Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The ASCC office are closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will re-open on Monday, November 27. Everyone on the ASCC staff wishes all our wonderful members a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

MIX Group Orientation

Save the dates of March 13 and 14 for the next MIX Group Orientation. Watch your email in January for more information.

Upcoming Events

World of Concrete
Las Vegas, NV
Exhibits: January 23-25, 2024
Education: January 22-25, 2024
Register – Use Code A20 for discount

Kick Off Bash
The Westgate Hotel, Pavilion 1-3
Las Vegas, NV
January 22, 2024

Welcome New Members

  • Indy Decorative Concrete, Indianapolis, IN
  • Shelter Forest Insurance (SFI), Portland, OR

Get To Know Your ASCC Staff

Jim Klinger
Concrete Construction Specialist

If you want to get Technical about it all, 2023 marks the third year covering the Hotline phone bank here at the ASCC Technical Division- while at the same time taking on modest little writing assignments such as the monthly “Guidance for Concrete Contractors” column you read when you visit the ASCC VOICE.

How did I land here at ASCC after a 41-year career in the concrete business? Some might say it was divine intervention. On the other hand, Matt and Steve Gonsalves (ASCC member Conco) used to advise us “You always have to try to position yourself to get lucky…and the harder you work, the luckier you get.”  So, which was it, and does it really matter?

I still keep a manila folder full of dog-eared copies of articles torn from industry trade publications that industry legends (and previous ASCC Hotline operators) Bruce Suprenant and Ward Malisch wrote going back more than 30 years that helped me (and countless other Owners, engineers, and concrete contractors) avoid typically unsavory, sometimes unnecessary, and usually costly situations.

If you really want to know the truth, the only regret after all these years in the concrete business is not getting involved with ASCC and ACI until rather late in my career.  I didn’t meet Bruce until the 2015 World of Concrete (see photo), and later met up with both Bruce and Ward at the 2017 ACI Convention in Anaheim.

Thanks to ASCC for the opportunity to try to catch up – to make things right- and give something back…however small…to fellow engineers and concrete contractors in the concrete industry that has treated this humble Hotline Operator so well.

ASCC Technical Director Mike Hernandez was awarded the ACI Fellow Designation (FACI). This prestigious award recognizes Mike for his outstanding contributions to the concrete industry over his career. “At the time of nomination, a Fellow shall have been a Member of the Institute, or a representative of an Organizational or Sustaining Member of the Institute, for at least fifteen years including three of the last five years. A Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction, or management. In addition, a Fellow shall have made significant contributions to ACI through committees and/or local chapters. A Fellow shall retain that membership rank as long as membership in the Institute is maintained or until elected an Honorary Member.”

Executive Committee

Building Beyond Bricks: Selling an Experience in Construction
Cory Lee, Vice President 

In the world of concrete construction, the paradigm is shifting from merely erecting structures to crafting immersive experiences. Beyond the nuts and bolts, construction projects today are about creating environments that resonate with a deeper connection to both functionality and relationship. It’s not just about building structures; it’s about sculpting experiences that leave a lasting impact. Read More

Executive Director

More from the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Ray Hefner

Back in April of 2023, I wrote a brief article about “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” focusing on the first dysfunction, Absence of Trust. The article focuses on the next four dysfunctions with some simple solutions to avoid them. Read More

Technical Director

ASCC Continues to Increase Impact at ACI Convention in Boston
Mike Hernandez

ASCC members continue to work on numerous ACI Committees to monitor and influence the documents and present the contractor’s position. There are ACI committees on nearly any subtopic in concrete you can imagine. ASCC/ACI members have provided feedback on the work happening in the committees in which they are involved. Read More

Concrete Construction Specialist

Guidance for Concrete Contractors #23
Jim Klinger

  • Is the contractor responsible for meeting County Code requirements?
  • Placement of Headed Shear Stud Reinforcement
  • Ask for a pre-bid RFI
  • Preparing an engineered pump primer mix design

Read More

Decorative Concrete & Polished Concrete Specialist

Planning for 2024 DCC Activities
Clark Branum

The DCC would like to put out a call to the membership for community projects for next year. We have been planning a specific project, but there seems to be some project delays. So, now we need a new project for 2024. If anyone has a worthy project, please advise myself or our council Director Rich Cofoid. Read More

Decorative Concrete Council

Get Ready for the DCC/CPC Experience at the 2024 World of Concrete 
Rich Cofoid, council director

Brand new this year…The DCC and CPC have joined forces to bring you The Decorative Concrete Experience, an interactive area in the back of the South Hall where attendees have the opportunity to learn how to participate and prosper in these dynamic market segments. The Experience will feature live and recorded, short peer-to-peer presentations from industry experts on topics crafted to help new and experienced practitioners improve their businesses. Read More

Safety & Risk Management Council

Looking For A Way To Transform Your Company Safety Culture: Here’s The Solution You’ve Been Looking For 
Kristin McKenzie, Martin Concrete Construction, SRMC Board Member

As a longtime attendee of the ASCC Safety Summit, I can confidently say that this event has been instrumental in elevating our safety department at Martin Concrete. The resources and knowledge gained from this event have proven to be invaluable, not just for our safety team, but for our company. Read More

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