Senior Vice President, Operations
Having earned a degree in Business Administration, Jeff Durham knew that he wanted a job in sales upon graduation. But not just any sales job – he wanted something relationship- and service-based, that could be built on over the years, rather than a role in transactional sales. He had never heard of the metals service center industry, but when he went to an interview with Earle M. Jorgensen Company, he liked what he heard and saw. EMJ had been in business for over a half century and had a solid reputation. Little did he know that when he took a position as an Inside Sales Trainee, it would be the start not just of a job, but of a career. Over three decades with EMJ, Jeff progressed through many roles of increasing responsibility and witnessed the company’s as well as the industry’s evolution. Two years after EMJ was acquired by Reliance, Jeff traveled to Malaysia to establish and build EMJ’s presence there in support of existing customers. He returned to the U.S. to become EMJ’s Vice President of Merchandising, the role he held until he was promoted to the Reliance executive team in January 2019. As Senior Vice President of Operations, Jeff oversees operations of a number of Reliance divisions and subsidiaries.