The NPCA 54th Annual Convention was held this year is Seattle, Wash., marking its first return to the Pacific Northwest since the 2011 meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Attendance at this year’s meeting was strong with overall attendees topping 450 and more than 70 exhibitors. The event was held in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Precast Concrete Association, an NPCA affiliate group.
NPCA members elected Jonathan Ohmes, CEO of Champion Precast in Troy, Mo., as Chairman of the Board of Directors for a one-year term. Rounding out the leadership are Chairman-elect Ron Sparks of Columbia Precast Products in Woodland, Wash., and Secretary/Treasurer Mark Wieser of Wieser Concrete Products in Portage, Wis.
In his acceptance speech, Ohmes spoke about his family’s background in the industry and his history with NPCA, which started at the 1985 annual meeting, as well as his excitement for the future of the association.
“The best part about NPCA is while no two histories are alike, we are all now a part of the future of NPCA and the precast industry together,” he said. “That is the beauty of this association and why I am so proud to be a member and your chairman for the next 12 months.”
Also elected to the Board for three-year terms were Greg Barrett of SI Precast Concrete in Grandview, Mo., Kevin Camp of Camp Precast Concrete Products in Milton, Vt., James Pryor of Atlas Concrete Products in New Britain, Conn., and James Wright of CAM Products in Ludington, Mich.
Longtime NPCA member Don Jensen, CEO of Jensen Precast, headquartered in Sparks, Nev., was presented with the prestigious Robert E. Yoakum Award for his long-time service to the industry and association. Kevin Camp, president of Camp Precast Products in in Milton, Vt., was presented the Douglas G. Hoskin Award for membership recruitment.
Other highlights included a tour of two precast plants and the Boeing Future of Flight and Aviation Center, as well as the official roll out of NPCA’s new committee structure. Members closed out the meeting at the Seattle Museum of Flight where they dined under historic aircraft, tested their skills in flight simulators and took in live music.
The NPCA 55th Annual Convention will be held Oct. 15-17 at Amelia Island, Fla.