February 2018 Executive Director’s Blog

February 2018 Executive Director’s Blog

Hello CRMCA Members. I hope your new year is off to a good start as we move through the winter season. Here are a few things going on at CRMCA on the legislative, safety, ACI, and networking fronts.

We are again in the midst of the Colorado Legislative Session and the strategy sessions that occur Monday mornings during the legislative session. These take place at 8 am in the Capitol basement, and members are welcome to provide thoughts and recommendations with CSSGA and CRMCA key members, as well as our lobbyist, Totsy Rees. Additionally, the Monthly Legislative Breakfasts are open to members, where various speakers address our group, and provide input on timely topics. These occur the 3rd Wednesday of the month with 2 remaining in March and April. Feel free to RSVP in advance for these sessions in downtown Denver. Also, we hare currently planning for our “Concrete Day and the Capitol” BBQ scheduled for April 27. This is a great annual event, allowing us to interact with elected officials and key staff members at the Capitol. Contact Emma if you would like to take part in this year’s event.

The CRMCA/CSSGA Joint Safety Committee hosted a roundtable discussion with OSHA Compliance Specialist, John Olaechea, on February 22. The discussion mainly revolved around OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rlue. Use this link to access John’s presentation. We look forward to continuing roundtable discussion with OSHA, MSHA, and DOT on an annual basis. Thank you to the leadership of our co-committee chairs Dana Svendsen of Sherman Howard and Tom Woerdeman of Transit Mix Concrete.

Last, but certainly not least, our ACI Certification program is again off to a great start. JT and Emma have done a great job continuously improving the system and certifying many qualified candidates to test concrete. Just last week we held our “Proctor Appreciation Breakfast” as a small way to give back to all those who volunteer as Supplemental Examiners for our ACI Program. Without them, we would be unable to do what we do. I want to personally thank all those who help proctor for us, and appreciate your efforts. In addition, Rod McMahon, a CDOT Laboratory Manager, recently decided to step down from the ACI Certification program Lead Proctor Role. Rod has assisted with the ACI Certification program through CRMCA for 10 years as a Proctor, and took on the Lead Proctor role 4 years ago. While in this volunteer position, he helped CRMCA staff and Examiners of Record to improve and streamline the program, as well as mentored new and young Proctors in the program. The CRMCA thanked Rod by awarding him the inaugural Kelly Velasquez Memorial Award for his extensive time helping the concrete industry and CRMCA.

We at CRMCA look forward to a great and exciting year ahead. There is a lot to do on all fronts. If you would like to be more involved or have questions regarding where/how to make an impact, please do not hesitate to contact any of us. Thank you.

Todd R. Ohlheiser
Executive Director