Who We Are?

Kent Picknell

President and Co-Owner

Mr. Picknell has been in the aluminum business for 23 years and has a background in Financial Accounting, Management, Trading, Sales, and Hedging.  He has experience in Primary Aluminum Smelting, Aluminum Recycling, Aluminum Trading, and entrepreneurship.  He was General Manager of Columbia Metals Company for 8 years and has been a business owner since 2004.  In 1982 he received a BS in Business Administration from Lewis and Clark College.

Gary Autrey

General Manager and co-owner

Mr. Autrey has over 30 years experience in global aluminum sales and plant operations while working for Alcoa, CKoe Metals, Columbia Metals Company and Columbia Specialty Metals.  He has over 20 years experience specifically in the sales and production of aluminum shot (pellets), including plant management, operations, process and quality control.  Mr. Autrey received his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Allen Pennington

Plant Manager

Mr. Pennington spent 20 plus years in the metal recycling field doing everything from driving truck to metal sorting, heavy equipment operation, moving up to management of the nonferrous department of a large metal recycling facility in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Kentucky in 2014. He started with Columbia as plant manager and learned the ropes thru working the production line, packaging, shipping and is also in charge of our Quality Management System.

Pam Morris

office manager

Ms. Morris has more than 20 years experience in office management.  She joined the team at Columbia Specialty Metals in 2016 where she keeps everything running smoothly and is always there to help with anything from answering customer invoicing questions, to making sure that we never run out of office supplies.  With a great attitude and an eye for details, Pam brings stellar organization to the fast paced day-to-day operations at Columbia Specialty Metals


Mark Hulsizer

Sales Technology Manager

Mr. Hulsizer comes to Columbia Specialty Metals with a long history of sales and operational management experience within the technology and aluminum markets.  As a patent holder of adaptive technologies used in the chemical industry, Mark brings a unique set of skills that adds true value-added capabilities to CSM.  He believes that relationship management is the key to long term business success and quality customer service.   Mark attended Missouri State University (SMSU), married 40 years to his college sweetheart, Kim.