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Aluminum Association Announces New Leadership, Board Members and Membership Growth

October 11, 2017

Kaiser Aluminum’s Mark Eliopulos Wins Boultinghouse Award; Alcoa’s Michelle O’Neill Elected First Woman Chair

ARLINGTON, VA – The Aluminum Association recently announced membership growth, additions to its Board of Directors and the election of its first woman chair. The association also announced the winner of the 2017 Marlan A. Boultinghouse Award, the highest award given by the North American industry. The announcements were made during the Aluminum Association’s recently concluded annual meeting – “Aluminum Moves America” – in Washington, DC.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in recent months and years by working together and speaking with one, cohesive voice as an industry,” said Michelle O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs & Sustainability at Alcoa and newly elected Chair of the Aluminum Association. “This is a pivotal point for American manufacturing in general and aluminum specifically. We’re facing some headwinds, but we also have some incredible opportunities ahead of us that will strengthen the industry.”

Boultinghouse Award Winner
The association honored Mark Eliopulos, Corporate Director of Health & Safety for Kaiser Aluminum, as the 18th recipient of the Marlan T. Boultinghouse Award for service to the North American aluminum industry. For four decades, Eliopulos has been a leading voice in the advancement of safety culture within Kaiser Aluminum and the broader aluminum industry. He has volunteered his time to train personnel for more than 15 years through the association’s Casthouse Safety Workshop training programs, provided expertise in shaping industry best practices as an editor of both the third and fourth edition of Guidelines for Handling Molten Aluminum and shaped industry standards with the American Society of Testing & Materials.

The Boultinghouse is the highest award given by the North American industry and honors those who have not only had distinguished careers within a member company, but also have provided their talents to improve the broader industry. The award is presented in memory of late ARCO Aluminum, Inc. President Marlan T. Boultinghouse. Boultinghouse brought energy and enthusiasm to the industry through his advocacy of aluminum marketing and the many technical programs he helped to advance.

New Leadership
Michelle O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs & Sustainability at Alcoa, was elected as Aluminum Association Chair, becoming the first woman in the association’s 84-year history to hold the position. She replaces Garney Scott, President & CEO of Scepter, Inc., following a two-year term. O’Neill previously served as both the Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair of the association. Marco Palmieri, Senior Vice President and President of Novelis North America, was elected Vice Chair of the association after serving a two-year term as Second Vice Chair. John Barneson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Kaiser Aluminum, was elected Second Vice Chair.

Membership Growth
The Aluminum Association welcomed two new member companies, bringing the total membership to 114 companies. The new member companies include:

  • Impressions Technologies: Impressions Technologies licenses hot forming and in die quench technology, as well as advanced simulation technology that enables cost effective, lightweight production of aluminum stampings for  the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors.
  • Kripke Enterprises: KEI is a non-ferrous scrap brokerage company specializing in aluminum. KEI is also the parent company of Mid South Aluminum, an aluminum coil distribution business.  

New Board Members
The Aluminum Association Board of Directors is comprised of a number of top executives from a wide cross-section of the aluminum industry. The board volunteers its time to provide strategic guidance and direction to the organization – setting goals, priorities and action items to best serve the interests of the entire industry.

New members named to the Board of Directors Class of 2020 were:

  • Ken Lane, President of Reynolds
  • Lee McCarter, CEO of JW Aluminum

“With the addition of these new board members and leadership team, the Aluminum Association is strengthening its representation of the entire industry value chain,” added Heidi Brock, President  & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “We’re proud to represent more than 161,000 direct manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S.”


The Aluminum Association represents aluminum production and jobs in the United States, ranging from primary production to value added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry. The association is the industry’s leading voice, providing global standards, business intelligence, sustainability research and industry expertise to member companies, policymakers and the general public. The aluminum industry helps manufacturers produce sustainable and innovative products, including more fuel-efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics.  In the U.S., the aluminum industry creates $186 billion in economic activity. For more information visit, on Twitter @AluminumNews or at


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