On this episode of Tennessee Concrete Conversations, host Alan Sparkman is joined by TCA’s newest employee Joseph McDaniel to discuss what inspired him to get into the industry, and how he found TCA. This episode also includes a don’t miss exclusive Mid Year Update from Alan himself where he shares key insights and projections on all things concrete.
Alan starts off the podcast by sharing some updates on local and national industry trends. In the first quarter of 2023, there has been a 12% production increase from 2022 – an extremely positive trend. Alan is confident that this trend will continue throughout the rest of the year, and shares how the industry is in a strong position with supply overall.
Next, Alan introduces listeners to Joseph McDaniel and the two discuss his journey in the concrete industry. Joseph’s family worked in construction, so he shares how he practically grew up in the industry. After discovering the Concrete Management Program at Middle Tennessee State University, Joseph was accepted to TCA’s scholarship program in the fall of 2021. Joseph discusses how this program opened so many doors for him, teaching him more than he could have ever imagined about the industry. He shares how he loved seeing the progression of the program and having the opportunity to network with other professionals, like through trips to NRMCA and Concrete World.
Alan ends the podcast by reminding listeners to mark their calendars for this summer’s Local Eats & Drinks, and wishes members safe travels to the upcoming Tri-State Summer Meeting!
Listen now, and make sure to follow along for a podcast about all things concrete with a focus on the great state of Tennessee.