Editor’s note: 2010 Metal Roofing Hall of Fame inductee Pat Bush died in a white water rafting incident in Vail, Colo., in June. He was 66. The metal industry remains saddened by the loss of Bush, formerly of U.S. Steel. Though he retired in 2008, Bush remained close with many in the industry, including Tem McElroy of McElroy Metal.
“Pat Bush was a great friend to many. His warm, friendly and approachable personality made him very likeable and a true joy to be around. He had many interests and hobbies including skiing, sports cars and golf. He also greatly enjoyed the outdoors, especially spending time in Colorado. Pat was very dedicated to his faith, his family and his friends. He was also quick to step in and help the less fortunate and people in need and with his monetary and physical gifts. Pat has touched many people through is life journey and he will be missed by all.”
(The following biographical information was gleaned from press releases announcing Bush as the recipient of two industry honors: the Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Iron and Steel Institute in 2009; and the Larry A. Swaney Award from the Metal Construction Association in 2010.)
Patrick R. Bush began his career with U.S. Steel Corporation during summers while in college as a laborer at Homestead and Duquesne Works in the Pittsburgh area.
He graduated from Waynesburg University in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration. He was hired by U.S. Steel in 1967 as a Commercial Trainee and held customer service and sales positions in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. From there, he advanced to a marketing position in rod and wire products in Chicago.
Bush was named district sales manager in Houston in 1981 and later advanced to regional manager of sales in the south and southwest for plate and structural products. In 1991, he became manager of marketing for plate products in Pittsburgh and eventually advanced to marketing positions for sheet products with a focus on the construction markets.
Bush’s involvement with the American Iron and Steel Institute began with the Fabricated Pipe and Tank Committee in 1991, which he later chaired. He served as AISI liaison to the International Iron and Steel Institute for construction market promotion. He was chairman of the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Buildings Committee and participated on the Construction Market Council and the Market/Innovation Growth Task Group.
Bush served as chairman of the OSHA-SENRAC Steel Coalition that included AISI, the Steel Deck Institute, Steel Joist Institute, Metal Construction Association and the Metal Building Manufacturers Association. This coalition successfully reached an agreement with OSHA and the Ironworkers Union that has resulted in the improved safety of steel roofing and decking delivered to construction job sites. Bush also served on the board of directors of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association and the Metal Construction Association.
A member of MCA since 1995, Pat served on its board of directors for 5 years. He says his proudest accomplishment with MCA is helping the association get co-funding with AISI for the Metal Roofing Alliance and The Metal Initiative. He acted as the liaison between MCA and AISI and he was on the committee that created the business plans for MRA and TMI.
He retired from United States Steel Corporation in December 2008 after 42 years of service.