William J. Sandbrook – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sandbrook is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in management he spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army.
Bill’s service included a four-year tour in Germany in cavalry and engineering units, three years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Military Academy and two years as the Army Program representative to Raytheon. While teaching at West Point, Bill also served as a social aide to President Ronald Reagan and earned his Professional Engineer’s License (PE) in Industrial Engineering.
In addition to his qualifications as an Army Ranger, Bill earned four Master’s Degrees while in the service. He received an MBA from Wharton, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master in Public Policy from the Naval War College and Master of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University.
Bill joined Tilcon New York as Vice President in 1992 and became President and CEO three years later. In 1996, Tilcon was acquired by Oldcastle Materials. In recognition of his efforts at Ground Zero after the September 11th bombing of the World Trade Center, Bill was named the Rockland County, New York 2002 Business Leader of the Year, the Dominican College 2002 Man of the Year and the American Red Cross 2003 Man of the Year for Southern New York.
Bill was appointed President of Oldcastle Materials’ West Division in 2003. In July 2006, Bill was promoted to CEO of Oldcastle Architectural responsible for the group’s U.S. and Canadian operations as well as CRH’s businesses in South America. With more than 7,000 employees under his leadership, Oldcastle Architectural’s annual revenues exceeded $2.1 billion in 2007.
In June 2008, Bill was named CEO of Oldcastle’s Americas Products & Distribution with continued responsibility for Architectural Products in addition to all Precast, Glass, Metals and Distribution businesses. Oldcastle P & D’s revenue peaked in 2008 exceeding $7 billion with an employee count in excess of 20,000.
In August 2011, Bill was chosen to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Concrete, Inc. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol USCR. U.S. Concrete operates 192 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 17 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities, and 18 producing aggregates facilities in California, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands and British Columbia, Canada.
In 2017, Bill was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association. In March of 2018, Bill received the William B. Allen Award from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in recognition of his lifetime commitment and outstanding leadership to improve the financial health, performance and sustainability of the ready mixed concrete industry. Additionally in March 2018, Bill was inducted into the Pit & Quarry Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In May 2018, he joined the Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX) Board of Directors and sits on both the Audit and Compensation Committees. He is currently Vice Chairman of the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association and will assume duties of Chairman in March 2019.
Bill is a frequent on-air contributor to numerous programs on The Fox Business Network, CNBC and Bloomberg.
Ronnie Pruitt – Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Pruitt joined U.S. Concrete as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2015. From July 2014 to October 2015, Mr. Pruitt served as the Vice President of Cement Sales of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (Martin Marietta), and from January 1995 to July 2014 was with Texas Industries, Inc. (TXI) in various positions, most recently as Vice President of Cement Operations of TXI, which was acquired by Martin Marietta in 2014. Mr. Pruitt has served as President of the Board of Directors of Cement Council of Texas and Chairman of the Paving Committee for the Portland Cement Association.
John E. Kunz – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kunz joined U.S. Concrete as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October of 2017. From March 2015 to September 2017, Mr. Kunz, served as Vice President-Controller & Principal Accounting Officer for Tenneco Inc., an automotive parts company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to assuming such role, Mr. Kunz served as Vice President-Treasurer and Tax/President-Finance Subsidiaries for Tenneco, from 2006 to 2015, and Vice President and Treasurer for Tenneco, from 2004 to 2006. From 1999 to 2004 Mr. Kunz worked at Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, where he rose through responsibility to become vice president and treasurer. Prior to joining Great Lakes in 1999, Mr. Kunz was director of corporate development at Weirton Steel Corporation, where he also held prior positions in capital planning, business development and financial analysis. Prior to that, Mr. Kunz spent four years with the international public accounting firm of KPMG. Since March 2011, Mr. Kunz has served as a director of Wabash National Corporation. Mr. Kunz received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Paul M. Jolas – Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Jolas serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and has been with U.S. Concrete, Inc. since August 1, 2013. Prior to joining U.S. Concrete, Inc., Mr. Jolas served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) commencing in September 2009. Mr. Jolas has more than 25 years of legal experience, including extensive experience with corporate, securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, finance and transactional matters. Prior to joining Regency, he served in various legal roles at Dallas-based Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) from June 2006 through September 2009, most recently as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to his work at Trinity, he served as Senior Regional Counsel for the Texas division of KB Home (NYSE: KBH) form 2004 to 2006; from 1996 to 2004, he served as General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary for Radiologix, Inc. (AMEX: RGX); and from 1989 to 1996, as a member of the corporate securities group for Haynes and Boone, LLP. Mr. Jolas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law.
