Robert J. Wills, P.E. Vice President, Construction, American Iron and Steel Institute, Maribeth Rizzuto, Former Managing Director, CFSEI


The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has named Maribeth Rizzuto and Winston E. (Ed) Kile as the recipients of the 2020 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service. The award recognizes the significant contributions of an individual who has volunteered time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel industry. It was renamed in 2016 to honor John P. Matsen, P.E., founder and principal of Matsen Ford Design Associates in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who passed away in June 2015. Winners were recognized during the 2021 CFSEI Virtual Expo held May 18-20.

Maribeth Rizzuto, 2020 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service WinnerMaribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP-BD+C, former managing director of CFSEI and director of education and sustainable construction for the Steel Framing Alliance, who retired in 2019, was for several years the driving force behind CFSEI and known for her passion for the cold-formed steel product, CFS industry, and the importance of educating the design community on the proper design and use of CFS framing.  She was instrumental in growing the reputation of and responses generated by the Steel Hotline (1-800-79STEEL) to technical inquiries from design professionals. Her focus was on education, and she encouraged the development of Technical Notes and scheduled numerous technical webinars and CFSEI Expo events. Maribeth’s dedication to the cold-formed steel framing industry was critical to increasing awareness of the benefits of cold-formed steel framing in the design community.  

Winston E. (Ed) Kile, 2020 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service WinnerWinston E. (Ed) Kile, president of Structuneering Inc., also retired in 2019. With decades of experience as a cold-formed steel specialty engineer and founder of Structuneering Inc., Ed Kile contributed countless hours of expertise in leadership positions with CFSEI and its precursor, the Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association (LGSEA). He was a member of CFSEI’s Executive Board and a past president, and a requested speaker in the Houston area. He is admired by Structuneering employees for his commitment to developing the skills of the firm’s new employees. He retired from his firm in 2019 but continues to serve as a consultant. He is also a mentor in a Houston high school 10-week program known as “Engineering Presentation and Design” offered by the school’s technology department.