Eddie Williams, Buckner Companies, Inc., Graham, N.C.
From his beginning as a rebar laborer in 1952 to Chairman of the Board of Buckner Companies, Eddie Williams has devoted his life to the betterment of the steel construction industry. He was the founding president of SEAA in 1972, a position he has held on three occasions. In addition, he has served in leadership roles in every major trade organization in the steel construction industry.
Through his tenacity, Eddie secured SEAA a voice on the SENRAC Committee, providing the organization the opportunity to influence the writing of OSHA law that would govern how the entire construction industry would conduct business for the foreseeable future. SEAA recognized him with the coveted William Davis Service Award for his numerous contributions to the association and as Person of the Year for 2015. In 2005, he received AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.