TACA Emerging Leaders Academy

Invest in your leadership capabilities for the future!

ELA Year 1 2024-2025 enrollment opens mid-June 2024. Check back at that time for the link to the application.

The ELA class year has changed from a calendar year to align with TACA's fiscal year (May 1 to April 30).
New ELA Year 1 classes begin in August.



Results count! The ELA gets results!

- 59% of all participants are promoted or given increased responsibility within the first year of attending ELA.
- 100% of graduates have been promoted to leadership positions within the industry. 

Since 2015, the Peak Performance Group has partnered with TACA to present the Emerging Leaders Academy. The ELA has become the premier program to develop future leaders. Since its inception, ELA has helped create hundreds of future leaders in the concrete, aggregates, and cement industry.

Enrollment: There is an acceptance process.  An online application will need to be completed and submitted.  Letters of acceptance/regret into the academy will be sent out two to three weeks after receipt of your application.  We will only be accepting 20 applicants.

Re-enrollment: AUTOMATIC for current ELA Year 1 students.

When:  Calendar year 2024-2025

Cost: $2,500 per student, covers enrollment in ELA for one year

Purpose: To help develop leadership skills within the aggregate, concrete, and cement industry that are independent of and complementary to in-house corporate training programs; foster relationships among peer groups; help improve retention of industry professionals; stress the importance of TACA involvement in shaping the industry within Texas; and promote the importance of community involvement for our industry. The Emerging Leaders Academy is a three-year program that is led and facilitated by leadership development professional and academy dean Rick Kolster/Peak Performance Group.

Who: Any TACA Allied or Producer Members, typically with 0-5 years of industry experience.

Why: Our industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, which creates many new career opportunities. Increased population in Texas brings increased demand for aggregates, concrete, and cement. As the companies that supply those products continue to grow, so does the demand for leadership. As an association that represents the best interest of the industry, TACA has an obligation to our mission statement to help better educate the next generation of our leaders. To that end, TACA has developed the Emerging Leaders Academy which targets those within our industry who demonstrate high potential for growth. The Academy provides solid tools to participants that help them become leaders in our industry by immersing them in a dynamic curriculum of leadership concepts. Through this experience, participants also are given a better understanding of the importance that TACA has to our industry as well as the need for our industry to be connected to the communities in which we operate.