SEAA’s Executive Board directs six committees, which tackle specific projects and annual planning. “More than anything, involvement in the day-to-day work of the association is what opened doors and created great networking opportunities for me personally,” said Jack Nix, Chairman of the Membership Committee.
Openings are available for each of the following committees. Committees meet in person at quarterly board meetings and by conference call as projects dictate. Looking for more information? Contact Tom Underhill at the SEAA office or the individual chairperson. https://www.seaa.net/get-connected.html#committees
Long Range Planning, Josh Cilley
Finance, Greg Phillips
Safety & Education, Bryan McClure
Media, Chris Legnon
Convention, Carrie Gulajan
Membership, Jack Nix
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 Strategic Planning 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, Senior Sales Manager and Vice President of Preconstruction prior to his current role.
Chris received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.
Chris and his wife of 14 years, Brooke, reside in East Nashville, Tenn., and welcomed their first child, Edward, in 2015. In his spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, traveling abroad and live music.
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 26 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.