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The SMU NexGen Leadership Award 2023 - sponsored by SMA, recognizes and celebrates the excellence of emerging leaders within the greater steel community.

The SMU NexGen Leadership Award, sponsored by the Steel Manufacturers Association is awarded to an individual working in manufacturing or fabrication companies that utilize mild carbon or automotive grade steels in their products, steel distributors (service centers or wholesalers), steel mills, trading companies or toll processors.

The award recognizes those 35 years or younger who exemplify the best the industry has to offer. The NexGen Leadership Award will be bestowed on the candidate whose emerging leadership with his or her company sets a standard for the rest of the industry.

Nominate yourself, or colleague for the SMU NexGen Leadership Award, sponsored by the Steel Manufacturers Association.

The Final Three nominees will receive free tickets to the 2023 SMU Steel Summit Conference and their airfare (coach) and hotel costs (these will reimbursed if already paid).

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

Leadership:
  • 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


See the Winning Entry for Meredith Meade of Tempel Steel

The Award:
The NexGen Leadership Award will be bestowed on the candidate whose emerging leadership within his or her company sets a standard for the rest of the industry. The award will include the following:

  • A mentorship day with a leading industry CEO
  • Recognition in the Steel Market Update newsletter and SMU/CRU websites
  • Invitation to attend one of the SMU Steel 101 or SMU Steel 201 workshops (no registration fee)
  • An invitation to the 2024 SMU Steel Summit Conference with registration fees waived
  • A video of the award being presented
  • Recognition in the form of a trophy or plaque which can be proudly displayed on your desk or office area

Please note:
  • All applications for nominations will be due by June 1, 2023
  • Those on the short list will be notified by July 1, 2023
  • The award will be judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts selected by Steel Market Update and the CRU Group
  • The winner and finalists will be chosen before the 2023 SMU Steel Summit Conference
  • Judges will be selected by Steel Market Update and the CRU Group and will be announced 30 days prior to the application deadline.



The SMU NexGen Leadership Award is sponsored by:


Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Chairman President and CEO, Lourenco Goncalves to Mentor 2022 NexGen Leadership Award Winner

Steel Market Update is pleased to announce that Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Chairman President and CEO, Lourenco Goncalves will mentor the 2022 SMU NexGen Leadership Award recipient.

Lourenco Goncalves was appointed Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in August 2014. Since joining the company, he has implemented and has been executing a strategic initiative designed to strengthen Cliffs’ position as a major player in the U.S. steel industry.

Mr Goncalves brings more than 30 years of experience in the metals and mining industries, as well as extensive Board experience, in the United States and abroad. Prior to Cliffs, he served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metals USA Holdings Corp. for over 10 years. Prior to Metals USA, Mr Goncalves served as President and Chief Executive Officer of California Steel Industries, Inc. from March 1998 to February 2003. Prior to that, he was employed by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), where he held several positions in operations and sales. Mr. Goncalves served as a board member of Ascometal SAS, a manufacturer of special steel headquartered in Paris, France, from October 2011 to April 2014.

He currently serves on the Board of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Mr Goncalves is a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). In 2019, he was the recipient of the Crain’s C-Suite CEO award for his contributions, community commitments and outstanding professional performances in Northeast Ohio.

Mr Goncalves earned a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Past winners

The SMU NexGen Leadership Award 2021 - sponsored by SMA, recognized and celebrated the excellence of emerging leaders within the greater steel community.

Eric Daniel was announced the 2021 winner of the SMU NexGen Leadership Award at the SMU Summit 2022. 


Mr Daniel was presented his award by Steel Manufacturers Association CEO Philip Bell. SMA sponsored this year’s award, which attracted highly qualified nominees. The finalists for the award were Mr Daniel, Viv Helwig at Vested Metals, and Ben Bullock at Flack Global Metals.

Eric has 16 years of experience in the metals industry and joined NIM Group in 2015 as the Director of Supply Chain. Eric’s influence on purchasing decisions and operational enhancements result in $10 million of cost savings annually. NIM Group’s supply chain is immense, and Eric’s direct management and high-level execution across 25 states is critical to the success of their customers. Eric is extremely passionate outside of work as one of the top formation skydivers in the world with a dedication to safety, leadership, and mentorship. Eric is also a CFO for a women’s development non-profit and sits on the MSCI mountain division board of directors.

