The National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management – recently elected a new board member: Jamie Gentoso, Vice President, SIKA USA.

Gentoso joins the existing board, including:

Dr. Rex Cottle, Senior Vice President of Development, Trinity Industries
Wally Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, U.S. Concrete
Julie Garbini, Executive Director, RMC Research & Education Foundation
Douglas Guerrero, Chairman, CIM Patrons of California State University, Chico
Rick Yelton, Editor-At-Large, World of World of Concrete, Informa
James Toscas, President and CEO, Portland Cement Association
Randal M. Beard, Principal and Managing Director, Walter P. Moore
Peter Brewin, Regional President, CEMEX
Matthew Childs, President, American Concrete Pipe Association
Steve Cox, North American Director of Sales, Grace Construction Products
Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal
Beverly Garnant, Executive Director, American Society of Concrete Contractors
Eugene Martineau, Executive Director, CIM National Steering Committee

The current NSC Executive Officers are:

Chairman – Mike Schneider, Vice President of Operations, Baker Concrete Construction
Vice Chairman – Alan Nedza, Director of Sales, Admixture Systems North America, BASF Corp.
Treasurer – Nicole R. Maher, Chief Operating Officer, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, the CIM program was developed in 1996. The individuals graduating from this program will have the skill set necessary to meet the growing demands of the progressively changing concrete industry of the 21st century. It is a business intensive program, providing solid management skills that can be used in any industry, but has been developed specifically for the concrete industry. The program gives students many advantages including entering the concrete workforce with exposure to the industry early in their careers, unlike others coming in with generic business degrees.

The goal of the program is to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic business management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program. The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses utilize practical case studies and an internship to make sure the student obtains real-world experience essential to starting a successful career. Additional opportunities for growth include on-campus socials and other organized events providing industry networking and professional development.

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