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WELCOME YOUR 2011 BOARD MEMBERS

Each year at Annual Meeting, according to your by-laws, the assembled membership is presented a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors. Board members serve three-year terms under the present by-laws and may be re-elected to serve until such time that they feel it is in their best interest to step away and have new energy added to the Board.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the nomination and election process has once again brought forward a mix of tradition and experience combined with energy for the future of the CFA. Joining the CFA Board for their first terms are Mary Wilson of Michel Concrete Construction, Mike Reed of Reed Concrete Work and James Dean of Beran Concrete. 

Returning experience to another term are Tom Brown of TJ Construction and Van Smith of Smith Brothers Concrete. A complete list of the CFA Board of Directors can be found online at www.cfawalls.org in the About the CFA section. Following is more information profiling this year’s new members to the Board.

MARY WILSON

MICHEL CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

Michel Concrete-Mary

– Springfield, Illinois

Michel Concrete Construction is a diverse concrete company from the heartland of America owned by company president and CEO, Mary Wilson. Their markets include residential, agricultural and commercial work with a distribution of 50% commercial, 25% residential and 25% agricultural. Extensive equipment ownership, field crew expertise and relationships with customers in all three markets allow it to keep those numbers fluid year to year.

“One of our company’s strongest assets is that we have been well diversified in residential, commercial and agricultural markets for a long time,” Mary Wilson says. “When the residential market dropped we didn’t have to lower our prices, we just shifted our focus toward the commercial and agricultural work.”

Michel Concrete provides a complete foundation package with no exceptions. Their product includes a turnkey solution of concrete foundations, flatwork, demo and excavation, stone placement, backfill and waterproo# ng to give the customer the best solution for performance.

Mary has already shown dedication to the industry from a networking perspective and values it highly in her business goals. Their company maintains membership in CFA, ASCC, NAHB and ACI, where she serves on the ACI 332 Committee for Residential Concrete.

When asked about her goals for her time on the CFA Board of Directors, Mary stated: “It is important for me to find ways of helping our industry identify the critical pressures that we face and finding solutions that can be delivered from a source much greater than our own. This is where the CFA has to be identified as the leader and be viewed as leading companies. Whether it is fall protection, insurance, insulation performance or any number of areas of influence, it is among my goals to apply whatever knowledge and passion I have to deliver answers that in turn also strengthen me as a business owner and my company as a leader in our markets.” You can read more about Mary and Michel Concrete in the great feature article from Concrete Contractor magazine (June/July 2011).

Company Summary:

Michel Concrete Construction, Inc., Springfield, Ill.

www.michelconcrete.com

President & CEO: Mary Wilson

Founded: 2008     Employees: 60

Affiliations:  CFA, ASCC, ACI, NAHB

Services offered: Concrete foundations, flatwork, demo and excavation, stone placement, waterproofing and backfill.

Key products and equipment: Cat earthmoving equipment, including three skid steers and three excavators; Sterling dump trucks; concrete pumps by Putzmeister and Schwing; Putzmeister Telebelt; form trucks by Cranes & Equipment; aluminum forms from Western Forms and Precise Forms; Tremco water proofing systems; ExakTime JobClock; ComputerEase construction accounting and project management software; iPhones; Spectra Precision total stations; BlueBeam PDF reader.

MIKE REED

REED CONCRETE WORK

Mike Reed

– Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Mike Reed started working in the concrete foundation industry during summer breaks from 1983 to 1989. Following his graduation from Millersville University in 1989 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, he entered the industry full time.

Reed Concrete Work, LLC was started in 1999 and currently stands with 20 employees providing a variety of products and support services for both residential and commercial concrete work. Their team includes; Footing/Wall Workers (12), Heavy Equipment Operators (3), Flatwork Finishers (3), Office Administrator (1) and Truck Driver/Yard Worker (1). Reed Concrete is currently operating with annual sales around $3 million with about 200 units produced in a price range from $5,000 to $100,000. They have defined and maintained a service radius of about 70 miles from Lancaster, PA.

