2020 Agenda

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Registration/Information desk open in hotel lobby, SW Corner, The Terrace
Tampa Marriott Water Street, 505 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602


Early Bird Reception
Tampa Marriott Water Street - Terrace (former Il Terazzo; off SW corner of hotel lobby)

Thursday, February 6, 2020


Registration/Information desk open in hotel lobby, SW Corner, The Terrace
(Name badges will also be available at the Networking Reception)


Buses Depart Marriott for Tampa Steel Conference Golf Tournament

8:30A – 1:30P 

Tampa Steel Conference Golf Tournament
Cheval Golf & Athletic Club
4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz, FL 33558


Shuttle departs Marriott for Tennis Tournament

10:00A – 1:00P 

Tampa Steel Conference Tennis Tournament
Sandra Freedman Tennis Facility
59 Columbia Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
4:00P      Meet in lobby of Marriott for Port Tour

4:00P - 5:00P 

Port of Tampa Harbor Tour
Aboard the Bay Spirit II

5:00P – 7:00P 

Tampa Steel Conference Networking Reception
Tampa Marriott Water Street, The Terrace (formerlly, Il Terazzo)
Conference name badges will be available at the reception

Friday, February 7, 2020

8:30A   Break Area and Networking  

Tampa Marriott Water Street, Florida Ballroom

9:00A – 9:25A   Welcome Remarks
                        Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay
                       The Honorable Jane Castor, City of Tampa Mayor
                        Doug Wray, Vice President, Commercial, Ports America
                        John Packard, Master of Ceremonies/President & CEO, Steel Market Update

9:25A – 9:55A  Session 1: "A 2020 View of Steel Market Price and Demand: A Lot of 'What' and a Little of 'Why'"
                        John Anton, Director of Steel Analytics / Pricing and Purchasing Service at IHS Markit 

9:55A - 10:40A  Session 2: Panel: "The Downstream Effects of Steel Tariffs and Quotas"
                       Lewis Leibowitz, The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
                       Blake Hurtik, Editor, Argus Metal Pricing, Argus Media Group 
10:40A - 10:55A   BREAK
10:55A - 11:40A  Session 3: Crossfire Panel - "U.S. Trade Policy Debated from Both Sides"

Moderator:   John Packard, Master of Ceremonies
Panelists:     Philip Bell, President Steel Manufacturers Association
                      Dave Sumoski, Exec VP-Merchant and Rebar Products at Nucor
                      Richard Chriss, President and International Trade Counsel, AIIS
                      John Foster, President of Kurt Orban Partners and Chairman of AIIS

11:40A -Noon Session 4: "How Population Growth and Economic Development are Fueling Florida's Construction Market"   

                        Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Noon - 1:20P Session 5: Networking Lunch & Keynote Session

Introduction:    Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay
Speaker:            Thaddeus M. Bullard, aka Titus O'Neil, WWE Superstar and Founder of the Bullard Family Foundation