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SMDI President David Jeanes Retires
Posted by Tom Klemens on May 4, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

davidjeanes.jpgDavid C. Jeanes, P.E., has retired as president of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), after 34 years of distinguished service with the organization.

 

“Dave Jeanes and the SMDI team have built a solid foundation to keep our industry competitive while positioning steel as the material of choice,” said Thomas J. Gibson, AISI president and CEO.

 

Jeanes began his career in the architecture, engineering and construction field working for a land developer and a steel erection firm. After serving in the U.S. Army, he joined AISI in 1976 as a codes and standards engineer.

 

Over the years he held a number of positions, including research associate at the National Bureau of Standards—now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—where he led the structural fire endurance research program.

 

 “I’ve been fortunate to work in an industry that had its senior leadership committed to achieving long-term success, despite many economic challenges over the years,” Jeanes said. “A key success of our market development programs is that we learned how to engage competitors and bring them together as ‘Team Steel’ when it came to advancing pro-competitive programs that would benefit the industry.” One example of such an approach being implemented during Jeanes’ tenure was the development of durable, cost-effective High-Performance Steel for bridges, which is now in use in more than 300 bridges in 44 states.


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