SKOKIE, Illinois — Portland Cement Association (PCA) recognized Ernie Peterson as a finalist of a 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. Peterson was honored in Market Development.
Peterson, regional sales manager of Ash Grove Cement Company in Overland Park, Kansas, formed alliances with several partner organizations and was vital to the passage of the “Build Nebraska Act” that dedicates one-quarter of existing sales tax to transportation. Working with PCA-North Central Region, 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, Peterson 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 Better Nebraska Association website. Peterson co-authored the Better Nebraska Association website.
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.
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 www.cement.org.