Mike and his family enjoy the outdoors and athletics, living a very active and rewarding life style. His family includes wife Lisa and daughters Kaitlin, Kelsey, and Kenzie.

The position on the CFA Board adds to Mike’s current service commitments on two local township boards. He is secretary for the Sewer Authority board in the township where the company is located and serves on Sewer/Water Authority board in the township of their residence. Mike is also the chairman of a local “Lean Council”, which is a contractor consortium meeting monthly to identify waste in the construction industry.

When asked about his purpose and goals for service on the CFA Board, Mike states: “I would like to contribute to the CFA board my practical knowledge of the concrete industry and in depth field experience. One of my goals is to increase the number of certified technicians we have in the industry. If possible, in some capacity I would like to help educate/train individuals to become certified. Other than that I would just like to participate with the group of outstanding individuals already on the board to address an resolve the issues facing our industry”.

Company Summary:

Reed Concrete Work, LLC, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

President: Michael S. Reed

Founded: 1999         Employees: 20

Affliations: CFA, PA Motor Truck Association and the PA Concrete Promotion Council

Services offered:

Residential: Concrete foundations, flatwork, excavation, and backfill.

Commercial: Structural walls, flatwork and site excavation

Key products and equipment: Wall Ties forms and accessories; Basement Systems products for sump pumps and drainage systems; Joint-mate product for control joints; Deco products for damp-proofing and Delta MS system for water-proofing. Heavy equipment includes Case and Takeuchie Track-hoes, Cat Track-loader and back-hoe and Bobcat Skidloaders .

 

JAMES DEAN

BERAN CONCRETE

James Dean

– Wichita, Kansas

James Dean is the longtime wall foreman for Beran Concrete from Wichita, Kansas and works closely with Brock Beran (President), James MCnaul (VP Estimator and General Manager) and Chris Roberts (Estimator and Project Manager). He has participated in CFA events both during the World of Concrete and Summer Conventions.

Beran Concrete began in Wichita, Kansas as a four man team. Nearly 30 years later it has become one of the fastest growing turnkey concrete construction companies in the state. With over 100 full time employees, Beran concrete has gone from local small jobs to include commercial and residential work in a wide geographic area. We are proud to announce the Launch of our second Office in Kansas City the joining of ICF Solutions, and Beran Excavating to the Beran Concrete team.

As a company, Beran Concrete prides themselves with the quality and dedication of getting the job done right and they are devoted to leading edge concrete construction. Customer Service is and always will be their top priority.

Beran concrete also takes pride in their commitment to utilize cutting edge technology and equipment. They believe that project quality is greatly improved when quality equipment is used in conjunction with well-trained personnel and top quality materials. Brock and Ken Beran had this to say when asked about their corporate goal in accepting the nomination and election to service on the CFA Board: “Our goal while serving on the board of directors for the CFA is to establish relationships that can further our growth in an industry that is building for tomorrow. We also hope that sharing our experiences with other members will aid in their growth and help the CFA to grow and prosper”.

Company Summary:

Beran Concrete, Inc., Wichita, Kan.

www.beranconcrete.com

Owner/CEO: Ken Beran    President: Brock Beran

Founded: 1980      Employees: 100+

Services offered: Tilt-Up construction, Insulated Concrete Forming, Large and Structural Flatwork, Elevated Slabs (Reinforced and Post-tensioned)

Along with the welcoming of the individuals new to the Board this year, we ask you to join us in extending our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the years of commitment provided by Amanda Morris (9 years), Lance Jordan (3 years) and Jerry Hoyer (3 years).

 Through their leadership, the CFA has maintained a tight approach to this recession and has brought forth the next generation of membership benefits and programs to keep this Association running smoothly, successfully and with a vision of growth. 

If you have an interest in becoming more engrained to the culture of the CFA and serving in an official capacity, there are many committees that can start this effort. Through your participation in these conferences, meetings and events, you will gain a greater sense of the dedication found throughout the CFA and a finer appreciation for the power of networking that exists within the CFA and awaits you.

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