Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program’s National Steering Committee Announces New Board

The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management – recently announced the election of new officers and board members.

The newly elected officers are:

Chairman – Mike Schneider, Vice President of Operations, Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.

Vice Chairman – Alan Nedza, Director of Sales, Admixture Systems North America, BASF Corporation

Treasurer – Nicole R. Maher, Chief Operating Officer, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)

Newly elected board members include:

  • Steve Cox, North American Director of Sales, Grace Construction Products
  • Matt Childs, President, American Concrete Pipe Association
  • Beverly Garnant, Executive Director, American Society of Concrete Contractors
  • Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc.
  • Mike Campion, Senior Vice President, SIKA Corp.

 These new board members join the existing board, including:

  • Rex Cottle, Vice President, Economic Forecasting and Labor Relations, Trinity Industries, Inc.
  • Wally Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, U.S. Concrete, Inc.
  • Julie Garbini, Executive Director, RMC Research & Education Foundation
  • Douglas Guerrero, Chairman, CIM Patrons of California State University, Chico
  • Rick Yelton, Editor-In-Chief, Hanley Wood Magazines, The Concrete Producer and World of Concrete
  • James Toscas, President, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
  • Randy Beard, Principal and Managing Director, Walter P. Moore
  • Peter Brewin, Regional President, CEMEX

“We are very pleased with the selection of new officers, directors and the industry leadership experience and commitment they bring to the National Steering Committee for CIM,” said CIM NSC Executive Director Eugene Martineau. “Their leadership will be essential as the NSC continues to provide oversight and direction while advancing the CIM program and preparing the next generation of leaders for the concrete industry.”

The CIM Program

Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, the CIM program was developed in 1996. The individuals graduating from this program will have the skill set necessary to meet the growing demands of the progressively changing concrete industry of the 21stcentury. It is a business intensive program, providing solid management skills that can be used in any industry, but has been developed specifically for the concrete industry. The program gives students many advantages including entering the concrete workforce with exposure to the industry early in their careers, unlike others coming in with generic business degrees.

The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic business management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program. The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure the student obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities for growth include on-campus socials and other organized events providing industry networking and professional development.

About CIM

Receiving tremendous support from the concrete industry, the CIM program was the first of its kind in United States– a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The need for such a program was recognized in 1994 and was put into action by the concrete industry. The end-result was a partnership between the concrete industry and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to develop the CIM program, implementing it with its first two students in 1996. Available at MTSU, California State University, Chico, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Texas State University, the program has been successful for both the industry and the graduates. To learn more about the program, visit

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