blair_croppedBruce Blair
Vice President, Product Performance, LaFarge North America
Committees: Products, Standards & Technology
Category: Business Continuity 2014

Bruce Blair has been a leader in industry standards development, industry sustainability initiatives, research, and in addressing technical issues to improve business continuity. He served as chair of the PCA Durability Subcommittee, leading PCA efforts to address alkali-silica reactivity, sulfate attack, and joint deterioration in pavements. Bruce is currently co-chair of the Product Standards and Technology Committee, providing key guidance in the development and use of portland-limestone blended cements and their acceptance by DOTs and specifiers. He is actively engaged in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub program, working to steer the program to better address industry needs and opportunities. Bruce works tirelessly with standards organizations, industry allies, and specifiers to advance PCA's technical initiatives.

ca_constantino_croppedCesar Constantino 
Senior Director for Process & Quality, Titan America 
Committees: MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Green Concrete Science Focus Group, MIT Industry Task Group and the PCA Product Standards & Technology Committee
Category: Business Continuity 2012

Constantino chairs the focus group for the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub's Concrete Science Project. The concrete and cement industries established The Hub to focus on quantifying and enhancing the sustainable nature of concrete, as the call for an increased emphasis on environmental issues in the building industry grows louder. He has brought the industry together to create the most sustainable building product possible through fundamental research starting at the atomic scale. His leadership has enabled the program to more forward at a rapid pace. At the same time, Constantino led the group to its new road map that will guide future cement and concrete sustainability research. 

Tony Dosien
District Sales Manager, Lafarge North America Inc.
Committees: PCA-North Central Region Steering Comittee, PCA's Paving Committee.
Category: Market Development 2012

Dosien demonstrated his leadership as the Steering Committee chairman during the recent successful Minnesota billboard and media campaigns that lead to a breaking of the stalemate between the industry and the Minnesota Department of Transportation on the use and design of concrete pavements. Throughout the planning and immediately following the launch, Dosien actively communicated the campaign's intent and verbalized his support and that of Lafarge. His visibility and backing helped to ultimately galvanize the industry behind this new approach. Because of the campaigns, in 2011, an additional $65 million dollars was added for concrete projects switched from the resurfacing budget. The seven-inch concrete minimum thickness policy was eliminated. An alternate design/alternate budget committee was formed at the DOT, with concrete paving representation and input. DOT is now consistently designing five- and six-inch-think concrete pavements for overlay applications. 

Hussey_croppedChip Hussey
Vice President, Cement Sales and Marketing, Argos USA
Committees: Board of Directors, Buildings, Regional Promotion 
Category: Business Continuity 2014

Chip has been very active in the local promotion effort in both the Southeast and Northeast Regions. He has served in many capacities over the years, overseeing focused local promotion efforts by partners and PCA employees. Chip has always brought a “what’s best for the Industry” outlook to his service with the Regional Groups, as well as a strong commitment to growing the market for cement based solutions to the construction of buildings and infrastructure. Chip is a key part of the leadership team at Argos USA and was instrumental in the seamless transition of Lafarge southeastern assets to Argos in 2012. Through that transaction, Argos expanded its cement territory to include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina and Virginia. And more recently in 2014, the added expansion of Florida to its southeastern presence through the acquisition of Vulcan Cement and Ready Mix assets in Florida. In addition to his duties at Argos, Chip serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

bill-larson_croppedBill Larson
Vice President, Marketing, CalPortland Company
Comittees: Regional Promotion Committee, Sustainable Development, Communications and Paving Committees
Category: Business Continuity 2013, 2014

Bill continues to be an effective advocate for the use of portland cement and concrete in all aspects of government. His passion for advancing PCA’s sustainability goals is contagious. As a leaderin the region, he has influenced state agencies, legislators, and local government officials to adopt policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with rigid pavement. Through his work with the California EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) the cement industry has maintained its strategic position as an environmental leader. He developed relationships with California’s department of transportation, encouraging them to implement MIT’s pavement vehicle interaction model in real-world conditions; to consider true LCCAs as defined by MIT; and to adopt an AD/AB policy that makes concrete pavement a financially viable solution. Bill’s untiring efforts to promote the industry make him a valuable asset on the boards of the California Nevada Cement Association and PCA Northwest Region.

BLindsayBrett Lindsay
Environmental Manager, Salt River Materials Group
Committees: Chair, Environment and Energy Committee, Chair, Regulatory Development Subcommittee, Vice Chair, Environment and Energy; Member: Clean Air Committee, Environment and Energy Data Subcommittee
Category: Business Continuity, 2015

As chairman of PCA’s Environment and Energy Committee, Brett Lindsay ensures that all opinions are considered when working to reach consensus on issues. Brett includes committee leadership and individual members so that every issue is thoroughly vetted and a strategic plan is developed. As the association’s members continue to move toward full compliance with the NESHAP standards on September 9, 2015, specific issues have arisen in the final stage that must be addressed, and Brett’s leadership has provided direction and support to address all these concerns, providing a path forward. He is often called on to prepare and present detailed technical information on a variety of complex topics to staff and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, as well as the offices of congressional lawmakers. He is an active participant in PCA’s Environmental Product Declaration for cement project.

