Since this award is open to all members, choosing just one candidate each year is difficult. FRSA has been blessed to have many volunteers who graciously donate their time and it’s one of the reasons that we are so successful. Tonya Steele is counted among those members who, for decades, have served our industry.
Tonya Steele, owner of Millennium Metals Inc., Jacksonville, has been attending FRSA and industry events since the age of eight. Her parents, Donnie and Nadine Gramling, were loyal supporters of FRSA and active in the industry. At the time, they owned Southeastern Metals Manufacturing and when Tonya turned 18, she began working with her parents, running postage in the mail room, making bank runs and answering phones. Eventually, she worked in inside sales and finally in metal roofing technical services, where she fell in love with metal roofing.
In 2000, Tonya, along with her brother, Scott Gramling, started Millennium Metals Inc., where she believes that her business has two assets – a loyal customer base and her employees. Even though Tonya’s customer base is comprised of distributors, it is the contractors who drive the business. Read more.