Kevin Kohutek – Vice President, Finance & Treasurer
Mr. Kohutek joined U.S. Concrete in 2012 and previously served as our Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from June 2012 to March 2015. Since 2015, Mr. Kohutek served as Regional Vice President and General Manager in the Atlantic Region. Before joining U.S. Concrete, Mr. Kohutek was Vice President of Finance with ClubCorp Financial Management Company and previously held various senior level accounting & finance positions at Trinity Industries, US Insurance Agency and KPMG. Mr. Kohutek holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mark B. Peabody – Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Peabody has served as our Vice President – Human Resources since May 2012. Prior to joining the Company in 2012, Mr. Peabody served as Vice President of Human Resources and Risk Management for Mario Sinacola & Sons Excavating, Inc. from 2008. From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Peabody served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources for Hanson Building Materials North America, and from 2001 through 2006, he served as Chief Counsel, Labor & Employment for Hanson. From 1994 through 2001, Mr. Peabody served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Labor Attorney for PECO Energy Company. From 1992 through 1994, he served as an attorney for Reed Smith LLP. From 1987 through 1991, Mr. Peabody served in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He recently retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lt. Colonel after serving for 25 years. Mr. Peabody received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Rollins College and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Peabody later earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Labor Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Niel L. Poulsen – Executive Vice President, South East Division
Mr. Poulsen has served as the Executive Vice President of the South East Division since Oct. 2015. Mr. Poulsen previously served as Regional Vice President and General Manager of Redi-Mix, LLC, from Jan. 2012 to Oct. 2015. From 2004 to 2010, he was Vice President and General Manager for Aggregate Industries’ (Holcim) Aggregate and Ready-Mix divisions in Colorado. From 2003 to 2004, he served with Cemex, 1995 to 2002 with the Edw. C. Levy Co., and prior to 2002, served in various international assignments, ranging in Australasia and the Middle East. Mr. Poulsen has over 25 years of domestic and international general management experience in ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and other construction materials.
Herb Burton – Vice President and General Manager, West Region
Mr. Burton serves as the Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Concrete’s West Region, responsible for four business units: Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., Right Away Redy Mix, Rock Transport, and Westside Concrete Materials. From 2015 – March 2017, Mr. Burton served as Vice President of Operations and Sustainability for Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix, responsible for the management of 16 ready-mix plants, fleet and plant maintenance, safety, environmental management, customer service, inside sales and purchasing. Prior to that, from 2011 – 2015, he served as Director of Project Management for Central Concrete. From 1999 – 2011, Mr. Burton held various positions for Central Concrete, including Project Manager, Sales Manager and Plant Manager. He started his career working in various operational positions including mixer driver, batch operator and dispatcher. Mr. Burton is a member of the NRMCA Operations, Environment and Safety (OES) Committee and Participated in the NRMCA Developing Industry Leaders Program.
Jeffrey W. Roberts – Vice President and General Manager, Central Region
Mr. Roberts serves as Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. Concrete's Central Region, responsible for all ready-mixed concrete operations in Texas and Oklahoma. He previously served as the Vice President and General Manager of Ingram Concrete, LLC, or Ingram, from 2006 to 2019. From 1994 through 2006, Mr. Roberts held various positions for Ingram, including Vice President of Sales and Operations from 2003 through 2006, Sales and Operations Manager from 1997 through 2003, and Quality Control Manager from 1994 through 1997. From 1993 to 1994, he served as the Quality Control Manager for Campbell Concrete. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Roberts served as Technical Sales Representative for Cormix Construction Chemicals (formerly Gifford Hill Chemical), with sales responsibility in southeast Texas. From 1989 to 1990, he served as Sales Representative and Quality Control Assistant for Gifford-Hill Concrete in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Scott Dryden – Regional Vice President & General Manager, Polaris Materials
Mr. Dryden joined Polaris in August 2014 as Vice President of Business Development and was appointed Vice President, Operations in October 2015. In February of 2018, following acquisition of Polaris by US Concrete Inc., he was appointed Regional Vice President & General Manager, assuming overall oversight leadership responsibility for Polaris and its subsidiaries. Mr. Dryden has held various management positions in logistics, customer service and business development in the marine and bulk materials handling industries. He was Director, Marketing and Customer Service; and later Managing Director, Eastern and Offshore Division for Northern Transportation Company Ltd., a substantial First Nations-controlled maritime transportation company serving Oil & Gas and Mining Industries in the Canadian Arctic and Eastern Coast. Prior to this, he was the Manager of Customer Service and West Coast Operations for CSL International Inc., Polaris’ exclusive shipping contractor. Mr. Dryden attended the University of Victoria and holds an M.B.A. (with a specialization in Leadership) from Royal Roads University.