The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) based in Winston-Salem has named Jack Vernon Nix, Jr., vice-president of operations for Shelby Erectors, Inc., as the association’s 2018 Person of the Year. A veteran of the steel erection industry for nearly 25 years, Nix is also currently serving his fifth term on the SEAA Board of Directors.
“Jack is a valued member of the Steel Erectors Association of America. He is both an inspiration and business mentor to so many people in our organization, and is currently breathing new life into SEAA membership recruitment efforts,” said Alan Sears, Master of Ceremonies for SEAA’s 47th Annual Convention in Concord, NC.
Shelby Erectors specializes in the installation of reinforced steel and stay-in-place metal decking for bridge construction. In addition, Nix is president of JVN Construction Management, which provides project management resources and estimating services to steel erectors.
Nix says the SEAA Ironworker Craft Training Program is essential to battling the qualified labor shortages the industry faces. “Jack’s passion for the steel erection industry is recognizable almost immediately. He has great respect for providing training and skills development for ironworkers,” said Sears.
In addition, Alan Sears received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Sears has been a SEAA board member for at least 15 years and actively involved with the association for nearly 20 and recently retired from Nucor-Vulcraft, where he was the National Accounts Representative.
“Many of you know him as the emcee of SEAA’s Convention & Trade Show. As he departs from the SEAA Board of Directors in April, the association extends its warmest wishes for a happy retirement,” said executive director Tom Underhill. “We appreciate his years of service leading the awards programs and being a gracious master of ceremonies of the convention, which we hope he will continue to do for many years to come,” he said.