Nick Horine is the Quality Control Supervisor in Marseilles, IL.
As the Quality Control Supervisor at Infra-Metals Marseilles, his advancement from a Torch Cutter to Quality Control Supervisor has been swift but well earned.
Nick’s career began six years ago, in the Summer of 2018, when he joined the company as a 2nd Shift Torch Cutter. In those days, he worked hard, cutting orders and processing materials while learning the ropes of the trade. He was tasked with helping crane operators sling chains, torch cut material for customers, manage drops and ensure the inventory was logged and cut properly in the ERP system. His dedication didn’t go unnoticed, and soon he found himself taking on more responsibilities by moving into the processing department only a short couple of months later that Fall.
Nick was trained to operate the cranes, shot blaster and saws and enjoyed learning more in depth operations of steel distribution business. Reflecting on his journey, Nick recalled the informal yet thorough training he received from veteran colleagues.
“I learned tips and tricks from seasoned operators.”
Each role he took on presented new challenges, but Nick approached them with a determination to excel. In June of 2019 he moved yet again into another role, Inventory Coordinator.
Nick earned the trust of his superiors, who recognized his unwavering commitment to excellence and so took on the role of Quality Control Supervisor. He became the go-to person for handling processing errors, damaged material, and inventory discrepancies.
“What I enjoy about my current role is the autonomy it provides. I can focus on my work and hold myself accountable.”
His role was not just about maintaining quality; it was about upholding integrity and accountability in every aspect of his work. As for his aspirations, Nick’s goals were clear – to continue growing with the company and striving for excellence every day. At Infra-Metals, our inventory is our lifeblood and putting good people in place to manage it is essential to maintaining it’s integrity and accuracy.
“I know we can do better, and I’m committed to giving my best. I look back at my time here and I see only growth. I look at my future and I see the same.”
Over the years, Nick witnessed significant changes within the company. The culture had transformed into a cohesive team environment, where everyone looked out for each other’s safety and well-being. Safety improvements and better inventory organization were just a few of the positive shifts Nick observed.
A little note from Nick’s manager – “Nick is someone you can always count on. He continues to help out in all areas whenever needed. He will hop on a crane, count off loads, etc. Always more than willing to go above and beyond to help out on any day. He also volunteers to come in and work most weekends when we are working too.”
His dedication extends beyond the workplace, as he pours himself into hobbies like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and teaching the sport to children, including his nine-year-old son. His love for motorcycles, particularly his Harley Davidson, offered him moments of freedom amidst his busy schedule.
“The danger is not to set your goal too high and fail to reach it. It is to set your goal too low and reach it.” –Georges St Pierre
As he looks towards the future, Nick is determined to continue making a positive impact, both within the company and in his community. Congratulations Nick!
Joey Alberico is the Assistant Traffic Manager in Petersburg, VA.
Steel service centers cannot function without good people and there is one individual whose career trajectory has soared to great heights. Meet Joey Alberico, a seasoned professional whose journey from the role of a Crane Operator to the position of Assistant Traffic Manager is a testament to his unwavering dedication and pursuit of excellence.
Starting as a Crane Operator in April 2007, he entered a domain where the clang of metal and the hum of machinery were the orchestral backdrop to his career.
From the very beginning, Joey demonstrated a remarkable ability to learn and adapt. Having no prior experience in steel or operating an overhead crane, he immersed himself in the world of veteran operators. Through observation and hands-on learning, he quickly evolved from a novice to a proficient crane operator within a month.
His early roles included a stint as Leadman from April 2010 to April 2012, where he not only operated the crane but also assumed the role of Assistant Supervisor. Responsibilities expanded to include learning the intricacies of a new software system and filling in wherever his fellow employees were out of the office.
Joey’s journey took a managerial turn in April 2012 when he embraced the position of Shift Supervisor. Managing 10-15 people per shift, he navigated the challenges of rotating shifts every three months, overseeing inbound and outbound processes, and ensuring a smooth workflow. The rotation, according to Joey, brought a fresh perspective to the job, keeping tasks dynamic and engaging.
