President's Report

  • 03/01/2024 3:09 PM | Webmaster Admin (Administrator)

    Greetings ACI Members,

    I hope this message finds all of you in good health.  It is my sincere pleasure to serve as the ACI Southern California President for 2024.  I am honored to take the iron gavel from Nathan Forrest and follow the many accomplished industry leaders that have come before me.  I would like to start by announcing that our chapter received the Excellent ACI Chapter Award for 2023.  This is the highest honor a chapter can receive and was only given to 24 chapters in the country.  This award is a testament to the hard work of our Board of Directors and members who came out in force to support the chapter last year.  To continue that momentum, we have many interesting educational and social events lined up for this year.

    We kicked off the year with our annual Sam Hobbs Awards dinner in January, where the new Board of Directors began their term.  We had a sold-out event as we honored the many accomplishments and contributions of Melanie O’Regan from CalPortland.  We also hosted and presented our ACI Student Scholarships to three very deserving individuals.  Speaking of students, I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Don Kahn and Josh Willis who established our first ACI Student Chapter at Cal Poly Pomona last year!  We have already identified a second university and hope to add another student chapter by the end of this year. 

    Next up on our events calendar is an informative program on March 21st titled “2024 Outlook for Southern California Concrete Industry”, presented by Crystal Howard of Crystal Waters Consulting, LLC.  Registration is now open, and space is limited, so act quickly.  Our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament is taking place again on May 2nd at Los Serranos Country Club.  Registration for this popular event is also open with many sponsorship opportunities available.  Later in the year, the chapter is looking up an exciting tour of a highly visible project, as well as a dinner presentation on the long anticipated High-Speed Rail.  We sprinkled in a couple of social events in 2023; Top Golf in Ontario and our first Pickleball Tournament in Irvine.  These were very well attended so we have decided to continue hosting these events in 2024.  We will also bring back one of our Young Professionals nights where we will gather and network with some of the “Young Guns” of the concrete industry.  We will finish up the year with our traditional Concrete Awards at another exciting venue to be named in the coming months.  So, keep an eye out for some outstanding projects that are worthy of submission for the various concrete categories.

    As you can see, our Chapter has quite a bit to be proud of and has a full calendar of events planned for this year.  I look forward to seeing all of you at our programs, concrete plants, and jobsites.  All the best for a successful 2024!


    Kindest Regards,

    Jacob Brennan

    Chapter President 2024

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