Many of us can relate to the exhilarating feeling that occurs while at a live auction. Heart pumping, you hear the auctioneer rattling off phrases at tongue-twisting speeds, tapping in to your impulses and urging you to bid higher. You’re on the edge of your seat; you throw your hand up in the air in hopes that you’ll soon hear that gavel smack across the auction block. The auction spotters call out – is anyone willing to compete? Have you just placed the winning bid?!
There’s nothing like a good live auction to generate excitement – the thrill of competition and the fulfillment of winning a sought-after item is unlike any other. When the auction benefits a wonderful cause, it’s a win-win for everyone.
The 2018 World of Concrete trade show was one to remember, having had the biggest turnout of attendees since 1975. Several exciting events took place, but a noteworthy event whose purpose is dear to Command Alkon and many others in the industry is the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Auction, held by the National Steering Committee. The auction benefits the CIM program – a business intensive program designed to combat the anticipated shortage of managers needed to support the expected growth of the concrete industry.
The program is the first of its kind in the United States – offering a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management. The program gives students entering the concrete work force an advantage by providing them with resources that help them gain valuable industry experience early in their careers. Graduates of CIM are hired for management in all facets of the concrete industry: production, material supply, contracting and manufacturing. Students who have graduated from CIM programs usually start out with a salary that is competitive with other high-tech industries.
We caught up with a student in the program while at the 2018 World of Concrete. Lucas Rogers attends Middle Tennessee State University. He originally was majoring in mechatronic engineering, but then changed his major to CIM after he learned about the industry and how many job opportunities are available to those who come from the program. There are endless possibilities for networking as well as opportunities for real-world, hands-on experiences that aren’t easily available to students outside of the program. Lucas is interested in technology and concrete, and hopes after graduation to land a position involving both. “The industry does not adapt well to change and is pretty far behind in the technology aspect,” says Rogers. “I would like to close that gap.”
The CIM Auction is a critical funding mechanism for the program. Several organizations and individuals contribute by donating items to the auction and taking part in the bidding process. “There are not many programs that have the support that we do,” adds Rogers, “The donations we receive for our auctions are just another example of the support that the program has from the industry.”
The highlight of the live auction this year was a Mack Granite Axle Back model mounted with a McNeilus 10.5-cubic-yard M77 concrete transit mixer. Additional items included a second mixer truck with a Con-Tech BridgeKing mixer mounted on a Kenworth T880S chassis, a Somero SP-16 placing system, truckloads of cement, various contractor tools and exciting vacation and sports packages.
As in previous years, Command Alkon donated a COMMANDbatch system to be auctioned off. The winning bidder of the system was Folsom Ready Mix in Rancho Cordova, California. The timing of their win couldn’t have been more perfect, considering Folsom updated a few of their facilities in the last year with COMMANDbatch and needed the system to update one last facility. The auction provided a wonderful opportunity for their organization to support the program, as well as purchase something that was needed.
“We are very proud of the fact that we are able to participate in the CIM program. It is very encouraging to see the interest of the young people involved as they prepare to become the new leaders in our industry,” says Jon Jackson, Quality Control Manager at Folsom Ready Mix. “For us to be able to support the program is a real honor and privilege.”
In addition to the live auction, a silent auction was also held. Auction items included moisture meters, formwork, vibrators, football tickets, golf packages, tools, polishing equipment, decorative concrete tools, and much more.
The National Steering Committee partnered with GiveSmart — a user-friendly bidding technology service to run and manage charity silent auctions. With GiveSmart, participants could register for the auction, sneak preview silent and live auction items, make a donation, and bid on their favorite silent auction items immediately. Participants who were not able to attend the live auction were given the opportunity to bid online during the event.
More information about the CIM program and auction can be found here. Command Alkon is proud to support CIM, and we are already anticipating next year’s auction.