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.



Confirmed Speakers:

John Anton

John Anton

Principal Economist - Steel
IHS Markit

Mr. John Anton is Director, Steel Analytics, Pricing and Purchasing for IHS Markit. Recognized for his expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel and he produces 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 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.

Philip Bell

Philip Bell

Steel Manufacturers Association

Philip K Bell is President of the Washington, D.C. based Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA). The SMA represents 28 North American EAF steel producers and more than 100 associate companies. SMA members account for over 75% of domestic steelmaking capacity.

Mr. Bell currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC 12), advising the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on trade policy, trade agreements, and other trade related matters that benefit U.S. businesses, workers, and the economy.

He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA). He is also a member of the Association of Iron & Steel Technology.

Philipp Englin

Philipp Englin

World Steel Dynamics

Philipp Englin has been CEO of World Steel Dynamics since 2012, having worked closely with Peter Marcus and Karlis Kirsis – WSD founders – in developing the global steel market outlook. In addition, Mr. Englin is developing the WSD Global Steel Information System – a suite of strategic information tools aimed at capturing and modeling key aspects of the global steel industry; He leads the firm’s consulting efforts.

Mr. Englin holds bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering & philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul Gintner

Paul Gintner

BTD Manufacturing, Inc.

Paul Gintner is the President of BTD, a contract metal fabricator and a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation.

Paul has over 30 years metal fabrication experience, from tool and die designer, EDM operator, tool room / engineering manager, estimator, sales engineer, sales account manager, general manager, COO and finally becoming President of BTD in 2005. In 1995 the company was sold to Otter Tail Corporation.

Paul earned an associate degree in tool design from AIT with a focus on die and fixture designs.

John Harris

John Harris

Aaristic Services Inc.

Mr. Harris is a frequent speaker on Global Metallics (raw materials for the steelmaking process) and performs project consultancy work for global clients involved in the international metallic markets.

He consults for mining companies, manufacturers, the steel industry, and scrap recycling organizations and has been a regular speaker at conference meetings for The International Iron Metallics Association, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and The Canadian Association of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Mr. Harris retired from ArcelorMittal in Jun 2011 after 11 years as Director, Raw Materials, Technical Applications. He is a graduate of Boston University College of Engineering and a member of The Association of Professional Engineers of Canada.

Ryan Huff

Ryan Huff

Associate Partner
Applied Value

Mr. Ryan Huff is a Partner at Applied Value and the Managing Director of Applied Value’s US Business. He was previously Chairman of the Board for one of Applied Value’s mining investments and Co-Leads Applied Value’s metals and mining group.

Mr. Huff has ~10 years of experience in management consulting. His areas of expertise include Strategic Sourcing, Raw materials, VA/VE, Gross Margin Improvement, SG&A efficiency, IT efficiency, Turnaround management, General Business Strategy, and functional training. Mr. Huff has experience delivering high quality and financially impactful results within the Automotive, Process, Oil & Gas, CPG, White Goods, Industrial Manufacturing, and Telecom industries.

From a Steel Industry perspective, Mr. Huff has worked with over 30 clients in the area of steel procurement, guiding strategy, execution, and transformation of Steel Procurement organizations to World-Class levels. His areas of expertise include Negotiations, Cost Analysis, Value Chain Optimization and Risk Assessment/Mitigation Strategies. He is based out of Applied Value’s New York office.

Chris Kuehl

Chris Kuehl

Partner, Managing Director
Armada Corporate Intelligence

Dr. Chris Kuehl (PhD) is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and the chief economist for national and international organizations including the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, Finance, Credit and International Business and the Business Information Industry Association.

Prior to starting Armada he was a professor of economics and finance – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.

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 a term as 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.

Philip Raimondo

Philip Raimondo

President & CEO
Behlen Mfg. Co.

