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NSBA Names New Executive Director

October 11, 2002 From National Steel Bridge Alliance

Conn Abnee, former Executive Director of the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (GHPC), has been named the new Executive Director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance. Beginning December 1, he will be located in NSBA’s Chicago office.

An expert in political affairs, marketing and association management, Abnee also has experience as a construction manager for numerous industrial, commercial and electric generating facilities. Prior to joining the GHPC, he was the Marketing and Advertising Manager for the East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

“During the past five years, the NSBA has accomplished many of its technical goals, including the establishment of the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration and the growth of the World Steel Bridge Symposium,” said John Grzybowski, CEO of PDM Bridge and Chairman of the NSBA. “Now we need to redouble our marketing efforts to help inform designers, specifiers and owners about the many advantages of steel bridges. Conn Abnee has extensive marketing and association experience and we believe his talents will help us meet these goals.”

During Abnee’s tenure with the GHPC, geothermal heat pump technology utilization grew 30% annually. In addition, membership dues exceeded $6 million and lobbying efforts saw more than 20 members of congress swing support to geothermal heat pumps.

“I am looking forward to an outstanding opportunity to help the steel bridge industry increase their market share and make steel the predominant choice for bridge construction across the country and internationally.” Abnee stated. “After having the opportunity of meeting the executive council and staff, I look forward to a smooth transition and a dynamic future for the industry.”

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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