2015 Winners

Larson,_ Bill_croppediBill Larson
Vice President, Marketing CalPortland Company
PCA activities: Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, MIT Industry Advisory Council, PCA Northwest Region
Category: Business Continuity

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 leader in 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.

tim-kuebler-croppedJim Mack
Director, Market Development, CEMEX USA
PCA Activities: Paving Committee
Category: Market Promotion

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 assessment and 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, state departments of transportation, 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.


Swercheck,_ Adam_croppedAdam Swercheck
Director, Environmental Affairs, Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc.
PCA Activities: Clean Air Support Subcommittee, Environment and Energy Technology Subcommittee, Environment and Energy Regulatory Development Subcommittee, Environment and Energy Water and Solid Waste Subcommittee, Environment and Energy Subcommittee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Environment and Energy Data, Government Affairs Council, Environment and Energy Committee
Category: Young Leaders

During the past several years, Adam has made significant contributions towards the development of industry positions and issues related to the PC MACT, NHSM, and CISWI rules and has been instrumental in contributing to successful advocacy with EPA for necessary revisions. Likewise, Adam was one of a handful of PCA representatives working with EPA through the Energy Subcommittee to provide input to their ENERGY STAR® program as it underwent revisions to its cement sector certification process and established a new finish mill energy benchmarking program. Adam’s collective contributions have demonstrated his commitment to serving the better interest of the Industry. He has gained significant recognition and respect from his peers within PCA and is increasingly looked to for leadership roles in the areas of Energy and Environment.

2014 Winners


Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA
Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ash Grove Cement Company
Category: Business Continuity

Jackie led teams in Kansas and Oklahoma to resolve important taxation and transportation issues. In Kansas, her team helped pass legislation to remedy a property tax issue with the support of the Boilermakers, three chambers of commerce, and members of the plant’s Community Advisory Committee. In Oklahoma, she worked with a multi-industry coalition to promote a positive resolution to a rail line ownership matter.

tim-kuebler-croppedTim Kuebler
Vice President, Florida Materials, Titan America LLC
Committees:  Board of Directors, Federal Advocacy Committee, Government Affairs Council, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Paving Committee
Category: Market Promotion

Tim’s leadership expands well beyond his role as co-chairman of the PCA Paving Committee. Whether he is testifying in legislative forums or speaking with community groups, his mantra of people, planet, and profit for consideration of sustainable pavements is evident. Tim has championed regular sharing of best-practices among industry allies. 

Corey_Zollinger_croppedCorey Zollinger
Director Market Development & Paving Solutions, CEMEX
Category: Young Leaders

Corey is an energetic, passionate industry spokesperson for roller-compacted concrete pavements. He played a major role in organizing and obtaining financial sponsors for the very successful RCC paving demonstrations at the 2013 and 2014 World of Concrete. He was instrumental in the creation of the recently established Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement Promotion and Research Council with the mission to build awareness of RCC pavements and support research.

2013 Winners

satish-croppedSatish Sheth
Vice President, Environmental Affairs, CEMEX USA
Committees: Clean Air Committee, Government Affairs Committee.
Category: Business Continuity

As co-chair of the PCA Clean Air Committee, Sheth coordinated PCA's multi-faceted advocacy efforts to address the near-term clean air challenges of the portland cement national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) and the commercial and industrial solid waste incinerator (CISWI) rules. During a two-year period, he manages a very complicated, multi-pronged regulatory, legislative and legal advocacy strategy, with multiple concurrent and overlapping actions and time-frames, such as developing regulatory comments while also preparing congressional legislation and testimony. The work on the NESHAP rule was rewarded with a favorable court decision followed by a settlement agreement with EPA which ultimately resulted in a new NESHAP rule with more favorable emission standards and more time for the industry to comply. Efforts to address the CISWI rule resulted in significant improvements to what was a very challenging rule when first finalized by EPA. He has now focused Committee efforts on defending EPA's new NESHAP rule and making a few more improvements to the CISWI rule.

tomchizmadia_croppedTom Chizmadia 
Senior Vice President-Government Affairs & Sustainability, Lehigh Hanson Inc.
Committees: Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Communication Committee, the MIT Communications Group, the PAC Board, the Clean Air Committee, Sustainable Development Committee, the Energy and Environment Committee, and the Federal Advocacy Committee. 
Category: Market Development

Tom's leadership touches nearly every aspect of cement industry and association initiatives. As co-chair of the MIT Industry Advisory Committee and former chair of the Mercury Advisory Task Group, he helped craft both a governance and deployment strategy for the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub. His work has made the research more responsive to industry needs, and his participation in PCA committees and task groups has helped integrate the results in both advocacy and promotion initiatives.

2012 Winners

Innis.croppedAl Innis
Vice President of Quality & Product Performance Holcim (US) Inc.
Committees: PCA Product Standards and Technology Committee, PCA Board of Directors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Concrete Sustainability Hub, Green Concrete Science, Focus Group and Industry Task Group.
Category: Business Continuity 

Al provided constant, unyielding efforts with the AASHTO/ASTM Harmonization Task Group to get limestone cements accepted for the last several years were vital to the final agreement. These changes to standards resulted in millions of dollars in savings per year to the cement industry. In addition, it provided an opportunity for manufacturers to producer greener cements with lower carbon footprints. Under his guidance as co-chair of the Product and Standards and Technology Committee, the industry came to consensus on the various issues surrounding limestone cements and was able to defend those positions in the standards arena. 

craddock-copy_croppedFrank Craddock
Executive Vice President CEMEX, Houston, Texas
Committees: PCA Board of Directors, PCA Government Affairs Concil, Industry Advisory Council, PCA PAC Board and the PCA PAC Finance Committee.
Category: Market Development

Frank was instrumental in fostering the creation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub, which was established in 2009 with the goal of accelerating emerging breakthroughs in concrete science, and engineering and transferring that science into practice. Supported by PCA and the Ready Mixed Concrete Education and Research Foundation, Craddock coordinated the governance structure of The Hub and established an Industry Advisory Council of both cement and ready mixed concrete executives for the Hub. He also acted as this advisory group's first chairman.