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 3 M E S S A G E F R O M T H E P R E S I D E N T building systems compared to other construction materials. As a result of the market assessment and application profiling MAAPing research we can also provide our members with information that highlights concrete masonrys benefits against specific competing systems. In conjunction with education we are continuing to update and develop technical publications and resources for all our members products. The manufactured stone veneer market has been successfully using the Installation Guide which is reviewed and updated regularly to improve installation guidelines. In addition they have been moving forward with their ASTM standard. Our collaboration with industry partners has become more important than ever. We are not the only industry that feels the pressure of the wood industry. We are continuing to work with other organizations to leverage the strength of our products to provide safe and secure building structures. In its second year ICON-Xchange 2015 continued to bring business and networking opportunities to suppliers and producers of the industry. This highly successful event format is meeting the needs of our members and the industry. We accomplished a lot in 2015 and have included some of the highlights in this report. As we continue through 2016 we will pursue these initiatives and hope to attract more industry companies to see the value of what we are doing and join us. Bob Thomas NCMA President An Energized Industry What a great year for NCMA and its members. Our members have rebounded from the recession and are energized by construction growth opportunities. Through education advocacy research and promotion of our members products NCMA is becoming more aggressive with its programs and initiatives. For the Segmental Retaining Wall industry it was a year of celebrating 30 years since the industrys inception and 25 years of involvement with NCMA. During the NCMA Annual Convention in February 2015 we recognized the SRW industrys history and accomplishments as a major player in the manufactured concrete products arena. Congratulations to those individuals who were dedicated and innovative and helped lead the industry to where it is today. Over the years segmental retaining walls have become recognized for their quality construction in engineered and geosynthetic reinforced walls. NCMA has been fortunate to participate in this journey by assisting in research education and promotion of SRWs. And today the way SRWs are being used is still evolving. In 2015 our work with the Federal Highway Administration continued to establish momentum in promoting the use of segmental retaining wall units in Geosynthetically Reinforced SoilIntegrated Bridge Systems GRS-IBS. NCMA assists in improving resources for specifying procuring and installing SRWs in these applications. As the countrys single-lane bridges are continuing to deteriorate working with the FHWA and local Department of Transportations could open new opportunities. The association also continues to emphasize education by improving educational options for the employees of our member companies. Our CPU Online learning system was launched this year allowing our member companies to use these resources to educate their employees and provide them with the tools they need to demonstrate the value of concrete