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SMU Steel Summit Attracts Record Number of Decision-makers

Written by Tim Triplett

Attendance at Steel Market Update’s Steel Summit Conference, Aug. 27-29 in Atlanta, will set a record this year. With two months to go, registrations already equal last year’s total of 650. But it’s not just a matter of how many individuals will attend, but how many different types of individuals will attend, that promises to make the networking opportunity so rich and rewarding.

As the premier flat rolled steel conference in North America, SMU’s Steel Summit attracts executives from all parts of the industry: manufacturers, distributors, service centers, toll processors, steel mills, traders and fabricators. Many make it a point of attending the conference year after year to stay up to speed on the latest developments impacting steel. But for more than 255 of this year’s attendees, this will be a first-time experience. And it will be the first opportunity for other attendees to interact with them at SMU’s event. Registrations are still coming in, but so far about 290 different companies will be represented in the gathering at the Georgia International Convention Center adjacent to the Atlanta airport.

By title, more than 20 percent of the attendees are company presidents, CEOs and other C-level executives. Another 29 percent are executive vice presidents or corporate VPs. About 12 percent have director-level titles. The balance hold many types of managerial positions. The crowd will also include a number of analysts and various other professionals. Essentially, they all hold the same title: Decision-maker.

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