CIM Graduates

CIM Graduate

Justin Edwards

School: Middle Tennessee State University

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Graduation Date: May 2011

Employer: Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association

“This program produces graduates who employers want to hire, it’s that simple. Upon graduation, CIM graduates have a sound technical education in the world of concrete, have had some practical experience participating in some facet of the concrete industry, and have been exposed to practical business applications.”

What school did you graduate from and in which year?

I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in May 2011. I am from Chattanooga, Tenn.

What are your current position and responsibilities at the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA)?

Currently, I am employed by the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) in Indianapolis, Indiana, and my title is that of Promotions Manager. Through this state trade organization, I wear many different hats on a day-to-day basis. Serving our members’ needs across the state and providing value to them is always a top priority. To elaborate more, I take part in promotional aspects of all the facets of the ready-mix industry, marketing through web design or other electronic media, educating our members in new trends, offering our time as a technical resource, providing an outlet for certifications and safety training, as well as building and maintaining relationships with municipal, county, and state officials. Overall, we are a dynamic resource for the ready-mix industry of Indiana.

How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities? MTSU CIM has equipped me with all of the tools I need to be able to succeed in my current position. The technical aspects enable me to effectively communicate with architects/engineers, while the business minor I received allows a better understanding of the economics of the readymix industry. The internship I completed through the CIM program, at the Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA), laid the foundation for the line of work I am now in full time.

Why did you choose the CIM program?

This program produces graduates who employers want to hire, it’s that simple. Upon graduation, CIM graduates have a sound technical education in the world of concrete, have had some practical experience participating in some facet of the concrete industry, and have been exposed to practical business applications. Combining all of this produces a highly specialized individual with a very high ceiling, capable of working anywhere in the world.

What advice would you give to current CIM students?

My advice to current students is to take advantage of the resources provided as a student of a CIM program. Whether it’s the valuable knowledge of the instructors, the access to specialized equipment in the lab, or the platform to network with current industry professionals, don’t leave any stone unturned. This program is one that can provide value across the board, just go out there and get it.