People on the Move December
- Written by Rock Products News
Nashville-based Rogers Group Inc. (RGI), the largest privately owned aggregates firm in the nation, entered its fourth generation of family ownership with Ben L. Rechter, great-grandson of company founder Ralph Rogers, being elected as chairman of the board of directors.
The son of former RGI president and board member Ben R. Rechter, Ben L. Rechter has enjoyed a long and successful career in the construction materials industry and has served RGI's board for many years. As a former member of Rogers Group management, he has held many positions and was instrumental in the integration and growth of RGI's Arkansas market.
Rechter eventually left the day-to-day management of Rogers Group to start Arch Materials LLC, which has recently completed a major underground limestone mine development project in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lafarge North America, the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada, appointed Olivier Biebuyck as president of its Cement River Business Unit, which bases its Regional Office in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Biebuyck succeeds Olivier Merindol, who accepted another position with the Lafarge Group in France.
Biebuyck, a native of Brussels, Belgium, has been in the U.S. for more than 10 years and recently became a U.S. citizen. Prior to being appointed president of the Cement River Business Unit, he was president of Systech Environmental Corp., Lafarge’s wholly-owned subsidiary specializing in the sourcing and management of alternative fuels for all Lafarge’s cement kilns throughout North America.
In his new role, Biebuyck will be responsible for five of Lafarge’s cement plants located in Sugar Creek, Mo.; Fredonia Kan.; Tulsa, Okla.; Joppa, Ill.; and Davenport, Iowa; and for 38 cement and fly ash terminals. “We are excited to have Olivier lead our team in the River Business Unit,” said Sylvain Garnaud, co-president, Lafarge North America and president of its Cement Division. “He is a strong and dynamic leader who has made significant, positive impacts to the business, while in his previous roles with Lafarge. I look forward to similar successes for him and his team in the River Region.”
Additional appointments to the River Region’s executive team include Teodor Simeonov, director of finance; and Anthony Corridore, director of marketing.
William G. “Bill” Cox, a Maryland highway contractor and president of Annapolis Junction-based Corman Construction was elected 2010-2011 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. The election was announced during the association’s national convention, held October 3-6 in New York City.
Granite Construction Inc. announced that its Board of Directors promoted Laurel J. Krzeminski to the position of vice president and chief financial officer. Krzeminski has been serving as Granite's interim CFO since June 1, 2010.