Robert J. Risser, PE Named New President of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
CHICAGO, June 4, 2015—The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has named Robert J. Risser its new president. Risser has more than 20 years of executive association management experience and, prior to joining PCI, was the president and CEO of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) in Schaumburg, Ill.
“Bob has made significant contributions throughout his career and helped grow each organization he has worked for. He prides himself on developing strong value propositions for members through a leadership model that is driven by collaboration,” said PCI chairman of the board, Chris Pastorius. “We are very pleased to have an executive of Bob’s caliber take the helm of our institute.”
Risser joined CRSI in 2006 and has accomplished many key objectives, including leading CRSI to become an American National Standards Institute–accredited Standards Development Organization, as well as developing CRSI’s government affairs committee and establishing its Rebar Political Action Committee. Before joining CRSI, he was the executive director and CEO of the Michigan Concrete Paving Association for 11 years. He has also served in a variety of construction- and concrete-related roles, including director of engineering design, director of market development and engineering editor.
“I am honored and excited to be asked to serve such a fine organization as PCI,” Risser said. “I look forward to meeting the PCI members and regional directors and working with the PCI staff to help lead PCI into this next phase.”
Bob serves the ACI Foundation as a member of the board of directors for the Strategic Development Council and the executive committee of the Concrete Research Council. He was elected the first chairman of the Concrete and Masonry Related Associations (CAMRA) group.
Risser received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and is a registered professional engineer. Bob lives in Lake Barrington, Ill., with his wife Martha of 23 years and has four children: Michael, Megan, Andrew, and Erin. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, cooking, running, skiing and playing golf.
Founded in 1954, The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is the technical institute for the precast concrete structures industry. PCI develops, maintains, and disseminates the body of knowledge for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures. PCI provides technical resources, certification for companies and individuals, continuing education, as well as conducts research and development projects, conventions, conferences, awards programs and much more.
PCI members include precast concrete manufacturers, companies that provide products and services to the industry, precast concrete erectors, and individual members such as architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, materials suppliers, service providers, and students.
To learn more – visit www.pci.org