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CFA Lifetime Achievement Award
The CFA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to recognize an individual for their lifetime contribution to the CFA, AISC and the steel fabrication industry. It is considered the CFA’s highest honor.
Terry F. Peshia
Terry F. Peshia, CEO of of Garbe Iron Works, Aurora, Ill. former CFA President and Board of Director, passed away on August 9 at the age of 80. Fittingly, his company provided the steel fabrication for the hospital, Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, where he died.
Terry joined the Board in 1984, and served as President from 1991-1993. He remained actively engaged in CFA over the years regularly attending meetings. Even as the industry changed and evolved, Terry remained a strong advocate for its core values, which he lived out through his entire professional career at Garbe Iron Works, and his personal dedication to his wife Connie and their sons Ted and John.
A recognized leader in the structural steel industry, Peshia began as an ironworker and joined Garbe Iron Works in 1964, where he spent his entire career. In addition to his significant contributions to CFA, he served as ASE Board Member and was a member of the Associated Steel Erectors. In 2009 he received the prestigious AISC Stupp Award for Leadership Excellence.
One of the most memorable experiences I had with Terry was the time he had the CFA Dinner hosted at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum. In addition to the great experience, the most amazing part was to have Terry show us his 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster.”
An avid car collector, Peshia was a member of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club and lifetime member of the ACD Museum in Auburn, Ind. Terry had the CFA Dinner hosted at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum where he Terry showed his 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster.
He was also a freemason and a member of the Jerusalem Temple Lodge in Aurora, Ill. He was very involved in many county and community organizations including the Kendall County Board, the Oswego Village Board, the Kendall County Historical Society where he was a past president, and he was also a former Oswego police commissioner.
Terry Peshia’s life in the Steel Industry
Garbe Iron Works Inc, Aurora, IL. Established 1919