Philip M Raimondo is President & CEO of Behlen Mfg. Co. Phil has held a variety of positions in his 26 years with the company; including COO, President of Behlen Engineered Plastics, President of International and Diversified Products, Director of Quality and Human Resources, Manufacturing Manager, and Regional Plant Manager. Phil is on the Board of Directors of the MBMA (Metal Building Manufacturers Association).

Phil received his BSEE (’84) and MBA (’98) degrees from Purdue University. He lives in Columbus, Nebraska with his wife of 33 years Mary. They have 5 children and one grandson.

Lisa Reisman

Lisa Reisman

Co-founder and Executive Editor

Lisa Reisman is the Chief Executive Officer of Azul Partners the parent company to the Spend Matters Network™, which consists of eleven sites guiding corporations how to make superior buying, sourcing and supply chain decisions.

David Stickler

David Stickler

Big River Steel

David Stickler is Chief Executive Officer of Big River Steel and one of the founding investors. Throughout his 20 years in the steel industry, Dave has invested in, structured and raised billions of dollars in capital for numerous high-profile steel projects. Dave frequently provides ongoing management assistance.

Dave has also led and structured transactions involving recycling companies and has partnered with a leading Silicon Valley firm to form a company focused on processing electronic waste. Dave also has extensive Wall Street investment banking experience and early in his career he served in the Reagan administration.

Dave holds an M.B.A from Northwestern University and a B.S. in accounting from Bowling Green State University.

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.

Barry Zekelman

Barry Zekelman

Chairman and CEO
Zekelman Industries

Barry M Zekelman is Chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries. Barry was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. In 1986 with the sudden passing of his father, ownership of Atlas Tube Inc. was assumed by Barry and his two brothers. In October 2006, John Maneely Company merged with Atlas Tube Inc. creating the largest independent tubing company in North America. In March of 2011 the Zekelmans’ purchased the remaining shares of JMC and in 2016 renamed the company Zekelman Industries. Today, Zekelman Industries produces over 2.4 million steel tons per year and employs over 2000 people throughout the United States and Canada.

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


Tentative Schedule as of April 25th, 2017

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

Registration Available at Marriott Hotel Lobby

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Pre-Summit Program at Marriott Hotel Salons E-H
Steel Negotiations – Gross Margin Alignment, Lining Up Cost and Sales, How to Mitigate Risks with a Risk Strategy, and Volatility Reduction for your company.

    Ryan Huff, Associate Partner
        Applied Value Group

5:00 PM SMU Informal Registration Reception at Marriott Hotel Bar
Reception 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, Publisher
         Steel Market Update
8:15 AM World & US EconomiesThe Impact of Economic Trends on Manufacturing
     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, Chief Executive Officer
        World Steel Dynamics
    Santiago Rico, Head of Strategy
        ArcelorMittal Mexico
10:35 AM Segment To Be Determined
11:35 AM

Sponsored by Nucor

12:35 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

1:35 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 – What Does Fair & Equitable Trade 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 
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, Publisher
         Steel Market Update
8:15 AM Fireside Chat – Status of The Launch (Tminus1)
    David Stickler, CEO
        Big River Steel
9:15 AM Break
Sponsored by MidWest Materials, Inc.
9:35 AM Commodities, Zinc & Scrap
    Speakers to be determined
10:35 AM

KeynoteA Good Year Ahead
    Dr. Alan Beaulieu, Principal
         Institute for Trend Research

12:00 PM Lunch
Sponsored by Ryerson
1:00 PM Manufacturing OEM/CEO PanelOpen with discussion of the markets
    Barry M. Zekelman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
        Zekelman Industries
    Paul Ginter, President
        BTD Manufacturing. Inc
    Phil Raimondo, President & CEO
        Behlen Mfg. Co.
2:00 PM Break
Sponsored by Redbud Industries
2:10 PM Raw MaterialsFireside Chat
    Speakers to be determined
3:10 PM Until We Meet AgainConference Concludes
     John Packard, Publisher
         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.


$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 Guidelines

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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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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.

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Atlanta Airport SkyTrain Directions

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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.">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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