CHICAGO John B. "Bart" Williams, 71, a former top salesman at Taylor Steel Inc., died April 22.
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.