Metal Construction Association Honors Champions of the Metal Construction Industry

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce the winners for its 2016 Triumph Awards, an award created to honor the people and companies that champion the metal construction industry each year. The annual MCA Triumph Awards honors individuals and organizations throughout the metal construction industry in six categories.  The 2016 award winners are:

    Industry Champion of the Year Awards:
    Scott Kriner, MCA and Brian Partyka, Drexel Metals Inc.

    With 35 years experience in the metal construction industry, Scott Kriner’s career started with Bethlehem Steel and research on hot dip coatings, which then led to international licensing of Galvalume intellectual property, to pretreatments, to paints, and involvement in multiple trade associations, including MCA. He started his own consulting business in 2006 to catch the green wave, which according to him was the scariest thing he ever did.  For the past thirteen years he has served as technical director for MCA on staff and more recently as consultant.

    During this time he has led or participated on the development of industry papers and studies, including ones that have had an impact on the entire industry.

    Brian Partyka is a 21-year veteran of the metal construction industry, working with Drexel Metals Inc. from its early days. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of MCA. He chairs the Market Development Committee, Statistics Committee, Co-chairs of the Codes and Standards Committee and sits on multiple task groups to help drive and advance growth for the metal construction industry. He is a board member of the Metal Roofing Alliance and sits on NRCA’s Industry Advisory Board (National Roofing Contractors Association) as well as the CEO Advisory Council for the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and multiple board seats for small local businesses. 

    Partyka has published and contributed to technical trade-articles and white papers relating to metal building products.  He teaches about sustainable design and the use of metal to reduce heat gain for industrial, commercial and residential structures. He is the inventor of the Drexmet Paint Pen in 2001, an air-dry Kynar touch up system.

    Media Executive / Journalist of the Year Award:
    Shawn Zuver, Bob Fittro, John Garvey of DesignandBuildwithMetal.com

    Recognizing both a need and an opportunity for the metal construction industry to increase its visibility to an online audience, three industry media veterans, Bob Fittro, Shawn Zuver and John Garvey, pooled their talents and resources in 2007 to launch a new company, Unlimited Reach Media Inc. , and a new website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com.

    DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is updated daily to be a current source of metal construction industry news and information for the design community, contractors, metal construction industry professionals, and building owners. The website features over 1,500 projects, showcasing virtually every use for metal construction products, categorized by both building type and design application. Visitors will also find thousands of industry news items, hundreds of columns by leading market segment experts, and a wide range of related resources about metal products.

    In addition to the continually evolving website, DesignandBuildwithMetal.com is recognized for its weekly newsletter, delivered to nearly 28,000 email inboxes every week, and for its monthly e-zines, which were introduced in 2008.

    Corporate / Individual Citizen of the Year Award:
    PSMJ, Resources Inc.

    For the last 14 years PSMJ Resources Inc., producers of METALCON, has spent many hours coordinating fund raising before, during and after each METALCON show, as well as donating to local organizations on the behalf of the metal industry.

    Among those organizations:  Homes for Our Troops, Tampa, Baltimore and Las Vegas; Habitat for Humanity, Washington, DC and Chicago; The Journey, 2day Walk for Breast Cancer, Atlanta; Canstruction, Tampa; Carmen House, Foster Home for Kids, Rome, Ga.; The Spring, Tampa; Home for Battered Women in Indiana; and scholarships to  Purdue University, Chicago and Emily Griffith Vocational School, Denver.

    Each contribution allowed METALCON to leave behind an impact in each venue where METALCON was held.

    Young Movers and Shakers Awards:
    Jonathan Rider of D.I. Roof Seamers; Dustin Haddock of S-5!; Josey Parks of Metal Roofs of Texas; Mark Bus of ATAS International Inc.

    Jonathan Rider serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Developmental Industries, the parent company of D.I. Roof Seamers. The third generation of this family-owned business, he plays a role in the metal roofing industry by servicing clients in the areas of engineering, product development and component manufacturing. His experience, collaborative leadership style, and years of working closely within the industry have positioned him for this role.  Rider is active in community organizations and volunteer efforts and currently serves in various roles within the industry, including: MCA Accessories Council Co-Chairman and member of the MBMA Associate Member Advisory Council. He is also the author of multiple industrial publications and travels frequently speaking at events across the United States.

