Navy Captain Kent Ewing to Headline 2019 CSDA Convention

by | Jan 9, 2019 | Industry News

St. Petersburg, FL – The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) is proud to announce that Captain Kent Ewing, a retired Naval officer, will be the keynote speaker during the association’s 2019 Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The association will hold its 47th Annual Convention & Tech Fair in sunny St. Petersburg, March 11-15, 2019, at the historic Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club. This was also the site of the popular 2015 Convention, and the association is excited to return to this vibrant destination.

Captain Ewing was Commanding Officer of the USS America (CV-66) during Desert Storm. In his naval career, he also commanded Carrier Air Wing Seventeen and Attack Squadron Sixty Six. He has flown over 18,500 hours in over 100 different military aircraft and made over 1,150 carrier landings. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. A Dayton, Ohio native, Ewing is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Class 65.

“CSDA is proud to have Captain Ewing join us and he has a special connection to MacDill Air Force Base which is only 8 miles from the Vinoy. This base is the headquarters for Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) which has responsibility for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, including Dessert Storm in 1991. CSDA is proud to honor and recognize Captain Ewing and all the men and women who serve our country” added CSDA Executive Director, Patrick O’Brien.

Captain Ewing will share stories of his unique experiences leading over 4,000 sailors in wartime and what lessons on leadership he learned from the navy. By successfully commanding men and women from those in their teens to experienced veterans, he will provide CSDA Convention attendees a new perspective on ways to lead and motivate their operators and employees, as well as provide some entertaining stories about life on an aircraft carrier!

The CSDA Annual Convention & Tech Fair is attended by owners, managers and operators from concrete cutting, polishing and imaging companies as well as representatives from manufacturers and distributors who support the industry with products and services. Anyone who is a part of this industry should join CSDA for this action-packed event. For more information or to register, visit, call 727-577-5004 or email