Steel Summit 2017- August 28-30, 2017 - Atlanta, GA

Steel Summit: The Fastest Growing Steel Conference in North America.

• 95% of attendees are actively associated with the flat rolled steel industry in North America and around the world:
  Decision makers from manufacturing companies, distribution, trading, steel mills, wholesalers, toll processors,
  and logistics.

• Networking, networking, networking. We have an intimate environment where people can meet to develop or
  cement relationships. The steel industry is a people’s business and SMU Steel Summit Conferences are where
  steel executives want to be.

• Learn from experts in the fields of economics and market analysis, banking, commodities, international trade
  and regulation, steel, and the auto, construction and energy markets, about topics critical to the North American
  Steel Market.

• Learn where steel prices and commodities are headed in 2018.

• Conveniently located adjacent to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Low airfares, and easy
  access. Enjoy the conference and fly out without ever renting a car or cab.

• A world-class conference facility.

Where: Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Georgia International Convention Center.

Lead Hotel: Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel (adjacent to the Georgia International Convention Center)

Dates: August 28, 29, & 30, 2017

Additional details can be found on the conference tabs below.

We are still in the planning stages of this conference,
and updates will be made as they occur.

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Confirmed Speakers:

John Anton

John Anton

Principal Economist - Steel
IHS Global Insight, Inc.

Recognized for his expertise in the ferrous metals industry, John Anton is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel and producing regular forecasts of steel production, demand, and price.

Prior to joining IHS in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, Florida and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, Virginia.

Alan Beaulieu

Alan Beaulieu

Institute for Trend Research

Dr. Alan Beaulieu (PhD) is President & Principal for ITR Economics. He is Senior Economic Advisor to the National Association of Wholesale-Distributors, and Senior Economist for Numerous domestic and foreign trade associations. He is considered one of the country’s most informed economists.

He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also coauthored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes..

Chris Kuehl

Chris Kuehl

Partner, Managing Director
Armada Corporate Intelligence

Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD) is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He is the Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Management and is on the Board of Advisors for their global division – Finance, Credit and International Business.

Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for more than 15 years.

Lewis Leibowitz

Lewis Leibowitz

The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz

Lewis Leibowitz practices in the areas of international trade law, customs law, and international commercial transactions. He represents clients before all federal courts and agencies dealing with international trade matters. Mr. Leibowitz advises and assists clients in diverse matters including trade remedies, customs, foreign-trade zones and free trade agreements, trade negotiations, and related matters.

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson

Senior Fellow
Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

Daniel R. Pearson is a senior fellow in the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, which is focused on pursuit of free trade.

He served on the U.S. International Trade Commission, including chairman. Pearson previously was assistant vice president of public affairs for Cargill, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN, and a policy analyst.

He was the agricultural legislative assistant to Senator Rudy Boschwitz, and he farmed near Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Pearson holds BS and MS degrees in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

Timna Tanners

Timna Tanners

Metals and Mining Analyst
Bank of America - Merrill Lynch

Timna Tanners is a managing director and U.S. Metals and Mining and U.S. Oilfield Services analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which she joined in May 2011.

She was ranked first in the Metals & Mining category by Institutional Investor Magazine for the four years from 2013 to 2016, and received other top rankings from Greenwich Associates and Brendan Wood surveys.

Ms. Tanners has a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA, a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

Our 2017 conference is still in the planning stage,
additional speaker information will be announced soon.


Tentative Schedule as of February 7th, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017
2:30 - 6:00 PM

Registration Available at Marriott Hotel Lobby

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Pre-Summit Program

5:00 PM SMU Informal Registration Reception at Marriott Hotel Bar
Sponsorship available
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
7:00 AM Registration in Georgia International Convention Center Lobby
Coffee Sponsored by Magic Coil Products
8:00 AM Welcome to the 7th Steel Summit Conference
John Packard, Publisher
Steel Market Update
8:15 AM World & US Economies: Recognizing Challenges and Opportunities
Chris Kuehl, Managing Director
Armada Corporate Intelligence
9:30 AM

China, Europe, and The World Focus

10:30 AM Break
Sponsorsed by Kenwal
10:50 AM Fireside Chat: Mill CEO
11:50 PM

Sponsorship available

12:50 PM Scrap and Raw Materials
1:50 PM Break
Sponsorship available
2:10 PM

The Debate Continues: Steel Industry Forecasts: 2018 and Beyond
Timna Tanners, Research Analyst, Metals and Mining
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research
John Anton, Principal Economist - Steel
IHS Global Insight, Inc.

