AMI Metals President Scott A. Smith Named Winner of Second Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award, Presented by Penton's Aviation Week Network

Mar 10, 2016, 02:41 ET from Penton

LOS ANGELES, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott A. Smith, President of AMI Metals, has received the Second Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award honoring outstanding leadership and collaboration across the global aerospace and defense supply chain. The award was presented today by the Penton Aviation Week Network at its 30th Annual SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference in Beverly Hills, CA. 

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Smith joined AMI Metals, a leading supplier of aerospace raw material, in 1983, and has served as President since March 2000.  In selecting Smith for the award, judges noted that his "leadership, unrelenting energy and drive has been contagious throughout the entire AMI Metals organization, and that is why the company today is so successful… He is a compassionate man who truly cares about the AMI Metals family, its customers, vendors and the industry," according to judging materials.

"Scott Smith is a model of integrity and success; he exemplifies the leadership that Gil Speed exhibited throughout his lifetime.  With this award, Penton's Aviation Week Network is proud to recognize Scott's achievements and honor Gil's legacy," said Warren N. Bimblick, Group President, Penton. 

"I am truly humbled by this honor.  I reflect back on the years of Conferences gone past and have nothing but fond memories of Gil and how special he was to so many," said Smith.  "The SpeedNews events lead the global aviation industry in terms of information sharing, building relationships and networking.  You have me truly speechless."

The Gilbert W. Speed Award honors the legacy of the man who founded SpeedNews, the aviation industry's newsletter of record, in 1979 and established its annual suppliers Conference in 1987.  Speed, who passed away in January 2014 at age 81, was a well-respected industry partner and touched many lives during his 60+-year tenure in the aviation industry.  The award's inaugural winner, honored in 2015, was David P. Storch, Chairman & CEO of AAR.

For more information about the Gil Speed Award, visit

Penton's Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries that has a database of 1.2 million professionals around the world.  Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence.  Customers include the world's leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market.  The product portfolio includes Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book,, Air Charter Guide, Air Transport World,, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences.

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Joanna Speed

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