Success Stories of Creative Concrete Professionals
Professional concrete countertop training from CCI WORKS. It’s that simple.
Want proof? Look at the amazing creations that our alumni from around the world make.
There Were Naked Bodies Everywhere
“There were naked bodies everywhere” is not usually what you hear when you ask someone how he got started in
“It Started With a Challenge…”
Corey Swanson of Wood & Stone Designs in Minneapolis doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He’s taken on the challenge
Coming home to creative concrete
Wayne Fry wasn’t ready to give up working when he retired from his veterinary practice. The truth is that retiring
What engineering (and CCI alumni) can do
Twenty CCI alumni converged on the shop of alumnus Caleb Lawson of Price Concrete Studio (now Lawson Design) in Orlando,
On top of the world with creative concrete
Caleb Lawson of Price Concrete Studio in Orlando, FL created these concrete couch bases on a rooftop in Miami Beach. He’s on top of the world with creative concrete! Caleb trained in October 2013.
Massive concrete tub by Diamond Finish Concrete Countertops
When you make massive custom concrete creations, sometimes delivery is the trickiest part! Concrete tub by Brent Indenbosch of Diamond
“More useful than college.”
“I still can’t believe how many doors have opened since training with CCI – cashed in my savings bonds (thanks
The Artistry of GFRC: Fine Concrete Art and Custom Concrete Countertops by Thomas Lancaster in Texas
Thomas R. Lancaster of Alpine, Texas, has two web pages, one for each side of his GFRC work. One of
Eclectic Interests Lead to a Successful Concrete Countertop Business
To say that David Dick of Concrete Alternative in Kingston, Ontario (www.concretealternative.ca) has eclectic interests would be an understatement. Over the
Concrete countertops in Paradise – the Cayman Islands
Terry Wilson, originally from Tampa, and has lived in Grand Cayman for 24 years. His company, Wilson Construction, has built
Artistic Concrete Expressions creates custom concrete countertops and more in Michigan
Brad Dykema of Artistic Concrete Expressions in Hamilton, MI, started out in tile. In 2006, he was doing tile projects
Concrete countertops in Finland
In August 2010, I visited my student Matti in Helsinki, Finland to help him incorporate some new technologies and efficiencies
Golf shop concrete countertop makes a big impact
When the owners of a golf shop approached Tony Angell to create a concrete countertop for their store remodel, they
Concrete countertops in India
I recently had the privilege to visit Bangalore, India to train someone on how to make concrete countertops. To my
Latest Cool Concrete Countertop Projects by Students
Recently I’ve had several students send me photos of cool concrete countertop, bartop or sink projects they’ve been working on.
Turning play into profits with concrete furniture
When you’ve got a busy concrete fabrication shop, it can be hard to find the time to create projects that
Concrete countertop professionals around the world
I was working on the November newsletter and thinking about the things I am thankful for, in preparation for the
Using GFRC for a concrete shower surround
GFRC makes one great concrete countertop, but that isn’t all it can do. Take for example this beautiful shower enclosure
A Custom Concrete Bench and Table Top are a Hit at a Restaurant
Check out this one of a kind project by Concrete Countertop Institute alumnus Thomas Lancaster of Marfa Cement Works in
After Hurricane Sandy – One CCI Student’s True Story
You never know when disaster is going to strike. But, with a great attitude and a lot of hard work
Holy cow I couldn’t believe…
Almost everyone who makes concrete countertops for a living got started as a do-it-yourselfer. I did. I simply wanted to
Best advice for new concrete countertop professionals
Get started on your creative concrete journey by hearing from three alumni of the Concrete Countertop Institute. Hear advice directly
Concrete Countertops (Benchtops) in Australia
We are pleased to have students all over the world, each creating gorgeous concrete countertops in whatever country they call
A Lifetime of Concrete – Special Moment – Meet one of CCI’s first students
This week (June 2014) we’ll celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Concrete Countertop Institute. What an amazing 10 years it
Concrete as a Part Time Job… but a Full Time Passion
December 2014 – Juggling is a skill that Peter Cicalo of Hard Life Concrete Design Studio in New Jersey has come
Concrete – The Perfect Reason to Get Your Hands Dirty
After completing his training, CCI student Duncan Susag decided to jump right in and start doing concrete full time. Prior
Making Beautiful Concrete Countertops in Haiti – Not Easy, but Worth It
Here at The Concrete Countertop Institute we have the pleasure of meeting students from around the world, each becoming a
Crazy About Concrete Countertops
Concrete is an amazing medium for countertops. You know it and I know it, but one of the biggest challenges
