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Wagner to lead The Wire Association International in 2018

by wireworld on 01/10/2018 - 10:25 am

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The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces the appointment of Richard T. Wagner as president of the association for a one-year term that commenced on January 1, 2018. Wagner will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors and as the 65th president of the 88-year-old association, which is headquartered in Madison, Connecticut, USA.
A 40-year veteran in the wire industry Wagner joined the Wire Association International in 2013. In addition to his role as WAI president, and his forthcoming second term on the association’s Board of Directors Wagner will continue to serve on its Conference Programming Committee. He previously served as the co-chair of WAI’s Member Relations Committee.
 The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. announces the appointment of Richard T. Wagner Commenting on his new post, Wagner said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization for 2018 and follow in the tradition of distinguished professionals that have served as President in the past. The WAI provides a crucial forum for our industry to further develop its most important resources, which are the people committing to careers in the wire industry. Associating with colleagues in the wire manufacturing arena, whether for ferrous or nonferrous applications, results in a deeper understanding of excellent practices, world class technology, and approaches to our changing world through the diversity of ideas that emanate from collaborative exchange. We look forward to a successful and prosperous 2018 for all of our manufacturers, providers of capital equipment, and suppliers for our plant operations.”
He is the vice president and general manager at Insteel Wire Products, the nation’s largest manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. He started with the company in 1992, and prior to that was Division Manager - FWC Supply, for Florida Wire and Cable Company, where he worked in various positions from 1977 to 1992. 
Wagner holds a BBA degree in management from the University of North Florida.
The Wire Association International, Inc. is governed by a network of volunteers from around the world. Joining Wagner for the 2018 term will be members of the association’s 2018 executive committee: First Vice President,  W. T. Bigbee, Encore Wire Corp.; Second Vice President, Jan Sørige, Enkotec Co. Inc.; Executive Committee Member, Tom Heberling, Southwire Co. LLC, and James R York, Leggett & Platt Inc.; and Immediate Past President, David R. Hawker, Nexans Energy USA.