CIM Graduates

CIM Graduate

Lee Thrasher

School: Middle Tennessee State University

Graduation Date: May 2000

Employer: ReadyMix USA

“The ‘big picture’ aspect of the curriculum is very helpful in understanding the different segments of the industry and their main functions. Being able to think critically and deliberately through concrete issues and problems based on case studies and formalized learning helps in daily resolution of problems and situations I’m presented with.”

What school did you graduate from and when?

I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management.

What are your current position and responsibilities at Ready Mix USA?

I am currently the Quality Control and Project Manager for the Gray, Mid-East & Tallahassee Divisions. I’m responsible for all aspects of quality control for approximately 20 plants from Athens, Ga., to Tallahassee, Fl. I also help oversee our larger, multi-year ready mix projects for the Divisions, as well as assisting with the Divisions’ IT and applications needs, plus market intelligence.

Why did you choose this position and this company?

I like the family atmosphere that’s the heart of Ready Mix USA. It is very exciting to be a part of a decentralized company that also has the diversity and size that the Ready Mix USA family of companies offers. Our business model gives each employee not only the real opportunity to fit into a team environment, but also to experience firsthand the rewards and recognition created from doing a good job, since the general managers are so close to their employees.

How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities?

The “big picture” aspect of the curriculum is very helpful in understanding the different segments of the industry and their main functions. Being able to think critically and deliberately through concrete issues and problems based on case studies and formalized learning helps in daily resolution of problems and situations I’m presented with.

Why did you choose the CIM program?

The CIM program was recommended to me by my employer at the time, Bob Newton of Harper Construction. I had heard about the program through construction classes at MTSU as well. Once I looked at the program, I was hooked on being part of something new and special. As I got into the first couple of classes, I realized how much I enjoyed the diversity of concrete and being able to truly experience something new every day. The concrete industry is as dynamic and challenging as any of the trade industries. I have always enjoyed building and creating things, and concrete gives us more opportunities and options than any other building material out there. It is a completely fascinating industry that captured me from day one, and the CIM Program is a wonderful start in the business because of its overall study of what the concrete industry can be.