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Metal Construction Association Names Jeff Henry As New Executive Director

Jeff Henry

Karl Hielscher Retires

Chicago, IL - The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has named Jeff Henry, MBA CAE, its new Executive Director, effective June 1, 2020.  Henry has cultivated a passion and deep respect for associations over his 30-year career in association management. As a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a title earned by fewer than 5% of association professionals, Henry is a distinguished leader in the association field. He replaces Karl Hielscher, who has retired.

As MCA’s executive director, Henry will lead a team of professionals who will support industry members and elevate the use of metal in construction. "My job is to empower them to develop programs and services that advance the goals of the association and that provide our membership with exceptional professional development opportunities," Henry said.

“Jeff’s past experience with our organization as well other industry trade associations will be valuable as we continue the renewed strategic direction of MCA,” MCA Executive Committee Chair Jim Bush said. “His leadership will assist in our initiatives of continued membership growth, technical and code research, marketing, fiscal responsibility and industry outreach.  I look forward to working with Jeff and his team.” 

Henry‘s previous roles include managing director of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and president of the National Frame Building Association. He currently is the executive director of the International Staple, Nail and Tool Association (ISANTA) and the Synthetic Roof Underlayment Institute (SRUI). He earned his MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In a statement announcing Henry's appointment, MCA’s board of directors extended its thanks to Hielscher for his service as executive director for the past 4 years. During his tenure , Hielscher was instrumental in strengthening the association’s strategic direction, growing overall membership, and developing technical and educational resources for the industry, including bulletins, white papers, and education seminars. 

The MCA wishes Hielscher the best in his retirement. 

About The Metal Construction Association

MCA NLThe Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology, and education. Companies involved in MCA benefit tremendously from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA’s market development efforts increase the use of metal in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal. For more information about MCA, visit

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