Ronnie Pruitt – President and Chief Executive 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 has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of U.S. Concrete, Inc. since February 2016. From August 2013 until February 2016, Mr. Jolas served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. 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 29 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) from 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.
Gibson T. Dawson - Vice President, Corporate Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Dawson has served as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer since February 2019. Mr. Dawson joined the Company in August 2017 as Corporate Controller. From May 2007 to August 2017, Mr. Dawson served as Vice President, Corporate Controller for PFSweb, Inc., a global commerce services company. Prior to assuming such role, Mr. Dawson served as Director, Corporate Controller for PFSweb from 1999 to 2007. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Dawson was Controller for Independent National Distributors, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Dawson spent nine years with the international public accounting firm of KPMG where he rose to the position of senior manager in the assurance practice. Mr. Dawson received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Baylor 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.
Matthew Emmert – Vice President and General Manager, East Region
Mr. Emmert serves as the Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Concrete’s East Region, responsible for four business units: Eastern Concrete Materials in New Jersey and Philadelphia, Ferrara West in New Jersey, U.S. Concrete New York and Superior Concrete Materials in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. From May 2016 to February 2019, Mr. Emmert served as Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s New Jersey and Philadelphia operations. Mr. Emmert first joined U.S. Concrete as Operations Manager in December 2015, overseeing the Company’s New Jersey operations. Prior to joining the Company, from March 2005 to November 2015, he served as General Manager at Ralph Clayton & Sons, overseeing 10 ready-mixed concrete facilities, three masonry block plants and a concrete recycling facility. Mr. Emmert also held various other concrete operation related jobs with Ralph Clayton & Sons from September 1999 to February 2005. Prior to joining the concrete industry, Mr. Emmert worked for Millington Quarry from 1997 to 1999.
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 U.S. Concrete's West Texas business unit, Ingram Concrete & Aggregates, 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.
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.
Scott Dryden – Regional Vice President and 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.