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Marabito Becomes MSCI’s Board Chairman

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Richard Marabito was elected board chairman for the Metals Service Center Institute during the trade group’s virtual annual meeting. Marabito, the CEO of Cleveland-based Olympic Steel, replaces outgoing chairman Eddie Lehner, president and CEO of Ryerson, Chicago.

“It is my honor to serve as the next chair of the MSCI board of directors. I wish to thank Eddie Lehner for his vision, leadership, and drive to initiate our ‘Build Now’ campaign. Investing in our infrastructure and advocating for a robust metals and manufacturing base at home has strong membership support,” said Marabito. “Together with my fellow directors and the MSCI team, we look forward to delivering member value through the momentum around ‘Build Now,’ our unique educational and data offerings, and the important industry relationships built through our live and virtual events.”

Joining Marabito on the board are John Ganem, CEO of Kloeckner Metals, Roswell, Ga.; Brian Hickey, president of Lapham-Hickey Steel Corp., Chicago; Karla Lewis, president of Reliance Steel & Aluminum, Los Angeles; Barbara Smith, president and CEO of Commercial Metals Company; and Theresa Wagler, executive vice president and CFO of Steel Dynamics, Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I want to thank Bob and the MSCI team, the MSCI Board, and most importantly, our chapters and members for their enthusiasm, engagement, and resiliency over the past two years. I congratulate my friend and peer Rick Marabito on his election as MSCI Board chair. It was my good fortune to succeed Holman Head in this position, it is the MSCI’s better fortune to have Rick take the torch as chair as we emerge from the pandemic with shared strength and purpose,” said Lehner.

MSCI also honored three individuals at the meeting, including two past MCN Service Center Executive of the Year recipients. Maurice “Sandy” Nelson Jr., former CEO of EMJ and PNA Group, and former Reliance President and CEO Gregg Mollins were given the MSCI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the group’s highest honor. Nelson was the 2001 Executive of the Year and Mollins earned the distinction in 2018.

Additionally, John C. Wamsley, sales manager at Mazzella FHS, Bartow, Fla., was given MSCI’s Jack Malec Chapter Leadership Award. The award honors an MSCI volunteer chapter leader for his dedication, knowledge, time and leadership to the group.