Date: May 1, 2013
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has elected William F. Childs, IV, president and CEO of the Waldorf, Md.-based Chaney Enterprises, as chairman of its Board of Directors. The association’s membership chose Childs during NRMCA’s Annual Convention held in San Antonio. He succeeds David Robison of Delta Industries, Jackson, Miss., who now serves as immediate past chairman.
Supporting an industry that adds $48 billion to the nation’s economy each year, the NRMCA is involved in matters that affect the industry through active committees, their chairs, vice chairs and devoted members and the NRMCA professionals who provide leading-edge information, innovation and insight into issues affecting the concrete business and those engaged in it and served by it.
“We have a superb team of progressive, enlightened, dedicated seasoned professionals with world-class experience in their respective areas of expertise,” Childs said. “This highly capable team is led by our tireless, innovative, capable President, Robert Garbini, whose team serves their members, stakeholders and our industry by working relentlessly in support of our members and industry. Probably the greatest testimony we could have to the value of our organization and the service it provides to our members and industry is that our membership has grown every year during the Great Recession. We currently have 709 member companies.”
"We are fortunate to have Bill on our new leadership team,” said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “Bill and the others on the team are recognized and respected industry professionals with experience in a wide range of issues critical to our membership. The staff of professionals at NRMCA are excited and committed to helping them realize their vision."
Childs joined Chaney Enterprises in 1992 as vice president of sales and marketing, and has led the company as president and CEO since 2000. Active on numerous NRMCA committees and association activities for the past several years, Childs also serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, which directs contributions from the concrete and construction community to fund high quality, high value, non-proprietary research and education programs to advance the industry and the products it produces. He is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors and past president of the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association. A native of Towson, Md., he resides in southern Anne Arundel County and holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lynchburg College in Virginia.
“Three initiatives I plan to focus on are dramatically enhancing our efforts in the promotion arena, the green and sustainable advantages concrete enjoys as a building material, and growing our membership,” Childs said. “We have developed a tremendous amount of compelling information which provides scientific, economic, engineering and environmental veracity regarding our exceptional product. We plan to tell that story more aggressively through national, regional, state and local promotion initiatives.
“We produce and deliver a sustainable product that is 100 percent recyclable and in full conformance and compliance with the LEED initiative so promoting the ‘green’ message will be high on our agenda as well,” said Childs, who pledged to continue working closely with allied associations and organizations such as the RMC Research and Education Foundation, the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub and the Portland Cement Association. Childs said NRMCA will continue to work closely with the American Concrete Pavement Association, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the Association of General Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The RMC Research & Education Foundation was established in 1991 when leaders within the concrete industry saw an opportunity to pool resources to help improve the industry. At the time, funding was modest and essentially used for as-needed projects such as laboratory equipment for the A. H. Smith Research Laboratory or to start up educational programs such as the Certified Concrete Sales Professional Program. Today, nine years since the kick-off of the Building a Strong Foundation for the Future fundraising campaign, the RMC Research & Education Foundation is growing strong and putting the contributions of the concrete and construction community members to work to fund programs that are helping to improve an already superior product in an industry committed to excellence.
“We have met with several key State Highway representatives to discuss the value proposition contained in the findings of the research taking place at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, and while it can be difficult to change hearts and minds, especially when people are so used to ‘doing it the way they’ve always done it,’ having such solid scientific data from an institution such as MIT makes encouraging change a whole lot easier,” Childs said. “While we still have a way to go to continue bringing forth this change around the country, it’s exciting to educate others about this work and the potential impact putting it into practice may have.”
Founded in 1930 and based in Silver Spring, Md., NRMCA represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. NRMCA supports the continued expansion and improvement of the industry through leadership, advocacy, professional development, promotion and partnering. For more information visit www.nrmca.org