The Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA) named businessman Abraham "Mark" Markosian as UMA Business Executive of the Year Saturday night at its annual banquet.

Markosian is founder and president of Mark Steel Corp., Salt Lake City. The company began business in 1968 when Markosian rented a single bay in a building at 451 W. 600 South. Today, the company is Utah's largest custom fabricator with three plants totaling 320,000 square feet on 24 acres. The company's 250 employees ship an average of 1,000 tons of fabricated metal products each month."We honor Mark Markosian as an outstanding business, community and UMA leader," UMA 1990 Chairman Leland W. Ward told the gathering of some 500 members and spouses at Little America Hotel. "Just like Mark Steel, the man behind it all is just as quietly successful."

Markosian is retiring from the UMA board of directors after two three-year terms and four years as an officer, including chairman in 1989.

Ward said Markosian's past service to UMA "went largely unheralded" when he completed his term as chairman. "His direct efforts in contacting and encouraging peers, resulted in UMA's largest membership growth in decades," said Ward, who also credited Markosian with overseeing the UMA's move to new offices and the acquisition of new office equipment.

Ward was also honored for his service as UMA chairman for 1990. New officers, including a new chairman, will be elected Nov. 13 during the board's regular meeting.

Also during the banquet, the UMA voted in eight new and re-elected directors to its 24-member board that represents manufacturing companies throughout Utah.

New to the board this year and serving three-year terms are Greg Boyce, Kennecott; Clyde M. Heiner, Questar Corp; Steve Lawson, Thiokol Corp., Ogden; Larry Martin, Martin Door Manufacturing; Fredric D. Reed, Utah Power & Light Co.

Serving their second three-year terms are Jackie Nicholes, Quality Press; Larry A Roos, Nucor Steel, Plymouth; and Dolores Wheeler, Gossner Foods, Logan.