New Director of Sloss Furnaces Named “The Official Website for the City of Birmingham, Alabama”


Birmingham, ALAfter a nationwide search, the City of Birmingham selecteddavid ariasto serve as Executive Director of Sloss Furnaces. Arias began her role on August 15, taking the helm from Karen Utz who successfully served as an interim executive.

“David’s track record of leadership and tax innovation will help Sloss Furnaces enter its next chapter,” said Mayor Woodfin. “We are delighted to welcome him.”

Arias joins Sloss Furnaces after a long career in finance and nonprofit leadership, most recently as Director of Development for one of the largest nonprofit veterinary hospitals in the United States. He has also held leadership positions at Shelby Humane, Magic City Harvest, and Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. In addition, Arias is chairman of the board of directors of the olympic sport Fencing in the United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

“I would like to encourage people in our community to reach out and discuss their experience with Sloss Furnaces and what they would like to see in the future,” Arias said. “I also want to build on the good work that has already been done over the past 40 years.”

Arias plans to spend his first few months visiting key people and partners across Birmingham to better understand the role Sloss Furnaces plays in the lives of people, students and other organisations. He will spend these visits and other interactions listening as much as possible. With that in mind, Arias invites all members of the community to email him beginning August 23 at [email protected].

Arias is a longtime resident of Birmingham and noted, “My wife and I were married in 1981, the same year Sloss Furnaces was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.”

Once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world, Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark that offers visitors a glimpse of Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage. It ran from 1882 to 1970, making it the longest continuously operating blast furnace in Birmingham’s history. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark began as a museum in 1983, offering visitors a unique experience and valuable insight into Birmingham’s industrial past.


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