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Executive Leadership:

Frances H. Johnson
President
I became involved in Johnson Concrete in 1947 when my husband, Allen, decided that he wanted to go into the block and pipe business. Allen and I met in college at Duke University where we were both studying Economics. The first Johnson Concrete location was on Klumac Rd. in Salisbury, where our pipe plant still operates today. Allen and I had four children: I mostly stayed at home while he managed the daily operations of our business. I become integrally involved in Johnson Concrete when Allen passed away in 1982. It was important to me to keep the business within our family and to continue providing jobs in Rowan County for our dedicated employees. We have incredible employees, many of whom have been here almost as long as I. Charles Newsome became Executive Vice President and he and I continue to work closely together when making decisions for Johnson Concrete's future. I currently live in Salisbury with my daughter, Judy, and my cat Molly and enjoy watching Duke basketball, knitting, and book club. I'm a member of the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury and a director on the board of BV Hedrick Industries. Previously I was on the board of Insteel Industries, the Catawba College Board of Trustees, the executive committee of the Duke University National Council and have served as president of the Salisbury YMCA. I convey two primary messages to our team: 1) be good citizens of your communities and 2) understand what's important to your customers and deliver on the promises you make to them. I'm excited that our employees continue to work diligently towards these goals and seem to truly enjoy the jobs they perform on a daily basis. I'm proud that Johnson Concrete continues to be a family-owned business manufacturing in the USA; I've watched many disappear over the years. I'm also proud that my kids and grandkids have become involved in the company and are dedicated to carrying on our tradition.

 



Charles Newsome
Executive Vice President
I grew up on a tobacco farm in Greenville, NC believing that I wanted a career in law. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Marketing and being accepted into their law school, I realized that I didn't, in fact, want to become a lawyer. Instead, I decided to go into cement sales. After several years of working for Giant Cement, I was tasked with talking to the owner of Johnson Concrete and its sister companies, Carolina Stalite and Tufflite, about Giant's interest in purchasing his businesses. Allen Johnson offered me a job once it became clear that an acquisition wouldn't happen. I began my partnership with the Johnson family as General Manager at Stalite and Tufflite and after several years became Executive Vice President of Johnson Concrete, too. Currently I live in Salisbury with my wife, Chris, where I'm an Elder at Thyatira Presbyterian Church. I enjoy spending time with our two children, Helen and Jimmy, and am a proud new grandfather to Willoughby. Outside of work and family, my passion is mission work. I've had the opportunity to travel to Zambia fifteen times in the past twenty-one years and watch a village evolve through the creation of a care center for orphans and vulnerable children, the construction of a hospital complete with laptops and internet, and the development of educational and agricultural programs. We have completed the fundraising for our $.5 million endowment and our next project is to add a sanctuary to the village church using concrete blocks made on-site in wooden boxes. Additionally, I recruited an architect and hired a supervisor to oversee the building of a hospital in Haiti and a chapel in Brazil. I have served on the Executive Committee of the Education Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill, and currently serve on the board of the Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association (CCMA), the board of the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), the board of the NCMA Foundation, and the board of Insteel Industries. I'm a past president of CCMA. It surprises some people that I haven't yet decided to retire. I continue working because I still enjoy the people with whom I work: customers, suppliers, partners, and employees. Many of our employees were entry-level when they started and I've enjoyed watching them grow into management positions and helping in their development through coaching, providing leadership, and teaching them the importance of listening. I also enjoy the process of building and seeing plans come to fruition.

 


We at Johnson Concrete extend sincere thanks to the following individuals for providing 50+ years of service:

 


Evelyn Eller

Willie Williams

F.G. Smith "Smitty" (704) 202-0385

Corporate:






Cheryl Williams
Corporate Office Manager
(704) 636-5231

 


 




Jody Wall
Corporate Quality Control Manager
(704) 640-8281

 






