Executive Leadership

Jeremy K. Flack, Founder & CEO

Jeremy K. Flack is the founder and CEO of Flack Global Metals. He previously served as co-owner, president, and treasurer of Lawson Steel, where he managed sales, purchasing and operations. In 2010, he divested his interests in Lawson to establish Flack Steel.

Prior to joining Lawson Steel in 1998, Flack was the chief financial officer and treasurer of Encore Manufacturing Corp. in Cleveland. From 1992 to 1995, he worked as a commercial banking officer in the real estate banking division of PNC Bank in Pittsburgh.

Flack is a cum laude graduate of Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and holds an MBA from Cleveland State University. Flack completed National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) courses and the Counsel of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Strategic Planning Course.

Ben Bucci, President

Ben Bucci started his steel career in the sales department at LeeMar Steel in Cleveland, Ohio, quickly advancing to a leadership position as a sales manager. He joined Willcoff Morris in 1996 as vice president of sales. In 1999, Bucci followed his entrepreneurial spirit and moved to Phoenix to co-found GlobeNet Metals, LLC., serving as president for more than 13 years. Under Bucci’s leadership, GlobeNet developed and grew relationships in diverse steel consuming sectors throughout the southern USA and Mexico.

After months of testing Flack Steel’s hedging activities, GlobeNet Metals merged with Flack Steel in 2013. Bucci’s sales expertise complements Flack Steel’s advanced financial modeling to bring customers and venders additional value.

Bucci graduated from the University of Arizona Business College in 1981. He earned an MBA from the University of Arizona in 1988. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


Rick Sutkus, Vice President – Quality and Special Projects

Rick joined Flack Global Metals with an extensive background in operational advancement and system development. During his 16 years at Kenwood Painted Metals, Rick learned the steel business from the ground up, ascending to the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. He oversaw all aspects of the company, using his strategic vision to transform Kenwood’s culture and focus. Rick brings his concentration on constant change and improvement to his role as VP – Quality & Special Projects.

Rick began his career as a Certified Public Accountant in the audit group at KPMG. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Aaron Underwood, Vice President of Construction

Aaron leads sales efforts in the Construction Products segment after joining Flack Global Metals as part of the Kenwood merger in 2017.

Aaron joined Kenwood Painted Metals in 2003 as a Purchasing Assistant. In 2006, he moved to inside sales management, logistics, quality administration and purchasing. After taking over the leadership of construction/building products sales, he grew the division to over $50M in less than 10 years.

Aaron is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University, with bachelor of science degrees in Marketing Statistics and Analysis, MIS, and HR Management.

Jeremiah Porter, Vice President of Business Intelligence

Jeremiah directs operational efficiency, system development and technology integration at Flack Global Metals. Using his extensive knowledge of business flow and software interaction, he ensures all members of the Flack team have the tools and resources needed to function optimally and make strong, informed business decisions.

Prior to the Flack merger with Kenwood Painted Metals, Jeremiah spent 14 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Kenwood, including Financial Analyst, IT Manager and Director of Operations. His business acumen and understanding of data and systems led to the development of sophisticated tools and operating software that were a cornerstone of Kenwood’s strength. Jeremiah holds a bachelor of science degree in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Brittany Martin, Director of Finance

Brittany Martin came to Flack Global Metals in 2011 as a project manager. In this role, she was responsible for a number of sales, branding and marketing initiatives. In addition, she spearheaded a number of financial analysis and operations projects. She led the design and launch of flacksteel.com, which brings real-time market information to its customers, suppliers and vendors.

In 2014, Martin was promoted to Director of Finance and HR. In this new role, she has expanded responsibilities on the financial side along with a leadership role in respect to the company’s human resources decisions.

Martin graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, the oldest and largest professional business fraternity.

Bradford Pemberton, Senior Vice President

Prior to the acquisition by Flack Global Metals, Brad was president and CEO of Consolidated Systems, Inc. (CSi), a position he had held since 2006. Brad joined CSi in 1988 as general manager of Consolidated Metal Products (CMP). In 1994, he was on the Executive Team that formed Doublecote, LLC, a coil coating operation in Jackson, MS. He led the successful start-up and served on the Board of Managers and as vice president of sales until CSi sold its share of the business in 2000.

In 2001, Brad was promoted to vice president of CSi responsible for all of the commercial functions of the Metal Dek Group (MDG), Bridge Dek, and CMP, as well as the MDG Engineering functions. In 2005 Brad was promoted to chief operating officer for CSi.

Brad also holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and started his career with U.S. Steel as an operations trainee. He later served as U.S. Steel’s national account manager for the GE Major Appliance Business Group.

Walter Hammond, Treasurer

Walt joined Flack Global Metals in September 2016 and is responsible for managing relationships with our banking and financial partners, and all third-party metal processing partners.

With extensive backgrounds in corporate banking and ferrous and non-ferrous recycling, Walt’s deep knowledge is an integral part of Flack’s growth strategy. Prior to his nine years in recycling, Walt spent 21 years with National City Bank. There he took on steadily increasing responsibilities in management and leadership within different areas of the organization, rising to Senior Vice President, Team Leader of Corporate Banking.

Walt holds a BBA Finance from Goizeuta Business School at Emory University, and a MBA in Banking and Finance from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

Y’Lonn James, Director of Human Resources

Y’Lonn transitioned from consultant to full-time employee as our business experienced rapid growth. She brings 15 years of progressive HR experience in a variety of industries: construction management, architecture, non-profit, education and outplacement services. Y’Lonn is a proactive, disciplined human resources professional offering expertise in policy/procedure development and full-cycle recruiting. She has the ability to put people at ease with exceptional interpersonal relationship skills and superior customer service.

Y’Lonn graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, holds both  PHR & SHRM-CP Certifications, and is currently pursuing a master’s in Human Resource Management. She is a former member of both HR Committee of IPHCA and former board member of HRA.