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SMU Community Chat Webinars a Success Due to Quality Speakers

Written by John Packard

Our Wednesday SMU Community Chat Webinars have been a tremendous success. Each webinar is unique as we try to vary the subject matter and speakers. For those who have been tuning in to these free sessions at 11 AM ET, you already know that our speakers don’t always agree with one another as to what to expect out of the U.S. economy over the next 3-12 months.

Last week we had Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, provide an upbeat economic forecast with a “V” shaped recovery beginning this summer. If you did not view the webinar live, we did record it and you can view the recording if you click here.

This week, we will host John Anton of IHS Markit. Anton is the lead steel expert and the director of the IHS Markit pricing and purchasing service. He has been an active participant in our SMU Steel Summit Conferences over the years (he will be speaking again this year). He was an early warning beacon when it came to COVID-19 and the current pandemic. He told a group at the FMA conference in early March that most economists were being “too optimistic” about the impact the virus was going to have on the economy. On Wednesday, May 20, we will find out if Anton is joining with Dr. Kuehl in predicting a “V” shaped recovery (early word is he does not). You can register for this week’s webinar by clicking here.

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The following SMU Community Chat Webinar recordings are available for those who would like to see what our speakers had to say:

April 15 – Phil Raimondo, President & CEO, Behlen Manufacturing – click here

April 22 – Bernard Swiecki, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) – click here

April 29 – Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors – click here

May 6 – Timna Tanners, Metals & Mining Analyst, Bank of America – click here

May 13 – Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence – click here

May 20 – John Anton, IHS Markit – to register click here

May 27 – Barry Zekelman, Chairman & CEO, Zekelman Industries – registration to open on May 20

You can also find information about the SMU Community Chat webinars and copies of the PowerPoint presentations on our website. Go to

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