Ken Morrison
Accounts Receivable & Inside Sales Representative
(704) 636-5231

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



Starling Johnson

Corporate Sales Manager
(704) 640-7300
I'll never forget career day in my Kindergarten class. Most other girls wanted to be ballerinas or nurses; I wanted to be a business woman. We had to dress the part so I picked out a pair of chinos and a polo shirt because my mom, too, was a business woman and that's what she wore to work everyday. Unlike the ballerinas, none of my classmates guessed my costume but that day will forever be engrained in my childhood memory. I feel very blessed to be a part of Johnson Concrete, performing a job that I love and continuing a legacy of which I'm very proud. Born and raised in Salisbury, I graduated valedictorian from West Rowan High and cum laude from Duke University with double majors in Economics and Sociology. After college, I moved to Chicago and worked for Accenture as a consultant to utility companies. While I enjoyed some aspects of corporate, I had known since Kindergarten that I wanted a career in family business. I moved back home to North Carolina, left Accenture, and began working for Johnson Concrete in April of 2010. I currently split time between Salisbury and Charlotte with my foster "child" from a local Great Dane rescue organization. I've enjoyed becoming friends with customers and colleagues and hope to continue building relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and appreciation. I also take pride in Johnson Concrete's ethical business practices, collaborative culture, and investment in local communities. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, watching Duke basketball, yoga, dining out, shopping, and spending time with family. I'm an active member of the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA), Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association (CCMA), a Director on the RCCC Foundation Board, and serve on the Board of Directors for Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

 






Tisha Plesz
Account Collections, Accounts Payable, & Inside Sales Representative
(704) 636-5231
A graduate of Mount Pleasant High, I was raised and continue to live in Concord. I began working in the office at Piedmont Block in 1999. As the primary office contact for Concord customers, I've been able to build strong relationships and provide them with service that's superior to what they find elsewhere. I enjoy maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for our increased volume of walk-in traffic that has resulted from Johnson Concrete's recent foray into hardscapes, equipment rental, and other retail avenues. Outside of work, I like to country line dance and spend time with my two dogs, both of whom are spoiled rotten.

Eastern Division:

 



Cindy Ecklund
Administration & Inside Sales
(919) 552-0408

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Herb Jeffreys
Eastern Sales Manager
(919) 868-1528



Kathy Grice
Eastern Dispatch
(919) 552-0233
Born in Selma, I currently live in Benson with my husband, Luther. We have a son, Josh, and a granddaughter Haylee. I enjoy painting and organic gardening. Prior to joining Johnson Concrete, I worked for Computer Resources, Inc. as a software analyst and trainer for accounting programs written specifically for the concrete block and ready-mix concrete industry. I began working at Johnson Concrete in 2000 as Office Manager for our Eastern Division and now have twenty years experience in the concrete block industry. What I like most about my job is the people for whom I work and the customers with whom I get to interact. It's always my goal to exceed customer expectations with professionalism and to resolve problems or issues quickly and responsibly.


Mack Albright
Triangle Sales Manager
(919) 524-3925
I came to Johnson Concrete in 2001, having had 25+ years of experience in the masonry industry. My beautiful wife, Wendy, and I live in Durham and have been happily married for 18 years. We have two daughters, Kelly and Katie, and two grandchildren, Ragan (three years) and Deacon (five months). I'm passionate about my children and grandchildren and served as PTSA president when my kids were attending Durham Middle School. I'm also a member of Bethesda Ruritan Club and regularly attend church with my family. Concrete masonry is the ideal choice for safe, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing construction and I enjoy addressing problems and helping people adapt the product to their project needs. I'm a Certified Construction Document Technologist, Certified Consultant of Concrete Masonry, Director on the Board of the Durham Homebuilders Association (HBA), member of Raleigh Masons Association, and member of the Professional Construction Estimators Association (PCEA). I enjoy the family atmosphere of Johnson Concrete, derive pleasure from mentoring the younger generation, and strive to provide the leadership and professionalism to keep Johnson Concrete a viable business for years to come. In my spare time, I enjoy golf, music, cooking, and watching Duke basketball.


Sam Bond
Willow Spring Site Manager
(919) 524-7009
Born in Selma, I currently reside in Clayton with my wife, Allyson, and our two children: Haley and Samuel. I received a BS in Business Management from UNCW and joined Johnson Concrete in 2008 as a salesman for the Triangle market. Johnson Concrete now offers so many different types of products that I'm constantly gaining new experience and knowledge; my job is never boring and there are always new challenges. I enjoy working with our customers and providing expertise and product recommendations to help them solve their project needs. The attentiveness we show our customers sets us apart from our competition and I strive to be the industry's best resource for them. I primarily focus on our residential customers and regularly attend Johnston County Homebuilders Association (HBA) meetings. Outside of work you'll find me spending time with my family and friends, attending NC State and Carolina Hurricanes games, fishing, and playing golf.