The NexGen Leadership Award is bestowed on the candidate whose emerging leadership within his or her company sets a standard for the rest of the industry.



The SMU NexGen Leadership Award 2020 - sponsored by SMA, recognized and celebrated the excellence of emerging leaders within the greater steel community.

The recipient of the second SMU NexGen Leadership Award was Stephen Serling of Quality Metals Stamping. Mr. Serling was announced as the winner during the live virtual conference by John Packard, President & CEO of Steel Market Update and Steel Manufacturers Association CEO Philip Bell.  SMA sponsored this year’s award, which attracted 24 highly qualified nominees from 18 companies. The finalists for the award were Stephen Serling, Amy Craychee of Leeco Steel, Eric Daniel of MetalWest LLC, Lance Zeller of Oscar Winski Company and Kevin Udolph of Great Dane.

Mr Serling will receive a commemorative plaque as well a mentorship day with SSAB Americas CEO, Chuck Schmitt, complimentary attendance at an SMU workshop, complimentary invitation to the 2021 SMU Steel Summit, and wide recognition by SMU, CRU and SMA.

Stephen started his career with QMS in 2010 in the company’s corporate headquarters in Rockville Centre, NY.  His energy for the business and competitive passion led him to a Strategic Development role to help build out and execute on a vision for growth for the organization, including investing in the company's people and building a presence in the local community.

In 2016, he was promoted to the Vice President of Operations and was an integral part of cultivating a world class team and culture. Under Stephen’s leadership, QMS continues to invest in a diversified portfolio of innovative technology and manufacturing capabilities to serve their customers.  In addition to his focus on driving the future of QMS, Stephen demonstrates his industry leadership on the National Board of Directors of the Precision Metal-Forming Association (PMA). His passion for promoting American Manufacturing to the next generation work force is unparalleled. 

The judging panel responsible for the selection of an award winner from the outstanding group of nominees included Philip K. Bell, Steel Manufacturers Association; Mark D. Millett of Steel Dynamics, Chuck Schmitt of SSAB Americas, Edward Lehner of Ryerson Holding Corp. and Lenore Trammel of Big River Steel.



The SMU NexGen Leadership Award 2019 - sponsored by SMA, recognized and celebrated the excellence of emerging leaders within the greater steel community.

The recipient of the first SMU NexGen Leadership Award was Meredith Meade at Tempel Steel Company. Ms. Meade was presented her award by Steel Manufacturers Association CEO Philip Bell. SMA sponsored this year’s award, which attracted 21 highly qualified nominees from 18 companies. The finalists for the award were Ms. Meade, Viv Helwig at Vested Metals, and Kristin Boyle at Big River Steel.

Ms. Meade received a commemorative plaque as well a mentorship day with Steel Dynamics CEO Mark Millett, complimentary attendance at an SMU workshop, complimentary invitation to the 2020 SMU Steel Summit, and wide recognition by SMU, CRU and SMA.

Meredith Meade is NAFTA Steel Purchasing Manager at Tempel Steel Company. She is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

During her 10 years at Tempel, Meredith has demonstrated a unique ability to develop supplier relationships, successfully implement change, manage information systems, apply automation to improve workflow and mentor others. As a result of her supply chain savviness, Meredith’s efforts in the last year alone have resulted in roughly $3 million in annual cost savings, and contributed to nearly $50 million in new business revenue for the company in Canada and Mexico. The new business has directly resulted in expanding the manufacturing space at Tempel Burlington (Canada) along with hiring 75 additional employees to accommodate the new demand. It has also supported Tempel’s creation of a new Automotive Focus Factory in Tempel de Mexico that will focus on complex electric vehicle and hybrid laminations, which will open later this year. She is also a member of the Association of Women in the Metals Industry.

The judging panel responsible for the selection of an award winner from the outstanding group of nominees included Philip Bell, Steel Manufacturers Association; Tom Cullen, Magic Steel Products; Edward Lehner, Ryerson Holding Corp.; and John Packard, Steel Market Update.

 

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