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Registration Open for Tampa Steel Conference Feb. 2

Written by John Packard

The Tampa Steel Conference will be conducted virtually for the first time in its 32-year history. The 2021 conference will be held on Feb. 2 and will be an all-day event. We encourage everyone to register for what promises to be both an entertaining and timely event.

Steel Market Update and Port Tampa Bay are pleased to be working together in 2021 to provide an exceptional virtual experience as we offer the following agenda for the Tampa Steel Conference:


8:00 AM – Platform Opens

9:00 AM – Welcome & Update on Port Tampa Bay

  • Moderator: John Packard, President & CEO, Steel Market Update
  • Speaker: Paul Anderson, President, Port Tampa Bay

9:30 AM – State of the Steel Industry from AISI Perspective

  • Speaker: Kevin Dempsey, President & CEO, American Iron & Steel Institute

9:50 AM – Questions & Answers

  • Moderator: John Packard, SMU
  • Speaker: Kevin Dempsey, AISI

10:10 AM – Break

10:30 AM – Trade Panel Roundtable

  • Moderator: John Packard
  • Speaker: Phil Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
  • Speaker: Lewis Leibowitz, The Law Offices of Lewis E. Leibowitz
  • Speaker: Chris Shipp, Vice President Supply Chain, Priefert Manufacturing/Priefert Steel

11:10 AM – Questions & Answers

  • Moderator: John Packard
  • Speakers: Phil Bell, Lewis Leibowitz, Chris Shipp

11:30 AM – Speed Networking

Your chance to meet face to face and network with your peers from across the steel trade, port, and logistics communities. This has been a highlight in past SMU/CRU conferences and workshops.

12:00 AM – Break

12:40 AM – Keynote Speaker: Leon Topalian, President & CEO, Nucor

01:00 PM – Questions & Answers

  • Moderator: John Packard
  • Speaker: Leon Topalian, Nucor

01:20 PM – Break

01:40 PM – Macro-Economic Outlook & the New Biden Administration

  • Speaker: Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Managing Partner & Chief Economist, The Kemmsies Group

02:00 PM – Questions & Answers

  • Moderator: John Packard
  • Speaker: Dr. Walter Kemmsies

02:40 PM – Break

03:00 PM – Steel Industry Forecasts (SPONSORED BY REIBUS)

  • Speaker: Timna Tanners, Metals & Mining Analyst, Bank of America
  • Speaker: Josh Spoores, Principal Analyst, CRU

03:40 PM – Questions & Answers

  • Moderator: John Packard
  • Speakers: Timna Tanners & Josh Spoores

04:00 PM – Logistics: Ocean and Truck

  • Speaker: Rebecca Brewster, President & COO, American Trucking Research Institute
  • Speaker: Derek Langston, Head of Research, Simpson Spence Young (SSY)

04:40 PM – Questions & Answers

  • Moderator: John Packard
  • Speakers: Rebecca Brewster & Derek Langston

05:00 PM – Conference Adjourned

Cost to Attend:

Full price is $150 per person, $125 per person if your company sends more than one person.

Past Tampa Steel Conference attendees receive a special discount of $75 per person (all in) if registered prior to midnight, Dec. 31, 2020.

SMU and CRU subscribers $125 for one person, $100 per person if registering more than one individual.

To register: CLICK HERE

If you have questions, please contact: or

You can view speaker bios and learn more about the conference by clicking here.

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