President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Armstrong, President and CEO, is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering.
Stephen began his career at BellSouth where he spent 10 years in various operations, finance, marketing, strategic pricing and management roles. While at BellSouth, he earned an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined O’Neal Steel in 2006 as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager. He was promoted to Manager of Sales & Marketing Analysis in 2008, which entailed heavy involvement in our pricing process. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of Administration which ultimately included responsibility for Accounting, Credit, Information Services, Human Resources, Analytics and Strategic Planning. In 2012 Stephen was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and held that position until his recent promotion in 2014 to President and CEO.
Stephen is a member of the Junior Board of Directors for the Birmingham Zoo, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board of Directors, UAB Collat School of Business Advisory Committee and Children's Hospital Committee for the Future - Class of 2008, along with other industry and philanthropic organizations.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Suzanne Lane, Vice President and CFO, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Suzanne joined O’Neal Steel in 2010 as Director of Financial Reporting with responsibility for all holding company-level financial reporting and analysis. She became Vice President and Corporate Controller in 2012 with responsibility for banking and credit relationships as well as treasury and cash management activities. Suzanne also oversees the company's Marketing Department as of November 2015. Prior to joining O’Neal Steel, Suzanne was Director of Hedge Fund Valuation and Analysis for Harbert Management Corporation. Before that, she worked as a Senior Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Suzanne currently serves on the Board of Vulcan Park Foundation and has served on the Junior Board of Directors of the YWCA of Central Alabama.
Vice President of Operations
Mitchell Harrison, Vice President of Operations, is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He began his career in the metals industry with Shelby Steel (later acquired by O’Neal Steel) in 1978. He then moved to a sales role in Nitro, West Virginia before taking an office manager's position in Louisville, Kentucky. He transferred to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989.
In 1995, Mitchell moved to Birmingham to manage the Corporate Processing Department. He returned to Greensboro in 2000 as Assistant General Manager with responsibilities in both operations and sales. In 2005, he became the General Manager of Greensboro. In 2009, he was promoted to the position of Vice President of Operations. In this position, Mitchell is responsible for providing assistance and oversight to O’Neal Steel’s operations through best practices, safety programs, quality programs, operational process improvement (lean), operations technology and corporate processing sales support.
Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Business Development
Jodi Parnell, Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Business Development, is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and holds a degree in Marketing from The University of Alabama.
Jodi began her career in the metals industry in 1998 at Tuscaloosa Steel (now Nucor-Tuscaloosa). Her career at O’Neal Steel started in 1999 as a Product Specialist in Purchasing for carbon plate and flat rolled products. In 2012 Jodi was promoted to Director of Purchasing for carbon products, and accepted her current role as Vice President Supply Chain Management in 2013. Most recently, Jodi has also taken on the additional responsibilities of the E-Commerce Department and Business Development, which now includes a centralized focus on Product Development. Jodi currently serves on the Board of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is active with the MSCI and is a member of AWMI.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Tate Forrester, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with degrees in economics, Spanish, and managerial studies. He also received his MBA from the University of Texas.
Forrester joined O’Neal Steel in 2009 and has held multiple operational and commercial roles since, including management positions at TAD Metals, CHRG Metals, and United Performance Metals – all O’Neal Industries portfolio companies. Since January 2015, Forrester has been the Director of Corporate Development at O’Neal Industries, parent company of O’Neal Steel, where he was responsible for developing and coordinating market strategies across affiliate companies, sharing best practices throughout the ONI portfolio, and conducting market research and analysis.
In this position, Tate's focus will be on developing and executing strategic sales plans to promote sales growth and contribute to overall customer satisfaction.
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