Portland Cement Association recognises Ash Grove Cement Company environmental manager

The Portland Cement Association named Scott Nielson, corporate environmental manager for Ash Grove Cement Company, the winner of the 2016 John P Gleason Jr Leadership Award.

Scott Nielson, second from left, Ash Grove Cement corporate environmental manager, was the winner of PCA’s 2016 John P Gleason Jr Leadership Award. Others pictured, left to right, John Stull, PCA board chair and chief executive United States of LafargeHolcim; Jim Toscas, PCA president; Colin Gleason, son of John P Gleason Jr

The awards honor individuals who have exhibited industry leadership by advancing key association programs and initiatives. Presented at the association’s Fall 2016 Congress meeting in Chicago, awards were presented in three categories: business continuity, market development and young leaders. Nielson was honored in the young leaders category.

“During his time as PCA president, John Gleason Jr was widely known for his ability to build consensus amongst the industry players, resulting in better cooperation and growth of the association,” said James G. Toscas, chief executive,Portland Cement Association. “This award honors his legacy by recognizing those in the industry who embody the spirit he brought to PCA throughout his 20-year tenure.”

Nielson is an active PCA volunteer, serving as co-chairman on the Portland Cement Association Energy and Environment Committee’s Environmental Technology Subcommittee. He has direct responsibility for Ash Grove’s environmental compliance and has taken a leadership role in implementing continuous-emissions monitoring systems. Nielson has presented at several technical conferences, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Industry Applications Society / Portland Cement Association (IEEE-IAS/PCA) Conference in 2014. He chaired the 2016 IEEE conference held in Grapevine, Texas, and is involved in planning the 2017 IEEE West Coast Conference.

“The Gleason award embodies what the 2016 IEEE conference host committee and Portland Cement Association committees have accomplished,” said Nielson. “They provide the opportunity to develop tangible programs that build and grow the cement industry and its employees. This award is a special honor for me.”

Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, who directs Ash Grove’s federal, state and local government relations and community affairs, was the first Ash Grove employee and first woman in the industry to earn a Gleason award. Hers was awarded in the business continuity category in 2014.

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