Howard M. Schapira

CEO of Action Equipment and Scaffold Co., Inc. & Waco Scaffolding and Equipment Co. Started in the scaffold business with Action part time in 1971 and then full time in 1977 as an outside salesman. Later became the Phoenix branch manager of Action and in 1989 became president. Became part owner of the company in 1993. Purchased Waco in Colorado in 2006.

Industry achievements include:

President of Phoenix chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) in 1988 after having served on their national Board of Directors, local board and chairman of the Safety Committee. Recipient of several awards for Safety Management in 1981 & 1982 and was elected a member of the Beam Club for membership recruitment.

President of the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) now known as the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) from 2004-2006 after having served on their national Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Platform Council Chairman. Recipient of the Outstanding Company Contribution Award (1994), Coupling Pin Award (1995), Outstanding Council Chairman Award (2000), Outstanding Service Award (2002), Unsung Hero Award (2003), Spirit Award (2003), Victor Saleeby Award (2006), President’s Award (2007), Hall of Fame Award (2010).

Benefactor of the Scaffold & Access Industry Association Education Foundation (SAIAEF) and winner of the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond level Benefactor Awards.

Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Safety Committee 2012-2014.