A Letter from our President…

As PCI Gulf South begins the 57th year as an association, I am both honored and humbled to serve in the role of President. I first came to know the association in 1973 when I was employed by a post-tensioning firm in Jackson, MS. Through the many years that have followed, I have had the pleasure of working and learning from wonderful leaders such as Mott L. Pevey, Jr. who served as our 1st, 8th and 14th President and members of the Spruill Family (Q.D., Mike Sr. Michael Jr. and Ben) who have all served as President and spent countless hours supporting the goals of PCI Gulf South. Each President before me, from Matt DeVoss (29th & 31st) to Johnnie Hayes (32nd) to Harold Bush (19th & 27th) to Thomas Boykin (26th) have each contributed in their own unique ways to give PCI Gulf South the solid foundation it sits on today.

Over the years, the association has evolved and advanced. We formally became a chapter 2 ½ years ago and changed our name from Gulf South Precast/Prestressed Concrete Association to PCI Gulf South. The name may have changed, but the same fierce pride in our precast products and the vital role they play in the construction industry remains the same. New developments such as our active Transportation Committee is forging a stronger relationship with the DOT’s than ever before. Our presence in the major university engineering programs in our region is helping us to build new relationships with students who will soon be the industry professionals we work hand in hand with. Our desire to see the advanced use of architectural precast products has turned our attention toward increased marketing and the future development of a Marketing Committee.

We have also witnessed increased interest in PCI Gulf South with growth in our membership. We have welcomed both new producer members, as well as countless associate members, who have added a tremendous amount of strength to our association. Each member adds to the unique fabric of our association with their thoughts and ideas. We are thankful for each and every one of them.

As we forge ahead in these exciting and challenging times, I look forward to the progress we will continue to make together. I am happy to hear from you at any time and I encourage you to call me or our Executive Director, Dan Eckenrode if there is anything we can do to help you. The mission to grow the precast industry along the gulf region is as strong as ever and we are ready to serve your needs.

Jimmy Stewart
President, PCI Gulf South