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A Garbini Goodbye

RR022219 GarbiniFeb. 22, 2019 – Another long-time construction-materials industry stalwart is retiring. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) board has appointed Michael Philipps as successor to Robert Garbini, who will retire as staff president at the conclusion of the association’s 2019 convention, March 5-7, in Tampa. Philipps will arrive with 30-plus years in concrete and construction, most recently serving as vice president of business development, construction materials for Sandler Training. He previously held vice president-level sales development, management or executive positions with Cemex USA and W.R. Grace & Co.’s Grace Performance Chemicals Division. 

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Shuster Has Landed

RR022119 ShusterFeb. 21, 2019 – We knew he wouldn't stay idle too long. Former House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is joining lobbying giant Squire Patton Boggs along with former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY). They'll be working with another pair of bipartisan lawmakers at the firm: former Sens. John Breaux (D-La.), who's also on the board of freight rail giant CSX, and Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who also works on transportation issues at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Shuster, who plans to register as a lobbyist along with Crowley, said in a statement he will continue to work on infrastructure.

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New Reserves for New Enterprise

RR022019 NESLlogoFeb. 20, 2019 – New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc. has acquired approximately 100 million tons of estimated mineral reserves near the borough of Garrett in Somerset County, Pa. The company plans to utilize the additional reserves to support its existing operations in the area. Paul Detwiler III, the company’s president and CEO, commented, “We are pleased to add the additional mineral reserves to our almost 2 billion tons of proven and probable existing reserves.” Founded in 1924, New Enterprise is a leading privately held, vertically integrated construction materials supplier and heavy/highway construction contractor in Pennsylvania and western New York, and a national traffic safety services and equipment provider.

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Shoe on the Other Foot

RR021919 YLFeb. 19, 2019 – I am used to being the one doing the interviewing, but at AGG1, the shoe was on the other foot, as NSSGA's roving video team corralled me to ask about Rock Products' support of the Young Leaders group and luncheon. If you go to the 2:20 mark of this video, you can hear what I have to say. If you are a Young Leader, make sure you attend the group's annual meeting at Hilton Head in April. Rock Products' own Josephine Patterson will be there (I aged out a long time ago!)

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Speaking of . . .

RR021319 MarkFeb. 12, 2019 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Young Leaders Luncheon, sponsored by Rock Products, took place Feb. 12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. I had the honor of introducing the speaker, ex-Navy SEAL Mike Sarraille of Echelon Front, a group of decorated, combat-proven veterans with experience in building, training and leading high-performance winning teams. Echelon Front’s mission is to educate, train, mentor and inspire leaders and organizations to achieve total victory. Sarraille delivered an intense talk about leadership based on his own personal experiences, largely in Iraq. He had the room mesmerized for an hour. I also spoke with him after the event, and his intensity was no less evident. 

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