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NRMCA Annouces Winners of 2020 Promotion Awards

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NRMCA is pleased to announce the winners of its series of promotion-related awards for 2020. Each of the recipients will be honored next month at the Awards Breakfast held during the annual convention in Las Vegas.

Promoter of the Year, Buildings - John Lee of Cemstone, Mendota Heights, MN - Mr. Lee has conducted over 25 Lunch and Learns for Build With Strength (BWS) ICF building systems and concrete paving. He was instrumental in forming the BWS committee within the Minnesota Concrete Council (MCC) to bring BWS topics to the membership as well as bringing in industry experts to discuss these options and share national success stories. This committee is identifying countering tall wood construction, bringing in pro concrete/ICF architects to speak to the local chapter, formulating booth content and message for a state school superintendents, school architects and contractors trade show later this year and green schools' trade show as well. Mr. Lee also serves as chairman of the MCC Build With Strength Committee and co-chair of the NRMCA Promotion Committee.

Promoter of the Year, Pavement - Martin Schneider, Midwest Concrete Materials, Manhattan, KS - In 2018-2019, Mr. Schneider successfully promoted over 20,000 cubic yards of paving in the Manhattan area, most recently an 8,000+ cubic yard overlay project. He has also converted several churches in the area to concrete parking, including the conversion of a 6,000 cubic yard parking lot at a church in St. Mary’s, KS. Mr. Schneider is very active in the Kansas Aggregate Producers Association and the Kansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association. He also sits on the Dickinson County Board of Economic Development and is chairman of the Dickinson County Planning and Zoning Board.

State Affiliate Promoter of the Year - Dominic Di Cenzo, Connecticut Concrete Promotion Council - Mr. Di Cenzo has hosted or facilitated more than 20 promotional presentations to architects, engineers, specifiers, developers and potential end users of concrete across the state. From small one-on-one meetings to larger state-wide events, he has seized the opportunity to present on concrete design and construction. Mr. Di Cenzo's willingness to collaborate is what has often made the difference. When his proposal to present at the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects annual meeting was accepted, he brought in NRMCA’s Gregg Lewis to assist in the presentation. Mr. Di Cenzo has repeatedly collaborated with NRMCA, utilizing Lewis and Doug O’Neill for numerous opportunities.

John Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award for Promotion - Matt Wood, Ash Grove Cement Company, a CRH Company - Mr. Wood led the promotional activities for Ash Grove Cement at both the national and local level. He held leadership roles in the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association and the Concrete Promotion Group of Kansas City. Mr. Wood was also on the Board of Directors of various cement promotion associations and concrete pavement associations in areas where he was based and chaired the NRMCA Promotion Plus Forums for the Rocky Mountain Region. He was chairman of the NRMCA Sustainability Committee, a member of the steering committee for the MIT Sustainability Hub and chairman of the Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation. During his term as trustee of the foundation, Mr. Wood was a strong supporter of several notable projects, including the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots and the development of the pavement design software

Click here for more information on NRMCA's awards program. For more information on the promotion awards, contact Phil Kresge at


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