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Influencing Today for a Better Tomorrow

Influencing Today for a Better Tomorrow

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    Gene Martineau at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, one of the four CIM colleges.

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    Thor Becken's family founded Cemstone in 1927.

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    Bill Holden has helped masonry make inroads in Gulf Coast reconstruction.

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    Sidney Freedman is a leading authority on architectural precast concrete.

Gene Martineau, CIM National Steering Committee

When the original group of concerned industry participants gathered in Denver in June 1993, the transformation of the ready-mixed concrete industry seemed to be an overwhelming task. Now, a short 15 months later, we believe that the industry can and will be transformed and that RMC 2000 will play a vital role in making it happen.” – Eugene P. Martineau, CONCRETE JOURNAL, October 1994.

No more prophetic words have ever been written in THE CONCRETE PRODUCER's predecessor than these published in an article by Gene Martineau 13 years ago.

Martineau, then the national director of Ready Mixed Concrete 2000, was describing how the ready-mixed concrete industry was responding to a call for action.

For more than a decade, Martineau has been one of the ready-mixed concrete industry's greatest cheerleaders, critics, and supporters. All at the same time. His efforts come from a passion for the product, as well as the business, of concrete.

Once, at a national meeting of concrete leaders, Martineau sought financial support for a national campaign called “Get Concrete” that would have been modeled on the “Got Milk?” ads.

Even before he became known as a concrete champion, Martineau was working to elevate the industry as leader of U.S. Concrete, a company he founded in 1998. As president, chief executive officer and a director, he grew the business into one of the largest ready mix suppliers in the country before retiring in May 2007.

During this time, Martineau also proved his dedication to the industry as a five-term director of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and four-time member of the executive committee. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the RMC Research Foundation since its inception in 2001.

Naturally, he emerged as a co-founder of RMC 2000, which he later directed from 1994 to 1997. This experience led him to undertake what is perhaps his noblest cause. He has become the champion of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program.

This effort stems from his involvement in RMC 2000. Martineau and other corporate leaders recognized that the concrete industry needed well-trained managers. Somewhere along the way, these leaders set a goal to recruit, educate, and employ 500 new graduates each year.

Their work resulted in establishing the CIM program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Martineau serves as chairman of the National Steering Committee that aids the local Patron's group. Spurred by the success at MTSU, three additional Patron groups have helped establish CIM programs at Arizona State University, University of California at Chico, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

While the local Patron groups develop regional support, Martineau and the National Steering Committee have undertaken the task of helping enlist national support. The committee is responsible for providing start-up funds, encouraging curriculum and faculty development, and establishing a national recruiting and scholarship effort for all CIM programs. Their initiatives to further elevate the industry are summarized at www.concretedegree.org.

As a result of the steering committee's efforts, Martineau envisions the industry will soon be accepting CIM graduates from all programs, knowing that their education has been consistent and thorough. In the long-term, Martineau has supported the development of a Master's degree in CIM.

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