Central Concrete Leadership Team
Jeff Davis, Vice President and General Manager
Bill Albanese, Founder, Business Development
Tom Albanese, Founder, Business Development
Steve Pryde, VP, Marketing and Sales
Herb Burton, VP, Operations & Sustainability
Laurie Cerrito, VP, Finance
Patrick Frawley, Director, Quality Assurance
Mike Gabriella, Human Resources
Tu Tong, IT Services
Jeff Davis has more than 35 years of experience in the ready-mix concrete, aggregate and cement industry. Jeff joined Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company, in 2001 as Vice President of Operations. Since 2005, he has served as Vice President and General Manager of the company. Prior to joining Central Concrete, he was Vice President of Concrete for Cadman Inc., a Lehigh Heidelberg Cement Company operating in the Seattle, Washington, market. Earlier roles included positions in sales and operations, and he began his career after studying civil engineering at Utah State University.
Jeff is a founding member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, and he currently sits on the boards of the National Ready Mix Concrete Association and the Concrete Promotion Council of Northern California. Previously, he was President and board member of the Washington Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association; President and board member of the Idaho Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association; member of the American Concrete Institute; Chairman of the 1997 American Concrete Institute National Convention; and Chairman of the NRMCA Environmental Task Group of the OES Committee.
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. In particular, he 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 with Rod Diridon and Mayor Tom McInery; Chairman of the Pacific Southwest NRMCA Promotion Group; Chair of AGC Santa Clara Division; Chair of the ACA Promotion Committee; and Board Member of the Building Material Dealer’s Association. Tom also is a founding member of the Chico State CIM program, one of only four such programs nationwide. The CIM program prepares students with the skills needed to meet the growing demands of the progressive, fast-changing concrete industry.
Steve Pryde has more than 32 years of experience in the construction industry. Steve joined Central Concrete in 2006 and currently serves as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Previously. Steve held the position as Central Concrete’s Territory Manager and then Accounts Manager from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining Central Concrete, 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.
Herb joined the military right out of high school. While in the military, Herb served as a driver and gunner on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. After three years, Herb returned to the Bay Area and became a mixer driver, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle. His early career included working for Bay Cities Building Materials, which later became part of Central Concrete. Herb continued to accept new responsibilities at Central Concrete – running the loader, dispatch and batching. In 2003, Herb was named plant manager for Central’s Pleasanton and Brentwood plants. In 2007, Herb was promoted to Sales Manager for the Pleasanton and Brentwood markets. In 2011 Herb joined the Project Management team at Central and was promoted to Director, Project Management, later that year. In April 2015, Herb was appointed to the position of Vice President, Operations & Sustainability, responsible for managing Central’s 12 plant locations, dispatch, plant operations, environmental, health and safety, and sustainability policies.
Laurie Cerrito joined Central Concrete in 1997 as its VP 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 Central Concrete, responsible for strategic planning, development and leadership of the company’s entire finance function.
After receiving a B.S. in accounting from Arizona State University, Laurie spent a number of 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.
Patrick has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry. In 2014, Patrick was appointed Director, Quality Assurance — responsible for designing, developing, optimizing and testing Central Concrete’s mix designs. Patrick works closely with owners, architects, structural engineers, and contractors to evaluate a project’s’ requirements and identify the solutions that match each client’s unique requirements. Prior to be 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 Patrick’s career at Central Concrete, Patrick worked as a QA Technician and then quickly took on the role of Lab Supervisor
Mike Gabriella brings 20+ years of concrete experience to Central Concrete. Starting right out of high school, he joined San Diego Precast as a foreman. He then joined U.S. Precast Group (a former U.S. Concrete, Inc. company). While at U.S. Precast Group, Mike managed Human Resources, Mike managed Human Resources in both southern California (San Diego and Riverside) and Arizona. In the sea of Human Resources, Mike excelled in recruiting, personnel management, labor negotiations, establishing effective training and development programs, and creating a highly engaged and positive work environment. In addition to his HR responsibilities, Mike was a project manager and sales team member from 2005 – 2010.
Tu Tong has been working in the area of IT services since 1990. After receiving an A.A. degree in business from Sacramento City College and studying computer science for two years at Sacramento State University, he started his career as a network engineer and has continued to add multiple functions to his duties.
Tu joined Central Concrete after working at ROMIC Waste Recycling for 11 years. At Central Concrete, 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.