July 2018 marked a pivotal moment in Joey’s career as he assumed the role of Assistant Traffic Manager. Intrigued by the prospect of a new challenge, he applied for the opening, propelling himself into a realm that demanded a deep understanding of the company’s operations. Joey had to learn the traffic side of the computer system, delve into DOT regulations, and become adept at negotiating competitive freight rates and carriers. His responsibilities extended to queuing loads and collaborating with the Sales and Processing Managers.
Reflecting on his 16+ years at Infra Metals, Joey acknowledged the transformative changes he witnessed.
“The emphasis on safety, then and now, was like night and day.”
The company’s commitment to employee engagement and feedback, robust training programs, and a boost in morale showcased a progressive evolution. In his current role, Joey enjoys the relief from physical stress, relishing the daily challenges that make his job dynamic. Collaborating with various departments, assisting in driver interviews, managing DOT folders, and monitoring the GEO Tabs, he finds fulfillment in the multifaceted nature of his responsibilities.
Joey’s aspirations align with his commitment to Infra Metals, envisioning it as the place he will retire from. His eyes are set on a position in management, reflecting his ambition to contribute to the company’s growth and success.
Outside of the steel realm, Joey finds joy in coaching his son’s baseball team and cheering for his daughter’s softball endeavors. Family time, a precious commodity, is spent with his daughter and two sons, fostering a bond that mirrors the camaraderie he values at work.
“If it’s something I can’t control, don’t let it bother you.”
Paul Suriel is an Account Representative in Hallandale, FL.
In the competitive world of structural steel sales, where relationships are as crucial as the products themselves, one name stands out as a testament to commitment and success – Paul Suriel. As an Account Representative for Infra-Metals, Paul’s career has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence, spanning over 28 years.
Paul’s journey began at the City College of New York (CCNY), where he laid the foundation for his future success. Armed with a degree and a determination to excel, he entered the professional arena in the role of Sales Export at Infra-Metals in August 1995. Paul’s journey to Infra-Metals wasn’t a conventional one. Having moved from New York to South Florida in pursuit of an architectural job, he initially signed on with a temp agency. Fate intervened when the company needed someone who could speak Spanish to fill in while the export manager was on vacation. Paul, with his multilingual abilities and background in the New York City Department of Buildings, seamlessly stepped into the role and found himself an integral part of the team.
His years with the NYC Department of Buildings, from 1982 to 1994, gave Paul a unique perspective. Reviewing plans, ensuring compliance with city codes, and overseeing permit filings made him adept in the construction industry’s intricacies. This experience laid the foundation for his transition to structural steel sales, where he found himself at ease with the technical jargon and nomenclature. His early days were a testament to the grit and determination that would become hallmarks of his career. The landscape was different back then – no computers, no databases. Paul learned the ropes by working directly with the Export Manager, undertaking clerical tasks and utilizing the phone as his primary tool. Exporting, in those days, meant more than just shipping steel; it involved sourcing everything a project needed, right down to the toilets.
“I used those green books of all of the different vendors to find what the customer required.”
Infra-Metals recognized Paul’s potential, and the general manager at the time offered him a permanent position. Paul contributed to a case study for adding the Tampa warehouse location, relying on manual methods, and drawing from his previous experiences in NYC. His role expanded to include facilitating and acting as a liaison in the Hallandale office for the Tampa General Manager, making him a key player in the company’s growth.
Today, Paul serves as the lead person for the Hallandale office, handling all property-related issues and serving as the primary point of contact. He emphasizes that, “at Infra-Metals, the focus isn’t just on selling a number but on building relationships and trust.” His dedication to establishing trust as a superior sales technique echoes the sentiment that relationships are the bedrock of success.
Paul handles some of the largest key accounts in Florida, working closely with big fabricators and relishing the challenges that come with major projects. His colleagues highlight his unwavering commitment, always the first to volunteer and the first in line for any task that contributes to the company’s success. Paul is one of the original “Champions” tasked with assisting in a mult-warehouse centralization project that spanned over a year; a massive undertaking to say the least that wouldn’t have been possible without people like him on our team.
Looking ahead, his aspirations involve passing the torch to the younger generation, aiming to leave Infra-Metals in a better state than he found it.
When not busy behind the sales desk, Paul is known for his hobbies – golf, puzzles, and entertaining.
