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September 11, 2015

Salt River Materials Group Manager Awarded by Portland Cement Association

SKOKIE, Ill. — Portland Cement Association (PCA) named Scott Palmer the runner-up of a 2015 John P. Gleason Jr., Leadership Award.

Presented at PCA’s annual fall committee meeting, 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 three categories of key strategic initiatives: Business Continuity, Market Development as well as Young Leaders.

Palmer, runner-up in the Market Development category, is recognized for leadership in developing the size and scope of the market for cement and cement-based products. Potential areas include national and regional marketing and promotion, communications and branding, federal and local advocacy, codes and standards, and influential application of research results.

Mr. Palmer, market development manager at Sal River Materials Group, is honored as 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, AZ. 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.

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.

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