Power Lunch

A housing slump. Unemployment. Inflation. Interest rates. Commercial development. When you put it all together, do you really know what it all means? And more importantly, how will it affect your business in the coming year and beyond?

Concrete producers' presidents, CEOs, and chief financial officers will have a chance to hear valuable information tailored specially for their needs at the first CONCRETE PRODUCER's Economic Summit, from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Speakers will address financial topics such as:

  • The economic outlook for the coming year by Edward Sullivan, chief economist, Portland Cement Association.
  • A recap of the nation's hot housing markets and how you can take advantage, by Jonathan Dienhart, director of published research, Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.
  • The shortage of materials such as aggregate by Ed Luce, Southern California Ready-mix operations manager at Vulcan Materials.
  • Strategies for buying fleets and other valuable trucking industry information.
  • The cost per person is $125, including lunch.

    Allen Villere Partners is the event's sponsor.

    To learn more about this opportunity to network with your fellow industry leaders, visit the Web site at www.worldofconcrete.com.

    Producers' Challenge

    Attendees will again have the opportunity to show what they've got in the annual Producers' Challenge. The event takes place in the Orange lot, between the Central and South halls.

    Mack Trucks and John Deere again are sponsoring their respective events.

    You will have a chance to navigate Mack ready-mix trucks through a series of obstacles in the Mack Truck Safety Competition. Contestants with the highest scores each day will receive terrific prizes from the truck manufacturer.

    If four-wheel drive loaders are more to your liking, you will have a chance to drive these vehicles through an obstacle course at the John Deere Load America Competition. Deere also will have prizes for the contestants with the highest scores each day.

    Start sharpening your skills now for the Mack Truck Safety Competition and the John Deere Load America Competition. For more details, visit their booths at the show. John Deere: C6469 and Mack: C5469.