“Great sales people are relationship builders who provide value and help their customers win.” – Jeffrey Gitoner
As Paul Suriel continues to navigate the dynamic world of structural steel sales, his story serves as an inspiration for aspiring professionals and a testament to the enduring power of dedication, hard work, and a commitment to building lasting relationships.
Dax Barron is an Account Representative in Atlanta, GA.
Dax’s journey to Infra-Metals began while he was in college, working for Morton Buildings. Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the prestigious University of Mississippi, Dax embarked on a career in sales. However, his story is not just about a career; it’s about a relentless pursuit of excellence and continuous self-improvement. Through a serendipitous connection, he joined O’Neil Steel, where he initially worked in inside sales. However, his true calling was in outside sales, leading him to Kloeckner Metals Corp. where he learned the importance of building relationships with customers and incorporated innovative tools like LinkedIn to expand that business.
In 2007, he seized the opportunity to work with IMS/GA Steel, driven by the promise of a more significant sales territory and greater growth potential. He joined the company in the summer as an outside sales representative, but his path took a twist in February 2015 when he transitioned to the role of an inside sales Account Representative. Infra-Metals took on the managerial responsibilities of IMS/GA Steel at that time and Dax set his sights on this new opportunity. His motivation was clear – he wanted to leave the open road behind and work from the office, focusing on building business and increasing margins. Dax believed that his inside role would make him even more valuable to the company.
With Infra-Metals now leading the company, Dax learned the new culture and sales methodologies through extensive training. As he reflects on this time, he feels grateful for the opportunity he had to build a strong bond with his fellow colleagues. He accepted the challenge and thrived, but it wasn’t without long hours and sacrifice.
“There were times we wanted to throw things at each other, however we kept the local bars and liquor stores in business.”
Dax’s tenure at Infra-Metals spans an impressive 16 years. In his current role, Dax services many customer accounts, as well as beam purchasing and plate/sheet product buying. He collaborates with multiple mills and manages pricing on a variety of products. What he enjoys most about his role is the daily challenge, the constantly evolving nature of the job, and the opportunity to make meaningful decisions for the company.
“I find fulfillment in working with a diverse customer base and a remarkable team of colleagues who genuinely care for each other.”
Dax reflects on the significant changes he’s witnessed at Infra-Metals. The company has become more informed and agile in sales, instilling greater confidence in what they sell. He attributes this transformation to Infra-Metals’ commitment to empowering its employees with knowledge.
Looking to the future, Dax’s aspirations lie in being the best employee he can be. Whether in a leadership role or not, he aims to lead by example, work hard, and serve as a mentor and cheerleader to help others be the best version of themselves. For him, the title is unimportant; it’s about making a meaningful impact.
Outside of work, Dax enjoys a range of hobbies, from running, Peloton, and golf to kayaking, fishing, and tubing. He’s also an acoustic guitar enthusiast and an avid Ole’ Miss football fan.
“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Dax Barron’s journey from outside sales to becoming a Sales Representative at Infra-Metals is a testament to his relentless pursuit of growth, adaptability, and his commitment to a company that values its people. Congratulations Dax!
Patrick Sarsfield is an Account Representative in Tampa, FL.
Patrick Sarsfield’s life and career have been a fascinating journey, marked by dedication, service, and a deep commitment to his work at Infra-Metals. With over 25 years of experience, Patrick has made an indelible mark to the success and growth of the company.
Patrick’s journey began in April 1998 when he joined the Infra-Metals team in a sales role. His employment history reflects his unwavering dedication, a trait perhaps rooted in being the youngest of eight siblings. Before stepping into the world of sales, he embarked on a different path, serving in the Marine Corps for seven years from 1990 to 1997. In the Marine Corps, Patrick served in notable military operations, including Desert Storm and Somalia, where he held the role of Platoon Sergeant with a focus on radio communications. The experiences in these critical operations not only honed his leadership skills but also instilled a deep sense of discipline and adaptability, qualities that would serve him well in his future endeavors.
Upon leaving the military, Patrick’s transition to the civilian workforce was not without challenges. After working as a delivery driver for a beer distribution company, he decided to seek better opportunities and turned to a temp agency for guidance. Recognizing his potential, the agency suggested he would excel in sales. It was at this point that his journey at Infra-Metals began.
