The first annual conference of the American Society of Concrete Contractors was attended by 180 concrete contractors and their employees. Activities included seminars, roundtable discussions, architectural flatwork demonstrations and award presentations.
Eugene H. Boeke Jr., former vice president of Atlanta-based Beers Skanska Inc., received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference, held Sept. 12-14 in Nashville, Tenn. Boeke is nationally known for his expertise in poured-in-place architectural concrete and concrete formwork. He is past president of the ASCC and a past director and past national board member of the American Concrete Institute. He received the ACI’s Roger H. Corbetta Construction Award in 1988 for significant contributions to progress in methods of concrete construction.
Innovation Awards were presented to David W. Somero, developer of the selfpropelled laser screed for striking off freshly poured concrete, and posthumously to Brad Bowman, who developed technology for imprinting concrete with a pattern and texture.
Joe Schneider, founder and president of Spirit Seminars Consulting, was the conference’s keynote speaker. A former concrete finisher, Schneider shared his insights on different personality types and how they can work together.
Participants were also treated to decorative concrete installation techniques, including staining, etching, overlays, stamping and stenciling. According to the ASCC, decorative concrete is the fastest growing segment of the concrete industry.