Besser is pleased to support the Construction Industry Management (CIM) Auction with the donation of a Blockmakers Workshop. Everyone, even if not in attendance, is invited to bid on the workshop. The winning bidder can select any of the seven different courses offered. These include the new Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology course and the ever-popular Executive Session - a three day, fast-paced, condensed version of the Concrete Masonry Technology and Vibrapac Blockmakers Workshops.

Students from all industry segments will benefit from the Concrete Masonry Technology courses; those in the masonry and hardscape will benefit from all courses. Visit for detailed information on courses available including content and dates.  Note: Travel and hotel is the responsibility of the attendee.

The 2017 CIM Auction is being held on Wednesday, 18 January during the 2017 World of Concrete in the North Hall Meeting Rooms of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The silent auction will be held from 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM in room N263. The live auction begins at 1:00 PM in room N262.

Beyond the Blockmakers Workshop, auction items include:  Equipment and supplies (used by both producers and contractors in the concrete industry), exciting vacation and sports packages, personal computers, and TVs!  Among the items up for auction are a concrete mixer truck, cement, admixtures, electronics, software, forms, tools, pumps, power screeds, generators, and all-inclusive bucket-list experiences such as the Kentucky Derby. All auction proceeds benefit students entering our industry!

Electronic means of bidding on all items will be available so you can bid from anywhere! We’ll be sharing information on “how to bid” before the end of the year. 

About the CIM Programs
Over the past eleven years, the CIM Auction has raised more than $6 million benefiting students at Middle Tennessee State University, California State University - Chico, Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Texas State University. CIM students gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the concrete industry, its production techniques and construction applications through typical classroom-style learning, as well as hands-on experience through an array of internship opportunities at each of these leading universities.

Concrete professionals, association leaders and industry consultants work with university administrators, Patron’s Groups and the National Steering Committee to make sure the CIM graduates are fully prepared for a career in the concrete industry. Since its inception in 1995, the CIM program boasts an impressive 80+ percent retention of graduates working in the industry.