Today, Patrick serves as an Account Representative and Product Manager at Infra-Metals Tampa. His role involves assisting with the purchasing of beams and plates, and he plays a vital role in supporting the sales manager and general manager. His responsibilities include reviewing current inventory levels, catering to his customer base and serving as a backup to some of the sales manager’s duties when absent. Patrick enjoys the daily challenges and the opportunity to mentor new team members, believing that his Marine Corps background, which emphasized helping others succeed, greatly benefits him in this role.
“The Marine Corps always trained you to help somebody do your job.”
He also relishes the thrill of landing large quotes, and building strong relationships with customers and coworkers. The synergy between team members is crucial at Infra-Metals, and Patrick understands the importance of passing the torch when the time comes.
“I enjoy playing the game!”
He sees his future at the company as a way to maintain Infra-Metals’ competitiveness and continue the strong legacy. Over the years, Patrick has witnessed significant changes within the company, primarily in terms of communication and technology. The company’s locations have become more interconnected, allowing for more effective cross-selling and better coordination. Technological advancements have streamlined operations, making material handling more efficient and eliminating manual processes.
Patrick Sarsfield’s journey through Infra-Metals is one of service, dedication, and adaptability. His military background has undoubtedly influenced his approach to work and his desire to pass on his knowledge and experience. As he looks to the future, Patrick is committed to keeping Infra-Metals competitive and thriving, ensuring the torch of success continues to burn bright.
Outside of work, Patrick has diverse hobbies that reflect his interests and personality. He is an avid coin collector and enjoys spending time at the firing range, displaying his love for firearms.
“It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice”– John Templeton
Lazaro Rodriguez is the Safety Supervisor in Atlanta, GA.
Lazaro Rodriguez, a seasoned electrician with twelve years of experience in the field, embarked on a significant journey in his career when he relocated from Miami to Georgia. In June of 2017, he seized a promising opportunity as a maintenance technician, a transition facilitated by a close friend already employed at the Atlanta Division. Lazaro’s dedication and expertise in the electrical trade laid a solid foundation for his continued success in his new role as a maintenance technician.
His responsibilities encompassed a wide array of tasks, including welding, troubleshooting complex machinery, and performing preventative maintenance on various equipment, such as the Kinetics and crane drives.
“My ability to speak Spanish proved invaluable, enabling effective communication with my warehouse guys.”
Notably, Lazaro’s hands-on approach extended to trailer mechanics, where he worked on axles, brakes, and even fabricated headboards and decking. This period of his career was marked by continuous learning and adaptability as he ventured into new territories, taking on challenges one day at a time.
In January 2023, Lazaro’s journey within Infra-Metals took an exciting turn as he assumed the role of Safety Supervisor. This transition reflects his commitment to ensuring the well-being of his colleagues. In his current role, Lazaro is responsible for enforcing safety policies and procedures, conducting Job Safety Analysis (JSA) for all personnel, and providing essential training in procedures and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). His dedication extends to all members of the organization, including office personnel, and involves meticulous record-keeping to ensure compliance with audit requirements.
“I enjoy the opportunity to instill a culture of safety throughout the organization.”
Lazaro’s dedication to safety extends beyond the workplace, as he oversees chain inspections, fire extinguisher checks, and contractor paperwork for onsite work. His role also involves facility inspections, ladder and rack assessments, all guided by the Golden Safety Rules per RSAC. He plays a pivotal role in the training of new hires, working closely with a team of seven trainers and evaluating temporary employees, further emphasizing his commitment to the company’s safety culture.
What Lazaro enjoys most about his current role is the opportunity to instill a culture of safety throughout the organization. He values the importance of constant vigilance and communication in preventing accidents and believes in stopping and correcting issues before they escalate. His ability to relate to his colleagues and effectively communicate with them on safety matters has made him a trusted and respected figure within the company.
In his spare time, Lazaro enjoys assistant coaching football, soccer and wrestling for Paulding County, GA.
