Cole Cubelic, Scholarship Winners highlight 2018 Annual Business Meeting

Despite the frigid temperatures, more than 75 professionals of the concrete industry attended the Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18th 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.

ACIF Scholarships

For the past 25 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 50 scholarships totaling over $300,000. Since 2006, the foundation has given away two $8,000 scholarships annually.

We received 44 applications this year, and the decision was once again a difficult one. However, the Board chose the two they felt were most deserving, and both were in attendance at the meeting.

Matthew Youngblood

Matthew is a senior at Auburn majoring in Building Science. He has a 3.96 GPA overall, and a 4.0 in his major, and is on the Dean’s List, has made the President’s List and is a member of Sigma Lambda Chi.

He’s worked with KBR in Saginaw, Al and has interned with DeAngelis Diamond Construction. He’s also worked with Carroll Daniel Construction Company, and is currently working Bailey-Harris Construction Company in Auburn, and plans to intern with them this summer.

He’s led small groups within his church, and is a strong leader amongst his peers in the building science department.

Austin Harmon

Austin is also a senior at Auburn majoring in civil engineering. He has a 3.67 GPA and has been working for the family business, Harmon Engineering and Contracting, each summer since graduation from high school. He’s been involved with a large range of projects such as installing industrial wastewater treatment facilities, excavation and disposal of contaminated soils, and forming and pouring reinforced concrete walls and slabs.

Currently, he’s the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In the fall, he served as a leader on the ASCE Steel Bridge Competition team.

He plans to use his degree to focus on project management.

Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship

In 2017, the Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship was created to honor and remember Sam Reed, a great leader and past board chairman. Following his untimely death in 2016, the board of directors established the scholarship for students enrolled at Auburn University majoring in building science, architecture or engineering. This year, we received 33 outstanding applications.

Our 2018 recipient is a senior majoring in building science. In addition to being a full-time student, she works 20 hours a week and is planning on using her degree to fulfill her desire to work for a commercial construction company. She has worked in residential construction throughout her college career, and hopes to open her own ‘Tiny Home’ business later in life, and would love to partner with developers to create “Green Communities” of tiny homes that focus on sustainable living.

Once established in the industry, she has an interest in working with pervious concrete, believing that it’s an invaluable tool in Green Building and construction site logistics.

She is on the Dean’s List, and was also a team leader of ASC Region II Commercial Competition Team.

Cole Cubelic-2018 Guest Speaker

This year, we were excited to have Cole Cubelic as our guest speaker. Cole is a former college football player for the Auburn Tigers, where he played center from 1996-2001. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies, and joined ESPN in 2011 working as an analyst covering SEC football. In addition to the SEC, he also covered the Sun Belt Conference football games. Cole is the host of the radio show “The Cube Show,” which airs on 730 AM and 103.9 FM-UMP.

During the meeting, he gave a recap of the 2017 college football season, as well as a preview of the 2018 season. By using his experience of playing Center for the Tigers, Cole delivered a message of how the success of a company is ‘centered’ around its foundation. He wrapped up the program with a question and answer session.

In conclusion, the ACIA is grateful to all of its members and to the sponsors of the annual business meeting including BASF, Beck Industrial, and Thompson Tractor. We look forward to another exciting and prosperous year, and are eager to see the great things 2018 has in store for the concrete industry.

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