Rickie Grooms, principal for Grooms Equipment/Petroleum Tec and representative for Continental Mixers in Burlington, N.C., has been named the winner of the Joseph E. Carpenter Award. This award is presented by the Operations, Environmental & Safety Committee (OES) of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and is named in honor of Joseph E. Carpenter of Rinker Materials, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Carpenter was instrumental in the formation and early operation of the NRMCA Committee on Maintenance. The award was instituted in 1988 and is presented annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime contributions to the ready-mixed concrete industry in operations, environment, and safety.

Grooms was named the 2016 recipient for his longtime commitment to the OES Committee and the ready mixed concrete industry. A past OES Committee Operations Task Group chairman, he has worked for 20 years in the industry. As an equipment manufacturer, Grooms has continued to support NRMCA and the OES Committee by attending meetings and offering his financial support. He has consistently volunteered his time for many projects, including providing equipment for every annual NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship. Grooms was also involved with developing the Fleet Manager Certification Course and has attended every NRMCA Fall Conference/ConcreteWorks event for the past 17 years. NRMCA OES Committee Chairman Jeff Hinkle notes, “As all of the old time members of the committee know, there is never a dull moment when Rickie is around!”

A former tracked vehicle mechanic with the U.S. Army/Army National Guard, Grooms has previously held the position of equipment manager for S&W Ready Mix Concrete and has worked as a sales manager and vice president of sales for Continental Mixers.

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