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NexGen and SMU Steel Summit App Update From John Packard

Written by John Packard

I will briefly discuss the new app for the 2022 SMU Steel Summit Conference, which will be released later this week.

I will then talk about the NexGen Leadership Award nominations, which will close on July 15, and the NEXGEN Metals Community organization that you, or members of your organization, may wish to join.

John PackardSMU Steel Summit App To Be Released Later This Week

Some of you may have noticed that our new app, which can be found in your smart phone app store under SMU Steel Summit 2022, is available for download. The app is not yet functional. Instructions on how registered attendees can login and use the app will be coming over the course of this week.

Once the app goes “live,” registered attendees will have access to the attendee list and will be able to contact those they would like to network with during the conference. The app will also have the agenda, speaker bios, and the ability to live-stream presentations for those who are unable to be in the conference center.

At this moment, the rollout of the app is scheduled for Wednesday. More details to follow soon.

SMU NexGen Leadership Award Nominations Close on Friday, July 15

Nominations for the 4th SMU NexGen Leadership Award, which is co-sponsored by the Steel Manufacturers Association and Modern Metals, will close this coming Friday. It is an honor to be nominated for this award, and we encourage all companies to nominate at least one of your high achieving employees who is 35 or younger.

Nominees receive discounted rates to attend this year’s conference, which includes a special cocktail reception/networking event with other NexGen Leadership Award nominees and members of the new NEXGEN Metals Community organization.

The top three nominees (per our judges) will receive complimentary passes to this year’s conference, and we will cover travel expenses of up to $1,000 for them to travel to Atlanta to attend the conference, where the award will be presented.

The winner of the award will receive:

• A mentorship experience with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. CEO Lourenco Goncalves

• Invitation to attend one of the Steel 101 workshops at no cost

• Recognition in the Steel Market Update newsletter and SMU/CRU website.

• An invitation to attend the 2023 SMU Steel Summit Conference with registration fees waived

• A video of the award being presented

• Recognition in the form of a trophy or plaque that can be proudly displayed

• Invitation to membership in the new NEXGEN Metals Community

You can learn more about what makes a good nominee, how to produce a good nomination, and instructions on how to go through the process by clicking here. If you have any questions, please reach out to

NEXGEN Metals Community

Steel Market Update – with the cooperation of past NexGen Leadership Award Winners, nominees, and other highly motivated young executives within the greater metals communities – have come together to start the NEXGEN Metals Community organization. This is a FREE organization that is being supported by Steel Market Update/CRU and other industry sponsors who recognize the value of having a youth-focused organization for the industry.

The NEXGEN Metals Community is an attempt to provide a forum for those 40 or younger who are involved in the metals industry. As mentioned above, there is no cost to join the organization which you can do by clicking here.

NEXGEN Metals Community members will be given a platform to learn, network, and grow into tomorrow’s decision-makers.

There are benefits for those who join the community:

• 30% discounts for the SMU Steel Summit and Tampa Steel Conferences as well as our training workshops

• Complimentary access to exclusive NEXGEN Metals Community member events

• VIP networking cocktail reception at the SMU Steel Summit Conference

• Annual NEXGEN Metals Community meeting at the Tampa Steel Conference

• Educational webinars including professional development and training opportunities

• Access to a private LinkedIn Group – NEXGEN Metals Community – for networking and insights

• Networking opportunities include access to C-level executives, speakers, mentors, and peers

• Complimentary three-month trial subscription to Steel Market Update

By John Packard,

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