Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 8:15 AM – 9:15 PM | 2018 ConcreteWorks Opening Session

Converting Projects to Concrete: NRMCA Members Share their Successes

Join us for this informative presentation featuring NRMCA members sharing their stories on how they used NRMCA’s Concrete Design Center to convert parking areas from asphalt to concrete and buildings from wood to concrete.
Learn from the experts on how they are transforming the way we build from NRMCA’s most successful members.
NRMCA’s primary goal is to expand the market for concrete paving and buildings through the Build with Strength and the Pave Ahead initiatives. One key strategy of these programs is the Concrete Design Center—where NRMCA provides design recommendations on paving and building projects to convert them to concrete. Our presentation will feature:

  • Hall Chaney, Chaney Enterprises to discuss Microtel
  • Keith Korthuis, Ferndale Ready Mixed to discuss Harcourt Development
  • David Gray, GCC of America to discuss Thorncreek Golf Course Overlay
  • Duane Coy, Dolese Bros. Co. to discuss results from their successful Contractor Boot Camp and DAPs and Ray Merlo, Merlo Construction Co. Inc. to discuss contractor collaboration 
  • Carolyn Sutton, Executive Director, Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association


Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM | Maryland B-D

Economic Update with Keynote Speaker Ed Sullivan

Edward Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist

Edward Sullivan is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Market Intelligence for PCA. He directs all PCA’s forward market assessments that support the industry’s planning efforts and market research. Ed’s analysis and views regarding the construction, cement and concrete industries is widely used in corporate planning efforts, the financial industry, and media. Ed’s analysis also supports the cement industry’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and, to this end, has testified before Congress.
Ed has been cited by the Chicago Federal Reserve as the most accurate forecaster among 30 top economists. Various other forecasting surveys have placed Ed among the most accurate construction economists in the country. Over the years, Ed has been named a “key influencer” in the domestic and international cement and concrete industry by various trade magazines. Ed is often sought as a keynote speaker at various industry events throughout the year.
Ed has more than 30 years of industrial economic analysis in support of senior executives and has played an important role in several U.S. Government automotive trade policy decisions. In the past, Ed has held the position of Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank Economics, Standard & Poor’s, and Wharton Economics where he worked with Nobel Lauriat, Lawrence Klein. His background also includes positions as a senior intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was awarded a commendation from Bob Gates (then Deputy Director of Intelligence and later Secretary of Defense). He was also an economist within the Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Ed has taught economics at St. Joseph’s and Villanova Universities in Philadelphia, Fairfield University in Connecticut, as well as Columbia and Fordham Universities in New York City.

Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | Maryland B-D

Results of the 2018 Industry Data Survey with Keynote Speaker Robert Capasso

Robert Capasso, Principal, Concrete Financial Insights

Bob Capasso is the principal of Concrete Financial Insights and has decades of experience as a financial executive and business manager with major producers of ready mix concrete, cement, construction aggregates, and concrete products such as block, pipe and precast including Rinker Materials, CEMEX, Lone Star Industries, Stresscon and Adelaide Brighton Cement.
Concrete Financial Insights provides services to business owners, senior management and investors. Services include interim CFO engagements, development of business plans and company specific training programs (such as empowering mangers to think like owners).
Additionally, Concrete Financial Insights assists buyers and sellers of businesses in smoothly accomplishing due diligence, financial modeling and evaluations, negotiations, the contract process and business integration.
Bob’s extensive background as a CFO, EVP of Shared Services and Executive Team member allow him to provide expert advice on the implementation of industry specific financial and management reporting systems, benchmarking and best practices for firms in the construction materials industry.
Bob has served as Chairman of the NRMCA Business Administration Committee and has been a frequent speaker at industry association conferences. Bob is a CPA, CMA and CGMA and can provide concrete financial insights gained through deep experience across economic cycles. He also has substantial experience as a Board member on company, industry and other types of Boards.

Monday, October 1, 2018 | 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Exhibition Hall: Town Hall in the Town Square
Do you find America’s political landscape bewildering and tumultuous? Are you concerned that the pro-business majority in Congress is in jeopardy?
You’re not alone! Stop in for an insightful and entertaining look at the midterm elections, with a spotlight on the races that could result in flipping the House and how pro-business candidates are faring.
Presented by PCA’s Rachel Derby, NRMCA’s Andrew Tyrrell, and industry consultant former Rep. Geoff Davis.
Find out which candidates need our help and how we can play a part in protecting the pro-business majority and our ready mixed concrete champions!