The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) has honoured retired Lehigh Hanson executive Michael “Mike” Stanczak with the Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award for his dedication to the construction aggregates industry, his family and his community.
The annual award was created and is judged by the Manufacturers and Services (M&S) Division of NSSGA, a group of companies that manufacture equipment or provide services to the aggregates industry.
Jennifer Hise, chair of this division, said: “With his 40 years in the industry, Mike’s leadership, knowledge and business acumen have been invaluable.”
“In addition to his many contributions to Lehigh Hanson, Mike is a respected member of the aggregates community and has held key roles in several industry associations, including NSSGA,” she added.
Stanczak recently retired as senior vice president and general manager for Lehigh Hanson’s Midwest Materials area in the company’s North Region. His career began in 1974 with Material Service Corporation. After holding a number of finance and sales management positions, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 1992, a position held until he was appointed president and CEO of Material Service Corporation in 1999. Following Hanson’s acquisition of Material Service Corporation in 2006, Stanczak was named Regional President. He was appointed to Senior Vice President and General Manager in 2008 following the acquisition of Hanson by HeidelbergCement AG.
Stanczak was a past President of the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers and served on the board of directors until his retirement. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, and served on the Executive Committee of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). Stanczak has been active in NSSGA since 2003 and has been a dedicated advocate for the important role the industry plays in supporting the country’s transportation infrastructure.
Stanczak also chaired NSSGA’s Government Affairs Committee Surface Transportation Task Force. He led the forward-looking effort to draft NSSGA’s Recommendations for Reauthorization for the subsequent surface transportation bills following passage of the 2005 federal highway bill, SAFETEA-LU. In 2008, he testified on behalf of NSSGA before the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, one of two commissions created by SAFETEA-LU to develop policy and revenue options for the nation’s surface transportation network.
Stanczak served as chair of the Operations/Education/Communications Division from 2010 until early 2014 and, thereafter, of the new Communications Division. He also continued as chair of NSSGA’s Membership Committee, a position he held from 2006 to 2013. In addition, Stanczak served as a trustee to ROCKPAC, NSSGA’s political action committee.
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
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