The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has selected 23 ready mixed concrete executives for the 2016-2017 Developing Industry Leaders (DIL) program:

  • Jeff Abbuhl, The Euclid Chemical Company, Cleveland
  • Zach Babcock, Ozinga, Gary, IN
  • Thomas Byrnes, US Concrete, Euless, TX
  • Ken Cook, Ozinga, Mokena, IL
  • Mitchell Corbin, Ozinga, Milwaukee
  • Brian Goeken, Aggregate Industries, Lakewood, CO
  • Chad Hayes, Irving Materials, Inc., Greenfield, IN
  • Carrie Heisler, Irving Materials, Inc., Greenfield, IN
  • Matt Janas, Ozinga, Mokena, IL
  • Scott Kelly, Ozinga, Chicago
  • Justin Lazenby, Thomas Concrete, Atlanta
  • Rene’ Marais, Aggregate Industries, Saugus, MA
  • Matthew K. Means, Ozinga, McHenry, IL
  • Kevin O’Connell, Kuhlman Corp., Maumee, OH
  • Thomas J. O’Connor, Central Concrete – A US Concrete Company, San Jose, CA
  • Edward (Ed) Pearson, Irving Materials, Inc., Greenfield, IN
  • Kushal P.Shah, Eastern Concrete – A US Concrete Company, Saddle Brook, NJ
  • George Smith, Holliday Rock Co., Inc., Upland, CA
  • Andrew Van Dyke, Jack B. Parson Companies, Clinton, UT
  • Robert Welker, Ingram Concrete LLC – A US Concrete Company, Brownwood, TX
  • Brandon R. Williams, Central Concrete Supply, San Jose, CA
  • David Williams, Ferrara Bros – A US Concrete Company, Flushing, NY
  • Jason D. Wimberly, GCP Applied Technologies, Anderson, SC

The goal of the annual DIL project is to broaden participants’ understanding of the ready mixed concrete industry while having the opportunity to work on a diverse team from across the country. This peer-centric program, with its accompanying industry mentorship, encourages participants to make lifelong friends as they gain insight into an industry-specific, national challenge.

The collective group will start its work this August, meeting face to face during NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks, September 15-20 in Nashville and present its findings at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in March 2017 in Las Vegas.

NRMCA is celebrating its 85th year of representing the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs. Learn more at