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Ash Grove Cement Announces Promotions


Ash Grove Cement Company announced promotions in its sales leadership teams, according to Ash Grove Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Sunderland. The promotions are effective Jan. 1, 2013.

“We are pleased that both Ernie Peterson and Mike Wood have agreed to assume greater responsibility for leading our company’s Midwest and West sales regions. We have a strong, deep management team, and we have been able to implement our company’s succession plan as two other capable sales leaders retire at year end, Dewey Fore and Dave Baker, each of whom capably led those respective regions. Both Ernie and Mike are stepping into their roles and a transition is well underway,” said Sunderland.

Peterson is being promoted to vice president of sales - Midwest and will report to Charlie Sunderland. Peterson has been with Ash Grove 15 years, including the last five years as regional sales manager in Ash Grove’s Omaha sales office where he led a team of four salesmen, a technical service manager and two administrative professionals. His career in the cement manufacturing industry spans two decades. His direct reports include three sales offices covering six states in the Midwest.

Peterson recently was a finalist for the inaugural Portland Cement Association 2012 John P. Gleason, Jr., Leadership Award. He has been active in the PCA serving on its regional steering committee board since 2006, including as its chairman in 2011. In Nebraska, he served on the Nebraska Concrete Paving Association board of directors and as its vice president and president-elect. His involvement in industry associations includes the Iowa Concrete Paving Association board of directors, the American Concrete Institute and the company’s promotion committee.

Wood is being promoted to vice president of sales – West and also will report to Sunderland. Wood has been with Ash Grove 10 years serving as regional sales manager in Ash Grove’s Boise, Idaho, sales office where he led a three-state team of salesmen. His career in the cement manufacturing industry dates back to his youth. His parents owned a ready mix operation, and he was exposed to all aspects of the industry. His direct reports include four sales offices in nine states in the West as well British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

Wood also has an extensive financial background having worked in management capacities for commercial lenders for more than a decade.