AISC Elects New Board Chair, Vice Chair and Directors

L-R: James Thompson; David Zalesne; Hollie Noveletsky; and Robert Simon. 

AISC is pleased to announce the election of James G. Thompson, president of Palmer Steel Supplies, Inc., McAllen, Texas, as the new chair of its board of directors, and David Zalesne, president of Owen Steel Company, Inc., Columbia, S.C., as the new vice chair. Both were elected to two-year terms during AISC’s annual meeting in Chicago last month. In addition, the board welcomes two new directors: Hollie Noveletsky, CEO of Novel Iron Works, Inc., Greenland, N.H., and Robert A. Simon, vice president of structural products at Steel Dynamics, Inc., Columbia City, Ind.

Thompson previously served as board vice chair and succeeds Jeffrey E. Dave, P.E., president and CEO of Dave Steel Company, Inc., Asheville, N.C., as chair. Dave, who will continue to serve on the board, commented, “My two years as AISC chair have been very rewarding, and I’m very excited about the future of AISC. The board and our membership have elected two highly qualified people to lead our industry. Jim Thompson’s work as vice chair, along with his industry experience has readied him for the responsibility. And our new vice chair, David Zalesne, brings the demonstrated experience, commitment, knowledge and leadership to carry on the past two years’ success and build on them with new vision. In addition to his general industry knowledge, David has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for our industry engagement with important issues in Washington, D.C.”

Noveletsky and Simon will immediately begin serving on the board, assisting with the AISC’s planning and leadership in the steel construction industry. “Two industry leaders have been elected to the board of directors,” added Dave. “Hollie Noveletsky brings great overall knowledge of the steel fabricating industry and community leadership, and the election of Robert Simon continues a commitment by Steel Dynamics to help shape the future of our industry.”

For more on the new Board appointments, see AISC’s announcement.