April 2020 ACI Houston Chapter Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    It is with great honor to serve as the 2020 ACI Houston Chapter President.  ACI has helped further me as an individual in the concrete industry and life in general.  It was in 2018 that the nominations committee came to me and said I was nominated to not only become a board member, but to serve as the committee’s Vice President in 2019.  I was unsure exactly what that meant, considering I had been extremely active in college and after graduation, yet knew very little about leadership in the real world. I am happy to report that it means a wealth of industry networking, education, and the formation of lifelong friendships with folks I consider family.  

    I would like to thank Past President William Squyres and current Vice President Mark Dornak and long-time mentor Jacob Borgerson for paving an excellent path for not only myself, but the rest of the board.  We would not be in the current state we are in without their help and leadership.  The Board has gone above and beyond for years to insure ACI Houston Chapter has excelled beyond expectation and has proven so by receiving its first Outstanding Chapter for 2019 from ACI National. We will always strive to exceed this and shoot for Excellent Chapter in the years to come. 

    Lastly, thank you to our Corporate Sponsors who continue to support ACI Houston. We would not be where we are without you.

    If you are thinking about joining ACI Houston or wondering what ACI Houston can do for you, contact a local board member, attend one of our meetings at Maggiano’s and visit our website for ways to join.  I am confident that after my time as President, I will always remain involved with ACI and do well by those who have persistently showed up for our organization. See you all in North Carolina!

    Melissa Camarillo-Duron
    ACI Houston Chapter President

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    Calendar of Events

    ACI Houston has had quite an eventful 2020. We kicked off the year with our 2019 Awards held at Karbach Brewing recognizing members in this industry who continue to pave the way and those who have achieved lifelong accomplishments. As February came and went, there was an upcoming lifechanging event that nobody could have ever predicted. In March 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. This global health crisis is a unique challenge that has impacted many members of the ACI Houston family. We would like to express our concern and support for all the members of the ACI community, our families and all others affected by this outbreak. With our National ACI Convention being cancelled, and ACI Houston Chapter events being postponed, we want you to know that your safety is our utmost concern.  

    We have some exciting upcoming events planned in addition to our general meetings.  The ACI/ICRI Clay Shoot and ACI Summer Symposium will events you will not want to miss.  We hope to see you all there! 


    JUL 16


    2020 Concrete Symposium


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    Certification Corner

    The Houston Chapter Certification continues to grow and improve thanks to those who attend and provide us feedback. Our Certification Committee is constantly looking for ways to improve our programs. We currently have a total of 31 Examiners and Supplemental Examiners that assist with our certification events.

    Over a period of the last six years, the Chapter has increased the number of exams it administered from 337 exams in 2013 to 779 in 2019. It has also increased its number of certification programs offered with a review/workshop from 8 in 2013 to 12 in 2020 (Tilt-up, Agg/Base and SCC were added in 2019 with Adhesive Anchor Installer being added in 2020).

    At the beginning of 2020, our Chapter, in partnership with Terracon Consultants, Inc., remodeled our office space that we lease from Terracon. The remodel gave us a “new” space to conduct our review sessions for the Strength, Aggregates 1 and 2, Lab 2, Agg/Base and Self-consolidating Concrete programs. The use of Terracon’s training room and warehouse facilitates review sessions for Field Testing Technician - Grade 1 of up to 65 students.

    With the current CDC and local guidelines in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to postpone our May’s session.

    Here’s a look at what the remainder of the 2020 Certification calendar looks like.  A Course list and registration information is at:  


        • June 6, 2020
        • July 18, 2020
        • August 8, 2020
        • September 19, 2020
        • October 10, 2020
        • November 14, 2020
        • December 5, 2020

    For certifications that include a workshop, as outlined in the course description, the workshop is included in the cost of the test. A light breakfast and lunch are provided at the workshop. A light breakfast is provided with the first time slot for the exam weekend, but students are advised to bring either their lunch or a light snack if they anticipate being there through the lunch hour. Student handbooks are distributed at the workshop and will not be available on the day of the exams. Student handbooks are not mailed, but may be picked up at the local ACI office (with prior arrangements). Please contact [email protected] to make arrangements.

    Did you know?

    • Combined, we have 27 National ACI Committees represented by 6 Examiners/Supplemental Examiners!

    • Review sessions and workbooks are included in most of our programs.

    • Our passing rate for those who attend a review session is approximately 75%. The pass rate for those who don’t attend a review session is 25%.

    • Our longest serving member has been serving for over 20 years!


    Exam or Registration Questions - [email protected] 

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    From the Awards Committee

    Our 2020 Awards Ceremony was held at Karbach Brewery. This was our first true awards ceremony in the history of the Chapter.

    The following individual were recognized:

    • Past President – William Squyres (Paradigm Consultants)
    • Professional Excellence – Mark Dornak (Terracon Consultants)
    • Professor Achievement – Dr. Arash Rahmation (UHD)
    • Student Member – Sahira Palomo (UHD)

    We also reinstated the L. Blake Fentress Award and presented it to David Marsh (Terracon Consultants, Inc - pictured above with Mark Dornak). This award was last presented to a member in 1994! Mr. Marsh has served as the Treasurer of Houston Chapter since 2008 and has been a member of the Houston Chapter ACI since 2000.

    For our 2021 Awards Ceremony, we will also be adding Project Awards. The following categories will receive awards.

    • Low-rise
    • Mid-rise
    • High-rise
    • Infrastructure
    • Repair & Restoration
    • Decorative

    The winners of these awards will be submitted to National for the Annual Awards presented at the Fall Convention’s Awards Gala. Stay tuned for our “call for awards” email!!

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