    At the age of 27, Josey Parks is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, owning several companies with different specialties including J Wales Enterprises, which includes Metal Roofs of Texas, J Wales Construction, Designer Glass Specialties, and Think Unlimited. He is one of the youngest recipients of the Inc. 5000 award. He also received an award for unprecedented nationwide sales of Interlock Roofing, a distributor within the state of Texas. Technology plays a role in his strategy. By developing and leveraging software to facilitate smart business growth, he has streamlined the value of his team’s sales efforts.

    Parks serves as an educator of business owners in the Dallas/Fort Worth and as a mentor to employees. He has been featured on television shows like CNBC’s “Blue Collar Millionaire”, and a guest speaker at national conferences like Corporate Millionaire Minds and Vistage Executive Summit, and is a recurring guest on “One Life Radio”.

    Mark Bus is the national sales manager for ATAS International Inc. Bus has earned the respect of his national sales team as well as his peers and management. He brings his knowledge of industry initiatives and association activities into his daily communication with staff and customers. His next phase of growth will be an increased presence in the industry associations on a national level. Bus’ customer base has realized his value and expertise as evident from the following statement from customer, Allan Brock, Brock Associates LLC: “During my forty year tenure in the commercial metal roofing and siding industry, I have rarely crossed paths with a young professional as competent as Mark Bus. As a long term ATAS distributor, I have seen Mark successfully evolve from an inside technical salesperson, to a regional product representative, to management. At each level, he radiated professionalism along with product and technical knowledge. He developed many exceptional relationships with architects leading to ATAS specifications generating increased sales for distributors such as myself.”

    Dustin Haddock was 8 years old when he worked his first job, packaging S-5! clamps, one of the few his age with 20 years of experience. During this time he has developed over 40 new products and has filed and secured numerous patents. Haddock has worked for the Metal Roof Innovations division of S-5! since 2006, where he has contributed to International Code and Standard groups to draft test methods to receive German code acceptance. He also has worked with the University of Adelaide in drafting performance test methods for use of standing seam clamps within cyclonic regions of Australia. Further, he has worked with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Roofing Work Group in the United Kingdom to develop standards relating to rooftop mounted PV. Within the US he has worked with the ICC to develop an evaluation for standing seam-clamping systems. Haddock serves on the UL 2703 and 1703 Standard Technical Panels and has developed the first draft of the “PV Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low Slope Metal Panel Roof System Integration”. Haddocks has also served on the Board of Directors 2013-2016, is currently the Chairman of the UL Non-Combustible Roof Group and the Chairman of the Mounting Systems Manufacturers Committee (MSMC) at SEIA.

    Sales Person of The Year Award:
    Donn Couch, SFS intec Inc.

    Donn Couch of SFS intec Inc. has been awarded the sales person of the year award. A seasoned veteran with SFS for 38 years, his customers know him to have a buyer focus, as he has developed personal relationships with many of his customers. Over his tenure with SFS, he has developed an extensive product and application knowledge. He has been the recipient of several awards within the SFS organization over the years, which has included highest sales volume, highest percent increase sales over prior year, and outstanding achievement award. He is respected amongst his peers as well as the metal building industry.
     
    Entrepreneur of The Year Award:
    Oded Shemla, iRoofing

    Oded Shemla  is CEO of Applosophy, the mobile app entrepreneurial enterprise that created iRoofing. iRoofing has developed an all-inclusive suite of technical tools for roofing and siding contractors designed to help increase efficiency, productivity and closing ratios, while reducing costs, and increasing profitability through the use of technology. iRoofing continues to develop tools and capabilities for manufacturers and contractors to grow their business. In the past five years iRoofing has grown from a concept to currently providing an evolving solution for thousands of contractor users and manufacturers of building products across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Shemla has spent 6 years as CEO of Applosophy, located in New York.  Prior to this he was the president and owner of My Roof Tile, a roofing distribution business located in Florida. Shemla gained his technology expertise while serving in the Israeli Air Force.

Nominations for the 2017 MCA Triumph Awards are open to anyone in the metal construction, metal building, metal roofing and metal erection industry. Nominations can be made on the MCA or METALCON websites. Winners for 2017 will be voted on and selected by the MCA members and members of other metal construction related trade groups by popular vote.

The awards will be presented at a marquee event designed to celebrate honorees at METALCON 2017 in Las Vegas. The event will feature live entertainment and dinner at the Westgate Hotel on Oct. 18, the opening night of the show. Tickets will go on sale when registration opens. Sponsorships are available.

The idea for the commendation was initiated by Keith Lipps, Vice President of Marketing and Sales from MCA Member Company, S-5!.

