MSCI Looks Toward Future: Holman Head Becomes MSCI Board Chairman

Date : 06/19/2017 @ 9:30AM
Source : Business Wire

MSCI Looks Toward Future: Holman Head Becomes MSCI Board Chairman

Transformation is underway at the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), as the trade association wraps up a year-long visioning process. Among several other initiatives, the association is putting resources toward issued-based advocacy, giving voice to the needs of the industrial metals supply chain in Washington and Ottawa.

Volunteer leadership at the Institute has also changed; Holman Head, president & COO, O’Neal Industries, Birmingham, Ala., has been elected the chairman of the board for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), effective July 1.

“It’s an honor to take this role. There’s an opportunity now to make a real impact and advocate for change in key issues—such as trade—that have hurt the health of the industrial metals supply chain,” said Head. “I look forward to being an integral part of helping MSCI make sure the metals industry’s voice is heard.”

Head, a more than 35-year veteran of the metals industry and O’Neal Industries, began his career there in inside sales. He rose through the ranks becoming president and CEO of O’Neal Steel and executive VP of O’Neal Industries in 2009. In 2014, he became president and COO of O’Neal Industries.

He has served as vice chairman of MSCI and takes over for Richard A. Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron & Metal Company, Norfolk, Neb., who has served as chairman for the last two years. Both Robinson and Head have taken an active role in the association on behalf of the industry, providing testimony before the U.S. Trade Representative on the global steel situation and before the U.S. International Trade Commission addressing trade violations impacting the aluminum industry.

New Members of the Executive Committee


Vice Chair

William T. Chisholm, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, president & CEO  

Regular Committee Member

John Lamprinakos, Worthington Industries, Inc., Steel Processing, president  

New Division and Committee Chairs


New Division Chairs

Brian Cleveland, Clayton Metals, Inc., president – Division Chair, Aluminum Products David Harrold, Alro Steel Jackson, vice president, corporate purchasing – Division Chair, Bar Products Arnold Robinson, Norfolk Iron & Metal, Co., chief operating officer – Division Chair, Plates & Shapes John T. Simon, Steel Pipe Supply Companies, Inc., executive vice president and chief strategy officer – Division Chair, Tubular Products Ken Sotern, EMJ, commodity manager – Division Chair, Specialty Metals  

Retiring Members


Board of Directors

John Palesny, Petersen Aluminum Corp., president  

Executive Committee

David Hannah, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., retired former president, chairman and CEO Geoff Gilmore, Worthington Steel, president, pressure cylinders division  

Product Division

Ray Bauer, Commercial Metals Company, manager marketing services Phil Rizzo, Tufts Grinding, Inc., vice president of sales Larry Soehrman, Chicago Tube & Iron Co., vice president, materials management  

About MSCI

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute is a nonprofit association based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., serving the industrial metals supply chain. It serves more than 330 members in over 1,200 locations in North America. For more information, visit, MSCI’s online resource, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Metals Service Center InstituteAshley DeVecht, director of communications847-485-3011 or 616-260-2785

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