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PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
         continued from previous page                                            “Jack is a valued member of the Steel
         promote  the campaign  through this                                   Erectors Association of America. He is
         interview  and other endeavors, I was                                 both an inspiration and business men-
         filled with pride and excitement.”                                    tor to so many people in our organiza-
           For both, military service was a                                    tion, and is currently breathing new
         life-changing experience. Aaron had a                                 life into SEAA  membership recruit-
         family by the time he was in his mid-                                 ment efforts,” said Alan Sears, Master
         twenties but the army, by his own ad-                                 of Ceremonies for SEAA’s 47th Annual
         mission,  gave him the maturity, dis-                                 Convention in Concord, NC.
         cipline, and values that he now bases                                   Shelby Erectors specializes in the in-
         his personal and professional life upon.                              stallation of reinforced steel and Stay-
         Erick, meanwhile, said he would also                                  in-Place metal decking for bridge con-
         be forever indebted to military service                               struction. In addition, Nix is president of
         and the experiences it gave him.                                      JVN Construction Management, which
           Aaron added: “We were fortunate that                                provides project management resources
         our comrades returned safely home to                                  and estimating services to steel erectors.
         their families but that isn’t always the                                “This was a very unexpected sur-
         case and the impact it can have of those                              prise!  I am humbled  to be  recognized
         left behind is incalculable. PTSD [post-                              by my peers – whom I hold in high re-
         traumatic stress disorder]—the invis-                                 gard. SEAA has helped me as a busi-
         ible injuries  of service members—is           Rachel Riley           ness owner by keeping me aware of the
         another issue we are passionate about,   Strictly Come Dancing.       industry  trends.  And it is  personally
         and I know the Fallen Patriots organi-  The second LEEA Awards play a vital   rewarding to be surrounded by people
         zation is dedicated to serving the fami-  role in promoting the gold standard of-  in the same industry to share experi-
         lies  affected by all  such  duty-related   fered by LEEA members, and they are   ences that we can relate to. We discuss
         deaths, including suicides.”       also crucial in terms of the industry’s   safety, labor quality and shortages and
           Remember, to raise the profile of the   sustainability by promoting the im-
         campaign, Crosby has launched a photo   pressive work performed by our mem-
         contest whereby end users can submit an   bers and encouraging new recruits.
         image of an application featuring a wire   The Awards include eight categories:
         rope clip and potentially be named as   • Apprentice of the Year
         one of two weekly winners. For more in-  • Innovative Product of the Year
         formation visit riggingforthetroops.com.  • Manager of the Year
                                              • Safety Award
         Celebrity Speaker                    • Sustainable Solution of the Year
         Confirmed for LEEA                   • Unsung Hero
         Awards                               • Customer Service
           The Lifting Equipment Engineers As-  • Kevin Holmes Award
         sociation (LEEA) is excited to announce   Applications for nominations in these
         that this year’s LEEA Awards will  be   categories will be accepted from May.
         hosted by TV presenter Rachel Riley, the   In addition, the Awards will also pres-
         resident numbers expert on Channel 4’s   ent the Derrick Bailes Scholarship and
         long-running quiz show Countdown.   Harry Brown Memorial Shield.
           Following the fantastic success of the   The  LEEA Awards will  take place
         inaugural event in 2018,  the presti-  during the association’s flagship show
         gious LEEA Awards will return to Mil-  LiftEx, now in its fifteenth year.      Jack Vernon Nix, Jr.
         ton Keynes on November 13, 2019  to   Companies interested in placing their
         reward the association’s members and   brand in front of the industry in associ-
         their employees who have made signifi-  ation with any of the LEEA Award cat-
         cant contributions to lifting standards   egories are invited to view sponsorship
         in  the  industry.  LEEA  has  confirmed   packages at www.liftex.org.  For fur-
         that Rachel Riley will be this year’s ce-  ther  information on the Awards visit:
         lebrity speaker. “We are absolutely de-  www.liftex.org/leea-awards.
         lighted that Rachel will be joining us at   Steel Erectors Announce
         our Awards ceremony to celebrate our
         industry’s  achievements,” said Ross   2018 Person of the Year
         Moloney, CEO of LEEA.              and Lifetime Achievement
           As well as being part of the Count-  Award Recipients
         down team, the Oxford Maths graduate   Jack Vernon Nix, Jr., Vice President
         is a regular panellist on the Channel 4   of Operations for Shelby Erectors, Inc.,
         comedy show 8 Out of 10 Cats, has fea-  was named the 2018 Person of the Year
         tured on Channel 5’s Gadget Show, as   by the Steel Erectors Association of
         well as Sky Sports Friday Night Foot-  America (SEAA). A veteran of the steel
         ball and Fantasy Football Club,  has   erection  industry for nearly 25 years,
         put her brainpower to the test on Ce-  Nix  is  also  currently  serving  his  fifth
         lebrity Mastermind, and taken part in   term on the SEAA Board of Directors.      Alan Sears
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