Western Division:

Adam Keziah
Human Resources
(704) 202-0393

 

I joined Johnson Concrete in 1998 and have since been promoted to supervisor of our pipe plant in Salisbury. I'm a certified ACI Concrete Field Tech Level I, NCDOT concrete batch technician, and VDOT concrete plant technician. I'm also active in the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA). In 2003 I graduated from ECPI College of Technology with a diploma in Computer Networking Technology. Originally from Sparta, I currently live in Salisbury. I enjoy watching movies, playing video games, and camping and working on automobiles. As a supervisor, I'm responsible for all facets of customer satisfaction and therefore have the opportunity to wear many hats. I enjoy the fact that I can impact product quality through direct control of production in our pipe plant and that I can drive the truck to deliver those pipes when needed to meet customer commitments.

 






Billy Meade
Lexington Site Manager
(336) 466-0106

 

Originally from Coeburn, Virginia, I now live in Moravian Falls with my wife of 33 years, Deborah. In 1977 I began my career as a forklift driver for Unifour Concrete Products in Lenoir and moved to Lexington's Lightweight Block Company in 1979. Over the years I've done it all: truck driver, dispatcher, salesman, production supervisor, and operation manager. I became Site Manager when Johnson Concrete acquired Lightweight Block in 2004. Having survived two acquisitions, I appreciate that Johnson Concrete is family-owned and value the relationships I've formed with people at other Johnson locations. In this business, every day is a new challenge in that we're constantly improving our mix designs, tweaking mold boxes, and offering new colors; it keeps me on my toes. My goal is to make the highest quality custom block possible so that our customers associate Johnson Concrete with being the consistent, no-hassle alternative resulting in fewer callbacks to the job site.


Chuck Vogel
Sales Associate
(336) 669-2208

 

Most of my career at Johnson Concrete has been spent on the production side, first working in our pipe plant and then managing our architectural block plant. I recently transitioned to the other side of the equation - sales. Because I know the nuances of every block we make, I'm able to offer extensive product knowledge and am well positioned to answer installers' questions in the field. Prior to joining Johnson Concrete, I spent ten years as a marine. Currently I live in Pinehurst with my wife, Patience, and regularly attend Grace Church in Southern Pines. Raised in Pittsburgh, though, I'm a diehard fan of Steelers and Penn State football. In addition to watching my football teams dominate, I enjoy spending time with my wife and five sons, fishing, and weight training


Cindy Christley
Lexington Office Administrator/Retail Associate
(336) 248-2918

 

I grew up in Lexington and still reside there with my husband of 25 years. We have two daughters and are part of an incredible church family at Walters Grove Baptist Church. In addition to spending time with my biological and church families, I enjoy reading. After graduating from DCCC with an Associates Degree in Accounting and working briefly in the furniture industry, I began working in the office of what was then Lightweight Block's plant in Lexington. The plant was acquired by Johnson Concrete in 2004. What I like most about my job is the interaction I get to have with our customers. We've recently built a beautiful hardscapes display at the plant, so I enjoy the opportunity it affords to host cookouts and training events for fellow members of the Lexington community. I strive for each person who walks into our office to receive prompt and accurate information, to have a pleasant experience and to realize how much we appreciate his or her business.


Gene Graham
Sales Associate
(704) 363-9831

 

Born in Kannapolis and a graduate of A.L. Brown High School, I currently live in Cornelius with my wife, Susan. I enjoy hunting, fishing, golf, and watching college and professional sports. I'm an active member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Kannapolis and the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA). I joined Johnson Concrete in 2003 after graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in Industrial Technology and working for Lonnie Graham Brick Contracting. Having been a mason myself, I leverage past experience to help my customers avoid problems during construction. I believe that Johnson Concrete makes an exceptional product and I try to provide the service, accessibility, and knowledge needed to enable my customers' construction projects to run as smoothly as possible. I want my customers to feel like they can call me at any time with questions and to view Johnson Concrete as the preferred source for their masonry products.


