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Nominations for the SMU NexGen Award Extended Through Aug. 5

Written by Brett Linton

The deadline to submit your nominations for the 2nd annual SMU NexGen Leadership Award, sponsored by the Steel Manufacturers Association, has been extended through Aug. 5. The award is designed to recognize and celebrate the excellence of emerging leaders within the greater steel community. There’s still plenty of time to nominate the young stars within your organization.

And every qualifying nominee will be given a free place at this year’s SMU Steel Summit Virtual Conference.

What makes a great nomination?

If you need some inspiration, you can view the full winning entry for Meredith Meade of Tempel Steel, winner of the 2019 SMU NexGen Award: Click here to read the 2019 Winning Entry.

Nominations should give clear examples of how the nominee has demonstrated excellence and leadership. All nominations will be judged on the following criteria and only those nominations that give solid examples of the below will be considered “Qualifying Nominations”: 


  • Identified ways to improve processes or service delivery
  • Implemented change in a creative manner


  • Inspired and encouraged professional and personal development in self and others
  • Contributed to the success of an initiative that benefited those outside his/her own department
  • Assisted in attracting other young people into the industry

Rising Star:

  • Recognized by peers as a positive force within the company
  • Outstanding contributions toward completing a successful project and/or a change management program

The Winner of the Award will also benefit from:

  • A mentorship day with Chuck Schmitt, President of SSAB Americas
  • A free place at one of the SMU Steel Workshops
  • A free place at the 2021 SMU Steel Summit
  • A trophy or plaque to memorialize their achievement
  • Recognition during the 2020 conference
  • An article about their winning the award in the Steel Market Update newsletter and social media

So why wait? Reward your young talent by nominating them today

Nominating is easy. Simply complete a Word document defining what distinguishes the nominee as a NextGen leader, and upload it here.

This is a great opportunity to shine the light on the hard work of the people in your organization and celebrate it with the greater steel industry.

Give your staff the recognition they deserve and nominate now.

Kind regards,

John Packard, President & CEO, Steel Market Update
Dominic Halahan
, Portfolio Director, CRU


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