Tripp Farrell, President
Tripp began his career with Blastcrete as a sales manager in 2000, a year after he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from the University of Alabama. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from sales to R&D and product design to marketing and advertising. He also assists customers with product demonstrations and training, both at the Alabama manufacturing facility and at customer locations. Tripp is an owner of Blastcrete Equipment, LLC and serves on the board of directors.
Tripp is a member of the American Concrete Institute and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.
Scott Knighton, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Scott served in the U.S. Air Force and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration with a major in finance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa before joining Blastcrete in 2007. For two years, Knighton focused on sales and marketing for Blastcrete, managing international marketing, contract management, customer service, sales, budget analyses and research and development. In 2009, he transitioned to serve as the company’s business manager and controller, and in 2014 he was promoted to vice president. Scott is an owner of Blastcrete Equipment, LLC and serves on the board of directors.
Scott also earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Alabama and an associate’s of science degree in avionics from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
Jim Farrell, Chairman Emeritus
Jim brings more than 47 years of experience to his role at Blastcrete, where he advises regarding R&D, production, marketing, and has a keen focus on customer service.
Jim graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1970 and, by 1980, became a managing partner at Donoho Clay Company. Donoho expanded into a 30-acre, 200,000 square-foot facility in 1982, when it added specialty refractory product manufacturing. Through a series of acquisitions and original manufacturing agreements with companies, Donoho’s original product line evolved and changed to become Blastcrete Equipment Company. Blastcrete Equipment Company evolved as a stand-alone business after the refractory businesses were sold in 1999.
Jim is a member of the Jacksonville State University Foundation Board of Directors where he has served for several years as the Chairman of Investment Advisory Committee and on the Executive Committee. Jim is a member of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Alabama, and Manufacture Alabama. Jim is an owner of Blastcrete Equipment, LLC.