Why You Should Always Be Ready to Learn More about Concrete Countertops
CCI alumnus Caleb Lawson has one goal for the future: to be the guy people call when they need concrete countertops,
Make Every Concrete Countertop Project a Great One
We love catching up with our alumni and seeing their success on tricky projects. CCI alumnus Mark Schreck of Mark
Lights, Concrete, Creativity: Interview with Brent Indenbosch
Brent Indenbosch, an alumnus of The Concrete Countertop Institute, has a creative streak. As just one example of that, he recently
Know Your Market: A key to success as a creative concrete professional
Starting out as a creative concrete professional can be challenging. Sean Kimber, owner of SAK Concrete Designs in Vancouver, however,
Onyx Castings: Building a Solid Brand
Rob Martin of Onyx Castings in British Colombia is building a solid brand, but doing so takes creativity and a
Rock Solid Concrete Artisans: Reinventing a Skill
Nathan Smith of Rock Solid Concrete Artisans in Charlotte, NC, went back to working with concrete, but in a different way
HGTV Show Featuring Concrete Countertops
Three CCI alumni were recently featured on the television show “Love It or List It”, filmed in Raleigh, NC. About the
Taking a Chance with Custom Concrete Designs
Jason Gillis of OASIS Custom Concrete Designs in Leominster, MA has a business that’s been steadily building steam since he
Building a Concrete Countertop Business by Building Relationships
Getting training, building a clientele and a portfolio; anyone starting out in concrete countertops certainly has a lot to think
How Concrete Commander Built a Successful Creative Concrete Business
In only three years after training with The Concrete Countertop Institute, alumnus Drew Teaman built a successful custom concrete business—ConcreteCommander.com—in
Alumnus Success Story of Caleb Lawson
Caleb Lawson of Price Concrete Studio in Orlando, FL (now Lawson Design in NC) spends a lot of time educating
Sponge for Knowledge: How to ensure that training benefits your business
Getting Equipped in Class “If I had known how to do it [CCI’s] way, it would have been a lot
Crafting Unique and Custom Concrete Projects | Curtis and Jamie McCharles of Timmins, Ontario
Getting into the Concrete Business “It’s not just about learning concrete. You have to get good at everything that goes
The class has given me the confidence in being able to do my work while resting assured that my process is a result of through studies and years of experience. CCI has a step-by-step approach that makes learning concrete easy and enjoyable. The class is as hands on as it is technical. Any serious student can appreciate the years worth of knowledge put into CCI’s classes.
– Jericho, Canada
Well Worth the money!
– Patty, NY
Definitely worth every penny!
– Scott, WI
Money well spent!
– Don, TX
A must if serious about countertop construction.
– Keith, FL
– Michael, PA
Great class, very user friendly.
– Jake, FL
Nice facilities with great instruction.
– Blair, TN
I am glad I took this course!
– Malcolm, MN
An Absolutely excellent class!
– Mike, SC
After attending all the ‘Big Name’ training courses, this by far has been the best. Jeff is not only taught & demonstrated how, but also providing engineering & education that supporten his theories on overall areas of concrete countertop manufacturing. I really enjoyed getting all the information from an independent source. The CCI does not sell products, just needed information to be successful in this industry. I highly recommend this course & CCI to anyone making concrete countertops. Thanks for everything!
– Troy, IA
More than I expected. Well worth the money!
– Zach, NC
After coming to the training I have saved more time and money than imaginable. The training was priceless. Knowing the “how” and “why” gave me the confidence and reassurance that I could endeavor further into this great niche of concrete countertop making. Jeff was very informative and answered any questions you threw at him. They have a very personable work staff. I can’t wait to come back.
Very well taught class
CCI offers an excellent opportunity to learn. Their staff is very professional and personable. Very relaxed atmosphere in relation to the complexity of the course. The average guy can visit CCI, feel comfortable, and take away the knowledge and confidence he needs to create concrete countertops.
Jeff isn’t teaching you how to work with and install his product. He teaches you to understand concrete and concrete mix design, so you get the freedom to experiment and make your own. You leave this class being multidimensional and not stuck with only being able to work with one product or mix. Well worth the trip.
– Justin, WA state
Great class. I learned a lot.
– Steve, MI
My only regret was not doing this sooner.
– Jeff, ME
– Greg, NY
Jeff and Lane are a great team. They were very knowledgeable in every question that was thrown at them. They shared several different techniques and mixes from an unbiased position. They seem to be teaching the class from a position that isn’t “their flavor” but many flavors. Thank you.
