ICRI Sees Rapid Growth in Certification & Education Programs
In order to meet the industry’s growing demand for education and certification products, the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) has hired its first full-time certification manager. Steven Bruns, PE, who is a former member of the ICRI board of directors, will serve the repair industry while helping fulfill ICRI’s mission and strategic plan.
“Steve’s background and experience are well-suited to meet this challenge and further ICRI’s foothold as the leading resource for concrete repair education, training and certification,” said Ken Lozen, ICRI’s technical director. “ICRI is very fortunate to bring Steve on as a full-time staff member as he brings very relevant industry experience and connections to the Institute. We are confident the ICRI certification program will grow even more rapidly with Steve helping to market the program and train the industry.”
ICRI is bringing Bruns on board in a full-time role in order to address the growth of ICRI and implement its strategic plan for providing certification and educational programs. He will work to increase the awareness and participation of ICRI certification programs while reporting directly to Lozen.
Among the new position’s key responsibilities are:
- Manage, implement and promote existing and future certification programs
- Coordinate with the ICRI technical director and ICRI professional development manager for successful development and implementation of certification programs
- Utilize partners and chapters to market and promote ICRI certification programs to their members and audiences
- Establish and promote the use of ICRI certifications in industry/project specifications and codes
“Adding a new staff member to ICRI continues the exciting growth of new programs and benefits for members and the industry,” said Mike Levin executive director of ICRI. “The new position will enable the ICRI technical director to focus on other technical aspects of ICRI and provide more products and greater services.”
ICRI currently has two certification programs which have proven popular in the industry, and expects to offer more programs in the future as Bruns promotes and administers both existing and new programs. Bruns brings extensive private and public sector experience to the position, and holds degrees from Purdue University and Indiana University.