AA Metals is a master distributor of a wide range of semi-finished metal products to customers in the transportation, automotive, housing, appliance and packaging industries in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The Company maintains supply contracts with mills in various parts of the world.

Our customers include metals service centers as well as metal-working businesses and industrial manufacturers – all of whom rely on AA Metals for the timely delivery of high quality products that meet their individual requirements. Our 350+ customers serve a diverse range of end-markets including transportation, construction, packaging, consumer goods and marine. We source our products to meet customers’ pricing and delivery needs from carefully selected suppliers throughout the world. We also offer ancillary services such as just-in-time delivery programs, providing timely market data and product development information, arranging subsequent metal processing or finishing services as needed, and making material available from our own stock to meet their short-term requirements.

With over 200 years of industry expertise, we are proud to introduce you to our team of experienced professionals:

 

Jack Cheng

Founder, President, CEO

Jack Cheng

Founder, President, CEO

Jack Cheng is Founder, President and CEO of AA Metals one of the fastest growing and largest North American distributors of aluminum and stainless steel products. In just over a decade Jack’s vision and leadership has created one of America’s premier distributors of non-ferrous metals and steel. Over the last 6 years, AA Metals has twice been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. His company serves 350 customers with over 200 million pounds of aluminum and steel from dozens of mills located in Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to founding AA Metals, Jack was a senior metallurgist at the Center of Aluminum Technology. He has over 20 years of experience in the metals industry. Jack received his first Ph.D. in Iron and Steel Making from the China Iron and Steel Research Institute and his second Ph.D. in Aluminum from the University of Kentucky. In addition, he has an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

Donald Lawson

Chief Operating Officer

Donald Lawson

Chief Operating Officer

Donald Lawson is the Chief Operating Officer for AA Metals.  In this role, Don is responsible for leading the company in the achievement of its overall growth, service and profitability goals.

Don has a wide-ranging professional background spanning 25 years and multiple functional experiences including general management, sales, manufacturing, supply chain and engineering/R&D.  His industry experiences include building products, consumer packaged goods, metals, plastics and pulp & paper manufacturing.

Don excels in strategic planning, building strong cross-functional teamwork and customer/supplier relationships.  He enjoys solving complex problems within organizations and building platforms capable of sustainable growth.

Before joining AA Metals, Don was a VP with Omnimax International where he was responsible for procurement, supply chain, transportation and coating operations.  Prior to that, he served in a variety of leadership roles with Trinidad-Benham, Novelis and Kimberly-Clark.  Don holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Global Business – both from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.

Thomas M. Black

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas M. Black

Chief Financial Officer

During his career, Tom has held executive positions with multiple international organizations (both public and privately owned). He has experience in transportation, logistics, warehousing and communications. Tom has successfully directed several acquisitions, as well as business unit divestitures of underperforming assets. He has also led major systems implementations, transforming organizations into more efficient, cost effective integrated organizations. Tom specializes in financial leadership, business strategy, mergers & acquisitions, CFO mentoring, and public and international companies.
Prior to joining AA Metals, he was CFO of Mix Telematics, Americas as well as COO and CFO of Globe Wireless. Prior to Globe, Tom held multiple positions with Tropical Shipping, including Senior VP of Foreign Operations and CFO. Tom began his career as a staff auditor for one of the Big Eight Accounting firms in Miami.
Mr. Black holds a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida.

Ying Jiang

Assistant to CEO & Director of HR

Ying Jiang

Assistant to CEO & Director of HR

Ying Jiang serves as the Assistant to CEO, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Secretary of AA Metals. Ying takes great pride in welcoming new members to the AA Metals family and facilitating their transition and growth within the Company. She strives to optimize corporate operational effectiveness with valuable talents, advanced IT, policy compliance and supportive administration. Ying values her role in developing, communicating, and enacting employment policies and has great respect for the trust that all members of AA Metals place in her.

Ying has successfully created and implemented training programs, and has extensive experience in managing employees and employment policy related issues in both the public and private sectors. Ying has been invited to speak about her experience in these areas at conferences and understands the importance of clear and effective communication.

Ying earned a bachelor of law degree from Soochow University, China, where she graduated near the top of her class, and also has earned a Master of Law degree in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, College of Law. Ying is a devoted mother, wife, and daughter, and loves the personal and professional lifestyle that central Florida has to offer.

Mike Parker

Director of Sales

Mike Parker

Director of Sales

Mike Parker is the Director of Sales for AA Metals. In this role, Mike leads our talented sales organization in the sale and distribution of our full portfolio of products throughout North America.
Mike has been in the metals industry for the past 8 years and has been in sales for nearly 20 years. His sales experience spans over several industries including aluminum, lead, plastic, and technology.
For the last four years, Mike was the Sales Manager for the largest secondary lead smelter in North America, RSR Corporation, in Dallas, TX. He was responsible for helping lead the sales team, developing and setting strategy, building customer relationships, and leading continuous improvement efforts within the corporate office. Mike’s introduction to the metals industry was with Novelis, the leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, in Atlanta, GA where he was an Account Manager in the Light Gauge Division.
Mike received his B.B.A. in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia Honors Program.

Ruth Gomez

Director of Operations

Ruth Gomez

Director of Operations

Ruth Gomez is responsible for Operation at AA Metals, within this responsibilities she oversees logistics, warehouse and claims. She has over two decades of international experience in project management, business development , human resources, and international trade. She has a proven ability to leverage business acumen and tactical planning skills to drive change, resolve complex business challenges, and attain superior results.

Prior to joining AA Metals, Ruth was a manager of international business development at Atlas Steel Trading, also, she held a variety of leadership positions in both the U.S. and Colombia. Ruth has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Universidad Externado De Colombia in Bogota, Colombia and a master's degree in International Business from both Universidad Externado De Colombia and Columbia University in N.Y.