“So many people do great things everyday at various levels in their career using many different skill sets, and it’s their achievements that make this industry thrive,” says Lipps. “We want to celebrate these contributions because it’s everyone working together that makes us strong.”

3-D Printing Technology Project Will Be Presented at METALCON

The international event for the metal construction industry showcases a 3-D printing technology project developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industry partners at METALCON’s annual tradeshow and conference on Oct. 26 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
               
As part of its focus on technology this year, METALCON is featuring ORNL’s Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) project.  AMIE demonstrates innovation through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, addressing electricity supply and reliability challenges via an integrated approach to power generation, storage and consumption.   
               
AMIE connects a natural gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle with a building, both printed a polymer 3-D printer.  Power flows between the vehicle and building using a bi-directional wireless power transfer technology developed by ORNL.  The structure’s 3.2-kilowatt solar panel system, paired with the electric vehicle’s batteries, generates and stores renewable power.   It is a model for systems that link buildings, vehicles and the grid, offsetting power supply disruptions.
                
In addition, AMIE exemplifies additive manufacturing’s prototyping potential in design, manufacturing and construction technologies, which will enable products to go-to-market quickly and reduce the amount of waste generated by traditional construction methods.  
               
Dr. Roderick Jackson, the technical lead for AMIE and the building envelope systems research group leader at ORNL, is a guest speaker at METALCON.  Jackson, who has a background in construction, will present the “Future of Design and Technology Trends in Construction” followed by a guided tour of AMIE in the exhibit hall.  He will explain multiple uses of this technology combined into one project and discuss the potential of integrated design, build and energy efforts.
            
“The folks at METALCON and the Metal Construction Association (MCA) understand the concept and recognize the innovation AMIE presents and how this technology could apply to the metal construction industry,” said Jackson.

“The idea behind this prototype is to introduce disruptive innovations to the construction industry.  Although AMIE is constructed from polymer composites, we can explore how to apply this technology to the metal construction industry.” 
               
“We brought together expertise from multiple research teams, along with 20 industry partners including 100 individuals, and the U.S. Department of Energy,” said Jackson.  “We took the risk to demonstrate how it can be done.  We went from a sketch on a restaurant receipt after a dinner meeting to a final product demo in nine months.  We will discuss not only how it was done, but also what prototyping means for the future of the construction industry.”
                 
“We want to know what innovations we can implement today to prepare the metal construction industry for the future,” said Jackson.  “Perhaps there is a challenge in the industry we can help overcome using additive manufacturing or integrated energy technologies.”

METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne, is excited to showcase AMIE in the exhibit hall.  “We have an opportunity to create an interactive learning experience for our attendees by connecting our educational program to the exhibit hall with this added attraction,” said Kilcoyne.  “This 3-D printing technology offers benefits to the metal construction industry.”

Petersen Aluminum President Offers Career Advice to Chicago Shelter Guests

Guests at the Breakthrough Urban Ministries’ shelter in Chicago received career advice and job-search tips in August when John Palesny, president of Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., gave a presentation during the organization’s job readiness course.

In addition to employment advice, Palesny shared the background of the metals industry as well as a list of qualities manufacturers look for when considering candidates for employment. “The guests at the shelter were receptive to the advice I was sharing with them. They asked good questions and were really engaged. I enjoyed the experience and was happy to help,” Palesny said. The mission of the job readiness course was to equip shelter guests with the skills they need to be successful in their pursuit of employment.

Volunteer and member of the Breakthrough Young Professionals Board Ashley DeVecht said the evening was a success. “Shelter guests were receptive to John and we had a lively Q&A session after he was finished making his presentation. Many of the guests were eager to share their experience with the metals industry. Some had worked for garage door manufacturers or with a company that made paint cans. Many were certified to drive a fork lift, too. John left them with an inquisitive outlook toward the metals industry and with confidence in their skill sets and job experience. That is the most valuable outcome of John’s talk—confidence.”

Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty on Chicago’s west side and serves Chicago’s men, women and children in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Breakthrough has been working for 20 years to bring forward what’s positive about the East Garfield Park neighborhood and eliminate its struggle against the cycle of poverty. Services include a men’s shelter, women’s shelter, after-school program, preschool-age program, Fresh Market neighborhood food pantry, mentor-based youth running club and much more.

Each year, Breakthrough …

  • Serves 70,000 meals to the homeless.
  • Provides 300 homeless men and women with 24/7 shelter and free health care.
  • Connects 580 youth to a support network that provides opportunity.
  • Supplies 1,100 families with groceries and fresh produce.