CHICAGO — The Metal Construction Association (MCA) presented its annual Patrick R. Bush Service Award and Larry A. Swaney Award in appreciation for members that have provided excellent service to the association and the metal construction industry.

The awards were given during MCA's Winter Meeting Awards Dinner in Palm Springs, Calif.

Patrick R. Bush Award

This award recognizes an MCA member who recently made significant volunteer contributions to the MCA. It was established to honor Pat Bush, an influential long-time MCA board member. The 2020 recipient, Jan Nelson, has been serving the MCA since 1995.

Over the years, Nelson has supported the MCA at the METALCON trade show by setting up and documenting the original MCA educational product demonstrations, static displays, Solar Bay demonstrations, and most recently, the MCA Games.

She has served on the selection committee for activities and tours at the MCA's annual events and also attended the Roof Consultants Institute Tradeshow, the Metal Pavilion at the International Roofing Expo, Metal Building Manufacturer Association and Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association events. Nelson served as assistant to the 2014-16 MCA chairman and continues to participate in MCA functions.

"We'd like to thank Jan for all the work she does," said MCA Executive Committee Chair Ed Karper. "Her years of ongoing dedication and commitment distinguish her as the association's 'unofficial historian.'"

Larry A. Swaney Award

Named for one of the MCA’s founders and its first president, this award is bestowed upon outstanding industry professionals for their contributions to the success of the association and the betterment of the metal construction industry. This year's award went to Todd Miller.

Miller has spent his entire career of 35-plus years in the steep slope metal roofing industry. He has served in an industry leadership role for more than 20 years and is widely respected for his knowledge and integrity.

Miller has served MCA in various capacities related to technical, research, marketing, governance, and government relations. While most of his work has been in manufacturing, marketing, and sales, he has spearheaded industry research, writing and co-writing numerous technical bulletins and installation guidelines. He sat on the board of directors from 1999-2015 and served as chairman in 2013 and 2014.

"Todd works with thousands of homeowners and contractors each year, answering questions and providing direction for successful roofing systems," said Dick Bus, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance. "The vast majority of these interactions do not involve his company’s products, but Todd sees it as his calling to further our industry by being a great resource."