January 2022 President’s Blog

Happy New Year.  Like you, I was devastated to watch the recent Marshall Fire grip our community.  This area is very special to me.  I moved to Colorado 21 years ago and Superior is where I called home.  I met my wife there, and we loved the breathtaking beauty and urban vibe that the area provided.  Watching the tragedy unfold, I couldn’t help but think that it shouldn’t be happening.  In fact, our industry offers a clear solution to fast spreading wildfires, specifically the one that occurred a couple weeks ago.  We should be emboldened now more than ever to introduce concrete as the primary building material for homes in Colorado.  Those impacted by the fire are our friends, family and colleagues.  We mourn their loss of home, security, and the intangible including memories, irreplaceable photos and keepsakes.  Here is information on how to help those affected by the disaster.  The CRMCA will continue to advocate for robust building codes so our community can build back safer than ever.

  • CRMCA Roadmap to the Future – On Monday, January 31, at the 2022 Ski Retreat in Breckenridge, CRMCA members will have an opportunity to contribute to the CRMCA’s Roadmap to the Future. This exercise will focus on the 4 pillars of CRMCA:
    • Marketing
    • Technology
    • Safety
    • Environment/Advocacy

Members will review the current state of these areas and contribute ideas for the future direction of the association. This roadmap, along with member feedback, will help shape the CRMCA’s updated strategic plan which will be presented to the Board of Directors in July, and finalized at the 2022 Annual Members Meeting in November. Please plan on attending.

  • Upcoming Events – Please plan on joining the association at our upcoming events!
    • DOT Safety RoundtableThe Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association will host State Trooper, Sgt. Todd James, for an interactive roundtable discussion at 10:00 a.m. on January 13. Attend in person at the association offices or remotely.
    • Legislative Breakfast – The inaugural 2022 Legislative Breakfast will occur on January 19 with guest speaker Max Hynes from Sen. Hickenlooper’s office. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. at Civic Center Plaza (1560 Broadway, 19th Floor Conference Room, Denver, CO 80202). Email annelise@coloradocaa.org to RSVP.
    • Night at the RodeoJoin CRMCA on January 20 for this family friendly event! The event will begin with a reception at the Forney Museum of Transportation followed by the National Western Stock Show’s Pro-Rodeo.
    • Ski RetreatJoin CRMCA and CSSGA for the Annual Ski Retreat! The event will take place January 31 – February 1 in Breckenridge, CO.
    • Summer Conference – Save the date for the 2022 Summer Conference! This year’s event will take place on July 21 – 22 at the Steamboat Grand Hotel.

The New Year is upon us and the possibilities are endless.  I look forward to catching up with you at one of our upcoming events.  Until then, stay safe and take care.

Cole Jacobs, Martin Marietta

Board President,  Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association


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