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SMU Steel Summit Conference Agenda: Day 2

Written by John Packard

Steel Market Update has been working on the agenda for the 2022 SMU Steel Summit Conference, which will be held in Atlanta on August 22-24. This year’s conference will address many of the issues affecting the flat-rolled and plate steel markets. Over the next few issues, we will roll out our conference program, the confirmed speakers, and introduce some of the new items we will be highlighting at this year’s event. In today’s isse we are addressing the program for Day 2 of the conference.

As always, the SMU Steel Summit Conference will be the best networking event of the year because decision makers from hundreds of companies will be in attendance. We expect attendance to reach 1,200 executives this year from around North America because pandemic restrictions have eased. If you would like to register, you can do so by going to

SMU Steel Summit 2022 Conference Agenda: Day 2 – Tuesday, August 23, 2022

8:30am                 Conference Opening: Celebrate!

  • John Packard, Founder and former President and CEO – Steel Market Update
  • Michael Cowden, Senior Editor – Steel Market Update

9:00am                 Is International Steel Trade Still Viable in the Current Market?

  • Jerry Richardson, Executive Director – CSN LLC
  • Lewis Leibowitz, Owner – The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
  • Others Speakers TBA

9:45am                 Break: Sponsored by Paragon Steel

10:15am              Keynote Speaker – TBA

11:00am              The Future of the Trucking Industry

The trucking industry is undergoing transformational changes due to the lack of drivers as well as the new technology, equipment, and changes to the rules of the road. This panel will discuss electric trucks, fuel-cell vehicles, driverless trucks, and other changes that are transforming the industry.

Nikola Motor Company will have an electric truck at the conference for our attendees to view.

  • Gregg Troian, President – PGT Trucking
  • Pablo Koziner, President, Energy & Commercial – Nikola Motor Company

11:45am              Lunch: Sponsored by Nucor 

1:00pm                Construction, Energy and Auto Forecasts

  • Ken Simonson, Chief Economist – Associated General Contractors
  • Bernard Swiecki, Director of Research – Center for Automotive Research
  • Other Speakers TBA

1:45pm                NexGen Youth Steering Committee Program with Presentation of NexGen Leadership Award

  • Philip Bell, President – Steel Manufacturers Association
  • The NexGen Community Leadership Team

2:30pm                Break: Sponsored by Midwest Materials

2:50pm                Steel and Commodity Price Forecasts

  • Timna Tanners, Managing Director, Equity Research – Wolfe Research
  • Josh Spoores, Principal Analyst – CRU Group
  • Other Speakers TBA

3:40pm                Fireside Chat with Mark Millett, President and CEO – Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI)

4:30pm                Networking Reception: Sponsored by Fifth Third Commercial Bank

SMU will provide a full conference agenda in our Tuesday issue (we are not publishing on Sunday because of Easter and Passover.) The full agenda will also be available on the conference website:

If you would like to register for the conference click here.

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