Despite being stranded in Iowa due to snow, Ed Sauter, executive director of both the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) and Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) was honored in absentia for lifetime achievement before the opening of World of Concrete.

“This award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions not only to the concrete industry, but also to the World of Concrete,” said Tom Cindric, vice president, Informa Exhibitions US.

Sauter is credited with helping both the CFA and TCA establish themselves as educational resources and move their industries forward.

A registered architect, Sauter began his career with Composite Technologies Corporation (CTC). When the executive director for TCA resigned – just before a WOC trade show – he was asked to serve until a new executive director could be hired. That was 23 years ago.

Under Sauter, the use of tilt-up has grown from an annual 128 million square feet of installed wall panels in 1995 to 350 million square feet of wall panels. TCA membership has grown during that time, too, reaching 450 member firms before the recession in 2007.

While accepting the award for Sauter, Jim Baty, executive director, CFA, commented about Sauter’s commitment, “Ed lives by the motto – ‘Concrete gets in your blood’.”

Sauter has entered part-time retirement and plans to be involved in the individual and company certification efforts of both groups, work on special projects, and help at WOC and the annual conventions of each association.

For more information on Ed Sauter, see a Q&A with Sauter from the January issue of Concrete Construction.