Darryl Cloud, national sales manager for Concrete Sealants Inc. based in Tipp City, Ohio, has been elected as the president of the National Precast Concrete Association Foundation. The NPCAF provides college scholarships for students in engineering, architecture and construction-related disciplines and develops workforce initiatives for the precast concrete industry.
Cloud, a former member of the NPCA Board of Directors, assumed the Foundation president’s duties during the NPCA 49th Annual Convention Oct. 25 in Montreal. Cloud, a member of the Foundation Board since 2010, succeeds Barry Fleck of A.L. Patterson Inc. as president. Cloud said he plans to continue the momentum created by Fleck during the last two years.
“Barry and the current Board have done a fabulous job in expanding the offerings of the Foundation,” he said. “The next step is to add a marketing approach and find new ways to reach out. We want to open up the Foundation to a larger audience.”
NPCA leaders launched the Foundation in 1989 primarily to provide scholarships to college students in engineering, architecture and construction management. In recent years, the Foundation has sought to expand to provide opportunities for those entering skilled trades.
“We recognize that precast plants need engineers, but they also need welders and electricians and skilled production workers, so we’re going to explore new ways to reach out to high school students and others who may want to learn a trade to see if that’s a viable option,” he said.
In addition to his position at Concrete Sealants, Cloud serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Phoenix, teaching marketing, organizational development and environmental management. A former Marine, he also supports the Semper Fi Fund, which provides specialized equipment and a variety of other support for wounded veterans. On Oct. 26, Cloud ran his seventh marathon to raise funds for the organization.
For more information on the NPCA Foundation, please visit precast.org/foundation.