Each year, the National Frame Building Association bestows its highest honor—the Bernon G. Perkins Award—on one individual. The name of the award recognizes a pioneer of the post-frame industry, Bernon G. Perkins, who furthered the pole building’s evolution from a temporary structure into a long-lasting one.
At the 2015 Frame Building Expo in Louisville, NFBA presented this distinguished award to Randy Ridenour, president of Atlas Bolt and Screw Co. and a building industry professional with decades of experience serving the post-frame market. Ridenour also served on the NFBA Board of Directors for many years with dedication and commitment.
“During his tenure on the NFBA board, Randy worked tirelessly and with tremendous passion to develop programs that would advance the post-frame industry,” says Ken Gieseke, NFBA board chair. “He was very instrumental in the development of the Post-Frame Market Initiative. And this is only one example of Randy’s body of work that has benefited the industry.”
Ridenour’s major accomplishments are too numerous to list in this space, but two must be mentioned.
First, Ridenour contributed to the increased involvement of NFBA’s associate members. Initially, associate members participated in an advisory role through the Associate Advisory Council. The council was made up of individuals who had been appointed by the NFBA chair.
During Ridenour’s term as chair of this advisory council, the board came to the belief that participation from the suppliers of the industry could strengthen the association. Ridenour’s challenge was to make this transition without losing sight of the association’s builder members. The result of his leadership was an increase in the number of supplier members and also in the overall amount of participation by members.
“NFBA now has its first supplier-member chair (Ken Gieseke of McElroy Metal),” Ridenour explains, “and this evolution was accomplished while maintaining the builder core of the association.”
The second of Ridenour’s noteworthy contributions is his efforts in PFMI. Ridenour was a major player in this market initiative, bringing awareness to building owners and designers of the advantages of choosing post frame for their light-commercial building projects.
Ridenour says of his award, “It is an honor that the association has chosen to include me in this group of individuals who have received the Bernon G. Perkins Award. As I look over this list of distinguished builder entrepreneurs, engineers, intellectuals, and yes, even an attorney, who unselfishly gave their time to advance the industry, I can only say to the next generation of leaders that the result is worth the effort.”
“If I was to ask everyone in this group of Perkins Award recipients, I believe that each would say—speaking both personally and on behalf of the companies we have worked for—that what we got out of this association trumps what we put in.
“I challenge the managers and owners of all the companies in the industry—both builders and suppliers—to get involved with committee and board participation, including giving time and/or monies to support the initiatives that will improve and grow post-frame construction.”
Congratulations, Randy Ridenour! Your contribution to the association and the industry makes us proud.