The Concrete Industry Foundation
An educational fund that fosters excellence in design and construction through a scholarship and grant program for study in the concrete built environment.
2019 “Salute the Finest” Awards and Scholarship Dinner
May 22, 2019
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Message from the President
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu. Yes, one of the sites on my bucket list, and in fact, recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Upon first sighting, I was in awe! To think that over 500 years ago, leaders had the vision to construct palaces, temples and dwellings out of only stone and mortar. I instantly connected our concrete industry with the Inca constructors. Their wants and ours were very similar: to build the best structures possible that would withstand the tests of time and last almost forever.
Our industry is in great hands with the leaders and future superstars we are honoring at this year’s dinner. The Concrete Industry Foundation is happy and grateful for your sharing this event with us. With your continued support and contributions to the scholarship fund, you are ensuring there will be many more residential, business and public-work dwellings throughout the metropolitan area being designed and constructed for years to come!
Message from the CIB President
As president of the Concrete Industry Board, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome all of you to this special inaugural celebration. The CIB and the CIF have joined forces to honor three very special individuals: Ramon Gilsanz for his humanitarian dedication, William Sandbrook for his distinguished service and the CIB’s past president, Michael Welch.
All of these individuals are outstanding models for our industry. Their years of hard work, dedication, and contributions have singled them out, not only professionally, but also as individuals.
Last year, the CIB went through some organizational challenges. But it’s not to say these changes weren’t for the betterment of the CIB. The new CIB Executive Board and Board of Directors are energized and eager to provide new ways to promote quality concrete. The CIB has challenged itself in exploring new ways to provide informative technical seminars, present emerging technologies, ideas as well as professional education and certifications. Our goal is not only to include current industry professionals and colleagues, but to reach out to a generation entering in our concrete realm.
The CIB has launched a young members’ committee. This committee is tasked to create social media connections and establish a network of young women and men who will be the future leaders in our industry.
The CIB will be organizing mini information events, featuring topics from concrete basics to emerging innovations, as well as field trips that will include production facilities, quarries, and featured construction sites to see concrete in action.
As we incorporate and embrace new ways to connect, the CIB welcomes you to these events to learn, network and mentor.
The Concrete Industry Board congratulates not only the honorees but also the 2019 scholarship winners pursuing careers in the various fields of engineering. Special recognition is given to Michael Welch for the time and dedication he’s provided to the CIB.
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