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Dager Set to Retire as President of Design Data; Scaggs Appointed President and CEO

Dager Set to Retire as President of Design Data; Scaggs Appointed President and CEO

Design Data announced today that Jim Dager will retire as company president, effective October 31. Dager will maintain ownership of Design Data and will continue to be involved in monthly management meetings. Damon Scaggs, who currently serves as Design Data's executive vice president, will take over as company president and chief executive officer. Barry Butler, senior development manager, will take on the role as executive vice president.

Dager began his career in steel during the 1970s as the owner of a subcontract steel detailing firm.  Unhappy with existing computer automation software, Dager developed his own – what would eventually become SDS/2, the first automated steel detailing product in the industry – and founded Design Data in 1981 on the strength of that software. Design Data's revolutionary approach set the standard for all detailing systems to this day and expanded what was possible with SDS/2 and software for steel.

"Over the years, I have been given many opportunities in the steel industry. From my first job in the engineering department at Lincoln Steel, to the faith placed in our products and vision by our many loyal customers, I feel that I have been truly blessed. It is in the spirit of the faith that was placed in me, and the many opportunities that I have enjoyed over the years, that the time has come for me to pass those opportunities on to the next generation here at Design Data," Dager said, announcing his retirement.

Scaggs started at Design Data in 1990. Prior to his role as executive vice president, he served as development system program manager and as a programmer. As executive vice president, Scaggs was responsible for overseeing the evolution of Design Data's flagship product, SDS/2, as well as programming, development, support, and quality assurance.

Said Scaggs, "Under Jim's leadership, Design Data has continued to expand and flourish, with 65 percent growth over the last two years. I look forward to capitalizing on that success as we continue to enhance our product line and ensure that SDS/2 remains on the cutting edge of technology."