SMA Elects New Leadership to Board of Directors

Written by Sandy Williams

Washington, D.C. – The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) Board of Directors today announced that Tracy Porter, Senior Vice President of Commercial Metals Company (CMC) and President of CMC Americas, was elected as Chairman of SMA’s Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

In July 2010, Mr. Porter was appointed Senior Vice President of CMC and President of the CMC Americas Division. He previously held various positions with the company, as he began his CMC career at the Seguin, Texas mill, later became General Manager of the CMC Steel Arkansas/CMC Southern Post unit in Magnolia, Arkansas, and also served as the head of the company’s Rebar Fabrication Division.

Additionally, Jeff Dyck, President of Cascade Steel, was elected as First Vice Chairman of SMA’s Board of Directors. Peter Campo, President of Gerdau Long Steel North America, was elected as Second Vice Chairman.

SMA President Philip K. Bell said, “I am pleased to have Tracy lead an organization that supports 21st Century Steelmakers and helps build businesses, lives and communities. The SMA is uniquely positioned to represent EAF steelmakers and re-rollers, who over the last 25 years have emerged as the dominant force in North American steelmaking.”

SMA Chairman Tracy Porter said, “I am excited to work with Phil, his team and the SMA membership to confront the challenges that face our industry. Success will require our collective efforts to analyze, advocate, and articulate how important a strong domestic steel industry is to the prosperity, security and future of North America.”

Richard Teets, Jr., Executive Vice President for Steelmaking and President and COO of Steel Operations for Steel Dynamics, Inc., had served as the SMA’s Chairman for the past two years, and will remain on SMA’s Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chairman.

“I am extremely appreciative of the exceptional job that Dick Teets did as Chairman of the SMA. He was an effective leader during some challenging times for our industry,” said Bell.

SMA is North America’s largest steel trade association, and the primary association for electric arc furnace steel producers. SMA’s member companies account for over seventy-five percent of total domestic steelmaking capacity. (Source: SMA Press Release)

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