MSCI Looks Toward Future: Holman Head Becomes MSCI Board Chairman

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--()--Transformation is underway at the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), as the trade association wraps up a year-long visioning process. Among several other initiatives, the association is putting resources toward issued-based advocacy, giving voice to the needs of the industrial metals supply chain in Washington and Ottawa.

Volunteer leadership at the Institute has also changed; Holman Head, president & COO, O’Neal Industries, Birmingham, Ala., has been elected the chairman of the board for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), effective July 1.

“It’s an honor to take this role. There’s an opportunity now to make a real impact and advocate for change in key issues—such as trade—that have hurt the health of the industrial metals supply chain,” said Head. “I look forward to being an integral part of helping MSCI make sure the metals industry’s voice is heard.”

Head, a more than 35-year veteran of the metals industry and O’Neal Industries, began his career there in inside sales. He rose through the ranks becoming president and CEO of O’Neal Steel and executive VP of O’Neal Industries in 2009. In 2014, he became president and COO of O’Neal Industries.

He has served as vice chairman of MSCI and takes over for Richard A. Robinson, president of Norfolk Iron & Metal Company, Norfolk, Neb., who has served as chairman for the last two years. Both Robinson and Head have taken an active role in the association on behalf of the industry, providing testimony before the U.S. Trade Representative on the global steel situation and before the U.S. International Trade Commission addressing trade violations impacting the aluminum industry.

New Members of the Executive Committee


Vice Chair

William T. Chisholm, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, president & CEO

Regular Committee Member

John Lamprinakos, Worthington Industries, Inc., Steel Processing, president

New Division and Committee Chairs


New Division Chairs

Brian Cleveland, Clayton Metals, Inc., president – Division Chair, Aluminum Products
David Harrold, Alro Steel Jackson, vice president, corporate purchasing – Division Chair, Bar Products
Arnold Robinson, Norfolk Iron & Metal, Co., chief operating officer – Division Chair, Plates & Shapes
John T. Simon, Steel Pipe Supply Companies, Inc., executive vice president and chief strategy officer – Division Chair, Tubular Products
Ken Sotern, EMJ, commodity manager – Division Chair, Specialty Metals

Retiring Members


Board of Directors

John Palesny, Petersen Aluminum Corp., president

Executive Committee

David Hannah, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., retired former president, chairman and CEO
Geoff Gilmore, Worthington Steel, president, pressure cylinders division

Product Division

Ray Bauer, Commercial Metals Company, manager marketing services
Phil Rizzo, Tufts Grinding, Inc., vice president of sales
Larry Soehrman, Chicago Tube & Iron Co., vice president, materials management

About MSCI

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute is a nonprofit association based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., serving the industrial metals supply chain. It serves more than 330 members in over 1,200 locations in North America. For more information, visit, MSCI’s online resource, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.


Metals Service Center Institute
Ashley DeVecht, director of communications
847-485-3011 or 616-260-2785

Release Summary

The Metals Service Center Institute announced that Holman Head, president & COO of O'Neal Industries, has been elected MSCI's new chairman July 1.



Metals Service Center Institute
Ashley DeVecht, director of communications
847-485-3011 or 616-260-2785