In an industry full of passionate individuals, it is hard to find those leading the movement of change. However, Concrete Construction did find 10 people whose dedication and enthusiasm set them apart. Their work has left a handprint on this industry that has forever changed the direction of concrete. For more details on these 10 leaders, click here.

  • Doug Bannister, decorative concrete guru: A leader in the decorative concrete industry, Bannister actively helps the industry grow with his time, money, and energy.
  • Santiago Calatrava, architect: Perhaps more than any other person in the world today, Calatrava is pushing the limits of architecture, using mostly concrete to build the world's most daring structures. His résumé includes the design for the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York City.
  • Clay Fischer, Woodland Construction Co.: Fischer believes that industry involvement from leaders is essential. Thus he lives by example, contributing to ASCC's Education, Research, & Development Foundation, and serving as ASCC vice president and on the executive advisory council for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program.
  • Terry J. Fricks, The Fricks Co.: Installing a superflat floor is no simple feat but Fricks has spent his entire career striving toward that goal. He educates others and helps keep guidelines updated through his participation with ACI.
  • Bev Garnant, American Society of Concrete Contractors: Garnant has channeled the innate passion of association members, creating mobilization and growth in its numbers. The ASCC Education, Research, & Development Foundation and conferences have shown improvement over the last few years.
  • Surendra P. Shah, Northwestern University: Over the years, Shah's research has been an important resource for the behavior of concrete, including fiber reinforced concrete, high-performance concrete, and self-consolidating concrete. His involvement with Northwestern University's Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials has brought a higher level understanding of cement and concrete throughout the world.
  • L. Michael Shydlowski, BASF Admixtures: After more than 40 years in the concrete industry, Shydlowski maintains his enthusiasm for this ever-changing industry. He serves as the founding chairman of the Strategic Development Council (SDC) and as president of BASF Admixtures.
  • Luke Snell, Arizona State University: Throughout his career, Snell has touched the minds of impressionable students of all ages with an unfathomable tenacity and a true love of concrete. He's pioneered the CIM program at Arizona State University.
  • William R. Tolley, American Concrete Institute: As a leading force of ACI and its executive vice president, Tolley leads with a steady, calm hand. He continues to maintain ACI's role in the industry as a leading expert while meeting the needs of its members.
  • Michael H. Weber, Portland Cement Association: With a mission to increase the amount of portland cement consumed in residential settings, Weber is greatly influencing the way we live. He had a major hand in the creation of the NAHB's Concrete Home Building Council.