Nssga Names National Lime & Stone President
- Published: Thursday, 20 March 2008 12:06
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association named Ronald W. Kruse, president of National Lime & Stone Company, Findlay, Ohio, recipient of the 11th annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award for his dedication to the construction aggregates industry, his family and his community.
For 53 years, Ron Kruse has been an employee of National Lime & Stone Company, a member of industry associations and an advocate of the aggregates industry. For the past 50 years Ron has been a vital part of his community while raising and supporting his family.
Joining NLS in 1954 as a college summer intern, Kruse worked in the quarry to gain a hands-on appreciation of the industry. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University he joined the company's accounting department and began learning the aggregates business. Several years later he joined the sales department. Kruse knew at that point he had to be fully committed to his family and company, but also involved in industry associations and the community to be successful.
He became active in the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). As NLS grew so did Ron's involvement with these organizations. His peers elected him director on the OAIMA Board from 1980-1988 and from 2000-2006. He served as president of this state aggregates association from 1986-1988 while serving on a committee to select an executive director. He was inducted into the OAIMA Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the association's award for outstanding contributions in 2000. Kruse continues to serve as chairman of its nominating committee.
He served on the NSSGA Marketing Committee from 1971-1994 and as the committee's chairman in 1992. He served as an association director from 1991-1996 and from 1999-2007. During this same time he served on the national association's nominating committee and helped assure the successful transition of the merger of the National Stone Association and the National Aggregates Association in 2000. His leadership on the board helped cement the merged association's unity and his leadership at NLS was also recognized as he was promoted to company president.
Kruse also took on leadership roles in his Findlay community. He served as president of the Board of Education, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, as well as leading church committees. With Marge, his wife of 50 years, Ron has three children and nine grandchildren. As he retires from National Lime & Stone Company, he leaves a legacy of what the Barry Wendt Award honors: commitment to family, community, company and to the aggregates industry through leadership of state and national associations.
"Ron Kruse is truly deserving of the Wendt Commitment Award," said NSSGA President and CEO Joy Wilson. "We are proud to have such a respected and dedicated member of our industry who is committed to public service, to honor with this award. We are deeply thankful for his efforts at NSSGA. Ron's volunteerism and leadership has helped better each organization and association he is involved in."
The award is named for Iowan Barry K. Wendt (1946-1997), a Cedarapids, Inc., employee and industry leader who was universally recognized as a leader in the aggregates industry. He had served as chairman of the Manufacturers Divisions of both the former National Aggregates Association and National Stone Association. Each year, the Memorial Commitment Award goes to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment demonstrated by Wendt. It is the association's highest individual honor and service award.