August 4, 2010
Market Trends And Opportunities, New Leadership Team Set The Stage For A Successful CFSEI Annual Meeting

The 2010 CFSEI Expo and annual meeting kicked off with an engaging review of the state of the Cold-Formed Steel Industry, it’s growth potential and future opportunities. The opening session set the stage for a series of events attended by over 120 industry leader from across the United States, culminating in the swearing in of the 2010 CFSEI board of Directors.   

Annual MeetingHosted by the Atlanta/Southwest chapter of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineer’s Institute (CFSEI) at the Omni Hotel at CNN center in downtown Atlanta, the Expo and annual meeting held May 26-27 provided a unique opportunity for networking, education and an exposition of the latest innovation, technology and principles in cold-formed steel (CFS).

With profound changes in the economy and the construction industry, the event began with opening remarks by Don Moody, General Manager of NUCONSTEEL and Chairman of the Board of the Steel Framing Alliance who spoke on the evolution and trends that have impacted the market viability of CFS framing in primary load bearing applications in residential and commercial building construction. Mr. Moody discussed ideas on how engineers and manufacturers can collaborate to create optimal framing solutions from a manufacturing, installation and ROI perspective. He also discussed trends on how CFS framing will likely be used with future global opportunities.

Originally started as a once-a-year gathering in 2007, the goal of the CFSEI annual meeting is to provide an open forum for members to learn new developments in CFS framing and discuss ways that the organization can better meet their mission.  Over the years, this meeting has grown into what is now a full conference and show: including seventeen educational sessions, 19 exhibitors, 22 sponsors, and extensive opportunities for networking and continuing education.

The keynote speaker for Wednesday’s dinner was Tim Reinhold, Vice President for Engineering at the Institute for Business and Home Safety in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Reinhold discussed the development of a major natural hazards research facility in Chester County, South Carolina. His presentations highlighted the design challenges faced in developing this unique facility, expected capabilities of the facility to create a variety of wind conditions and the plans for the scientific commissioning of the facility.

Another noteworthy presentation  was Thursday’s keynote luncheon by Pamela A. Scott, CEO of Armstrong Scott Inc., an executive coaching, consulting and e-learning firm for engineers. Ms Armstrong spoke on the topic of Marketing in Tough Times and offered valuable tips and insight on making marketing efforts more efficient and productive.

The conference closed on Thursday evening with the State of the Institute address by outgoing CFSEI president John Matsen (of Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc., Waukesha, Wis.) followed by the swearing in of three new CFSEI directors, and the new president and vice-president of the institute. Sutton Stephens of Kansas State University was elected to a second 2-year term on the board, and was sworn in with new board members John Lyons (of Walter P. Moore & Associates Atlanta office) and Howard Lau (of Shigemura, Lau, Sakanashi, Higuchi and Associates, Inc. in Honolulu.) In addition, Ed Kile (of Structuneering, Inc., Houston) was sworn in as CFSEI vice-president, and Bill Babich (of ITW Building Components Group Inc., Haines City, Fla.) was sworn in as the new CFSEI president.

Says CFSEI technical director Don Allen, “A special thanks for making this year’s conference such a huge success goes to CFSEI Atlanta/Southeast chapter president Mitch Hughes on executing an extremely streamlined event and to Robert Warr of ClarkWestern Design for leading the volunteer efforts. Moreover, what made the 2010 Expo a must-attend event were the resources and educational opportunities throughout the two day event.”

The next CFSEI expo is planned for spring, 2010.  For more details visit

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