“Watch your thoughts, They become your words. Watch your words, They become your actions. Watch your actions, Because that becomes your character. And watch your character because, That becomes your destiny.” – Lao Tzu
Looking ahead, Lazaro aspires to continue growing with the company, aiming for higher positions and greater responsibilities. Congratulations Lazaro on your journey with Infra-Metals!
Austin Simundza is the Sales Manager in Marseilles, IL.
Austin Simundza, a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing and Communications, found Infra-Metals through a career fair hosted at the university prior to his graduation in May 2017. He started in the sales department in June of 2017 as an Account Representative. Austin went through a comprehensive training program consisting of primarily 3 phases. Initially he’d spend several weeks in the Marseilles warehouse learning the products, processing capabilities and operations of the business.
“I learned how long these processes take start to finish to have a good idea of what I was selling and how long it took and our limitations.”
After completing that he learned our software system followed by time in the Wallingford facility learning how to merchandise and sell steel.
“I learned the nomenclature and daily sales office communications between the sales staff during my time there. The lingo was one of the most valuable things I learned.”
Once his training completed he was destined for the sales desk. It’s noteworthy that Austin was, at that time, the youngest and newest member of the Marseilles facility for some time. He came to us with some managerial experience as he did manage a pizza restaurant during his time at ISU. Infra-Metals, being his first major career job, created an drive to prove himself amongst the veterans.
Austin became Sales Manager for Marseilles in April of 2022. Having spent the last five years at the sales desk he saw an opportunity and went after it. Austin is not only responsible for managing his sales team but also manages the product purchasing for tubing and pipe products. His daily activity consists of assisting with pricing material, helping his team reach personal and collective goals as well as developing strong relationships with his customer base.
“I want to be one of the sales managers that can assist , guide, and be a resource to others.”
Looking forward Austin sees himself evolving and growing into his current role. Over the last several years Austin notes a positive change in the way everyone at the division collaborates, communicates and goes out their way to respect each other.
“One of the most rewarding feelings is watching everyone succeed together.”
Austin enjoys freshwater fishing with his dad in Wisconsin, Live music (Umphrey’s McGee), Shark Tank and spending time with his wife, 2 dogs and 4 month old daughter.
“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it from you. – Mark Cuban
Congratulations Austin on your journey with Infra-Metals! We’re looking forward to many years to come!
Greg Borchardt is Vice President of Operations for Infra-Metals / Delta Steel.
Greg, a graduate of Texas A&I University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a BBA in Business Management, began his steel career for a steel mill in Houston, Texas in 1989 as a Production Scheduler. In 1993, he took a job with Chaparral Steel in Midlothian Texas and they employed Greg as a distribution manager for the first part of his career. In 1999 Greg moved to Virginia to help build and operate the Virginia Mill. He then transitioned into the production side of the business when he became the General Manager of Steel Production. Fast-forward to 2009 after the historic purchase of the mill by Gerdau North America and 20 years working in steel mills, Greg looked to expand his career into other areas of the steel business.
After a lunch meeting with current leadership at Infra-Metals – Petersburg, Greg was offered a position as project manager in 2009.
“At the time I was in need of job and it was a blessing to have been given the opportunity to work for such a great company. What a great find!”
During this time, all of the Infra-Metals locations were migrating to a centralized software system that could enable greater visibility in product availability and production. Greg requested that he be allowed to train in all areas of the software, kind of a pseudo introduction to the service center business. This approach afforded Greg the education he needed to understand how Infra-Metals operated inter-departmentally.
Greg became the sales manager for Petersburg, VA in 2011. At the time, the group had many product managers and he served as central point of communication for the entire group of sales representatives, both inside and outside. After a short while as sales manager, Greg was promoted to general manager of Petersburg.
Over the years Greg notes “I’ve seen a change in mindset. We’ve graduated from just filling the trucks everyday to a more aligned mentality where employees truly care about each other. It’s a one for all and all for one way of thinking. The level of collaboration and cooperation is night and day from where we began.”
In 2019, Greg became the Vice President of Operations for Infra-Metals and Delta Steel. He is responsible for all of the staffing, safety, capital investments, maintenance, trucks and operations for all of the locations. He has witnessed significant growth over the past 14 years with us and we aren’t stopping. Since Greg began working with us we have added new locations, expanded existing warehouses and not only invested in tech and machinery but also made significant investments in our employees.
