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Thomas Adams

Executive Director
American Coal Ash Association

Areas of Expertise:

Regulation

Thomas Adams is the executive director of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA). The ACAA is a trade association dedicated to the beneficial use of coal combustion products (CCP). He is active in technical committees relevant to the beneficial use of CCP in organizations such as ASTM International, the American Concrete Institute, the Electric Power Research Institute, and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

The ACAA was established in 1968. Today the association represents a multibillion dollar industry focused on recycling the materials produced when coal is burned to generate electricity. Mr. Adams leads both the ACAA, a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade group, and its educational foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The ACAA’s membership includes electric power utilities, concrete and cement producers, building products manufacturers, engineers, architects, researchers, venture capitalists, and others with interest in coal combustion products.

Mr. Adams' 30 years in the concrete industry prepared him well for the challenges he faces as ACAA Executive Director. He has held key leadership posts for the American Concrete Institute, American Shotcrete Association, ASTM International, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and Michigan Concrete Association. He is a native of Detroit and attended Michigan's Wayne State University and Aquinas College studying Business Administration.