[GRAND RAPIDS, MI] – The West Michigan Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) elected Kent Companies Vice President Matthew Fennema, P.E., LEED AP as the organization’s President for the 2016 calendar year. Fennema previously served as the Vice President and as a board member for the organization.
Fennema notes, “Our goal is to provide industry-leading professional development for ACI members. The techniques and technologies in concrete continue to advance. We equip our members with the right educational opportunities so they can add value to building projects across the community.”
Fennema continued, “We also administer the ACI Craftsman Certification Program for concrete flatwork finishers. The certification is an industry requirement for concrete pours, but more importantly, it demonstrates commitment to the craft.” The ACI West Michigan Chapter also invests in workforce development. “This past year, we awarded two scholarships to students pursuing construction studies at Calvin College and Western Michigan University,” said Fennema. “We know it is equally important to develop the next generation of talent in our industry.”
Fennema holds a Professional Engineers License (P.E.) and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a graduate of Calvin College. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) was founded in 1904 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Today, ACI International has 98 chapters and nearly 20,000 members. The organization conducts 125 seminars annually, manages 14 certification programs, publishes technical documents and offers scholarships to students in the field.