Ray McVeigh Named Interim CEO

June 20, 2022

The volunteer Checkoff Transition Advisory Council (CTAC)* has identified and contracted an interim CEO for the Concrete Masonry Products Board (CMPB), the oversight organization of the CMU checkoff.

"Ray McVeigh was the unanimous choice of the CTAC and we are looking forward to his leadership during this pivotal time for our checkoff," says Major Ogilvie, CMU Checkoff Chair. "Many thanks to the producers and industry partners who provided potential candidates to the search team after our ask via email and industry outreach. We were honored to have such a diverse group of candidates for consideration,"he says.

Ray has many years of experience in the cement industry and association management, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Cement Promotion Council. Ray brings decades of experience in both launching and operating state and regional nonprofit trade associations in the cement industry, similar to voluntary checkoff organizations. He has also been an anti-trust and promotional issues advisor to many in the cement industry for more than 35 years.

Ray has a BA in Economics from Michigan State University and a JD from Boston College Law School. He led a commercial trial practice in the Detroit area for over 15 years. In his “free” time, he enjoys training and hunting bird dogs, fine cigars, single malt scotch and Kentucky bourbon.

"It’s important to underscore that Ray is only interested in serving in the interim role as we launch the CMPB," notes Ogilvie. "He is available to support the Board in its initial organizational and program efforts, as well as the process and search for the ongoing CEO. Ray asked me to share with you the following:"

“I have been a proponent of the Concrete Masonry Checkoff initiative for more than a decade. I am excited to have a role in the start-up of this historic venture. I look forward to working with concrete masonry manufacturers to posture the Checkoff to increase demand for concrete masonry, improve market share and grow the industry.”

Ogilvie anticipates the Department of Commerce will announce board appointments in the next few weeks. He says the CTAC is committed, with the support of NCMA, to providing the appointed board with tools and resources that they can use for consideration and customization so they can hit the ground running.

"Ray and the volunteer leaders of the CTAC fully understand that the board will have the authority to make all decisions for the checkoff going forward. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the CTAC team with questions or counsel. The individuals serving on CTAC have guided the work we are doing to prepare the Board for action. You can expect to hear from Ray directly with his contact information as we take this next important step in creating the best checkoff possible and building a better future for block."

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