(Public Works.com) – The American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) today announced that Russell Tripp, PE, will succeed Matt Childs, P.E. as President, effective April 1

Tripp has served as the ACPA’s Georgia, California, and Florida engineer, working with local concrete pipe producer members to strengthen their state associations, since 2010.

“Russell has invested a lot of time and energy working with ACPA staff colleagues, member volunteers, and industry leaders through his responsibilities in Florida, CA, GA and many parts of the U.S. and Canada through ASTM, AREMA, ACPA Committee Week, AASHTO Meetings, Annual Meetings, and Pipe School, all the while supporting ACPA’s PAC to make positive improvements for our membership and industry,” said Matt Childs.

Tripp’s vision is an ACPA that is relevant, visible and known to agencies, engineers, contractors, legislators, members, associates, partners, and competitors. He believes in a strategy for retention and development of member volunteers, future volunteers, and staff for the long-term success of the ACPA. He wants to strengthen ACPA’s relationship with Concrete Industry Management (CIM) through an outreach program to students seeking a career in the concrete pipe industry.

Tripp firmly believes Harry S. Truman’s statement that “it is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Tripp says, “I fully accept my leadership responsibilities and recognize that it is the talented and dedicated staff of the ACPA and member volunteers that always defined success for the ACPA.”

A Clemson University alumnus, Tripp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1982. He spent the first 21 years of his professional career working in the natural gas industry. He then served three years in the PVC sheet pile industry and four years in the plastic drainage industry before joining the ACPA.

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