In Denver, the industry gathered to recognize the five honorees for the 2014 Metal Construction Hall of Fame:
- James Bush, ATAS International Inc.
- Chuck Howard, P.E., Metal Roof Consultants
- King Husein, P.E., Span Construction and Engineering
- Norman Rimmer, P.E., Butler Manufacturing
- Daniel D. Zabcik, NCI Building Systems
It was an emotional evening, as these events sometimes are. The recipients expressed gratitude to their families and peers in the industry for their support and generosity. For its part, the audience understood the value these honorees brought through their devotion and efforts. That value translated into real benefits for all of us in the industry, and we are grateful.
We live in a world of increasing cynicism, and I am a pretty cynical person, but there was something genuine and sincere about that night that broke through all the negativity and left a real impression on me. I admire so much people who find life’s purpose in improving things for those around them. The metal construction industry can provide that, and you could feel the importance of it in the emotion of that night.
The Metal Construction Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success, innovation and growth of the metal construction industry. The aim is to pay tribute to the men and women of the industry who have devoted their lives and careers to metal construction.
The judges used the following criteria to assess nominees:
Longevity: Honorees must have been actively involved in the industry for at least 15 years.
Unique Contribution: The creation or development of a specific aspect or segment of business that has advanced the industry.
Body of Work: The depth and breadth of contribution to the industry throughout a career.
Legacy: The honoree’s contribution must have had a long-lasting impact on the industry.
Integrity: Honorees must exhibit the highest ethical and professional standards in all aspects of business.
Our judges this year represent the major metal associations as well as the sponsoring organization, Modern Trade Communications. Thanks to the following people for their time, effort and insight:
- Gary T. Smith, president, Metal Building Contractors & Erectors Association
- Brad Robeson, chair, Metal Building Manufacturers Association
- Jeff Irwin, former chair, Metal Construction Association
- John Paul Lawrence, president, Modern Trade Communications