JMack Pic_croppedJim Mack
Director, Market Development, CEMEX USA
Committee: Paving
Category: Market Development 2013, 2014

Jim has been a critical component in PCA paving advocacy efforts. His   research and analysis has been integral to past and on-going life-cycle cost analysis research, the integration of MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub work into advocacy, and the melding of technical engineering aspects with financial aspects. Time and time again, Jim has been an industry representative at meetings with such agencies as the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office to illustrate concrete’s LCCA benefits. He is also active in sending the message to local advocacy arenas.

mcdonald_croppedKirk McDonald
Vice President, Cement Technical Service, CalPortland Company
Committees: Product Standards and Technology, Limestone/Harmonization Task Group, Manufacturing Technical Committee, MIT CSHub Concrete Science Industry Task Group.
Category: Business Continuity 2013

As chair of PCA's Limestone/Harmonization Task Group, McDonald coordinated the activities of the communications teams that are working locally to promote the acceptance and use of portland-limestone cements in all 50 states. Educating users and specifiers about the additional environmental benefits of using portland-limestone cements promotes the sustainability advantages of concrete over competing building materials. The successful acceptance of this new cement type by more than 25 percent of state DOTs since specification provisions were adopted in 2012 represents a significant accomplishment for the state communications teams under McDonald's leadership, with clear improvements in competitiveness. 

scottNielsonScott Nielsen
Corporate Environmental Manager, Ash Grove Cement Company
Committees: Co-Chair, Energy and Environment Technology Subcommittee, Member: Clean Air Support Subcommittee, Energy and Environment Regulatory Development Committee, Energy and Environment Water and Solid Waste Subcommittee, Manufacturing Technical Committee, Clean Air Committee
Category: Young Leaders 2015

As a member of several PCA committees, Scott Nielson is an active volunteer who serves as co-chairman on PCA’s Energy and Environment Technology Subcommittee. Scott has direct responsibility for environmental compliance at Ash Grove Cement Company’s Midwestern cement and quarry operations. He has taken a leadership role in CEMS implementation as well as DAS implementation within the company. Scott has presented at several technical conferences including the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference in 2014, and he is involved in planning the IEEE West Coast conference.

scott-palmer-croppedScott Palmer
Manager, Market Development, Salt River Materials Group
Committees: Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, Member: Board of Directors, Buildings Committee, Communications Committee, Regional Promotion Committee
Category: Market Development 2013, 2015

Scott has been a tireless champion for the use of concrete wall systems in production homebuilding. During the past several years he has facilitated a partnership with Meritage Homes and Hercuwall, which has led to a large scale pilot project in Goodyear, Arizona. The result is that for the first time ever a major national home builder is offering a concrete wall system for the same price as wood. In addition to the Meritage partnership, he worked with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona to build their first negative energy concrete home, which was showcased on tour during the 2009 Greenbuild Convention in Phoenix; co-founded the Smart Home Alliance to promote sustainable, energy-efficient residential concrete wall construction, is a founding board member of the Green Builder Coalition; and in 2015 partnered with Habitat for Humanity Verde Valley and trade partners to build another demonstration home in Sedona, Arizona.

Ernie Peterson_0340_croppedErnie Peterson
Regional Sales Manager, Ash Grove Cement Company
Committees: chair of the PCA-North Central Regional Committee, Paving, Regional Promotion
Category: Market Development 2012, 2014

Through his formation of alliances with several partner organizations, Ernie was vital to the passage of the “Build Nebraska Act” that dedicates one-quarter percent of existing sales tax, currently going to the General Fund, to transportation. Working with PCA-North Central, concrete and cement industry participants were involved during the entire process, including attendance at public hearings and the contacting of legislators and the governor. As a board member of Nebraska AGC and Better Nebraska Association, Ernie raised the visibility of this critical opportunity early on. This included financial support and management of professional lobbying; creation of a “Road Facts” book utilized at public hearings; a presentation at the AGC Annual Convention; and creation of the Better Nebraska Association website. Peterson co-authored the Better Nebraska Association website.

Spencer Weitman_croppedSpencer Weitman
President of National Cement Company
Committee: Government Affairs Council
Category: Business Continuity 2012, 2014

As an integral part of the PCA-Southeast Region from its founding days, Spencer has been a long-time advocate for the cement industry and its products and has worked tirelessly to further the industry. When National Cement Company announced suspension of its plans to build a $350 million new kiln in Alabama, it became a U.S. House Republicans case study in how environmental rules kill jobs. National estimated it would take about 1,500 construction workers to build the kiln and then 20 to operate it on a permanent basis. The Republican leadership in the House recruited Spencer and a dozen other private-sector job creators to demonstrate how American employers are being hampered by excessive Washington regulations. In a memo from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), he stated that the red tape facing Mr. Weitman and National Cement is on the list of “Top 10 Job-Destroying Regulations.”