3:10 PM

What Do You Think? Interactive with SMU App

3:15 PM To Be Determined
4:00 PM End of Day 1 Session
4:15 - 5:15 PM

Networking Reception in Lobby of GICC
Sponsorship available.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:00 AM Doors Open at GICC - Registration
Coffee Sponsored by Alliance Steel
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
John Packard, Publisher
Steel Market Update
8:15 AM To Be Determined
9:15 AM Break
Sponsorship available
9:35 AM

Keynote Speaker: The Business Cycle and Forecasts for 2018 and Beyond
Dr. Alan Beaulieu, Principal
Institute for Trend Research

10:20 AM Foreign Trade: Asian and World Steel Pricing
11:20 AM

OEM Segment
Manufacturing Panel To Be Determined

12:20 PM Lunch
Sponsorship available
1:20 PM Fireside Chat: Mill CEO
2:20 PM Future of the Steel Industry and Bringing New Talent to the Industry
3:20 PM Closing Remarks
John Packard, Publisher
Steel Market Update
3:30 PM Until We Meet Again - Conference Concludes



Our Steel Summit Conference will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center conveniently located beside the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Georgia's newest and second largest convention center, the GICC is uniquely positioned to offer our attendees unprecedented convenience. The world's only convention center directly connected to a major airport, the modern facility embodies the grace and efficiency of flight itself.

SMU Events App

Our mobile technology gives all our attendees a unique conference experience. With award-winning Double-dutch software, we provide direct access to all our conference materials as well as direct communications between our attendees…on any mobile device.

With the SMU Events smartphone App everything is at your fingertips:
• Conference agenda
• Speakers and their Bios
• Complete list attendees, sponsors and exhibitors
• View a list of those attending
• Connect, and engage with other attendees

Once you have registered for the conference, you will be provided download instructions and a password. You should download the app as soon as possible. [NOTE: Conference data will not be available until 30-45 days before the conference.]

More information about the SMU Events App can be found here. App Download instructions can be found here.


$1250 per person. Includes the full three day conference and lunches.


  • $100 Discount per person if their company is a Steel Market Update member
  • $100 Discount per person if their company sends 2 or more people.

Media Guideline

Steel Market Update welcomes our media representative partners to our conferences, we provide these guidelines in accordance with standard media practice here.

Cancellation Policy:

- Steel Market Update will provide a full refund to attendees if a cancellation is requested 30 days or more prior to the start of the event.
- If a cancellation is requested less than 30 days prior to the start of the event, attendees may substitute another person from their company, or a credit memo can be issued for use in a future Steel Market Update Event.
- No cancellations may be requested after the start of an event.

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The Atlanta Gateway Marriott Hotel is located at 2020 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337. We have negotiated a special rate for Steel Summit attendees of $139 per night. Click here to book your stay.

The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel is located at 2091 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337. If the Gateway Marriott become sold out, we will use the SpringHill Suites as our back up hotel.

Both hotels are quickly and easily accessible from the complimentary Atlanta Airport SkyTrain. The hotels are a two minute walk from the Georgia International Convention Center.

Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott Brochure

Atlanta Airport SkyTrain Directions

Atlanta Visitors Bureau Restaurant Recommendations



A Steel Summit Conference sponsorship provides you the opportunity for exposure to senior executives in the steel, manufacturing, distribution and other industries. Enhance your brand, develop leads, and increase awareness with 400 conference attendees as well as the more than 3,000 readers of Steel Market Update.

Sponsorships and exhibit opportunities are available in a range of price levels. All sponsors and exhibitors receive brand and company exposure on signage, big screen displays in the general sessions, the conference program, the SMU website, our SMU Events App and more. There are numerous networking opportunities throughout the conference process to engage buyers and develop leads.

A limited number of sponsorships and exhibit opportunities are available for Steel Summit 2017, make your reservations early to ensure the best space. You can download our Sponsorship Brochure here. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us at 1-800-432-3475 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Event Properties

Event date: 08-28-2017 3:00 pm
Event End Date: 08-30-2017 4:00 pm
Individual Price $1,250.00
Location Atlanta, GA

Group Rate

Number registrants Rate/Person($)
Individual Price $1,250.00
2 $1,150.00
3 $1,150.00
4 $1,150.00
5 $1,150.00
6 $1,150.00
7 $1,150.00
8 $1,150.00
9 $1,150.00
10 $1,150.00
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