CEO, Oldcastle Materials
Randy Lake leads Oldcastle Materials, Inc., the largest vertically integrated construction materials company in the United States. Oldcastle Materials is a family of companies in 44 states with approximately 18,000 employees at 1,200 locations. The company generated revenues of about $6.7 billion in 2014. Oldcastle Materials is North America’s No. 1 producer of asphalt, the No. 3 producer of aggregates, a top-three producer of ready-mixed concrete, and a leading provider of paving services.
Lake joined Oldcastle in 1996 and most recently served as CEO of Oldcastle Building Solutions, the business unit he helped launch in 2010 to introduce and position Oldcastle’s full portfolio of products and engineering services to developers and design/build firms nationwide.
Since joining Oldcastle, Lake has held several operating positions with increasing responsibility. Beginning in the Architectural Products Group as the general manager of several block and paving stone manufacturing facilities, he progressed to president of Oldcastle’s National Retail Division, concentrating on building the Oldcastle footprint and brand with Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Wal-Mart stores.
In early 2002, Lake joined Oldcastle Materials as general manager of Pennsy Supply, Inc., in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Over the next eight years, he progressed into more senior operating and strategic leadership roles, leading to the role of president of Oldcastle Materials – Performance Group, in which he concentrated on leveraging and teaching best practice concepts in aggregate production, construction services, and commercial execution throughout the company.
Lake holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., and a master’s degree in business administration from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
Chief Financial Officer, Oldcastle Materials
Charlie Brown is chief financial officer of Oldcastle Materials and leads the financial, IT, procurement, and risk management functions of the company. Brown’s career has focused on the basic manufacturing and construction materials industries for the last 20 years.
Brown joined Oldcastle Materials as vice president of finance in 2003. During his tenure, he assembled an efficient finance team from a federation of recently acquired companies, implemented enhanced financial systems, and improved business reporting capabilities. He was promoted to senior vice president of finance in 2007 and CFO in 2008. As CFO, Brown leads the finance function and plays an active role in the company’s operational management and acquisition activity.
Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international economics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in Evanston, Ill.
John J. Keating
Chief Operating Officer, Oldcastle Materials
John J. Keating, Chief Operating Officer for Oldcastle Materials, joined Oldcastle in 1994 through the acquisition of his family’s business. Prior to 1994, he held various leadership positions in sales, quality control, construction, and facility operations.
Upon joining Oldcastle’s management team in 1994, he became the president of its operations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with full P&L and management responsibilities.
Keating was promoted to division president of Oldcastle’s New England Division in 2005 following an overall restructuring of business reporting lines. His responsibility in this role involved full P&L accountability, growth, and management of Oldcastle’s operations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
In his current position, Keating has full management, P&L, and growth responsibilities for Oldcastle’s North, South, Central, West and Canada divisions.
Keating has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston. In 2013, he served as chairman on the Executive Board of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.
President, South Division
Rob Duke is the President of Oldcastle Materials South Division. The South Division employs more than 4,000 people across the southeastern United States, with sales of $1.6 billion. He leads a portfolio of Oldcastle companies that produce and market asphalt, concrete, and construction aggregates, as well as provide material transportation and paving services.
Duke joined Oldcastle in 2008 as President of Preferred Materials, Inc., a newly formed company following Oldcastle’s acquisition of 32 concrete plants in Florida. In 2010, his role expanded at Oldcastle to include the construction, asphalt, aggregate, and rail distribution businesses in Florida. Duke's area of responsibility increased in 2012 to include businesses in seven southern states. He was promoted to his current position in 2016.
Prior to Oldcastle, Duke held progressive positions with Rinker Materials (now part of Cemex), as well as positions with Merck & Company and BOC Gases (now part of the Linde Group), where he held assignments in the U.S. and Europe.
Duke holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2015, he completed the Global Strategic Leadership Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).
President, West Division
Scott W. Parson is the president of the Oldcastle Materials West Division. Over 4,000 people comprise the West Division team working in 26 business units serving customers in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. He joined Oldcastle in 1996 through the acquisition of Jack B. Parson Companies. During his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility including human resources director, marketing director, vice president safety, human resources & environment, Jack B. Parson Companies’ general manager, Staker Parson Companies’ president, and division president.
Parson currently serves as vice chairman of the National Ready-mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and chaired the organization’s government affairs and education committees. He served as chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business association, Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation and the Weber State University Parson Construction Management Technology Program Industry Advisory Council. Parson currently serves on the Weber State University Board of Trustees.
He graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business where he earned a master’s degree in business administration.
President and CEO, Canada Division - CRH Canada Group Inc.
Baudouin Nizet is the president and chief executive officer at CRH Canada Group Inc., the Canada Division of Oldcastle Materials. CRH Canada is one of Canada’s leading building materials and construction companies. With more than 3,000 employees, CRH Canada manufactures cement, aggregate and ready-mix concrete, providing construction services to many of Canada's largest infrastructure projects. Nizet has been working in the building materials sector for more than 20 years. He started his career in Europe by developing the alternative fuel business for Holcim first in Belgium and then expanding that activity in France, Germany and the Netherlands. He arrived at CRH Canada (formerly Holcim Canada) in 2006 as Senior Vice President of the Québec and Atlantic region, managing all lines of business for that region. Nizet assumed responsibility as President of the company in 2013. In 2015, under his leadership, Holcim Canada was acquired by CRH.
Nizet holds a master’s degree in bio-engineering from Louvain University, Belgium, as well as a post graduate degree in management from Solvay Business School (École de commerce de Solvay), Brussels University, Belgium.
President, North Division
Dan Stover is the President of Oldcastle Materials North Division. The North Division employs approximately 7,000 people across over 150 aggregate locations, 160 asphalt locations, 80 ready mix locations, rail and barge terminals, and distribution centers in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. In 2015, the North Division generated revenues of approximately $3 billion and is the region’s leading provider of aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and paving services.
Stover joined Oldcastle in 1999 through Oldcastle’s acquisition of Thompson McCully, the leading asphalt and aggregate supplier in Michigan at the time. Prior to Oldcastle, Stover gained experience at Thompson McCully and other construction materials related businesses, holding progressive positions of operating responsibility. Since joining Oldcastle, Stover held positions of increasing responsibility in Michigan, eventually becoming president of the Michigan business in 2008. In 2011, Stover transitioned to the East Coast where he led a successful reorganization of businesses in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as president of PJ Keating and simultaneously as President of Tilcon Connecticut. Most recently, since 2014, Stover has served as President of Oldcastle’s Northeast Division which included businesses in New York, New Jersey and New England.
Stover holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan (Ross) in Ann Arbor, Mich., a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and is a professional engineer.
President, Central Division
Nathan Creech is president of Oldcastle Materials Central Division and has full management, P&L, and growth responsibilities for Oldcastle Materials operations in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Creech joined Oldcastle Materials in 2011 as vice president of development. In 2013, he was promoted to vice president chief operating officer for the Texas region with full P&L accountability. Following a restructuring in 2014, he became president of the Southwest Division, and in 2016 was promoted to his current role.
Before joining Oldcastle, he spent nine years at Lafarge in various leadership and function roles. During that time, he had full management and P&L responsibility for aggregate businesses in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. Prior to entering management, Creech served as director of strategy and development for the eastern United States.
Creech holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University and a master’s degree in business administration from Yale University. Prior to graduate school, he worked in his family’s manufacturing business in northern Indiana.