Each year at the NPCA Annual Convention, the membership thanks the outgoing Chairman of the Board and welcomes a new Chair for a one-year term. At this year’s event, Michael Tidwell, owner of Bartow Precast in Cartersville, Georgia, was handed the gavel by outgoing Chairman Brent Dezember.
Bartow Precast was founded in 1985 and in 1999 Tidwell took over the company. The company became an NPCA member shortly after in 2002 and Tidwell and his employees immediately found value.
“From day one, it was just an immediate feeling of belonging and a feeling of advantage – a book had been opened all of a sudden,” Tidwell said.
“And the plant certification program has given us an opportunity to identify any issues with our quality control program and add those processes to meet those certification requirements.”
Tidwell has been involved with a wide variety of product committees and task forces and has been a board member since 2010. In his speech at the NPCA 49th Annual Convention, he spoke to his experiences in the association. His term will conclude with the 50th anniversary of the association, an occasion he does not take lightly.
“In looking back at the 49-year history of NPCA, I am humbled by this opportunity to lead this incredible association into its 50th year,” he said. “As I said earlier, one of the things that brought me to NPCA was a quest to make better concrete. I make better concrete now than I did when Bartow Precast joined NPCA 12 years ago.
“What I didn’t know was that I’d be building so many lifelong relationships along the way. We have many challenges ahead, but I have no doubt that the Board and the committees and the staff will meet those challenges as we continue building the industry foreseen by a small group of big thinkers some 50 years ago.”