Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 252 0 1 5 A N N U A L R E P O R T N AT I O N A L C O N C R E T E M A S O N R Y A S S O C I AT I O N 1 Transportation. Representative Brett Guthries R-Ky. HR985 bill has cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The SRW Market Committee has made great strides in developing the SRW Best Practices Guide which was released in early 2016 to support growing market opportunities and the industrys zero failure initiatives. Staff and members have worked collaboratively with the Federal Highway Administration to develop standards for using Geotechnically Reinforced StabilityIntegrated Bridge Systems GRS-IBS to increase the use of segmental retaining wall units in the restoration of small bridges across the country. Our newest market segment Manufactured Stone Veneer is continuing to integrate into the association. The committee is fully engaged in raising the bar on the quality of their products through ASTM standards. They are working to educate contractors to make sure their products are installed properly. One of the shining efforts of 2015 is the significant engagement of the Young Professionals Group. The young talent from our member companies are enthusiastically participating in all committees and sharing their ideas and ways of advancing the industry. And lastly the success of ICON-Xchange 2015 cannot be ignored. With 70 companies participating in 653 B2B meetings over two days this event is benefitting the manufactured concrete masonry and hardscape industry in ways that we never imagined. I want to thank all of you for electing me as Chairman of the Board. We have definitely advanced the industry this year Joe Bowen 2015 NCMA Chairman of the Board M E S S A G E F R O M T H E C H A I R M A N O F T H E B O A R D We are Back At the associations Midyear Meeting in Montreal last August I stated We are back When looking back over 2015 we are definitely back While the recession of 2008 is well behind us our industry faces some new challenges with a construction world that is a very different place a place where our competitors have become laser-focused. It is our responsibility to collectively work together through NCMA to respond to this new paradigm with renewed effort in education operations and market development for CMUs SRWs and manufactured stone veneer. Great strides have been made to educate our industry. NCMA has developed the tools to educate our employees and the design community. CPU Online will become a valuable resource for employees to not only improve their knowledge of the concrete masonry industry but to then reach out to the design community to offer solutions and show the competitiveness of concrete masonry construction. The program will expand to include courses for SRWs and manufactured stone veneer. The Market Assessment and Application Profiling MAAPing program has provided us with some necessary research to target decision makers in the construction industry. Knowing what is important to these individuals will allow us to better market concrete masonry wall systems to these individuals and understand what traits are paramount in selecting building materials. To assist members in promoting the value of concrete masonry wall systems the association initiated resources for developing Environmental Product Declarations a calculator for determining the thermal characteristics of CMU wall systems and materials highlighting concrete masonrys performance attributes. We are continuing our efforts on Capitol Hill to engage allies in the U.S. House and Senate to pass the Concrete Masonry Products Research Education and Promotion Act bills. Each would authorize the concrete masonry industry to consider through referendum whether to establish a commodity check-off program to be overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Senator Roy Blunts R-Mo. S1524 bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and