Steel Industry Names Patrick Bush of United States Steel Corporation as Recipient of the Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award

PHOENIX, May 5, 2009 - The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) announced today that Patrick R. Bush, industry manager, construction, sheet and strip converters, North American flat-rolled marketing at United States SteelCorporation (retired) is the recipient of the 2009 Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes steel industry professionals who have made significant contributions over the course of their careers in advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace. These contributions include influencing strategic direction and increasing interest in market development by their colleagues. The award was presented by AISI Chairman James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel Corporation, during a ceremony held at AISI’s 117th General Meeting.

“A key component to the success of the Steel Market Development Institute program is the development of strategic partnerships, where industry representatives can work together with customers and designers in a pre-competitive environment to advance steel solutions in the marketplace,” David C. Jeanes, P.E., president of AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute, said. “Pat Bush has been an important resource over the years in building those partnerships that have advanced steel solutions in the construction marketplace. Pat provided leadership throughout his career in establishing collaborative programs with key customer groups such as the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, The Metal Initiative, the Metal Construction Association, and the Metal Roofing Alliance. By example, he led the steel industry in taking an ownership interest in these partnerships and providing a crucial link between steel producers and their downstream markets.”

“Working with Pat at the committee level, I am appreciative of his combination of construction market experience with a clear, quiet leadership style,” Robert Wills, P.E., vice president of SMDI construction market development, said. “Pat is regarded with deep respect by all who have worked with him for his knowledge of markets and trends, his clear guidance, and most of all for his commitment to making steel the material of choice in the construction marketplace. It is especially gratifying for all of us to honor his lifetime contributions to the steel industry with this award.”

The award inscription reads: "Presented to PATRICK R. BUSH in recognition of your significant contributions in advancing collaborative market development in the commercial construction market.” This is only the second time that the Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented since it was launched in 2004.

Pat Bush was also recognized during AISI’s General Meeting for his service as chairman of AISI’s Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings Committee from 2000 to 2008. He was a founding member of the SMDI Construction Sustainability Task Group, and served on the Construction Market Council and Market Innovation/Growth Task Group.

Bush began his career with U.S. Steel Corporation during summers while in college as a laborer at Homestead and Duquesne Works in the Pittsburgh area. He graduated from Waynesburg University in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration. He was hired by U.S. Steel in 1967 as a Commercial Trainee and held customer service and sales positions in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee. From there, he advanced to a marketing position in rod and wire products in Chicago.

He was named district sales manager in Houston in 1981 and later advanced to regional manager of sales in the south and southwest for plate and structural products. In 1991, he became manager of marketing for plate products in Pittsburgh and eventually advanced to marketing positions for sheet products with a focus on the construction markets.

Bush’s involvement with the American Iron and Steel Institute began with the Fabricated Pipe and Tank Committee in 1991, which he later chaired. He served as AISI liaison to the International Iron and Steel Institute for construction market promotion. He was chairman of the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Buildings Committee and participated on the Construction Market Council and the Market/Innovation Growth Task Group. 

Bush served as chairman of the OSHA-SENRAC Steel Coalition that included AISI, the Steel Deck Institute, Steel Joist Institute, Metal Construction Association and the Metal Building Manufacturers Association. This coalition successfully reached an agreement with OSHA and the Ironworkers Union that has resulted in the improved safety of steel roofing and decking delivered to construction job sites. Bush also served on the board of directors of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association and the Metal Construction Association.

He retired from United States Steel Corporation in December 2008 after 42 years of service, and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is a business unit of AISI that oversees the industry's investment in advancing the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. SMDI’s objective is to grow the markets for steel in the automotive, construction and container industries and for value-added long products, as well as in emerging steel markets such as energy.

The Construction Market Council is a part of SMDI that focuses on advancing the use of steel in the highly competitive construction market. The Construction Market Council investor companies are:

  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • ArcelorMittal USA
  • Nucor Corporation
  • Severstal North America, Inc.
  • SSAB North American Division
  • Steelscape, Inc.
  • United States Steel Corporation
  • USS-POSCO Industries

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Debbie Bennett 
Manager, Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179