AISC Elects New Board of Directors Chair, Vice Chair

Hugh McCaffrey (left) of Southern New Jersey Steel in Vineland, N.J. is the newly elected board chair, and Glenn Tabolt (right) of STS Steel in Schenectady, N.Y. is the new vice chair.

The AISC Board of Directors chose new leadership at its most recent meeting.

Hugh McCaffrey of Southern New Jersey Steel in Vineland, N.J. was elected board chair Sept. 9 at AISC’s annual business meeting, and Glenn Tabolt of STS Steel in Schenectady, N.Y. was elected vice chair.

“Hugh and Glenn both have a long track record of volunteering their knowledge, expertise, and leadership skills to the steel industry,” said Steve Knitter, the board’s immediate past chair. “Their wealth of knowledge in the fabrication industry and their varied regional experience will undoubtedly benefit the Institute. I have full confidence in their ability to provide strong leadership and continue AISC’s mission of advancing the steel construction industry.”

McCaffrey has been the owner of Southern New Jersey Steel since 2005. Before that, he was the company’s principal for more than a decade. He has worked for Southern New Jersey Steel since 1984, joining after a four-year stint as a Mid-Atlantic Regional steel joist and metal deck sales representative for Nicholas J. Bouras/United Steel Deck. McCaffrey is also the owner of North Carolina-based Atlantic Architectural Metalworks, which he started in 2009.

He was initially elected to the AISC Board of Directors in January 2017. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business and psychology from La Salle University. He has served on several corporate boards, including a stint as president of the Mid-Atlantic Steel Fabricators Association.

As chair, McCaffrey says he will emphasize strengthening key AISC programs, including a national public relations campaign promoting the value and benefits of domestically fabricated structural steel, determining how to integrate AI into steel design and construction, revitalizing AISC’s marketing efforts, and further strengthening AISC’s already invaluable university relations activities. McCaffrey also is a strong proponent of arming all AISC members with the information they need to successfully advocate for steel and connecting AISC members and regional steel fabricator associations with AISC and its activities.

Tabolt and colleague Jim Stori founded STS Steel in 1984. He began his career with Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel in 1978 and has been STS Steel’s president and CEO since 2009. He was named to the AISC Board of Directors in June 2017 and has served on multiple AISC task forces. He was part of the the AISC Certification Hydraulic Task Group to create language for the Hydraulic Steel Structures Chapter in the Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Metal Components. He also served on the AISC/SSPC Joint Task Committee to create a joint certification standard for shop application of complex protective coating systems. He chairs the planning committee for NASCC: The Steel Conference.

Tabolt is a member of the Education Foundation Board of Directors and is the organization’s treasurer. He graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York and Connecticut and a certified welding inspector.