Joe Cornelius

Operations and General Manager, Member of the Board

Joe Cornelius began his career as a Local 10 Ironworker in 1996. Over the next 19 years, Joe worked on projects ranging from single to multiple-level structures. Joe joined Lawson Steel Erection in 2011 as a General Foreman within the field. In 2012 Joe took on the role of Production Manager for Lawson Steel Erection and Continental Steel Fabrication.  By 2013 Joe was performing many of the day-to-day management duties for the field and shop. In 2014 Joe became the General Manager for Lawson Steel Erection and Continental Steel Fabrication. He has experience in bridge, structural, ornamental, and reinforced iron. He is FCAW and SMAW certified as well as 10 hours, OSHA Certified. He has worked and managed projects for the city, state and federal government, as well as for the private sector. Joe’s performance in these roles has earned him a solid background in structural steel erection and fabrication.

Michael D. Frost

PhD and CEO, Chairman of the Board

Michael D. Frost, PhD, bought both Continental Steel and Conveyor Company and the Lawson Steel Erection Company in January of 2011 after considering more than a dozen other companies. Both Continental and Lawson companies have significant and profitable histories in the Midwest.  As the CEO of Continental Steel, Frost brings his 45 years of management, marketing and growth experience to the new steel company named Continental Steel Fabrication. The Lawson Steel Erection Company is now an independent subsidiary of this new and much larger company.

Kamal Mikhail

Chief Operating Officer, Vice Chairman of the Board

In 1966 Kamal Mikhail completed a degree of Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Accounting with a Minor in Business. Mikhail began his industrial construction career in the United States during January of 1970 as a Senior Accountant with the Ohio Road Improvement Company in Columbus, Ohio. In March of 1971, Mikhail joined United Construction Company as a comptroller, but soon became Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of the Company in Kansas City, a company known for heavy highway and bridge construction.  In 1991, Mikhail became COO and Financial Advisor at Killough & Dumber. After much financial and territorial growth, it was sold to Hunt Midwest in 1995.  Next, Mikhail served as Senior VP and CFO at Stratco Engineering and Technology Company for five years.

In 2000, Mikhail was appointed President of Harris Commercial Construction Company with offices in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  Mikhail found the opportunity to invest in Lawson Steel Erection Company in 2001.  His partners recognized his leadership and made him President of Lawson. He continued to operate Lawson with his partners until selling it to Dr. Michael Frost on January 1, 2011.  Lawson Erection merged with Continental Steel Fabrication as a wholly-owned subsidiary.  Throughout Mr. Mikhail’s 40 plus years in the construction industry, he worked in most aspects of commercial and infrastructure construction.