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Meet The Team

Chris Carwie

Chris Carwie

Chris Carwie is the owner of Carwie & Associates (C&A), a service firm specializing in market research, strategic planning, business development, and sales training in the construction and material-supply industries. Chris established C&A in January of 2005, following more than a decade of direct work experience with Vulcan Materials Company, Ashland Oil and Koch Materials Company.

For over twenty years, Chris has worked extensively in selling and marketing-related roles, focusing on developing and cultivating relationships, project estimating and bidding, procuring and selling materials and sales management. In the last five years, C&A has expanded into sales training and coaching in the material-supply industry as well as the insurance, education and counseling sectors. This wide-ranging experience enables C&A to stay current on sales issues and industry topics, providing Chris with key insights into today’s sales professional.

Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities including golf, tennis, hunting, mountain biking and coaching youth sports. Chris lives in Birmingham, AL, with his wife, Lea, and two children, Caroline and John.

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Robert is the President of Taylor Consulting Group. Taylor Consulting Group’s focus is Sales, Marketing and Engineering. With 30 years of experience working for and with Departments of Transportation, Robert’s expertise lies in bringing new products to market and expanding the footprint of existing products.

Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University. Robert is also a Registered Professional Engineer. Robert spends most of his time with his wife Melissa and three children Madison, Nate and Lucy.

Stan Thrasher

Stan Thrasher

Stan Thrasher specializes in building relationships in the transportation industry and has been active with Carwie & Associates for over a decade. Stan began his career in the Asphalt Industry and has been selling asphalt and other maintenance related products for over 20 years. Stan has developed an extensive contact network of Department of Transportation and city/county officials throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Stan also has significant experience working with large engineering companies in various capacities over the last decade.

Stan holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, playing golf, and being active in his kid’s activities. Stan lives in Nashville, TN. with his wife Anita and their three children, Copeland, Huston, and C.C.

James W. Render Jr. (Jim)

James W. Render Jr. (Jim)

Jim lived in the Louisville KY market for most of his life, growing up in a construction aggregate family. A Civil Engineering graduate of Auburn University, Jim has worked in the concrete industry for over 35 years. He has experience in the ready mix concrete business, in the chemical admixture business and almost 20 years in the cement business. A technical sales approach has led to an understanding of how most of the businesses in the concrete industry function and succeed.

In 2017, Jim started JWR Consulting, with a focus on cement and concrete. In addition, Jim represents mutiple companies selling products in the concrete and paving industry. An avid golfer, Jim and his wife Kathy have been married for 27 years and have a son Trey who is recent college graduate and followed his dad into the concrete industry.