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CRSI chief Risser shifts to PCI, succeeding Toscas

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

PCI has named Robert Risser its new president. He joins the group with 20-plus years of executive association management experience, most recently as president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute in Schaumburg, Ill., and succeeds James Toscas, who after 11 years left PCI in late-2014 to lead Portland Cement Association.

“Bob has made significant contributions throughout his career and helped grow each organization he has worked for,” says 2015 PCI Chairman Chris Pastorius. “He prides himself on developing strong value propositions for members through a leadership model driven by collaboration.”

In nearly 10 years, Risser presided over CRSI’s positioning as an American National Standards Institute–accredited Standards Development Organization, plus Government Affairs Committee and Rebar Political Action Committee development. Before joining CRSI, he was Michigan Concrete Paving Association executive director for 11 years. He has also served in a variety of construction- and concrete-related roles, including director of engineering design or market development, and Concrete Construction engineering editor.

Risser serves the ACI Foundation as a Strategic Development Council board member and on the Concrete Research Council executive committee. He was the charter chairman of the Concrete and Masonry Related Associations (CAMRA) group.

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