A few years ago, the hot trend in marketing was storytelling. Marketers were writing up the history of their companies and presenting them as creation myths for their consumers. It offered people a look inside, created excitement about their vision and values, and personalized the company.
The metal construction industry is a collection of disparate pieces. As a whole, we primarily include metal building systems and metal components manufacturers as well as their entire supply chains. Manufacturers, architects, contractors, trade contractors, fabricators, installers, associations, consultants. All fit into the metal construction industry.
With that diversity, it’s difficult to create a unifying identity. We don’t have easy stories to tell about the creation of the metal construction industry. But we do have stories, and as with any good story, our best are about people.
That’s why we created the Metal Construction Hall of Fame: to tell the stories of our industry and give it a clearer, more cohesive identity. This year, we have five more stories to tell through the induction of our latest honorees:
- Herb Englert, Englert Inc.
- D.V. “Red” McConnohie, Roof Hugger Inc.
- Earl Raymond, Systems Contractors Inc.
- W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., P.E., Metal Building Manufacturers Association
- George C. Smeja, Metalmaster Roofmaster Inc.
These men have been instrumental in the creation and development of our industry. We’re proud to share their stories with you.
The Metal Construction Hall of Fame recognizes 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
- Tom Gilligan, chair, Metal Building Manufacturers Association
- Todd Miller, former chair, Metal Construction Association
- John Paul Lawrence, president, Modern Trade Communications