CHICAGO John B. "Bart"
Williams, 71, a former top salesman at Taylor Steel Inc., died
Al Gedeon, founder and chairman
of Lane Steel Co. Inc., McKees Rocks, Pa., described Williams
as one of the best salesmen in the industry.
Williams began his career at
Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. and continued with LTV Steel
Co. Inc., working at the steel mills for 25 years before
joining Lordstown, Ohio-based Taylor Steel as a salesman and
product manager. He regularly pulled in more than $10 million
in sales annually, Gedeon told AMM.
"He was just a nice guy,"
according to Gedeon, a friend of Williams for 40 years.
"Everyone in Cleveland called me (when they heard). He just had
a lot of friends."
This included members of the
Association of Steel Distributors. "Bart was a longtime friend
of ASD," Lisa Goldenberg, the associations president,
said. "An active member, he encouraged the company where he
worked to be active as well. He networked at ASD meetings, and
probably some of his closest friends were made that way. He
always had a smile on his face."
Williams is survived by his wife, Kathy; three children,
Cammi (Louis) Farr, Bart and Brent; four grandchildren; and
sister Carol Selinsky.