Dr. Rob McCaffrey:
Dr. Rob McCaffrey originally trained as a geologist and received a PhD in geochemistry, mineralogy and geophysics in 1992. He co-founded Global Cement Magazine in 1997 and has now researched and written about all aspects of the cement industry for more than 25 years. He is an enthusiast for the cement industry, even taking his wife to visit a cement plant in Ecuador on their honeymoon. Despite this he is still married and has two daughters, one of whom has undertaken work experience at a UK cement plant. As editorial director of Global Cement Magazine, his interests encompass all technical aspects of the cement industry, as well as future trends. He has attended the IEEE-IAS/PCA cement industry conference in many localities, for almost 30 years, and used to be the youngest person at the event. Outside of work, he enjoys running, choral singing, sailing and birdwatching.
Chad is a best-selling author, president of his own communications company, and recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles). Chad’s speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. He served as president of the National Speakers Association Utah chapter and is a member of the elite Speakers Roundtable (one of twenty of the world’s top speakers).