SEATTLE, WA – Charles Newsome, retired vice president of Johnson Concrete and Stalite was inducted into The National Concrete Masonry Association’s Hall of Fame in August at the association’s annual Midyear Meeting in Seattle. Individuals inducted into NCMA's Hall of Fame “have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the association and industry through a distinguished career.” Born in Greenville, NC, Newsome attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He was accepted to go to law school, but ultimately decided to pursue a career in business instead.  Newsome was working as a salesman for Giant Cement in 1968 when he was hired as general manager for Tufflite and Stalite, an expanded clay and shale company.  Fourteen years later he filled an additional role, as Executive Vice President of Johnson Concrete.  He helped guide a consolidation of two smaller plants into one larger one, in a successful effort that increased their business significantly.  He steered Johnson Concrete’s expansion throughout the southeast, supplying custom architectural block from Maryland to Florida.  “Charles is a visionary,” said Starling Johnson, Vice President of Sales for Johnson Concrete Products. “When you ask him what he’s proud of, Stalite is high on his list.  When he started, Stalite was made using sintering machines and its furthest customer was 125 miles away. Today, Stalite operates eight rotary kilns with patented technology, and ships material all over the world."  A leading voice in the industry, Newsome was NCMA’s Chair of the Board in 2013. He also chaired the Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association, and the Expanded Clay Shale and Slate Institute.  He continues to be an ardent champion of the pursuit to create a commodity checkoff program for concrete masonry and has actively supported both NCMA and the Mason Contractors Association of America political action committees. He has made numerous trips to Capitol Hill and traveled across the country to generate support for the checkoff program.  In addition to his business achievements, his role as a philanthropist is just as exemplary. Newsome completed more than 30 missionary trips to Africa, most of those to the Zambian village of Mwandi. He led efforts to fund and implement projects to bring more reliable electricity to the village, remodel a hospital, construct a church, and other charitable projects.  "A place in the NCMA Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed upon the finest individuals who have come through for our industry.  It shines a light on a lifetime of service, leadership, and excellence. It recalls milestones achieved by deserving honorees that have benefited all of us," said Robert Thomas, NCMA president. "Charles has been such a vital member of the association for so long, having served in a variety of capacities and we really could not be more proud to have this opportunity to celebrate his career."  Pictured left to right, NCMA President Robert Thomas, Newsome, and NCMA Chairman Darryl Winegar.  Content and photograph courtesy of the National Concrete Masonry Association.  CLICK HERE FOR A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE PRESENTATION   

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