portrait of

Chairman of the Board, Gerdau Ameristeel

Phillip E. Casey has held every top management position with Gerdau Ameristeel since joining the second-largest North American mini-mill steelmaker in 1994. He serves as a director and the board's non-executive chairman, and he previously was the company's president and CEO. Gerdau Ameristeel's 17 steel manufacturing operations generated revenues totaling $4.2 billion in 2009.

Casey is a past chairman of the Steel Manufacturers Association, the largest steel industry group in North America. In 2006, he was given the Steel Manufacturers' Iverson-Selig Award for his dedicated service to the mini-mill steel industry. He also serves on the board of Astec Industries Inc.

He previously held executive positions with Florida Steel and Birmingham Steel, and he served 14 years in various financial management assignments with domestic and international affiliates of the Exxon Corp.

Casey graduated from the Terry College in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in finance. After graduating from UGA, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a commissioned officer in the Special Forces. He was awarded several battlefield commendations, including the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for heroic action in Southeast Asia.

In addition to his service on the Terry Dean's Advisory Council, Casey has been a community leader in Tampa, Fla., serving as a trustee of the University of Tampa and a member of the Tocqueville Society of the United Way. In 2007, Phil and Betty Casey were inducted into the Terry College's Pinnacle Society, which honors lifetime giving of $1 million or more.