Steel Industry Announces Julia Hurst of National Lt. Governors Association as a Recipient of the 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award

BOCA RATON, FL, May 4, 2010 - AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) announced today that Julia Hurst, executive director, National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), is a recipient of the 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace as a direct result of AISI Steel Market Development Institute initiatives in the automotive, construction and container markets, as well as steel recycling. Ms. Hurst was presented with the award by AISI Chairman Dan DiMicco, chairman, president and CEO of Nucor Corporation, during a ceremony held at AISI’s 118th General Meeting.

The award inscription reads: “Presented to JULIA HURST in recognition of your significant contribution in advocating for Steel Recycling market development.”  Presented to:

“Julia Hurst has been an enthusiastic advocate for the steel industry and a staunch supporter of promoting the sustainable benefits of steel for many years,” AISI Steel Market Development Institute President Lawrence W. Kavanagh said. “Because she understands the recycling and life cycle advantages of using steel, she has opened doors for steel with both new and established members of the NLGA, who take this knowledge with them throughout their careers. We appreciate the consistent effort that Julia has provided over the years to inform Lieutenant Governors about the sustainable benefits of steel.”

“Julia and the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) have worked together in many instances to inform Lieutenant Governors about steel’s recyclability and energy efficiency through its many products, from wind turbines to cold-formed steel framing for homes and businesses to tinplate for canned food. She has provided a platform for the industry with this influential group through the NLGA’s semi-annual meetings, the NLGA quarterly publications, and other venues,” Gregory L. Crawford, vice president, operations at the Steel Recycling Institute said. 

Julia Hurst is the executive director of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, a position she has held since 2002. She has more than 15 years of state government experience and more than a decade of experience as a manager and communications and research professional. She was chief of staff for a 75-person caucus for four legislative sessions in the Missouri House of Representatives. She has been involved in association management for nine years, including two years as chief operating officer of The Council of State Governments. She is a frequent contributing writer for State News Magazine and The Book of the States. She has served as a national, regional and local spokesperson for government leaders, Intermedia (cable television) and a health insurer.

She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News and Public Affairs. She is a nationally Certified Meeting Professional.
The 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award was also presented to Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., distinguished teaching professor, Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Edward G. Opbroek, director, WorldAutoSteel. 

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is a business unit of AISI that grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction, and container markets, as well as for new-growth opportunities in non-traditional steel markets, value-added long products, and steel recycling. SMDI is comprised of eight member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor Corporation, Severstal North America Inc., SSAB Americas, United States Steel Corporation, and USS-POSCO Industries.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent approximately 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, visit AISI’s Web site at

The Steel Recycling Institute, a unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products. The SRI educates the solid waste industry, government, business and ultimately the consumer about the benefits of steel's infinite recycling cycle.