Robert P. Turner Center for Professional Excellence

A Legacy of Leadership

On July 14, 2021, the ready mixed concrete industry lost a great leader when Robert P. Turner passed away. Bob was not only the first to serve as Executive Director of the RMC Research & Education Foundation, he was a staunch supporter of both the concrete industry in general and the Foundation specifically, helping to raise millions to launch the Foundation's endowment and ensure support for the industry in perpetuity.

In establishing the Robert P. Turner Center for Professional Excellence, we honor Bob's commitment to continually advancing the concrete industry. The Center has an endowed fund within the RMC Research & Education Foundation that will specifically fund education and recruitment courses and tools for the industry. If you would like to support this effort with a donation or pledge, you may find a pledge form here or may make a secure donation online here. If making a donation online, please be sure to specify that it should go to the RPT Center in the notes section. You may also view the press release on the establishment of the Center here.

Donors to the Robert P. Turner Center for Professional Excellence

Thomas H. Baird, III

James Bogdan

Boston Sand & Gravel

Pepe Cancio


Chandler Concrete Co.

Tom & Lynn Chandler

Bill & Vikki Childs

CRH Materials West

Dana Davis

Timothy Durning

Julie & Robert Garbini

Harold & Priscilla Gilkey

Mike & Jana Kaney

Kings Materials/Charles Rohde and Jim & Sara Sauter

Rick & Paula Leeper

Jennifer LeFevre

Ed & Nancy Nichols

Scott & Allison Parson

Mike Philipps

John Piecuch

Gregory Poling

Michael D. Ragan

Ken & Sheila Rear

Jim & Leslie Repman

Lawrence Roberts

Michael & Marsha Shydlowski

Stoneway Concrete/Don Merlino

John & Jane Stoss

David & Tomi Vickers

“I think it’s important to continue to recruit and develop talent for this great industry, at the same time we honor the incredible talent we had in Bob Turner and all he did to advance the industry.” - Tom Baird, III