“I like seeing progress and having ideas that will make the company better and turning them into reality. Most of the good ideas aren’t mine, but I’m in a position to talk to many different people at many different locations and I like being the voice for the many people and ideas around the company.
“This is the place I retire from. I want the next guy to be really bored because everything is in great shape.”
When Greg isn’t traveling around the country, visiting our facilities, he enjoys golfing with colleagues, friends, and his wife Shelly. He also enjoys spending time with his now grown daughters Macy and Brittany.
“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite time in the future.” – George S. Patten
Congratulations Greg on your journey with Infra-Metals! We’re glad we have you on our team!
Matt Haun is a Sales Representative for Marseilles, IL.
Matt had graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2014 and began working for a government organization that operated a landfill in Iowa. He was an excavator operator in charge of sorting recyclable materials and waste around the work site.
“One of the cool things about the site was that there was a gas filtration system underground that would suck the methane out of the decomposing trash. This would go through a super chiller that turned the gas into a solid that we would sell to other facilities.”
After a few years playing Tonka Trucks, Matt was looking to get back home to his family in Illinois. His cousin was already working for Infra-Metals Marseilles and told him he should come in for a job interview and in 2016 Matt began working as a crane operator on second shift. Training was fast paced and soon he was on his own working in Bay 1. Barely a year in, Matt transitioned into the plate processing department and worked a hybrid shift to cover second and third. This role lasted until around 2019 when he was promoted to second shift supervisor.
As a shift supervisor, you become the leader of the group and help your team reach daily, monthly and even annual goals. Matt’s group was part of that team that helped mark the Central Division’s first group accomplishment of 365 days safe and had a record shipping day of 18 loads filled in a single 8 hour shift. All of the hard work paid off when Matt went after an open sales representative role in September of 2021.
“I like serving our customers with the steel they need. We are the steel experts and can offer a better understanding of the market and help advise them with their purchases.”
Matt notes several things he really enjoys about his role on the commercial side of the business that is different from operations.
“I like when I get something outside the box. Something that isn’t simple that I can figure out how to help the customer. It’s fun finding unique ways to service the accounts’ needs like collaborated solutions with specialized equipment and vendor relationships to deliver customized solutions.”
Looking forward Matt is concentrating on being focused on his new role. He aims to be the best he can and continue to grow commercially.
“As long as your eyes are open there is opportunity here at Infra.”
Matt enjoys freshwater fishing in Minnesota, specifically the Nisswa area. He also likes nature hiking.
“Work hard. Go big or go home.”
Congratulations Matt on your journey with Infra-Metals! We’re glad we have you on our team!
Jessie Wiley is the Processing Coordinator for New Boston, OH.
Jessie worked in steel prior to arriving at Infra-Metals New Boston. He came to us with experience in operating overhead cranes, loading and unloading trucks and some production skills. In 2016 Jessie acted on a referral from a fellow friend and current employee of New Boston. His prior experience allowed him to hit the ground running, as a 3rd shift crane operator, with little training required other than learning the different steel shapes and how to load the jigsaw puzzle loads we ship.
“When I started loading trucks it was totally different that what I was used to and had to start from scratch.”
He never dealt with plate and beams before, let alone putting both of them on trucks for delivery. In the Spring of 2018 he was promoted to 3rd shift supervisor and almost every year after that he would move up shifts, finally landing on as 1st shift supervisor in August of 2020.
“I don’t want to be stagnant in any position. I look forward to working my way into an operations manager position at some point in my career.”
With this drive in mind, an opportunity opened up for processing coordinator in August of 2021. Jessie was reluctant at first because he’d never had an office position before.
“I asked for a couple of weeks to mull it over and came back and said I’d take on the role.”
This new job allowed Jessie to take on more responsibility both in managing the t-split line, camber and saws as well as getting the work orders out to the shop and queuing up the programs to run the saws.
“I really enjoy this role because I can still be part of the warehouse team.”
In his free time, Jessie enjoys playing golf, movies and spending time with his family.
“Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up.”
Congratulations Jessie and thank you for your contribution to our team!