The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has named a new chairman at its 88th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Matthew L. Brace, Vice President Central Region – CMC Americas, Commercial Metals Company, was elected CRSI Chairman on May 1. He joined Commercial Metals Company in 2000 as a Regional Sales Representative for the South Carolina mill. Since then, he has worked as the General Manager of Sales for both the South Carolina and Alabama mills, the Vice President of Sales for all of the Americas’ mills, in Marketing for the Americas and in Sales for the Rebar Fabrication division His current duties include Central Region P&L management for the fabrication, recycling, and mill operations.

Prior to joining Commercial Metals, Brace worked in various sales roles for Auburn Steel and Birmingham Steel. He started his career in the metals business in 1992 at Vermillion Iron Works as a furnace operator.

He is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. In addition, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Olivet Nazarene University.

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to make CRSI an organization that provides a great service to the industry,” said Brace. “CRSI is what it is today because of the enthusiastic people who have worked with them. I intend to continue that momentum and keep CRSI as THE resource for the concrete reinforcing steel industry.”

In addition, Scott Stevens of Dimension Fabricators was elected to the Board of Directors. He will serve a two-year term. Stevens was also elected vice-chair.

The CRSI 2012 Board of Directors Officers and Executive Committee members include:

Chairman Mathew Brace, CMC Americas, Seguin, TX
Vice-Chairman Scott Stevens, Dimension Fabricators, Scotia, NY
Secretary/Treasurer Michael Deis, Dayton Superior, Dayton, OH
Past Chairman John P. Simmet, Simcote, St. Paul, MN
James (Pete) L. Diggs, Gerdau, Nashville, TN
Robert J. Stone, Nucor Steel, Charlotte, NC

“The new board is coming in at an exciting time for CRSI and the industry. Through our diverse representation on the Board, we can more effectively use our resources to represent the industry in a variety of ways,” said Robert J. Risser, President of CRSI. “With the new insights from our new Board, we have a great opportunity to build upon the valued resources we provide our members and the specifying community,” he said.