Chris Steinman Receives 2019 NATM Outstanding Member Award
The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) named Chris Steinman, MGS Incorporated, the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Member Award. The Outstanding Member award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to NATM and the trailer manufacturing industry.
Chris’ career began more than 25 years ago at Marathon Equipment Company. His work included trailers, but also truck bodies, containers, and compactors. In 1996, he joined MGS Incorporated in Denver, Penn. as Engineering Manager. Tasked with custom designs and aggressive design cycles, Chris regularly applied international, federal, state, and local standards, regulations and codes. He also designed, implemented, and maintained a CAD system using a combination of engineering software.
In 2000, Chris was promoted to Vice President of Engineering and Information Systems for MGS Incorporated. In this role he directs all engineering activities for the company, serves on the Senior Management Team and Quality Team helping to create and implement a number of programs and metrics to ensure the company continues to adhere to rigorous standards of competency and quality. But his work in the trailer industry has extended beyond MGS’s facility.
In 2011, Chris joined the NATM Board of Directors, and he recently concluded his tenure in February of 2019. During that time, he chaired the NATM Technical Committee multiple times and later served as a member of the same committee. His thoughtful approach, strict adherence to the mission of trailer safety, and strong understanding of federal regulations and engineering practices made him an invaluable member of both his committee and the Board. Chris could always be counted on for a straightforward opinion. He wasn’t quick to make decisions, taking in all facts and opinions and asking thoughtful questions that showed his concern not only for the short term result, but also long term impact.
His technical expertise was also guided by his strong grasp of business administration. His years of managing, directing, and serving on senior level teams was evident. The marriage of technical and business acumen made Chris an incredible contributor to NATM and its projects. NATM is better for the many contributions he made.