American Concrete Institute announces key staff promotions

Claire Hiltz American Concrete Institute
Claire Hiltz

The American Concrete Institute announces key staff promotions aimed at increasing alignment and flow from ACI’s technical documents to educational products. Michael L. Tholen has been named the Institute’s new Managing Director of Engineering and Professional Development. Claire A. Hiltz has been named Manager of Professional Development. Matthew R. Senecal has been named as Manager, Engineering.

Tholen will coordinate the efforts and resources of both the engineering and the professional development departments. He will continue the supervisory and coordination aspects of his previous position in the Professional Development Department and act in a similar role for the Engineering Department. He will oversee the engineering staff in both departments to allow better interdepartmental coordination and align staffs’ strengths with project requirements.

Michael Tholen American Concrete Institute
Michael Tholen

Tholen received his BS in architectural engineering and his MS and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Kansas. He previously worked at ACI as the engineering editor of the organization’s journal "Concrete International" and most recently as managing director of professional development.

ACI’s Engineering Department will be under the direction of Matthew R.Senecal, Manager, Engineering. Senecal received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MS in civil engineering from the University of Kansas. He worked as a civil and structural engineer for 14 years before joining the ACI’s engineering department in 2004, where he most recently served as senior engineer.

Matthew Senecal
Matthew Senecal

As ACI’s new manager of professional development, Claire A. Hiltz will coordinate and implement programs necessary to increase the effectiveness and productivity of ACI professional development. Hiltz was previously Course Developer, Professional Development. Hiltz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Instructional Design and Technology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

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