– Robert, OR
Excellent class to learn the ‘hands-on’.
– Kent, NE
This training is an awesome experience. Jeff and Lane have exceeded my expectations in every aspect. We are now prepared to begin offering this new and exciting product to our clients who want the unique beauty and durability of concrete countertops, showers, tubs, and furniture. Eagle Concrete is a natural extension of the already extensive and diverse offerings of Eagle Wood Works, LLC.
– Rich, SC
I feel everything is well organized and managed. I learned a lot about GFRC.
– Bulat, Khazakstan
CCI’s website promoted what I was hoping for and needed. The class fulfilled these hopes and needs thoroughly. I could hardly have been more satisfied, especially with the instructional books and videos I walked away with to refer to as questions arise, along with personal access to Jeff & Lane!
– Clint Coleman, LA
Thanks for offering this class. I do not think this level of expertise could possibly be offered elsewhere. I feel confident that my concrete business will be successful because of Jeff and Lane. I loved the networking I received and I did not have to reinvent the wheel by making costly mistakes on my own. If you are a person that is serious about pursuing this as a business, don’t miss this opportunity. The tools, especially the calculators, are worth the cost of the class. CCI’s level of professionalism and knowledge is top notch. Thanks!
– Annette, IA
Great mix of theory and hands on training.
– Steve, Canada
Good class, went into it with an open mind and got what I expected and more.
– Brandon, South Dakota
I’ve been dreaming about coming to a CCI Ultimate class for nearly five years. With a shove from my wife, I finally did it. It is a small investment in comparison to the knowledge gained as well as all the additional resources. I think anyone who is considering this line of work should start with a CCI Ultimate.
– Brandon Koehler Kila, MT
A life changing course that is going to steer my life in a totally new and exciting direction.
– Leif Olson Camrose, Alberta
I think this course was a really good introduction to this industry. I was taught everything from A-Z and on top of that, the proper way to do it. Like Jeff says, you can learn this all online but it is not the level of quality he holds to. Ultimately, that is the most important part. Thank you for holding this course and for doing such a great job at it.
– Aiden Kokkas Gainsville, FL
I am someone who typically researches and learns to do things on my own. The information on concrete is overwhelming and knowing what is correct is extremely difficult to decide. That paralyzes someone like me. To experience the class and learn from Jeff is so helpful in my confidence and a great boost to carry on.
– Phil Beck Winston, Salem, NC
Total 1,000% comprehensive countertop education from casting table, mix design, GFRC to sealers and everything in between. CCI is the most comprehensive countertop education in the industry. I checked out other classes and they did not even come close to Jeff Girard’s class. The return on investment of the five day class far outweighs the cost.
This is a wonderful learning tool for GFRC above my expectations for what we learned. The hands on experience you can never get by watching a video or reading a book. The knowledge and experience along with all the insight and tips was way beyond any of my expectations. I can’t wait to learn more.
Great class, highly recommended
With the Ultimate Class workshop I feel it provided me with the knowledge and education I would need to produce concrete countertops and GFRC products with a lot more confidence. The things I have learned will help me be able to produce a better product than if I was to learn a lot on my own.
– John Campanella
It was a great course and would recommend to others.
– Randy, Alberta, Canada
I’ve been to 3 different CCI classes, plus two of my men attended a class and it is constantly referred to. For every casting we still use our CCI concrete calculator (it’s what my guys ask for when we have something to make and I email it to them on their phones). Plus Jeff is always available to help with new problems that come up. Conditions are not always the same, and who has time to experiment, so we ask Jeff and he guides us in safely and effectively.
– Joe, NJ
I use the literature at least once a week as a reference guide. The sealer knowledge was worth the price of the class alone; thus far, I have no callbacks (knock on wood!). I am regularly using all of the forms on the CDs, from checklists, to contracts, to estimates and pricing. The hands-on portion helped me build confidence in some areas where I was unsure of myself. Following Lane’s marketing advice has definitely gotten me business with some designers and showrooms. Most importantly Jeff’s advice on projects provides a perfect crutch to give me the motivation to take on the projects that scare me. Lots was learned in class, many questions were answered, I learned new techniques, and most importantly I enjoy the support when I need some. Thanks CCI!
