The 8th SMU Steel Summit Conference will begin on Monday, Aug. 27. Attendees will be able to gather their credentials at the south entrance of the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. Monday’s program begins at 1 p.m. ET sharp.
Question: How to get to the Georgia International Convention Center and the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, Renaissance Gateway and SpringHill Suites Gateway hotels?
Answer: From the Atlanta International Airport, exit outside of the baggage claim area and the SkyTrain to the GICC/Gateway/Rental Cars will be in front of you. The train is free and the ride takes approximately 3 minutes.
Answer: If you are driving, take Camp Creek Parkway exit off I-285 or I-85. The GICC and Gateway hotels are located just west of I-85. Park on the north side of the building. The conference will be on the south side of the facility.
Question: What should I wear during the conference?
Answer: Dress Code: Business casual. We highly recommend company logo shirts. It helps with networking.
Question: Can I register at the convention site?
Answer: Yes, see Diana at the registration desk on the south side of the GICC center.
Question: Is any of the program going to be at the Marriott hotel as it was in the past?
Answer: No, the programs and networking parties will be in the Georgia International Convention Center.
Question: Where can I find a list of the attendees?
Answer: As a registered attendee, you will be able to download our Steel Market Update Events App from your smartphone or tablet app store. Our app has the attendees, speakers, full program schedule, live polling, social media links and much more.
Question: What is the one thing I need to remember before I attend the conference?
Answer: Download the Steel Market Update Events App. We will use it a few times live during the conference.
Question: Is the conference sold out?
Answer: Yes, it will be standing room only. We will announce the final attendance number on Tuesday morning.
Question: Where should we be to maximize networking?
Answer: On Monday, there will be a networking cocktail party from 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET at the convention center. From noon until 1 p.m. ET in the south lobby and exhibition area on the south side of the convention center is another good time for networking. We also have a break at 2:15-2:30 p.m. on Monday. After dinner many attendees will be at the Marriott Gateway Hotel lobby bar until late into the evening. On Tuesday and Wednesday, you want to be in the lobby/exhibition area of the convention center from 7 until 8 a.m.. There will be breaks, lunch and the Tuesday afternoon networking cocktail party from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Question: When will the conference end?
Answer: 3 p.m. on Wednesday. You will want to stay to the end as after lunch on Wednesday we have Ron Insana, political and economic analyst for CNBC, followed by a special program with CRU and SMU discussing the two companies, methodologies and the CRU forecast for 2019.
Question: What is the weather going to be like?
Answer: Forecast is for sunny skies and 90 degrees on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday have 60 percent chance of thunderstorms and 88 degrees for the highs. Note: There is a covered walkway from the Marriott to the convention center, as well as from the SkyTrain platform to the GICC/Marriott Gateway.
Question: I am staying at the Atlanta Airport Marriott hotel (not the Gateway Marriott). How do I get to the hotel and convention center?
Answer: There should be a shuttle from the airport to the Atlanta Airport Hotel. Once at the hotel, there will be signage and information about the shuttle service that will take you from the hotel to the convention center during conference hours. Otherwise, the Gateway hotels and GICC are just a few dollars ride on Uber.
Question: Where should I go for dinner?
Answer: There are restaurants in the two Marriott hotels and the Renaissance hotel. Most people will go to downtown Atlanta or the Midtown or Buckhead areas of the city. You can Uber/taxi downtown for under $50. We recommend that you make reservations and be prepared for a crunch on Uber/Lyft/taxis from 5:30 until 8 p.m.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The SMU Steel Summit Conference has been one year in the making. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors.
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