Tracy Porter, senior vice president of Commercial Metals Company (CMC) and president of CMC Americas, has been elected chairman of the SMA’s board of directors for 2016-2017.

In July 2010, Porter was appointed senior vice president of CMC and president of the CMC Americas Division. He previously held various positions with the company, having started his CMC career at the Seguin, Texas mill, and later becoming general manager of the CMC Steel Arkansas/CMC Southern Post unit in Magnolia, Arkansas. Porter also served as head of the company’s rebar fabrication division.

Jeff Dyck, president of Cascade Steel, was elected as first vice chairman of the SMA’s board of directors and Peter Campo, president of Gerdau Long Steel North America, was elected as second vice chairman.

Philip K. Bell, the SMA's president, said he was pleased to have Tracy lead an organisation that supports 21st century steelmakers and helps build businesses, lives and communities. "The SMA is uniquely positioned to represent EAF steelmakers and re-rollers who, over the last 25 years, have emerged as the dominant force in North American steelmaking,” he said.

SMA Chairman Tracy Porter said, “I am excited to work with Phil, his team and the SMA membership to confront the challenges that face our industry. Success will require our collective efforts to analyse, advocate, and articulate how important a strong domestic steel industry is to the prosperity, security and future of North America.”

Richard Teets, Jr., executive vice president for steelmaking and president and COO of steel operations for Steel Dynamics, had served as the SMA’s chairman for the past two years, and will remain on the executive committee as immediate past chairman.

“I am extremely appreciative of the exceptional job that Dick Teets did as chairman of the SMA. He was an effective leader during some challenging times for our industry,” said Bell.