– Bruce, SD
The class helped me refine my craft and push my knowledge of concrete to the next level. I have two different kitchen and bath showrooms carrying my bath vanity sinks. Both have had so-so experience with a previous concrete fabricator in the past; so I felt they were a bit hesitant at first when I pitched to them, but both places were blown away when they saw the sample sinks I brought to the meeting. The common response, before I said a word, was, “WOW! I have seen concrete before, but I didn’t know it could be so nice and refined.” I truly believe the reason my work always gets a great response from people is because I have had the proper training. Even though there is always more to learn, at least I have a solid foundation to build upon when I explore and create in the future.
– Peter, NJ
Being rather new to concrete, I feel that I have the knowledge to succeed in this business.
– Trevor, Manitoba, Canada
This class was very useful in over-all… from the shop to marketing!
– Eudes, MD and West Africa
Top class instructors. 10/10
– John, UK
Coming into this with little knowledge of concrete, I feel I have been given a great deal of useful and practical knowledge that extends far beyond concrete. Not only has Jeff outlined the best way to make any creation, but also did it in a way that, if done to these standards, creates the habits needed for success.
– Frank, PA
Great class. Great knowledge. Worth the time.
– Oliver, Mexico
Jeff filled in a lifetime of scattered information I gained by working with concrete and studying trade journals. There are many bits and pieces of information about concrete, but most sources don’t connect all the bits and pieces. Thank you for taking the time to make this course available.
– Adam, NC
I’ve been working with precast concrete for years. I got introduced to Terruzzo processing 6 years ago and when we bought our first house I did my own countertops and decided to keep going. I watched a lot of videos but Jeff’s training really just made a big impression on me. That’s what gave me the confidence to turn this into a business.
– Jonathan, OR
The presentation and order of material is perfect. I am very thankful you covered “Concrete 101” at the end of Day 4 and not Day 1. It gave us ample time to experience the material and to have an understanding of what was going on. I never felt like this was a scripted class and that is perfect! You both obviously speak from a lot of experience and knowledge gained from actually doing every aspect of this business. On Day 1, I knew this was a solid investment and I have gained 4 more days of reassurance that I made the correct choice.
– Bentley, TN
Best $4,000 dollars I’ve ever spent
– Tim, CO
Just loved it!
– Peter Bennett
I just completed the GFRC class, which is my third class at CCI, and in each class I felt so thoroughly taught with how precise the instruction was. With all the new technology and admixtures we used to make the product, I felt very enriched and familiar with the new material taught. Being a high school masonry teacher for 29 years, and being within the masonry field for 38 total years, it felt very good being a student once again. Participating in Jeff’s classes has not only helped me with my trade, but has also shown me new skills with his enthusiasm; it has helped me with my own classes, with Jeff’s teaching methods reflecting upon me, that I may now give back to my students. As I will be retiring from the school system next year, for my 30 years of teaching, I will use some of the skills and techniques Jeff has taught me to pursue my own business for the rest of my life.
– Jeff, NC
I now feel comfortable going home and starting my own countertop business knowing how to produce a structurally sound, beautiful concrete countertop. After researching other training classes and getting some how to books & videos, I felt this was the most complete class I could take. I wanted quality to be a major part of making countertops, and I believe this class provides that more than any other.
– Adam, WI
The class gave me a high degree of confidence, to build & install countertops with consistent results. I feel both the technical knowledge and the sales & support are very well covered from Lane and Jeff. I expected the day to seem a little long. But the opposite was true. The hours flew by. There was always plenty to keep us occupied.
– Keith, MN
I’ve never liked reading testimonials, because you never put in a bad one. I was a little skeptical after reading them but also very excited. I know now what they are talking about and would recommend this class to anybody who wants to learn concrete countertops. I believe this is a basic first step to countertops. You have to know how they work before you can design. Without proper installation and preparation the best looking design might not work. I think Jeff is a first class person, who treats everybody well and knows what he is talking about. CCI is well run establishment.
– Chris, MI
I would highly recommend CCI’s Ultimate Class to anyone interested in concrete production as a profession. Jeff has condensed over 10 years of knowledge and experience into a highly informative week. I left knowing that I had made a great decision and investment by choosing CCI.
– Stephen Gallagher, WA
I have worked with concrete/stone extensively over the last 25 years after the 5 day course with Jeff & Lane I quickly realized that I didn’t know as much about concrete as I thought. I didn’t know as much concrete as I thought. I now have the confidence to explain to my clients the endless potential of concrete & GFRC and why. Amazing experience 6 stars.
– Terry Mercuri, Aus
The class delivered to my expectations. I learned the proper use of the various concrete products. I now understand what is and isn’t necessary to make a quality product. I don’t have to depend on salesmen and websites to try to get me to buy more proprietary and highly marked-up products I don’t need.
