineering, and of Northwestern University with Master of Scienceand Ph.D degrees. As an engineer officer in the United States Marine Corphe served in Vietnam, attaining the rank of captain and earning the BronzeStar Medal with Combat "V."