Central Concrete, Right Away Redy Mix, Rock Transport, Westside Concrete Materials
Herb Burton, Vice President and General Manager
Bill Albanese, Founder, Industry Relations
Tom Albanese, Founder, Business Development
Laurie Cerrito, Vice President, Finance
Steve Pryde, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Eddie Abrew, Director, Logistics
Patrick Frawley, Director, Quality Assurance Lab
Mike Gabriella, Director, Human Resources and Safety
Dave Heil, General Manager, Westside Concrete Materials
Chris Schenone, Director, Concrete Operations
Tu Tong, Director, IT Services
Herb Burton serves as the Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Concrete’s West Region, responsible for four business units: Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., Right Away Redy Mix, Rock Transport, and Westside Concrete Materials. From 2015 – March 2017, Herb served as Vice President of Operations and Sustainability for Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix, responsible for the management of 16 ready-mix plants, fleet and plant maintenance, safety, environmental management, customer service, inside sales and purchasing. Prior to that, from 2011 – 2015, Herb served as Director of Project Management for Central Concrete. From 1999 – 2011, Herb held various positions for Central Concrete, including Project Manager, Sales Manager and Plant Manager. He started his career working in various operations positions, including: mixer driver, batch operator and dispatcher. Herb is a member of the NRMCA Operations, Environment and Safety (OES) Committee and participated in the NRMCA Developing Industry Leaders Program.
William (Bill) Albanese has been in the concrete business his entire career of 45 years. Upon graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in finance, Bill joined Central Concrete Supply Company, his family’s business. In 1976, C. P. Albanese, Central’s founder and Bill’s father, passed away, and Bill became President of the company. During Bill’s tenure at Central Concrete, the company has grown from a one-plant, 20-truck company to a five-plant, 100-truck operation. In 1999, Central became a founding member of U.S. Concrete, and for several years, Bill served on the board of U.S. Concrete.
Bill is recognized for his commitment to Central Concrete’s financial performance and operational excellence. Key areas of focus have included labor relations, bank relationships, securing permits for new operations, and new plant and equipment purchases. Bill has been involved in numerous industry associations over the years, as a member and board member. Bill took a very active role while on the board of the NRMCA and California State Concrete Association, and he was a founding member, along with his brother, Tom, of the Chico State Concrete Industry Management program.
Tom Albanese, Bill’s brother, has also spent his whole career working in the family’s concrete business, after early aspirations to pursue a law degree. Focused on handling marketing and sales for Central Concrete, Tom has held roles with the company including Executive Vice President of Sales for the Bay Area region and corporate Vice President.
Tom’s dedication to the broader industry as well as to Central Concrete is exemplified by his participation and leadership in various trade and civic organizations. In the past, he has served as a Board Member of the Santa Clara County Transportation Committee; Chairman of the Pacific Southwest NRMCA Promotion Group; Chair of AGC Santa Clara Division; Chair of the ACA Promotions Committee; and Board Member of the Building Material Dealer’s Association. Tom also is a founding member of the Chico State CIM program – a program that prepares students with the skills needed to meet the growing demands of the progressive, fast-changing concrete industry.
Laurie Cerrito joined Central Concrete in 1997 as its Vice President of Finance. A senior-level executive with more than 20 years of finance, administration and public accounting experience in diverse industries, Laurie has overall authority for the financial operation of all four U.S. Concrete West Region business units – Central Concrete, Right Away Redy Mix, Rock Transport and Westside Concrete Materials. Prior to joining Central Concrete, Laurie spent several years with Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services and one of the largest professional services enterprises in the world. She began as a staff auditor in Ernst & Young’s Century City, California, office, where she performed a full spectrum of accounting functions. She then spent five years as a Senior Consultant in the firm’s San Francisco office. In that latter role, she developed financial models supporting clients’ rate structure as part of testimony presented in court at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C. Laurie holds a B.S. in accounting from Arizona State University.
Steve Pryde has more than 32 years of experience in the construction industry. Steve joined Central Concrete in 2006 and has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2016. Prior to being named Vice President, Steve held the position as Central Concrete’s Territory Manager and then Accounts Manager from 2010 to 2016. Earlier in his career, Steve was the General Manager for a large Northern California concrete pumping company. During that time, Steve was the President of the Northern California Concrete Pumping Association, promoting the use of concrete pumps and the safe practices of concrete pumps in the construction industry. Steve earned his B.S. in Accounting and Marketing from St. Mary’s College of California.