– Bruce, SD
While on the way home, I went over the things I learned in Jeff’s class, and the best way to describe my experience there is this… I thought that I needed this class because I figured I had about 20% of the knowledge about concrete countertops. Well, Jeff taught me the other 80% that I needed to get started in my own business, and in the process he showed me that half of what I thought I knew was wrong!! Thanks CCI – this has been a great class, and you haven’t seen the last of me. I’ll definitely be back for more.
– David, MS
First of all I would like to thank you for having the vision and guts to put together this program. I have been so impressed with everything you have put together and the dedication and professionalism of everyone at CCI. It has been evident from my first contact with you and your people that you have a passion for what you do and a crystal clear understanding of this industry and where it could go. I am blown away with the amount of information I gained in only 5 days, not only on the technical aspects but the business side as well. Every question I had was answered and more. The class size was perfect to learn from others and still not get lost in the crowd. The fact that interation and creative input is so encouraged is refreshing, and I am impressed by the knowledge and willingness to teach and help by everyone at CCI whether or not they are involved in the production process. It is by far the most I have learned in 5 days and my plans are to become a big player in this industry, with your help and teaching I have no doubt it will happen. With your willingness to help us after we have all gone home and the new ideas you are creating we have no excuse not to succeed. Thank you for everything.
– Perry, IA
I feel that in a few days I went from knowing only a few concepts of GFRC to having enough knowledge to start fabricating. Jeff has a vast knowledge of GFRC fabrication. His presentation of methods, backed up with “why” they are done that way, will prove to be invaluable in my endeavors with concrete countertops.
– Tim, OH
To all those interested in the art of concrete: STOP. Put down the bag of concrete or the book from the library or the trowel and contact CCI. This is the most comprehensive class you will find. The facilities and accommodations are absolutely first rate. The knowledge you get from CCI will prevent years of frustration. The complexities of this art form are entirely too intense and numerous for a trial and error system. Just bite the bullet and enroll in a class now.
– Nathan, TN
I just wanted to say thanks for putting on such a great course and how much I enjoyed the whole experience. It was so much more, on every level than I was expecting and hoping for. I’m really happy to have learnt some of your techniques and have great respect for your approach, an attitude I’ll be endeavouring to maintain throughout my own efforts…knowing what we are doing and why we’re doing it and keeping things as simple and easy as possible. Demystifying how concrete works, making it well and finishing it for our purposes was what I really wanted to get out of this but I came away with so much more, the most significant for me being how to stand on my own two feet and then take and keep control of my product/business. That was something you guys did really well, which I really appreciate. Everything Lane did with us too was great. Just such an eye opener. Without knowing what I’ve now learnt, from both of you, I would have probably floundered business wise. It was good to go out for dinner with you all and get to know everyone and the food you put on during training was fantastic.
– Nick, Queensland
Thanks so much for your information, your knowledge is such a tremendous help! Taking your class was by far the single best investment I have ever made and the continued assistance is truly priceless. You guys are fantastic and I’m forever grateful to have you as part of my business team.
– Chris, NH
Taking the Ultimate Concrete Countertop Class was the defining point of my business success. I learned so many things and tricks that you don’t find easily online. What I love the most is that I learned how to make amazing concrete stuff from scratch, no premix bag. I feel like I’m really doing something spectacular. I haven’t regretted this decision once. The best part is that Jeff hasn’t stopped helping me even after the classes. Whenever I get a project, I send him an email and he makes sure to answer every single question I have. I would attend any other classes CCI offers in a heart beat.
– Tamika, Haiti
Your course was really informative and the proverbial light bulbs were constantly going off. Not having to reinvent the wheel again was a huge thing for me. You understand the product and how it works and were able to translate that effectively. It rejuvenated my interest in concrete. I am excited about the upcoming year and what impact your course and the knowledge that I obtained from it will bring.
– Ryan, Trinidad
The class provided rich hands-on training based on a thorough knowledge of materials, procedures and experience; enriched with very important and practical pointers from the CCI team, that they have collected from years of experience. Especially, seemingly small tricks and insights are often difficult and costly to develop on your own. Then there is the enthousiasm of Jeff and Lane to share their knowledge and experience in a well-organized place that invites all of the participants to explore and question every aspect of the training. I was very impressed with their instruction and hospitality skills to organize the course in an unforgettable way. The added bonus is the free membership, with zero cost to access to their webinars, high quality information on the website and blogs and even personal contact information. It gives me the feeling that the Master is always nearby to assist me if I need him.
– Jan, Aruba