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September 03, 2014

Ash Grove Cement Company Director Recognized by Portland Cement Association

SKOKIE, Illinois — Portland Cement Association (PCA) named Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, the winner of the 2014 John P. Gleason Jr., Leadership Award.

Presented at PCA’s annual fall committee meeting, August 26, 2014, in Chicago, the awards honor employees of member companies who have exhibited industry leadership by taking the Association in new directions. Awards are presented in each of PCA’s two categories of key strategic initiatives: Business Continuity and Market Development as well as Young Leaders. Clark was honored in the Business Continuity category.

Clark, director of communications and public affairs of Ash Grove Cement Company, in Overland Park, Kansas, is a recognized leader who plays an active role in identifying and resolving challenges at all levels of government. Clark led teams in Kansas and Oklahoma to resolve important taxation and transportation issues which adversely affected Ash Grove’s Chanute plant’s competitiveness.

In Kansas, her team passed legislation, which Governor Sam Brownbeck signed into law, to remedy a property tax issue with support of the Boilermakers, three chambers of commerce, and members of the plant’s Community Advisory Committee.

In Oklahoma, Clark’s team worked with a multi-industry coalition to promote a positive resolution to a rail line ownership matter.

The award is named after John P. “Jay” Gleason, Jr., who served as PCA president from 1986 until his retirement in 2007. Gleason was known for his consensus building among both members and allies and for his strong leadership skills.

About PCA
Based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Skokie, Illinois, the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. More information on PCA programs is available at

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