elects new executive team
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries,
Inc. (ISRI) board of directors has elected a new leadership team
to direct the association over the next two years.
The new leadership team, elected by the ISRI board is composed
of: John Sacco, chairman; Jerry Simms, chair-elect; Doug Kramer,
vice chair; and Mark Lewon, secretary-treasurer.
Sacco has a lifetime of experience in the scrap recycling industry.
After graduating from the University of Southern California,
he joined his father in the scrap business. Sacco contributed
to the inception of Sierra International Machinery in 1987. Two
years later, he was appointed president and continues to lead
the company known as a worldwide leader in scrap processing equipment.
The company also operates two scrap processing facilities with
divisions in demolition and environmental abatement. Sacco also
has served in various ISRI’s leadership positions, including
president of the Southwestern Chapter, chairman of the Members
Services Committee, and chairman of the Chapter Presidents.
Simms has been in the scrap recycling industry since 1978 when
he joined Atlas Metal & Iron Corp. in Denver where he has
been involved in scrap purchasing and aluminum brokerage operations
for 30 years. For the last several years, Simms has served as
the company’s director of Environmental and Legislative Affairs
as well as general manager of Atlas Metal Sales, the corporation’s
nonferrous service center. He is corporate vice president, sales.
Simms has a long record of service to ISRI in various positions,
including chairman of the Government Relations Committee, chairman
of the Image Task Force’s Membership Criteria Subgroup, chairman
of the SREA Task Force, and chairman of the Mercury Task Force.
Kramer is president of Kramer Metals, Inc., which operates three
scrap metal recycling facilities in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Kramer joined his family’s firm in 1986 after graduating from
Whittier College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science
and Sociology and was appointed president of the company in 2000.
Lewon’s family has owned and operated Utah Metal Works since
1955. He began working summers for the company during his high
school and college years, learning the business from the ground
up. Lewon worked for two years for LMC Metals, San Jose, California,
which was purchased by the Sims Group. Lewon returned to Utah
Metal Works in October 1988, where he now serves as president.
Lewon has been active in ISRI since 1994, being elected secretary/treasurer
of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, and serving as convention chairman,
nonferrous division chair, and a member of the audit and executive