Dave Brown, United Rentals, Charlotte, N.C.
Dave Brown, Sr., is the Regional Sales Manager of the Southeast Region for United Rentals. He has been with United Rentals for 13 years and in the equipment rental industry for 18 years in sales and management. Dave was approved for a seat on the Board of Directors in March 2014 and is currently serving in his first term as a member of the board.
Although new to the board Dave is not new to SEAA. He and United Rentals have been an important source of support to help make SEAA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Educational Fundraiser Golf Tournament great successes.
He is the proud father of his 17-year-old son, Dave Jr., and 11-year-old daughter, Anna.
Chris Legnon, Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Chris Legnon joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves as Secretary and Chairperson of the Media Committee.
He is Vice President of Preconstruction at Cooper Steel Fabricators, Inc., a family-owned AISC Certified Fabricator and Erection Company. Chris began working for Cooper Steel while attending college in 1999. He began full-time in 2004 in Plant Operations and has held roles as Estimator, Project Manager and Senior Sales Manager, prior to his current role.
Chris received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.
Chris and his wife of 10 years, Brooke, reside in Mount Juliet, Tenn., and welcomed their first child, Edward, in 2015. In his spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, traveling abroad and live music.
Ed Valencia, Peterson Beckner Industries, Houston, Texas
Ed Valencia has been in the steel erection industry for 38 years. Ed was an ironworker by trade but for the last 26 years has been a Director of Safety & Training. He is also recognized in the construction industry for his knowledge and pro-active approach toward protecting employees from injury and pro-active approach toward craft training. Ed is an active member of the NCCER safety committee.
Ed and Tammy have been married for 24 years. They have four boys Scott, Billy, Travis and Justin. Ed’s favorite motto “A family who plays together, stays together”.
Bob Beckner, Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc., Frisco, Texas
Bob Beckner has been a member of SEAA since 1993; he served as SEAA President from 1999 – 2000, a Board Director for 24 years, and currently serves as member-at-large on the Executive Committee and the Convention Committee. In 2007, he was awarded the William Davis Service Award for his service to SEAA and the steel erection industry.
Bob is Senior Vice-President & Area Manager of Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc., an AISC Advanced Certified steel erection contractor specializing in the erection of complex steel structures in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors throughout the USA.
He attended the University of Texas at Arlington and has two children, Alexa and Dillon. His interests include golf, hunting, football and traveling.
Alan Sears, NUCOR – Vulcraft/Verco Group, Alpharetta, Ga.
Alan Sears is currently serving his fifth term on the SEAA Board of Directors. The Nucor – Vulcraft Group, where Alan is the National Accounts Sales Representative, has partnered with the SEAA as an industry member for many years.
Alan chairs the SEAA Annual Awards Committee and served as the 2009 Host Chairman of the National Convention. He was selected as the recipient of the SEAA Person of the Year Award in 2010 for his outstanding service and role as the Awards Chairman. In 2014, at the 42nd Annual Convention in Frisco, Texas, Alan was presented with the William Davis Service Award.
Alan studied at Indiana University, Purdue University and Rivier College. His interests include participating in church music ministry and hiking. Alan and his wife Vickie have been married for 38 years and enjoy living in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Greg Phillips, Titan Steel Erectors, LLC, Memphis, Tenn.
Greg is a third generation steel erector with roots in the Memphis/Mid-South Tennessee area dating back to the 1950s. Greg began his ironworking career in 1994 working in the field for his father’s company, eventually working his way up to chief estimator and safety director. In 2013, Greg started Titan Steel Erectors and has steadily grown from a single crew operation to a viable steel and precast erector in the Mid-South region.
Greg and his wife of 22 years Regina have four children Bailey, Mackenna, Reagan, and Gibson. When he’s not working at expanding Titan Steel he can be found spending time with his family, working outdoors, floating on the river, watching his kids play sports, and traveling.
Duke Perry, Bluearc Stud Welding, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Duke Perry has been in the stud welding industry since 2001. As a second generation welding expert, he has been fortunate to learn from his father, Doug Perry, one of the best in the business with 40+ years of experience.
Duke is experienced in sales, as well as providing technical support and repair for all makes of stud welding equipment. In 2009, he was hired by Image Industries, Inc. to lead sales and marketing and to advise manufacturing in the production of the new construction line of weld studs known as Bluearc.
Duke’s current position is General Manager of Bluearc Stud Welding. In addition, Duke has worked with the various DOT locations throughout the country with weld base qualifications, as well as the Canadian Welding Bureau.
Duke and his wife, Diane, have two daughters.. One of Duke’s favorite hobbies is playing tennis but says, “The best part of my day is when I open the garage and both girls are jumping up and down with joy because DADDY is home.”
Nicholas Morgan, President, Adaptive Construction Solutions, Houston, Texas
Morgan joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2017. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and also owner and president of a property and casualty insurance agency, serving the construction industry. ACS has assembled a team of military professionals who are leveraging their experience to help transitioning military service members into civilian careers. ACS partners with employers to developed skilled ironworkers using the SEAA/NCCER Ironworker Craft Training program.