AISC Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors
Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is pleased to announce
the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Leon
Topalian, executive vice president of Nucor Corp.; and Glenn R.
Tabolt, PE, president of STS Steel Inc., Schenectady, N.Y.
"The AISC Board had two mid-year vacancies to fill, and we were
extremely fortunate to have two great candidates for the
positions," said David Zalesne, president of Owen Steel Co. Inc.,
Columbia, S.C., and chair of the AISC committee on director
nominations. "Leon Topalian understands both the fabrication
business and the important relationship between fabricators and
producers, and will be an excellent liaison between Nucor and the
AISC Board. Glenn Tabolt also has a broad perspective on the
structural steel industry, both from the many projects he has built
with STS Steel, and through his leadership roles in planning
numerous outstanding NASCC conference programs. The nominations of
Leon and Glenn continue to build on the talent and leadership of
the AISC Board, and I look forward to working with both of them on
the issues that are important to maintaining a strong structural
Topalian joined Nucor 20 years ago as a project engineer at
Nucor Steel Berkeley in Huger, S.C., and was quickly promoted to
cold mill production supervisor. From 2002 to 2009, he held various
leadership positions throughout Nucor in Australia, at Nucor Steel
South Carolina and at Nucor Steel Kankakee. In 2011, he was
promoted to general manager of Nucor Steel Kankakee, and to vice
president two years later. Most recently, he served as vice
president and general manager of Nucor Yamato Steel Company and was
appointed executive vice president of Nucor Corporation last month.
He serves as a board member for Nucor-Yamato Steel Company and the
Arkansas State Chamber, and he is an advisory council member of the
University of Arkansas Engineering Department. He graduated from
Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a bachelor's degree in
Tabolt started his career at Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Corp.
(PDM) in 1978 with assignments in general engineering, field
construction and plant engineering. Four years later he joined
General Steel Fabricators in Latham, N.Y., where he managed various
structural steel building projects. In 1984, he co-founded STS
Steel with Jim Stori and is involved in all aspects of managing the
company. He served on the AISC/SSPC Joint Task Committee to create
a joint certification standard for shop application of complex
protective coating systems and currently serves on the NASCC: The
Steel Conference Planning Committee. He is a licensed professional
engineer in New York State and Connecticut. He earned a bachelor's
degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA
from the University of Pittsburgh.
View the full list of AISC's Board of Directors here.