Steel Summit 2018- August 27-29, 2018 - 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 2019.

• 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 (GICC).

Lead Hotel: Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel 

Backup Hotels: The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel and The Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel

Dates: August 27-29, 2018


Additional details can be found on the conference tabs below.



Confirmed Speakers:

We are still in the planning stages of Steel Summit 2018. 



We are still in the planning stages of Steel Summit 2018. View our 2017 conference schedule below.


Monday, August 28, 2017
12:00 - 6:00 PM

Registration Available at Marriott Hotel Lobby

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Pre-Summit Program* at Marriott Hotel, Salons E-H
Understanding Trade Complaints (Section 232, Section 337, Section 201, AD/CVD, Circumvention, Self-Initiation)

    Lewis Leibowitz, Owner
        The Law Offices of Lewis E Leibowitz
Dan Pearson, Fellow
        The Cato Institute (and former ITC Chairman)
Sponsored by Flack Global Metals

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Pre-Summit Program* at Marriott Hotel, Salons E-H
Fact-Based Steel Negotiations: Gross Margin Alignment, Lining Up Cost and Sales, Mitigate Risks with a Risk Strategy, and Reduce Volatility for your Company

    Ryan Huff, Associate Partner
        Applied Value Group
Sponsored by Flack Global Metals


*NOTE: The Pre-Summit Program is at the Marriott Hotel, NOT the Georgia International Convention Center

5:00 PM SMU Informal Registration Reception at Marriott Hotel Bar
Sponsored by Flack Global Metals
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, President & CEO
         Steel Market Update
8:15 AM Keynote SpeakerWorld & US EconomiesThe Impact of Economic Trends on Manufacturing
     Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director
        Armada Corporate Intelligence
9:15 AM Break
Sponsored by Kenwal Steel
9:35 AM International Panel – How What Happens in China, Europe and Mexico Impacts U.S. Steel Markets
    Philipp Englin, CEO
        World Steel Dynamics
    Santiago Rico, Head of Strategy
        ArcelorMittal Mexico
10:35 AM A Deep Dive on CommoditiesFerrous Scrap, Zinc, Aluminum, Iron Ore
    John Harris, CEO
        Aaristic Services Inc.
    Lisa Reisman, Co-Founder & Executive Editor
    Kurt Fowler, Regional Head, Americas
        The Steel Index, S&P Global Platts
11:50 AM

Sponsored by Nucor

12:50 PM

The Debate ContinuesSteel Industry Forecasts: 2018 and Beyond
     Timna Tanners, Research Analyst, Metals and Mining
         Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research
     John Anton, Senior Principal Economist
         IHS Markit

1:50 PM

What Do You Think? Interactive with SMU App
Sponsored by Pacesetter

2:10 PM Break
Sponsored by Majestic Steel USA
2:30 PM Trade Panel – "Free and Fair Trade" What Does That Mean?
    Dan Pearson, Senior Fellow, Trade Policy Studies
        Cato Institute
    Lewis Leibowitz, Attorney
        The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
    Philip Bell, President
        Steel Manufacturers Association 
    William Gaskin, President Emeritus
        Precision Metalforming Association 
4:00 PM End of Day 1 Session
4:00 - 5:30 PM

Networking Reception in Lobby of GICC
Sponsored by Heidtman Steel

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:00 AM Doors Open at GICCRegistration
Coffee Sponsored by Alliance Steel
8:00 AM Opening Remarks
     John Packard, President & CEO
         Steel Market Update
8:15 AM Keynote SpeakerA Good Year Ahead
   Dr. Alan Beaulieu, Principal
         Institute for Trend Research
9:15 AM Break
Sponsored by MidWest Materials, Inc.
9:35 AM What Does Manufacturing Think? Open Discussion on the Economy, Trade and the Steel Industry
    Barry Zekelman, Executive Chairman and CEO
        Zekelman Industries
    Paul Gintner, President
        BTD Manufacturing. Inc
    Phil Raimondo, President & CEO
        Behlen Mfg. Co.
10:35 AM Break
Sponsored by Red Bud Industries
10:55 AM

A Conversation with Big River Steel CEO David Stickler
    David Stickler, CEO
         Big River Steel
    John Packard, President & CEO
        Steel Market Update

11:55 AM Lunch
Sponsored by Ryerson
12:45 PM Special Presentation - How did we get here (politically) and what will it take to get out?
    Michael Smerconish, Political Analyst and Host of CNN's Smerconish
2:00 PM

The Youth of the Industry Speak- How to Attract, Hire and Retain Young People in Manufacturing and Steel Distribution
Jack Bellissimo, Manager, Corporate Sourcing (Steel)
        Hubbell, Inc.
    Gaurav Chhibbar, Raw Materials Lead
        Cargill Metals
    Justin Philipp, People Area Director

3:00 PM Until We Meet AgainConference Concludes
     John Packard, President & CEO
         Steel Market Update



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.


To be determined.

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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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We will negotiate room blocks with the following hotels, please hold any bookings until then:

The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel - 888-239-1203
The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel - 888-287-9400
The Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel - 800-468-3571

These hotels are all located next to the GICC and accessible from the Atlanta Airport SkyTrain.  All three hotels are easily accessible from the complimentary Atlanta Airport SkyTrain and are all a two-minute walk from the Georgia International Convention Center.

Atlanta Airport SkyTrain Directions
Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott Website
SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway Website
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel Website
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 650 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 2018, we will have the details available in the coming months. 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: 08-27-2018 3:00 pm
Event End Date: 08-29-2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price $1.00
Location Atlanta, GA

Group Rate

Number registrants Rate/Person($)
Individual Price $1.00
10 $1.00
9 $1.00
8 $1.00
7 $1.00
6 $1.00
5 $1.00
4 $1.00
3 $1.00
2 $1.00
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