Contributing Writers

John Packard

John Packard is the President and Publisher of Steel Market Update. Since 1977, he has been an active participant in the flat rolled steel business in North America. His background provides the unique flavor and quality of Steel Market Update. John has held positions in the service center, steel mill and trading company segments of the flat rolled steel industry. He founded Steel Market Update, Inc. in August 2008, although the newsletter has been produced since 2004 when it was used to convey market information to his customers. Reach John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800-432-3475.

Brett Linton

Brett Linton is a Steel Industry Analyst for Steel Market Update. He is a graduate of North Georgia College & State University with a degree in Finance. Mr. Linton joined SMU in April 2010 and is responsible for data management and analysis, market research, website management, and writing articles about the economy and steel industry. For more information, you can reach Brett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Peter Wright

Peter Wright is an Independent Contractor for Gerdau, Steel Market Update and the State of Wyoming. He is responsible for Steel Market Update's development and analysis of steel and economic indicators and is an instructor for SMU's Steel 101 Workshop. He has 50+ years of experience in the steel industry in metallurgy, quality engineering, sales and operations. He is nationally recognized as an expert on the long products market. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sandy Williams

Sandy Williams joined Steel Market Update as Editor and Writer in October 2012. She is a graduate of The University of Akron with degrees in Business Management, Public Relations and a Masters in higher education administration. She has experience in writing, marketing, and event planning for non-profit organizations. Mrs. Williams edits the SMU newsletter and writes articles. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ray Culley

Ray Culley is Principal at Iterations, LLC, a management consulting organization specializing in marketing and marketing communications, branding, project management, event management, research and analysis in the steel industry. Ray has a long history in steel, including as Market Analyst, Account Manager, Director of Customer Service and, most recently as General Manager Marketing & Commercial Services. He is a past member and board member of the American Iron and Steel Institute and The Automotive Industry action group, and a member of World Steel (IISI). Contact Ray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mario Briccetti

Mario Briccetti is the Principal of Briccetti & Associates a Supply Chain consulting firm. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. Since 2000 he has been in charge of purchasing for Nordyne (HVAC OEM manufacturer), Vice President of Purchasing for Gibraltar Strip Steel and most recently was Vice President of Purchasing for Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp a leading supplier of metal building panels. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

David Feldstein

David Feldstein brings an extensive knowledge of commodity markets along with a history of creative financial structuring. Prior to joining Flack Steel, he worked as a specialist at the Chicago Stock Exchange and a proprietary trader, trading equities, equity options, commodities, futures, options on futures, and currency futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Mr. Feldstein can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Paul Lowrey

Paul Lowrey is the Managing Director of Steel Research Associates, LLC - a consulting firm specializing in customized market studies for steel producers and processors. Mr. Lowrey has 15 years of experience in the steel industry. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Andre Marshall

Andre Marshall is the President and founder of Crunch Risk, LLC, a Risk Management and Brokerage firm specializing in Steel Futures. Mr. Marshal has over 20 years of commodity trading and financial risk management experience. He is the instructor for Steel Market Update’s Managing Price Risk workshops. Mr. Marshall can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



David Phelps

David Phelps is the immediate past President of AIIS. Prior to joining AIIS, Mr. Phelps worked as a customs and steel products consultant. He was also an officer at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), where he was employed for nearly 15 years. His areas of responsibility were customs, transportation, and public policy issues affecting steel market development programs. Mr. Phelps holds an MA in economics from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and a BS in economics from George Mason University in Virginia. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lewis Leibowitz

Lewis Leibowitz, Owner of the Law Office of Lewis E. 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.. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..