We are pleased to announce the promotion of John Simons from his current role as Director of Sales for the Northern Division, to Senior Director of Business Development. In this role John will focus on company-wide sales growth within our Strategic Customer segment. He will be responsible for developing and executing clearly defined strategies that will lead to growth and expansion of this important customer segment. He will also direct our efforts to grow sales within specific industries and products.
John began his career in the metals industry with U.S. Steel Supply in 1979. He also worked for U.S. Metalsource, and Alro before joining O’Neal Steel in 1996. In his nineteen years with O’Neal Steel John has been successful in roles of ever increasing responsibility in sales and management. More recently John served as General Manager of the Pittsburgh location, one of our largest at the time, and as Regional Manager of the Northeast, before assuming his current role as Director of Sales in 2012.
In this new role John will be part of the corporate sales and marketing department and will report to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Senior Manager of Business Development, Nick Meyer, will report to John. After a brief transition period John will assume his new role on September 1st. He will continue to office out of our Pittsburgh location.
O’Neal Steel is one of more than a dozen leading brands owned by O’Neal Industries, Inc. (onealind.com), parent company of the U.S.A.’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers. With annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion, O’Neal Industries is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and has more than 90 specialized facilities throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.