JDG Associates Leading CEO Search for Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

September 7, 2017 – Executive search firm JDG Associates has been selected by the Schaumburg, IL-based Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) to find its next president and CEO. Principal Paul Belford is leading the assignment.

The position is described as an opportunity to lead a financially sound organization in the construction industry that is highly regarded for the strength of its research and technical capability. The individual who is chosen will work with top executives from large, multinational companies, as well as smaller, highly entrepreneurial organizations from across the country.

The Position

CRSI’s CEO reports to the executive committee of the board of directors, supervising a staff of 16. In addition to ensuring that CRSI maintains and grows its technical and engineering stature as the authority on concrete reinforcing steel construction, the CEO is responsible for strengthening its promotional role and programs, the search firm said. Demonstrating the impact of CRSI’s promotional efforts on decision makers in the markets served will be of prime importance.

The CEO also plays a leading role in the development of CRSI’s organizational profile. The individual serves as the company’s principal spokesperson with industry partners and stakeholders. The CEO is also charged with developing and strengthening CRSI’s advocacy program, including engagement and impact at the federal level. The position also serves as the president of the CRSI Foundation, which fosters the educational and research mission of the Institute through scholarships and other programs for civil engineering, architecture, and related disciplines at universities and technical schools.


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Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute is a technical institute and standards developing organization that stands as the authoritative resource for information related to steel reinforced concrete construction. It offers industry-trusted technical publications, standards documents, design aids, reference materials and educational opportunities. With members engaged in steel production and rebar fabrication at over 450 locations in 47 states throughout North America, CRSI has six regional offices.

JDG Associates has been providing executive recruitment services to Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research & consulting firms, and defense contractors since 1973.

Mr. Belford has completed nearly 300 association searches during his career, mostly for CEO roles. A professional search consultant since 1990, he joined JDG Associates in 1993. His clients have ranged from regional and state groups with staffs of 10 or fewer to national organizations with budgets up to $75 million. He has worked with trade associations and professional societies from a wide range of service areas, including heavy industry, information technology, finance, healthcare, engineering, government relations, communications, finance and administration.

Trade Associations Turn to Search Firms

A variety of trade associations have turned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Here’s a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Executive recruiters Quick Leonard Kieffer placed Stephen J. Lawler as president of the North Carolina Hospital Association. The firm’s partner Jake Barto and principal Mike Quick led the search. The North Carolina Hospital Association, created in 1918, represents more than 130 hospitals.

Sterling Martin Associates is currently seeking new leaders for The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations and The International Safety Equipment Association. Managing partner David S. Martin, along with senior recruiters Leigh Beal and Kahti Motley, is leading both assignments.

Association Strategies has been tapped by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Search firm president Pamela Kaul is leading the assignment. Located in Washington, D.C., the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health is the voice of accredited academic public health.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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