TACA Emerging Leaders Academy
The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) member companies work hard to supply the state with the aggregates, concrete and cement it needs to build our homes, businesses, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure.
But how will it ensure that Texas is able to meet its growing demand for the materials that build and maintain our infrastructure as the population grows by roughly 1,000 people a day?
By nurturing that other 'natural resource': leadership.
In 2014, TACA developed the Emerging Leaders Academy, which fosters professionalism and leadership within the industry to ensure that a new generation of leaders will have the training and education to tackle the many issues that come with unprecedented population growth.
A rigorous three-year program that offers accredited industry leader certification, TACA’s Emerging Leaders Academy first identifies those within the aggregate, concrete and cement industries who possess natural leadership qualities.
The Academy then provides participants with the foundation that will help them become effective leaders, which includes a dynamic curriculum of leadership concepts, a better understanding of TACA’s importance to the industry and the tools to construct a charitable project that benefits the local community. The Academy, which is facilitated by leadership and development professional and Academy Dean Rick Kolster of Peak Performance Group, is open to TACA Allied or Producer Members.
“The Emerging Leaders Academy is changing the face of leadership in the concrete and aggregate industry by fostering a new generation of leaders,” said Kolster, who founded the Academy.
"As an association that represents the best interests of the aggregates, concrete and cement industries, we have an obligation to help educate and foster the next generation of industry leaders,” said Josh Leftwich, President & CEO of TACA. “The Emerging Leaders Academy has been very successful in doing just that, graduating an annual class of dynamic and highly motivated professionals."
TACA Emerging Leaders constructed and gifted more than 300 bicycles to those in need in Dallas and San Antonio
Community initiatives are integral to the programCommunity service is one of the cornerstones of the Academy. Participants identify, fundraise for and coordinate a donation to a charity they believe will have the biggest community impact. Through charitable giving, participants are given a better understanding of the communities in which they live and work. Over the past three years, community service contributions have totaled more than $100,000, including in-kind donations of materials and labor.