Eddie Abrew has served as Director of Logistics since April 2017. As Director of Logistics, Eddie manages four organizations: Ready-Mix Logistics (dispatch and shipping) for Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix; Customer Service for Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix; Raw Material Logistics for Central Concrete, Right Away Redy Mix, and Rock Transport; and Rock Transport Operations and Business Development. Prior to taking on this position, Eddie held the position of Customer Service Manager, responsible for Ready-Mix Logistics, Inside Sales, Customer Service and Raw Materials Logistics. Earlier, from 2007 – 2010, Eddie was a Dispatch Manager, and managed a Central Concrete’s Bay Area and Sacramento shipping and dispatch functions. From 1992 – 2007, Eddie held numerous positions with RMC, including: Operations Manager-East Bay, Plant Manager and Customer Service. Eddie started his career at Concrete Incorporated. During his tenure, form 1988 – 1992, Eddie held positions in Sales, Customer Service, Plant Operations, Quality Control and was a Concrete Delivery Professional.
Joining Central Concrete in 2012, Patrick Frawley currently serves as Director of Quality Assurance, a position he has held since 2015. As a licensed Civil Engineer, Patrick and his team are responsible for designing, developing, optimizing and testing Central Concrete’s and Right Away Redy Mix’s mix designs. In addition, he works closely with the manager of U.S. Concrete’s National Research Lab to develop new products. Prior to being appointed to this Director-level position, Patrick was a member of the Project Management team. As a Project Manager, Patrick was actively involved in developing the mix designs to meet the challenging specification for projects like the San Jose State University Health building, San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium, the Santa Clara Family Justice Center, and One South Market, San Jose. Earlier in his career at Central Concrete, Patrick worked as a QA Technician and then quickly took on the role of Lab Supervisor.
Mike Gabriella currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Safety for U.S. Concrete’s West Region business units: Central Concrete, Right Away Redy Mix, Rock Transport and Westside Concrete Materials. Prior to that, from 2015 – March 2017, Mike held the position of Human Resources Manager for the four business units. Mike’s 20+ years of concrete experience include: working for U.S. Precast Group (a former U.S. Concrete, Inc. company) managing Human Resources in both southern California (San Diego and Riverside) and Arizona. Mike excels in recruiting, personnel management, labor negotiations, establishing effective training and development programs, and creating a highly engaged and positive work environment. Mike has also worked as a Project Manager and in Sales. Very early in his career, he was a foreman with San Diego Precast.
With 20+ years in the construction market, Dave Heil joined Westside Concrete Materials in 2002. In March 2017, Dave was named Westside’s General Manager, responsible for Westside’s operations and sales. Offering more than 3000 inventory items, available from three Bay Area locations, Westside Concrete Materials is known as the “One Stop Shop” for concrete contractors. From 2015 – February 2017, Dave held the position of Westside Operations Manager overseeing the operations for all of Westside’s’ Bay Area stores. From 2002 – 2015, Dave managed Westside’s flagship store located in San Jose. Early in his career, Dave was involved in several family-run businesses, including those in the construction industry.
Joining Central Concrete in 2012, Chris Schenone serves as the Director of Concrete Operations for U.S. Concrete’s West Region ready-mix plant business units – Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix. In this role, Chris is responsible for the operations of 16 plants, fleet and plant maintenance, purchasing, and sustainability practices and environmental management. From 2015 – March 2017, Chris served as Area Manager – first for Central Concrete’s Oakland and Hayward Plants and then that was expanded to include Right Away Redy Mix’s Oakland and Union City Plants. From 2014 – 2015, Chris was provided the unique opportunity to manage Central Concrete’s portable plant, servicing the iconic Doyle Driver project in San Francisco. From 2012 – 2014, Chris held the position of Project Manager, responsible for managing customer relationships in the East Bay for Central Concrete. Prior to joining Central Concrete, Chris worked as Project Manager and Estimator for Veolia Environmental Services (2008 – 2010), Land Development Manager, Pulte Homes Corporation (2003 – 2008), Operations Manager, RMC Pacific Materials (2001 – 2003), and Quality Control Manager, RMC Pacific Materials (1995 – 2001). Chris earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University Chico in 1993.
Tu Tong serves as the Director of IT Services for U.S. Concrete’s West Region business units – Central Concrete, Right Away Redy Mix, Rock Transport and Westside Concrete Materials. Joining us in 2000, Tu is responsible for a wide variety of functions, including the maintenance and administration of the network services, equipment and devices; installation and management of the infrastructure; and overseeing the company’s software and network security. Prior to that, Tu spent 11 years at ROMIC Waste Recycling as a network engineer and programmer. Tu holds an A.A. degree in business from Sacramento City College and he studied computer science for two years at Sacramento State University.