SEAA convention scheduled for Chalotte; announces keynote speaker


The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) will host technical and management educational sessions during its 44th Annual Convention and Tradeshow April 27 to 29 in Charlotte. Industry experts will share creative technologies, trends, and ideas for steel erectors and fabricators to drive business growth, safety, and productivity.

Rear Admiral Terry McNight (Ret).
Terry McNight

The convention’s keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret) will address convention delegates on the challenges in command. In 2009 McKnight was assigned as the first commander of the international task force (Task Force 151) to fight maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. He later wrote the book Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia about his experience.

In addition to capturing the modern pirates, McKnight was challenged to lead a disparate group of organizations. He will address the dynamics of working with a coalition of maritime forces that had never before operated together, while facing bureaucratic pressures from U.S. Federal Government.

The only national convention designed specifically for the interests of structural steel erectors and fabricators, the SEAA event also draws architects, crane and rigging providers, detailers, engineers, and general contractors from across the United States.

sea trade showTechnical sessions are designed for field personnel. Among the topics to be presented at the 2016 convention are sessions on structural bolting, preventing aerial work platform accidents, crane operator certification requirements, and OSHA enforcement trends.

Management sessions are designed for executives and business owners of steel erection, fabrication, and general contracting businesses. Topics include Ironworker Craft Training, AISC Certified Erector program, flying robotics and subrogation, and trends in healthcare and retirement plans.

In addition, SEAA will present awards to companies and individuals. The 2015 Project of the Year award will be issued in four erection contract categories: Up to $500,000, $500,000 to $1 Million, $1 Million to $2.5 Million, and above $2.5 Million. Person of the Year and William Davis Service Awards are issued to individuals for personal contributions to the association.

Convention networking activities include:

  • Tradeshow of suppliers and service providers with the latest products and equipment.
  • George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Lake Fishing Adventure
  • Pace Car and Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along
  • Nightly receptions

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