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Steel Summit Agenda is Shaping Up

Written by John Packard

Steel Market Update has been diligently working toward completing our SMU Steel Summit Conference agenda. We have been intentionally taking our time as we wait for market developments to mature and provide guidance as to what subjects will be the most pressing to the manufacturing companies, fabricators, steel distributors, steel mills, trading companies, toll processors and suppliers to these industries who attend our conference. Registrations are closing in on 250 executives, and we are on pace to exceed last year’s record attendance. We anticipate 800 executives will attend this year’s event. Below is our schedule, and the holes that we have left are intentional. We just confirmed our end of the program keynote speaker, Ron Insana, a political and economic commentator with CNBC. We firmly believe this year’s conference will be the premier networking and information event for those involved with the steel industry in North America.

Monday, August 27, 2018
10:00 – 5:30 PM

Georgia International Convention Center – South Lobby

Pre-Summit Programs are located at the GICC in Salons 4-5
1:30 – 2:00 PM Let’s Ask Lewis: A Conversation With a Washington Trade Attorney.
Lewis Leibowitz, Owner
The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
2:00 – 2:45 PM Digital Transformation of Steel Distribution: Changing the Way Steel Is Bought and Sold in The Digital Age.
Gisbert Rühl, Chairman
Klöckner & Co SE
2:45 – 3:00 PM BreakSponsored by: Priefert Steel
3:00 – 4:00 PM Digital Transformation: How to Begin the Process With Implementation Tools for Your Company.
Stephen Pratt, Chief Executive Officer
Second speaker to be announced soon
4:00 – 5:30 PM Networking Reception: It’s All About Building Relationships.
Sponsored by: Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Pre-Summit Reception is located at the GICC in Salons 6-8 (Exhibit area)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 AM Doors Open at GICC
Georgia International Convention Center – South Lobby

Coffee & Pastries Salons 6-8 (Exhibit area)
CoffeeSponsored by: Magic Coil Products
PastriesSponsored by: Alliance Steel, LLC

8:00 – 8:30 AM Welcome to the 8th SMU Steel Summit Conference
John Packard, President & CEO
Steel Market Update
8:30 – 9:30 AM KEYNOTE Presentation: The U.S. vs. The World: Trade & Treaties.
Grant Aldonas, Principal Managing Director & Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade 2001-2005
Split Rock International
9:30 – 9:50 AM BreakSponsored by: Midwest Materials, Inc.
9:50 – 10:50 AM Canada, Mexico, NAFTA and the World: The View for Steel.
Chris Houlden, Research Manager
Paul Lowrey: Managing Partner
Steel Research Associates, LLC
The Unaccounted Imports: Indirect Steel Trade
Third speaker to be announced soon.
10:50 – 11:10 AM BreakSponsored by: Red Bud Industries
11:10 – 12:00 PM A Deep Dive on CommoditiesFerrous Scrap, Zinc, Aluminum, and Steel.
Lisa Reisman, Co-Founder & Executive Editor
Peter Meyers, VP of Ferrous Sales & Marketing
Metalico, Inc.
12:00 – 1:00 PM LunchSponsored by: Nucor
1:00 – 2:00 PM The Debate ContinuesSteel Industry Forecasts: 2019 and Beyond.
Timna Tanners, Research Analyst, Metals and Mining
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
John Anton, Senior Principal Economist
IHS Markit
2:00 – 2:30 PM What Do You Think? Interactive with SMU App.
John Packard, President & CEO
Steel Market Update
2:30 – 2:50 PM BreakSponsored by: All Metals
2:50 – 4:00 PM Transportation: Dealing with the Priority Issues
Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer
American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)
More speakers to be announced soon
4:00 – 5:30 PM Networking Reception: Making New Friends and Business Relationships
Sponsored by: Heidtman Steel
Salons 6-8 (Exhibit area)
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
7:00 AM Doors Open at GICC
Registration GICC – South Lobby

Coffee & Pastries Salons 6-8 (Exhibit area)
CoffeeSponsored by: Mill Steel Company
PastriesSponsored by: Ratner Steel Supply Company

8:00 – 8:15 AM Critical Concepts for 2018 & Beyond
John Packard, President & CEO
Steel Market Update
8:15 – 9:30 AM KEYNOTE Presentation: Beware the Straight Line.
Dr. Alan Beaulieu, President & Principal
ITR Economics
9:30 – 9:50 AM BreakSponsored by: Union Partners
9:50 – 10:40 AM CEO of Nucor One-On-One with SMU Publisher.
John Ferriola, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President
10:40 – 12:00 PM Manufacturing Forecast: Anything’s Possible, What’s Likely?
Kirk Reich, President and COO
AK Steel
Barry Zekelman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Zekelman Industries
More panelists to be announced soon.
12:00 – 12:45 PM LunchSponsored by: Modern Metals
Politics in America: The State of Fortress America.
Ron Insana, Business & Political Analyst
A Presentation you won’t want to miss
2:00 – 2:45 PM Panel on Trade
To be announced soon
2:45 – 3:00 PM Conference Concludes Until We Meet Again.
John Packard, President & CEO
Steel Market Update

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