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Annual NRMCA Committee, Chairman’s Awards

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association honored producer and associate members during its 2012 convention last month in Savannah, Ga. Awards were presented to individuals or companies as determined by various NRMCA committees, along with 2011–12 Chairman Karl Watson, Jr.

William B. Allen Award
H. Tom Becken, chairman of Cemstone in Mendota Heights, Minn., is the 2012 recipient of an award named for one of the industry’s most distinguished management consultants and plant-management veterans. Accepting the award on his behalf was son Tim Becken, Cemstone vice president.

Chairman’s Award
Recipients Thomas L. Flynn (top) and Kenneth G. Robinson (bottom) were recognized for extraordinary dedication to the association and ready mixed industry. A past (2000) NRMCA chairman and longtime board member, Flynn recently retired as CEO and CFO of the former Flynn Group, an Iowa-based ready mixed and aggregate producer.

Robinson is executive chairman of Command Alkon Inc., the Birmingham, Ala.-based business he has built since founding Command Data in 1976 and bolting on such brands as ACS and PSI. A Command Data and Alkon Corp. merger in 2000, followed by a series of deals involving domestic and overseas information technology specialists, has positioned the company as one of the largest global software and hardware providers for construction materials producers.

Concrete Cares
Drake Materials of Scottsdale, Ariz., was recognized for its outstanding commitment to community service. In partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Miracle League of Arizona and a host of other charitable and business leaders in the community, Drake Materials has helped give special needs children an all-American experience—playing baseball.

Fifty Drake employees worked to support the project’s construction manager, Hunt Construction Group, by dedicating more than 120 hours to help build the Dan Haren Miracle League Field, which is wheelchair and walker friendly. In addition, Drake supplied the complex with almost 300 yd. of colored and regular concrete. On hand to accept the Concrete Cares Award was Drake Materials President Daryl Leazier.

Drivers of the Year
NRMCA awards breakfast attendees’ enthusiasm peaked with the Operations, Environmental and Safety Committee’s recognition of mixer drivers. Driver of the Year Timothy J. Lindsay of GCC Mid-Continent Concrete’s Siloam Springs, Ark., plant (right) and Raymond Spradley of Titan America’s Port Norfolk, Va., plant received recognition at the event. (Also see Concrete Products, March 2012, pp 30-31).

Promoter of the Year
Larry Gibbes, Argos USA, was named the 2012 Promoter of the Year for outstanding contributions in support of concrete promotion, with a particular focus on product performance in recent years. Promotion successes have included the placement of more than 35,000 yd. of concrete from recent activities.

Lifetime for Achievement in Promotion
Peter Deem, who recently retired from Holcim Ltd. as vice president of sales for the West, received the Lifetime Achievement for Promotion Award in recognition of his long career at the company. Deem has distinguished himself in his resolve that industry associations must work together to maximize gains for all segments. He demonstrated time and again his ability to bring about such collaboration through his patient but persistent and personally genuine efforts.

State Association
The Kentucky Ready-Mixed Concrete Association was honored with the 2011 State Association of the Year, recognizing contributions to the industry in the areas of research, education, advocacy and promotion. On hand to accept the award was KRMCA Executive Director R. Finley Messick.