Darrah, John R.
McElroy Metal – Bossier City, Louisiana
John started in the industry on the working side of the hammer, first on a Morton crew in his native state of Illinois. He moved to sales about three years later and to McElroy Metal in 1981.
John worked his way up through the ranks at McElroy Metal, helping the company establish its first post-frame product line from a new plant in Clinton, Illinois. In 1991 he was promoted to sales manager at company headquarters in Bossier City, Louisiana, and he was promoted again in the mid 1990s to senior vice president, a position he held until his retirement in 2008.
The legacy John left at McElroy was the success he fostered by giving his sales force the support and flexibility needed to develop products that were most needed and wanted by its customers. He never lost sight of the man on the working side of the hammer, always fighting for quality products and services that would help them do their jobs better.
Deniston Company – Chicago, Illinois
Doug has always been very active with various rural construction groups and has contributed and participated in many promotional efforts, including Deniston Company’s sponsorship of the annual Remodeling/Retrofit Contest” at the National Rural Builder Show.
Doug and his company have made many significant contributions to the success of the rural construction industry over the past 22 years, and he has always been willing to do much more than his share.
Stockade Buildings and Stockade Construction – Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Draper is the founder and president of Stockade Buildings, a supplier of post-frame building packages. As head of Stockade construction, he’s also the company’s biggest dealer.
Draper founded Stockade Buildings in 1979, after years as a salesman for Bonanza Buildings. Stockade now ships packages to states from Colorado to New England, and a large proportion of its business is in churches, stores, and other commercial structures. Draper’s design and sales efforts helped bring the economies of post-frame construction to the needs and aesthetics of non-agricultural structures. He also served on the NFBA board of directors.
Driggers, L. Bynum
North Carolina State University –Raleigh, North Carolina
A dedicated professional who made outstanding contributions to agricultural structures during his career, Driggers spent 10 years as an agricultural engineer at Virginia Tech before joining the staff at North Carolina State in 1966. A leader of extension agricultural engineers throughout the U.S., he significantly influenced many rural construction practices based on his belief that improving the environments of animals improved the production and quality of the animals providing food. He was particularly active in swine housing ventilation development and has done considerable consulting work in this area. He pioneered a number of ventilation and environmental controls for livestock housing that are now widely accepted in the industry. Today, Driggers is an Emeritus faculty member for North Carolina State, having retired in 1984.