Byron A. Klemaske II, executive vice president of T.B. Penick & Sons Inc., has 49 years of hands-on concrete flatwork experience comprising estimating, value engineering, budgeting and coloration systems. At T.B. Penick, he’s responsible for innovative concrete systems, pervious paving, and rustic and epoxy terrazzo. He also heads up site concrete’s daily management operations and directs all personnel from project managers, estimators and superintendents to technicians and trades people.
A detail-oriented and scheduling expert, Byron works closely with architects, designers and owners to ensure each project receives the artistic supervision needed during each phase of the job. He keeps projects moving and optimizes his team’s performance. Byron was instrumental in Penick becoming a National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association (NTMA) member.
After nearly five decades in the business, Byron remains passionate about the concrete industry. Recently, he helped T.B. Penick secure a federal patent for a pervious concrete system called Pervious Concrete Elements and a process patent for an exposed imprinted system. Always an innovator and visionary, Byron continues to push himself and inspire the industry to evolve in terms of sustainability, functionality, new products, new uses, new finishes and new concepts of architectural and design beauty.
His passion and expertise with architectural and innovative concrete systems can be seen at upscale projects including Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; SBC Center (now known as the AT&T Center) in San Antonio, Texas; Tai Mall in Taoyuan, Taiwan; Katy Mills Mall in Katy, Texas; CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada; Grapevine Mills Mall in Dallas, Texas; Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida; Buena Vista, Paradise Pier and Disneyland Hotel for Disney in Anaheim, California; Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida; Disney Hong Kong; Disney Shanghai and more than 600 Abercrombie & Fitch retail stores internationally. Byron has been instrumental in developing and creating innovative concrete finishes and techniques that are being used worldwide.
Byron served as president of ACI – San Diego Chapter from 2002-03 and served as a member of the San Diego Chapter of AGC Specialty Contractors Committee and AGC Foundation for Success Committee. He also chaired the San Diego AGC Education and Training Committee.
In addition, Byron serves as a board member for the American Society of Concrete Contractors Decorative Concrete Council. He has served two terms on Bomanite International Society Advisory Board. Currently, he’s a voting member of the ACI 310 Decorative Concrete Committee, as well as an ACI committee member for the 308/310 Curing Decorative Concrete Joint Task Group.
Byron was inducted into the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame in 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to recognize individuals and companies whose contributions have impacted the future of decorative concrete, both as a business and an art form.
In July 2015 in its 100th commemorative issue, Concrete Decor magazine recognized Byron as one of the Top 10 Influential People in the industry, stating “When people seek advice concerning the decorative concrete industry they often turn to Byron Klemaske II, a widely recognized authority and innovator in the business with more than four decades of experience to his credit.”
As recent as January 2016, Byron was recognized by Concrete Construction magazine as one of the 2016 Top 5 Most Influential People in Concrete Construction. An accompanying article stated, “The Klemaskes are making decorative concrete professional and they are helping to raise the bar on decorative concrete.”
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