The late-1990s brought several important leadership transitions for ISRI. First, Herschel Cutler stepped down in 1997 after leading ISRI as executive director for 10 years and one of its predecessors--the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel—for 16 years.
Robin K. Wiener, ISRI’s assistant counsel and director of environmental compliance, then succeeded Cutler as executive director. “ISRI, it’s clear that we have a new leader who will build on her predecessor’s success and lead us into the next millennium,” said ISRI President Jim Fisher in 1997. “Get ready for great things to come.” Another historic transition came in 1998 when Shelley Padnos became the first female president elected to lead ISRI and its predecessor associations.