Gregg Swartz
Western & Pipe Sales Manager

(704) 363-9839

 

After 11 years as a PGA of America Golf Professional in Florida, New York, and Georgia, and having last worked at Gaston Country Club as its Head Golf Professional, I decided it was time for a change and, in 2000, migrated to the construction industry when I accepted a position as Territory Manager at Metromont Materials/CEMEX, focusing on ready mix and masonry sales. In 2006, I joined Johnson Concrete as the Metrolina Sales Manager overseeing the Charlotte Metropolitan area, and was promoted to Western Division Sales Manager (Charlotte, Triad, Sandhills) in 2007. After a nine month stay with Carolina Stalite, the Johnson's lightweight aggregate business, in 2010, I was asked to come back to Johnson Concrete as the Western Sales Manager. I truly enjoy interacting with both our customers and my fellow employees, and cherish building long-lasting relationships with all, striving to make our hard work enjoyable and profitable. Born in St. Louis and having grown up in Darien and Litchfield, CT, I currently live in Davidson with my wife Lesley and our two children, Caroline and Michael. We love living in Davidson and are very active in the community. My kids and I are avid Wildcats fans and I coach basketball and T-ball through the Davidson and Cornelius Parks & Recreation Departments. I also regularly volunteer at Davidson Elementary School and serve as Chairman of its Tiger Fund Direct Giving Campaign and on its PTO Executive Board. Other interests include sports, politics, history, biographies, travel, movies, and cars. My undergraduate degree is from the College of William & Mary in Virginia where I was a Division I Varsity Letter Winner in Golf. I also played in two PGA Tour events, the B.C. Open in Endicott, NY, in 1991-92. Since my involvement in the construction industry, I've completed classes on Negotiation Strategies for Managers at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Executive Education; Masonry Design & Construction at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison Dept. of Engineering Professional Development; and the NCMA's Technical Sales Course for Masonry. I'm a certified Concrete Field Testing Technician (CFTT), a certified Concrete Masonry Testing Technician (CCMTT), and am active in the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), the Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association (CCMA), the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA), the Ornamental Concrete Producers Association (OCPA), the Professional Construction Estimators Association (PCEA), and the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA).


 



Mike Johnson
Salisbury Site/Production Manager
(704) 202-0318
I joined Johnson Concrete in 1994 at Piedmont Block after 10 years in the Marine Corps culminating as a Sergeant in Desert Storm. Although Kannapolis is now home, I will always be from God's Country: Tennessee. Go Vols! As the production manager of our pipe plant, I pride myself in meeting or exceeding DOT and industry standards and positioning Johnson Concrete to be competitive within the precast marketplace. I'm a certified American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Field Tech, NCDOT Concrete Batch Technician, and VDOT Concrete Batch Technician. I also hold an NCDOT Class A permit with endorsements and am an active member of the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) and Carolinas Concrete Pipe and Products Association (CCPPA). Outside of work, I enjoy fishing, hunting, grilling out, and supporting youth sports.


Patty Brown
Dispatch/Retail Associate
(704) 636-5231

 

Born in Gold Hill, I currently live in China Grove. My daughter, Patrice, and son-in-law, Larry, live in Montana with my grandson, Cole. Since joining Johnson Concrete in 1991, my goal has been to perform all tasks, including dispatching trucks, efficiently and correctly the first time. I've participated in a nationwide testing association class for substance abuse in the workplace and have been trained to recognize employees under the influence. I enjoy meeting new customers and talking with old friends and hope that Johnson Concrete will continue to thrive in these difficult times. In my spare time, I enjoy working in my yard, spending time at the beach, dancing, watching movies, and traveling.


Ricky Jones
Sales Associate
(704) 786-4204

 

Originally from Hillsborough, I now live in Charlotte with my wife, Sharon and our son, Ethan. I joined Johnson Concrete in February 2008 after receiving my BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Methodist University and pursing a career as an assistant golf professional. As an active member of North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA), I enjoy helping Johnson Concrete become the industry leader in concrete products and customer service. I also enjoy the camaraderie among my Johnson Concrete colleagues and the daily interaction with our customers


Tim Campbell
Inside Sales Coordinator
(704) 786-4204

 

Born in Sanford, I currently live in Concord with my wife, Denise. I enjoy running, riding motorcycles, and camping. Prior to joining Johnson Concrete, I worked for Pyramid Masonry for 25 years. I began working at Johnson Concrete in 2012 as a Inside Sales Coordinator. What I like most about my job is the people I work with and the customers with whom I get to interact.

 



 
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