May 6, 2022 (Winston-Salem, N.C.) The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) announced at its annual membership meeting on April 7, 2022 in Charleston, S.C., the slate of officers to serve from 2022 to 2024. The slate was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors.
David Deem, incoming President, addressed members. “I look forward to leading a dedicated group of volunteers who have fresh ideas for increasing value for our members,” said Deem, who is President of Deem Structural Services, Longview, Texas. He first served on the SEAA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, and again beginning in 2016. He is an advocate for the advancement of quality and safety standards and assisted in writing several technical publications on steel detailing.
The other officers joining the SEAA Executive Committee are:
- President Elect – Jack Nix of Shelby Erectors, Inc., Davie, Fla.
- Industry Member VP – Chris Legnon of Cooper Steel, Shelbyville, Tenn.
- Associate Member VP – Carrie Gulajan of Construction Insurance Agency, Inc., Manassas, Va.
- Secretary – Bryan McClure of Trivent Safety Consulting, Westminster, Colo.
- Treasurer – Greg Phillips of Titan Steel Erectors, LLC, Memphis, Tenn.
Board Members approved to fill three-year terms for 2022 to 2024 are:
- David Deem
- Carrie Gulajan
- Jason McElrath of M & P Specialty Insurance, Columbia, S.C.
- Greg Phillips
- Tom Schlickbernd, Vulcraft/Verco Group, Allentown, Pa.
In addition, three board members announced their retirement from SEAA’s Board of Directors—Cindy Schulz, Schulz Iron Works, Inc., Ed Valencia, Derr & Gruenewald Construction, LLC, and Sherrie Wilkinson, L.R. Willson & Sons, Inc.
“Each of these individuals has shared their expertise over decades,” said Deem. “Cindy was involved on the Events Committee for years. Soft spoken, she often brought insightful commentary to issues the board was debating. Long-time chairman of the Safety & Education Committee, Ed has not only been our preeminent safety expert, he was also a willing mentor to others. He was named SEAA’s Person of the Year in 2014. Sherrie’s knowledge of Human Resources was valued addition to the makeup of the board. A big supporter of SEAA, she cared deeply about improving the industry’s work environment. She received SEAA’s Person of the Year award in 2018.”
About Steel Erectors Association of America
Founded in 1972, SEAA is the only national trade association representing the interests of steel erectors, fabricators, contractors, and related service providers. The association promotes safety, education and training programs for steel erector trades, including its Ironworker Craft Training curriculum. The association works in partnership with other steel construction, design, and steel product organizations to protect the interests of those who construct steel structures.
Photo Caption: Geoff Kress, right, passes the golden wrench to incoming president David Deem.