2017 Annual Business Meeting held in Birmingham

On Thursday, Jan. 19th, more than 85 professionals of the concrete industry attended the Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s Annual Business Meeting at the Hyatt Regency-formerly Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham.

The meeting is held each year to recognize the association’s scholarship recipients, award the coveted Chairman’s Award and introduce the new Board of Directors.

For the past 24 years, the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation has awarded scholarships to students enrolled in building science, engineering or architecture at our state’s universities. Since 1993, we have awarded 48 scholarships totaling over $272,000, and since 2006 the foundation has given away two $8,000 scholarships annually.

This year there were 61 applicants for the 2017 scholarships, the largest number of applications ever received.  Fifteen of the students carried a GPA of 4.0 in either their major or overall.

ACIF Scholarship Recipients

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn is a student at the University of Alabama majoring in civil engineering. He currently carries a 4.0 GPA, and has received many honors including Outstanding Junior, Civil Engineering, 2015-2016, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Dept. of Civil Engineering, (2014, 2015, and 2016), and the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar in 2015. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Mortar Board National Honor Society.

He also has hands-on concrete experience serving as the construction captain for the Department of Civil Engineering Concrete Canoe Team and performing research at the University Transportation Center.

Dalton Clark is also a student at the University of Alabama majoring in civil engineering. He currently carries at 3.86 GPA and was selected the 2016 Outstanding Engineering Senior. He has been selected twice to the President’s list, and been on the Dean’s List five times.

Dalton Clark and his father.
Dalton Clark and his father.

While he excels in the classroom, he has also gained valuable real-world experience serving as an assistant superintendent for Maxus and Dunn Construction Companies in Birmingham.

Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship Recipient

This year, the Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship was created to honor and remember Sam Reed, a great leader and past board chairman. Following Sam’s untimely passage this year, the board of directors established the scholarship for students enrolled at Auburn University in building science, architecture or engineering. For the inaugural $5,000 scholarship, the association received 41 outstanding applications.

The first winner of the Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship is Steven Jones, who has a GPA of 3.69 overall and a 4.0 in his major. For the past seven years, he has worked as a cook at Cracker Barrel. Two years ago he added a second job at Zoe’s kitchen. Between the two he is working an average of twenty hours per weekend while still maintaining a full load of classes.

Steven Jones
Steven Jones

During Christmas and summer breaks, he works at least 40 hours per week at the restaurants.

Steven has also excelled by being selected as member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor society and is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Chairman’s Award

We would also like to congratulate Cosby Carmichael for receiving the annual Chairman’s Award for his outstanding career and leadership in the concrete industry.

As World War II was coming to an end, Cosby Carmichael’s father, Harry Kendrick Carmichael, who worked for Loan Star Cement Company in Demopolis, and Columbus Pierson Cosby (his father-in-law) founded Cosby & Carmichael Ready Mix, forming a partnership that would supply concrete needs in Selma and Dallas County.

Carmichael’s previous experience with Loan Star made him familiar with the cement industry, and with local citizens in the community. Columbus Cosby had worked in the Sand & Gravel business in Selma since 1914, so the two men were a natural fit, and the business was an early success.

Cosby Carmichael receives award from Lynn Rasco

As a sixteen-year-old high school student, the younger Cosby began working for his father at the family business, and remembers taking his family to dinner in Montgomery after receiving his first paycheck.

After graduating from David Lipscomb College in 1968 with a degree in business management, Cosby was drafted by the army in 1969 and was sent to Korea to fight in the Vietnam War.

When he was discharged in 1971, Cosby returned to Selma to work for the family business, only to be given an ultimatum. His father told him he needed to cut his hair or he would be fired. Cosby chose the latter, wanting to preserve his ‘nice sideburns’ and decided to start selling insurance instead.

Later that same year, Cosby’s father passed away, which led him back to the concrete industry. Forty-five years later, Cosby is still running the family business. Cosby Carmichael Concrete employs 24 people, including two of Cosby’s three sons.

The company was founded on the philosophy of commitment to a quality product, and good service for every customer at a fair and reasonable price, and for these reasons the company has been successful. After being in business for more than 70 years, they have definitely made their mark on the community.

Cosby has served three terms on ACIA’s board of directors, also serving as secretary and treasurer.

Brodie Croyle delivers powerful message

Brodie Croyle, former quarterback at the University of Alabama, served as the guest speaker, delivering a powerful message on building relationships through example and leadership.

After a professional football career with the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals, Brodie retired from the NFL in 2012 and is

Brodie Croyle speaks to crowd
Brodie Croyle speaks to crowd

now the executive director of Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for abused, neglected, orphaned and abandoned children. Big Oak Ranch consists of three ministries: Big Oak Girls’ Ranch in Springville, AL, Big Oak Boys’ Ranch in Gadsden, AL and Westbrook Christian School in Rainbow City, AL. Brodie, his family and the staff at Big Oak are grounded in one purpose – to relieve the suffering of children. Big Oak Ranch has been focused on doing just that since 1974, with nearly 2,000 children calling it home.

Brodie told several stories of his childhood, football and life and how the different situations and circumstances made him the man he is today. The Ranch’s focus is to lead by example, showing these children what a strong, stable and Christ-filled family is like. By creating a stable environment for each of the children who are brought to the Ranch, their futures are filled with hope and reassurance, something that they’ve never experienced before in their lifetime.

Thank You to our Members and Sponsors

In conclusion, the ACIA is grateful to all of its members and to the sponsors of the annual business meeting including ABC Polymer, BASF, Beck Industrial, CEMEX and Thompson Tractor. We look forward to another exciting and prosperous year, and are eager to see the great things 2017 has in store for the concrete industry.

For any inquiries, please feel free to contact our office at (334) 265-0501.

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