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.
Duke Perry, Gardner-Watson Studs, Oldsmar, FL.
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 VP of Sales/Operations of Gardner-Watson Studs. 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.
Tom McAleese, Mazzella Companies - Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies, Baltimore, Md.
Tom McAleese and Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies (a Mazzella Company) have been members of SEAA since 1996. In addition to serving on the board of directors, Tom is Trade Show Chairman.
Tom has been an employee of Indusco Wire Rope & Supplies for more than 30 years. His extensive experience in the rigging industry, specifically crane ropes, block applications and safety/fall protection, has allowed him to forge unique customer relationships throughout the industry. As a Lifting Specialist in the Baltimore/Washington region he is an involved member of several trade associations, including Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the Building Congress.
Tom and his wife, Cheryl, have shared 38 wonderful years of marriage. They have three adult children: Michael, Melissa, and Melanie. They reside in Hanover, Md.
Ben Wadlington, Bracken Construction Co., Inc., Ridgeland, Miss.
Ben Wadlington joins the Board of Directors for the first time at the 2017 Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is president of Bracken Construction, which received the 2015 Class IV Project of the Year award for the company’s work on the University of Mississippi Basketball Arena in Oxford, Miss. Bracken Construction is AISC Advanced Certified and PCI Certified. Bracken Construction, a division of Bracken Companies, performs work throughout the southeast United States. The company has been a member of SEAA for at least 10 years.
Ben joined Bracken Construction in 2000, and has held ever increasing responsibilities from Field Operations, Sales, Estimating, Project Management, Accounting, and Chief Operations, prior to being named President. He holds a B.S. from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Memphis. He is a past Board of Director of Associated Builders and Contractors of Mississippi and American Subcontractors Association of Mississippi.
Ben resides in Madison, Miss., with his wife Ashley and their three children Reagan, Audrey, and Parks.
Steel Erectors Association of America, Winston-Salem, NC
Tom Underhill has been the Executive Director of the Steel Erectors Association of America since October 2011. SEAA was founded in 1972 and has approximately 230 member firms located in 40 states and Puerto Rico.
Tom has been involved in the construction & steel fabrication/steel erection industry for over 40 years. He is a former member of the SEAA Board of Directors and served as President of the Association in 1997 – 1998. He is currently SEAA’s representative to the Steel Joist Institute and represents the Association on various AISC and industry activities.
Tom is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a BS in Civil Engineering. He spent 12 years with Brenner Steel in Winston-Salem, NC before founding Tri Steel, Inc., based in Winston-Salem, NC, in 2000. Tom and his wife Travis reside in Fancy Gap, VA. His interest includes golf and training for and competing in triathlons.
Bryan McClure, Trivent Safety Consulting, Westminster, Colo.
Bryan McClure has been a member of SEAA since 1992. He joined the SEAA Board of Directors in 2017.
Bryan has worked in the steel erection industry for more than 29 years. He is a second generation Ironworker and owes his livelihood to his father teaching him a strong work ethic and introducing him to the trades at a young age. During his construction career, Bryan has worn many hats including Ironworker, Foreman, Crane Operator, Superintendent, Craft Instructor, and Training Manager. The majority of his experience was working for a large international steel erection company, where he managed four DOL accredited apprentice programs (Ironworker, Crane Operator, Pipefitter, and Welder) with more than 100 apprentices.
Bryan is a Certified Professional in Talent Development and has won several craft instructor and training awards from the Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, and Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine.
As a former high school and semi-professional football player, Bryan often draws comparisons between sports and being part of a construction team. In his free time, he coaches football at Mountain Range High School in Thornton, Colo. When he is not teaching or coaching he enjoys drinking coffee with his wife Joanna, watching his son Caleb play high school football, or seeing his daughter, Sydney, dominate on the soccer field.