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SEAA announces 2020 convention program

December 3, 2019  By SEAA

Dec. 3, 2019, Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA), will hold its 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charleston, S.C., April 1-3, 2020.

Keynote speaker Bob McCall, kicks off convention with his presentation on “Getting Safety Performance to the Next Level.” He draws on more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry, addressing leadership, culture, expectations, and behaviours that need to be changed. McCall will follow up his inspirational opening presentation with a workshop providing battle-tested tools to help erectors improve these areas of their organization.

“SEAA’s convention offers steel erection contractors, fabricators, and vendors serving this niche market targeted learning and networking opportunities,” said Tom Underhill, executive director. The Trade Show features a limited number of booths and opportunities for outdoor equipment demonstrations.


Several sessions will focus on workforce development. Tim Eldridge, President, Educational Services Unlimited, and SEAA’s Craft Training and Assessment Administrator will give a presentation on SEAA’s IWCT and Apprenticeship program. A panel discussion, moderated by Tracy Bennett, SEAA’s Managing Editor of Connector and marketing consultant, includes experts representing technical education, craft training, curriculum development, and apprenticeship.  Several members of SEAA will share their company’s success stories. Additional presentations include:

  • Legal, ethical, and practical responses to workplace disaster, by Frank Kollman, Kollman & Saucier, P.A.
  • Solutions to common in-the-field structural steel problem, by James Fisher, CSD Structural Engineers
  • Managing your company’s AISC Certifications, by Lee Pielaet, Pioneer Steel Services, Inc.
  • Identifying common rigging mistakes and how to safeguard against them occurring, by Scott Seppers, Trivent Safety Consulting
  • Winning Projects of the Year

The Convention includes opportunities to network with others in the industry at the George R. Pocock golf tournament and fishing tournament hosted by Redfin Charters. The Gala will be held at the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. During the Gala, SEAA will present recognition awards.

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