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2019 Chapter Events Review

Careers, Awards, Technical Topics and Networking

As we change Officers and Directors midyear, our Program Chair / VP for January 2019 through June events was current Chapter President Josh Sturman. September through December events were coordinated by current Program Chair / VP Clay Slocum.

How many events were you able to attend in 2019?
Let us know what would attract you to more events. We welcome your good ideas about topics, venues, dates and times. We want our dinner events to include emerging technologies, best practices, and issues affecting our industry at all levels. Contact our Program Chair / VP Clay Slocum at 530.864.1648 or email

January 8th at the Iron Grill, Sacramento
Annual Joint Meeting with Our SEAOCC Associates

High Performance Lightweight Concrete

Speaker Clint Chapman
Regional Marketing & Technical Manager at Arcosa Lightweight

Chapman discussed high performance structural lightweight concrete as well as alternative applications for expanded shale and clay including internal curing, geotechnical, and masonry. 

Transitioning to Industry Professionals
The next two meetings, our 2019 Student Nights, were well received, and we want to continue the topics discussed for at least part of our 2020 Student Nights. The transition from higher education to professional career responsibilities and structure can be challenging for many graduates.   

February 19th at Masonic Family Center in Chico
CSUC Graduates – Creating Industry Careers

Discussion led by Jaymi Fridley, Chapter Director and Student Activities Co-Chair
Transition from full-time student to full-time professional presents challenges. Attendees heard the experiences of a panel of CSUC CIM graduates how students can manage their career paths. There was time for interaction with panel members, students, and employers on this very important topic. But all agreed that the discussion could last longer than the meeting time allowed.

CSUC Student ACI Chapter Presentation
Student Chapter members provided an update of their recent activities and competition efforts.


March 12th at Dave & Buster’s in Milpitas
SJSU Graduates – Creating Industry Careers

Discussion led by Josh Sturman, 2018-2019 Chapter Vice President and Program Chair
As with our February 19th meeting in Chico, we had a great discussion with SJSU grads, students and professionals of the challenges and approaches to creating an industry career. 

SJSU Student ACI Chapter Presentation
Student Chapter members provided an update of their activities and competitions.


April 9th at Cattlemens in Dixon
Attract and Hire Active Duty Service Members

Presented by Michael Farris
Vice President of Development and Marketing
Concrete Preservation Institute (CPI)

Our third 2019 event with a focus on qualified people entering our industry. The Concrete Preservation Institute (CPI) is a nationwide non-profit foundation that serves as an official U.S. military active duty Career Skills Program, partner of the National Park Service, and partner of concrete and construction companies who sponsor their programs and hire alumni. Field School participants gain in-depth, hands-on training for all types of industry careers while completing deferred maintenance projects in National Parks. Our Chapter has featured CPI staff presentations over the years, and assists CPI students as they transition to the civilian workplace.


May 6th at the Granite Bay Golf Club
14th ACI Golf Classic

 Another remarkable golf day for over 100 players at one of the most enjoyable courses in Northern California. Thank you to the event sponsors, to the Co-Chairs Rowdy Cordero and Robert Hightower, and to our golfers. We are preparing a slideshow that will be available through this website.  

Save the date – May 1st, 2020 for the 15th ACI Golf Classic.  


June 11th at the Woodbridge Golf & Country Club
NCAWNV Chapter Annual Meeting

We offered a golfing opportunity at Woodbridge before the evening event. New officers and directors were installed, and retiring directors thanked. We presented the Chapter’s Sam Berks Award for outstanding participation to Kelly Idiart for serving the Chapter and ACI for three decades with intelligence, insight, and good humor. Kelly’s associates at Central Concrete attended the event and enjoyed joined in recognizing his contributions. Thank you to everyone involved! 


We took a break from events in July and August.


September 10 at the Club Pheasant in Sacramento
Setting Concrete Specifications Task Force

Presented by
Mohammed T. Albahttiti, Assistant Professor at CSUC

Michael D. Smith, Infrastructure Solutions Manager at Cemex

A current CCPIC/UCPRC task force has been asked to deliver Pavement Recommendations for Cities and Counties.  Our September 10 discussion covered some of the focus of this task force with details shared regarding current directions and thought processes.  

Speakers discussed the Minimum Cement Requirement issue and the push to move away from it, along with Performance vs Prescriptive recommendations. There was also focus on Dry Shrinkage, Durability, Green Building, and SCM’s (Supplementary Cementitious Materials).

In the Q&A portion of the event, attendees related their own experiences with the current specifications and what they considered would be better methodology.


October 8th at Las Positas in Livermore
2019 ACI Chapter Construction Awards

The Chapter's 2019 ACI Construction Awards Program concluded October 8th at Las Positas in Livermore when four winning projects were presented by Project Team Members.

Be sure to read the news article about the 2019 Construction Awards with the winning projects and the presenters.

Several winners in our ACI Construction Awards Program are eligible for the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards this fall that draws entries from around the world. Learn more about the recent Excellence winners named at October’s ACI Concrete Convention in Cleveland on

November 19th at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pleasanton
We hosted a Reception and Dinner following ACI 318-19 Seminar at the Hilton that was presented by ACI through the Michigan Headquarters. Chapter volunteers helped with seminar attendee registration.

Presentation followed the dinner.  

The Future of Portland Limestone Cement
Presented by: 
Allan Kramer
Technical Services Manager, Lehigh Northwest Cement Company

Kramer’s presentation provided information on how Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) works, and why it will be the preeminent cement type for use in the U.S. concrete market.

December 3rd at the Woodbridge Golf & Country Club
ACI Holiday Social
Free Event for Chapter Members and Their Guests

At this year’s Holiday Social, we had a hosted bar, loads of wonderful hors d'oeuvres, and sinful
desserts to encourage mingling, networking, and socializing.  Additionally, there was a "Holiday Gifts" raffle with some remarkable and good humored items. This was a FREE event for Chapter Members and their guests. Don’t miss December 2020’s Holiday Social!


Our event schedule always reflects personal input
We develop events based on suggestions and on resources we learn about. If you know about a potential event topic or speaker, please contact our Program Chair / VP Clay Slocum at 530.864.1648 or email

Thank You -- And have a great 2020!   

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