Three Named to SEAA Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors for the Steel Erectors Association of America has named three new individuals to open and newly vacated positions, reported Steve Burkholder, President.

Dave Brown, District Sales Manager, United Rentals, Charlotte, N.C., was elected as a new member on the Board of Directors for the term 2014-2016. Brown was approved at the March Board of Directors meeting.

Jim Simonson, Executive Vice President and COO, Steel Service, Jackson, Miss., fills an open seat that ends in 2014. He will step into a seat to be vacated by Jim Larson upon his retirement at the end of the year. That term expires in 2016. Simonson has worked as a project manager and in executive leadership positions in the steel industry since the 1970s. In his current position he has P&L responsibility for the fabrication division and direct oversight of project management.

Robert Echols, Vice President, GA West& Company, Chunchula, Ala., replaces retiring member Richard Tucker, whose term ends in 2016. Echols has 30 years of experience in steel erection, including operating his own company. He possesses diverse skills, including responsibility for managing projects for ThyssenKrupp Steel, the largest of which amounted to 67,000 tons of steel.

Other board members re-confirmed for new terms were Jim Larson, Bob Beckner, Charlie Johnson, Jack Metcalfe, and Ed Valencia. Jim Larson will remain a board member until his retirement later in 2014.“SEAA welcomes the expertise of these professionals to the Board of Directors and looks forward to utilizing their unique skill sets for the advancement of the association,” said Burkholder.