The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management – set a new record raising more than $1.2 million in gross revenue at its annual auction, held in conjunction with the World of Concrete on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

“The 2020 World of Concrete Auction was our best ever,” commented Ben Robuck, CIM Auction Committee Chairman. “This year’s auction was a tremendous success, both in terms of the value of donated items and the number of attendees at the Auction. The results are indicative of the high value the concrete industry places on the CIM program.”

The 2020 CIM Auction featured a Mack Granite Boost-A-Load mixer donated by Mack Trucks, Inc. and equipped with a McNeilus FLEX Controls Bridgemaster mixer. Other big ticket items included an S-485 laser screed donated by Somero Enterprises, Inc., a Load and Go Ready Mix Truck Wash system donated by Shumaker Industries, a 2020 ROXOR off road vehicle donated by Mahindra Automotive North America and a HiPer VR base/rover with data collector software donated by Topcon Positioning Systems.

“In addition to the above mentioned big-ticket items, we were pleased to have cement donations from industry leaders like CEMEX, LaFargeHolcim, Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Argos Cement, St. Marys Cement, Inc., Roanoke Cement Company, GCC, Martin Marietta as well as admixture donations from BASF Corporation, CHRYSO, Inc., Sika USA, Euclid Chemical, GCP Applied Technologies and CarbonCure Technologies, Inc.,” said CIM Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher.

“Once again, we had incredible support from the World of Concrete show management, Informa and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers,” said Gallagher. “We thank the many companies such as Mack Trucks, Inc., McNeilus, Somero Enterprises, Inc., Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc., Mahindra Automotive North America, ROXOR, Shumaker Industries, Volvo Construction Equipment, Silo Pros, Con-Tech, Beck Industrial, PACCAR, Multiquip, Inc., Allen Engineering, Terex and the numerous companies that donated items to the Auction to make it a complete success.”

In addition to the live auction, a silent auction was also held. This year CIM had record proceeds from the silent auction. Auction items included cement, concrete saws, drills, mixers, vibrators, safety equipment, screeds, decorative concrete tools, water meters, pumps, generators, training sessions, reference books, iPads and laptop computers, sports travel packages and golf and vacation travel packages.

NSC partnered with GiveSmart - a user-friendly bidding technology service providing customized auction and event solutions primarily for nonprofit organizations. With GiveSmart, participants were able to register for the auction, sneak preview silent and live auction items, make a donation, and bid on their favorite silent auction items immediately. Participants who were not able to attend the live auction were able to bid online during the event.

About CIM
Receiving tremendous support from the concrete industry, the CIM program was the first of its kind in United States – a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The need for such a program was recognized through the RMC 2000 movement in 1994 and was put into action by the Tennessee concrete industry. The end-result was a partnership between the concrete industry and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to develop the CIM program, implementing it with its first two students in 1996, and producing its first graduates in 2000. Since its humble beginning, the CIM program has expanded and now in addition to MTSU, it is offered at California State University, Chico, Texas State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Today there are more than 470 students pursuing degrees in Concrete Industry Management. With more than 1,300 graduates of the program, 80 percent of CIM graduates are currently working in concrete or concrete related industries.

The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic construction management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and can manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program.

The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses provide much more than what is simply in the text – they emphasize problem solving, quality assurance and customer satisfaction. They utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure the student obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities include on-campus socials and other events providing industry networking and professional development.

In 2012, an Executive MBA program was added by the CIM National Steering Committee. The CIM Executive MBA is specifically designed for individuals with three or more years of experience in the industry.

The CIM program has, and continues to provide, future leaders for the concrete industry. To learn more about the program, visit www.concretedegree.com.

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