The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Service Award to LeeAnn Slattery and its Larry A. Swaney Award to Scott Kriner in appreciation for their service to the association and the metal construction industry. The winners were announced January 24 during MCA’s 40th anniversary dinner and celebration, part of MCA's winter meeting in Clearwater, Florida.

The Patrick R. Bush Award recognizes an individual from an MCA member company who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the Metal Construction Association. It was established to honor Patrick R. Bush, an influential long-serving MCA board member.

This year’s recipient is LeeAnn Slattery, sales support manager at ATAS International. Her contributions to the MCA development committee have led to many significant improvements to MCA’s efforts including launching the Metal Architecture Academy on Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center, expanding MCA’s social media and reimagining the monthly MCA e-newsletter to attract more architects. Slattery was also named to the MCA board serving as secretary.

“LeeAnn’s achievements have been a tremendous boost for our association and the metal construction industry,” said MCA Chair Brian Partyka. “Her professionalism and focus as a team player are truly commendable. Her drive and dedication to helping colleagues and our industry to be the best is what sets her apart.”

The Larry A. Swaney Award is bestowed upon an outstanding industry professional for their contributions to the success of the association and the betterment of the metal construction industry.

This year’s honoree, Scott Kriner, served MCA and the metal construction industry in multiple ways. From 2017 to 2019, Kriner served as MCA’s technical consultant, planning and directing technical support for the association and overcoming obstacles to the use of metal in construction. Kriner was a dedicated advocate for the environment and the benefits of building green. He played a key role in developing MCA’s environmental product declarations and served as the founding chairman of the Cool Metal Roof Coalition. Kriner suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years and passed away days after the award was given on January 26, 2023.

“To say that Scott’s role in advancing the metal construction industry is indispensable is an understatement. His achievements and the success of the metal construction industry are one and the same. His vision and hard work helped bring MCA to the forefront and make our industry stronger. His memory and legacy will live on through those of us who knew him and through the Metal Construction Association’s commitment to furthering his work,” said Partyka.

Past MCA service award recipients can be seen here:

About the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA’s market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.