Typically held in January, the Alabama Concrete Industries Association took a chance and moved the Annual Business Meeting to April, proving to be a smart decision. A record crowd of 107 people attended the meeting, held at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club in Montgomery.
The meeting began at 10am with presentations of the ACIA Foundation scholarships, the Sam Reed Memorial Scholarship, the 2019 Chairman’s Award and three new awards; Environmental Excellence, Plant Safety and Lifetime Achievement Award.
ACIA Foundation Scholarships
For the past 26 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. The scholarship recipients are both outstanding students at Auburn University.
Thirty-four students applied for the scholarships this year, and the two who stood out the most were Austin Chandler and Kelly Turner. Both are engineering majors and have extensive resumes. We are excited to see how they will use their degrees in our industry!
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 13 outstanding applications, and the recipient was Emily Elia. Congratulations, Emily!
2019 Chairman’s Award- Phil Webb
In 2009, the ACIA created the Chairman’s Award to honor outstanding leaders in the concrete industry. This year’s winner, Phil Webb of Webb Concrete, is the epitome of this recognition.
Founded in 1945, Webb Concrete operates ready mix concrete plants in Oxford, Pell City, Heflin and Roanoke, and building materials locations in Heflin, Oxford, Pell City, Centre and Birmingham. The company also has a flooring division in Pell City and maintains hardware stores in Heflin, Pell City and Centre. We were honored to present Phil with this distinguished award, and more will be posted about this accolade so stay tuned!
Environmental Excellence, Plant Safety and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Added this year were three new awards that we were proud to present.
Sherman Industries was selected for the inaugural safety award. Sherman is keeping safety at the forefront by addressing safety concerns at the job site, plant location, and while delivering concrete. At the job site, the company has established a job site assessment program where the initial driver can identify potential issues and convey the concern back to dispatch.
Ready Mix USA’s Tuscaloosa plant was selected for the inaugural environmental award. Over the past five years, the plant has had zero major violations and only three minor process discharges which were self reported.
Lastly, Fredrick Jones was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award/Driver of the Year Award. We are so proud of Fredrick and his outstanding driving record.
Keynote Speaker-Siran Stacy
Siran Stacy was born in the small town of Geneva, AL on August 6, 1968. After graduating Geneva High School, Stacy enrolled at Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeyville, Kansas, where he prospered as a student athlete playing football. This lead to a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Alabama. Stacy started the 1990 season under the direction of Alabama great Gene Stallings. The season started with many pre-season honors, however, Stacy suffered a knee injury during the season opener. He received a medical red-shirt for the 1990 season and returned to his former glory in 1991 to achieve all SEC honors as well as being named a 2nd team All-American.
In November of 2007, Stacy’s life changed forever when his family’s van was struck by a drunk driver one mile from their home. Stacy, his wife Ellen (36), his son Bronson (10), his daughters Lequisa (18), Sydney (9), Shelly (4), and Ellie Ann-Marie (2), were all in the vehicle that night. Tragically, only Stacy and Shelly survived. In 2008, Stacy was asked to give his testimony to a small church in Gulf Shores, AL, and from there Stacy started his own ministry.
Stacy gave a heartbreaking yet compelling testimony to our group and touched on losing his family, but finding hope and freedom in life’s storms.
Thank you to our sponsors
As always, this annual event wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. Thank you to all who helped make this year’s meeting a true success.
Argos Cement $1000
Lehigh Cement $1000
ABC Polymer $500
Beck Industrial $500
GCP Applied Technologies
Martin Marietta $500
Nextran Truck Centers $500
Southern Concrete Machinery $500
Tractor and Equipment $500
After the meeting adjourned, our members and their guests enjoyed a perfect day of golf on Wynlakes’ beautiful course. With a high of 75 and a light breeze, it couldn’t have been a more perfect way to end the day. We are already planning for next year, and look forward to seeing everyone at the Convention coming up in Destin in June.
To view the 2019 Annual Business Meeting photo gallery, please visit our Facebook page!