Grant D. Aldonas
-Principal Managing Director of Split Rock International, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade from 2001-2005, former Chief International Trade Counsel to the Senate Finance Commitee.
Steel trade has played a significant role in each stage of Mr. Aldonas’ career. As Under Secretary of Commerce, he oversaw steel trade policy in the Bush administration, including the use of the trade laws and efforts to launch talks aimed at reducing excess capacity worldwide. As Chief International Trade Counsel with the Finance Committee, he led the effort to develop a coherent steel trade policy and, in the process, defeat legislation that would have imposed harmful quotas. In private practice, Mr. Aldonas represented private clients in trade actions before the Commerce Department, the International Trade Commission, USTR, and the federal courts. And, while serving at USTR as the Director for South American and Caribbean Affairs, he negotiated voluntary restraints on steel imports from Latin America as part of President Reagan’s steel program.
Today, Grant D. Aldonas is the principal managing director of Split Rock International, a Washington, D.C.-based trade and investment-consulting firm he founded in 2006. Mr. Aldonas also serves as Executive Director of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University’s Law Center, and is a member of the board of directors of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Prior to launching Split Rock, Mr. Aldonas had a distinguished career in law, business, and government focusing on international trade and investment. He was, from 2001-2005, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. In that capacity, advised the President and Secretary of Commerce on international economic matters, led U.S. export promotion efforts, and managed a federal agency with a budget of $350 million and 2,400 employees in 80 countries worldwide. During his tenure, among other matters, he headed up a manufacturing initiative and dealt with the Section 201 steel tariff.
Prior to his nomination as Under Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Aldonas served as Majority Chief International Trade Counsel with the Senate Finance Committee, the top trade policy position in Congress. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Congress enacted several historic trade bills, including the Trade and Development Act of 2000 and legislation normalizing trade relations with China following its accession to the World Trade Organization.
Before joining the Finance Committee, Mr. Aldonas was a partner with Miller & Chevalier, a Washington, D.C. law firm, where he built a substantial practice focused on international trade and investment, tax, defense procurement, export controls and economic sanctions, and the development of corporate compliance programs.
Mr. Aldonas began his career in Washington as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He served in significant positions in Mexico and in the Department before moving to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
-Director, Steel Analytics, Pricing and Purchasing, IHS Markit
John Anton is the Steel Director of the IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service. The outlook for steel prices is formed by close monitoring of the industry and contact with executives at steel makers and end users. In addition to producing regular forecasts of steel production, demand and price, Mr. Anton is also responsible for managing the IHS relationship with major steel buyers involved in automotive, energy and pipeline companies, retailers, and manufacturing. Clients are located in the United States, Japan, India, East Asia, and Europe.
Mr. Anton joined IHS and its predecessors in 1995. Prior to that time, he was in the private practice of law, specializing in small business representation and in criminal defense work. Before attending law school, Mr. Anton worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an Economist/Statistician.
Regularly provides steel industry analysis to magazines and dailies such as American Metal Market, China Daily, Steel Market Update, Investor’s Business Daily, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bloomberg, and Engineering News Record.
-President, Steel Manufacturers Association
Philip K. Bell is President of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), which represents 25 North American steel producers and over 100 associate member companies across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico SMA producer members account for over 75% of domestic steel production, and employing over 60,000 people. SMA producer members have operations in 43 U.S. states and 115 congressional districts. The SMA serves as the voice of the North American Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) steel industry.
Prior to leading the SMA, Phil served as Director of External Communications and Public Affairs for Gerdau Long Steel North America, based in Tampa. He developed an interest in the steel industry and manufacturing in the late 1980's, while serving as an operations supervisor at Elementis Chromium, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has held executive level positions in operations, human resources and public affairs with Gerdau, the SGL Carbon Group, and Qualitech Steel Corporation.
Phil 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, agreements, and other trade-related matters. He represents domestic steel producers as part of the U.S. delegation to the OECD steel committee, and the North American Steel Trade Committee (NASTC). He is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Class of 2010. Additionally he is on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) and is a member of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).
Phil is a graduate of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, and holds a master's degree in Global Strategic Communications from the University of Florida.
Chris Casey, PhD
-Executive Director, Independent Steel Alliance
Chris Casey, Ph.D., is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Independent Steel Alliance (ISA). ISA is a first-of-its-kind purchasing alliance formed among independently owned and operated rebar fabricators in the U.S. and Canada. ISA was launched in 2012 and has steadily grown its membership and supplier base, with the members collectively representing over 10% of the total rebar market consumption in the U.S. and Canada. The goal of ISA is to assemble and leverage the group's volume purchasing potential for financial benefit. ISA Fabricator members represent the "best and brightest" among independedn rebar fabricators in the U.S. and Canada. Since forming ISA, Casy has become a recognized expert, speaker and advisor representing the unique needs and interests of this particular niche within the steel industry.
Prior to forming ISA, Casey was the President and second-generation owner of Bec-Don Ringgold, Inc., an independent supplier of fabricated reinforcing steel to the construction industry.
Before joining the family business in 1996, Casey was consultant in the field of information systems management, and worked with manufacturing and banking companies to prepare their core information systems for the transition into the Year 2000.
For over a decade, Casey served on the National Board of Directors for the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; was a past Board Chairman for the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce; and served for two years on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. At the age of 39, Casey was recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's "40 under 40" rising professionals.
Raised in Atlanta, Casey earned a Bachelor's degree in Management and an MBA in Information Systems, both degrees from Georgia State University. In 2013 he earned a Ph.D in Leadership from Capella University. For his dissertation, Casey produced a quantative study on how family businesses can define and measure success [ProQuest Publication No. 3588059].
-President and International Trade Counsel, American Institute for International Steel
Richard Chriss is an accomplished attorney with a broad background in international trade law and policy both on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch of the United States Government. He received graduate training in public policy and economics at Harvard University and studied international law at the University of London.
Richard served as Senator Chuck Grassley’s international trade counsel, on both his personal and Senate Finance Committee staffs. In that role, Richard was involved in drafting bills and helping develop legislative strategy for a number of key trade initiatives, including Trade Promotion Authority, the Africa Trade Bill, FTA implementing legislation, and other similar legislation.
While working with the Finance Committee, Richard managed nine Committee trade hearings, coordinated Committee oversight of federal departments and agencies, and aided in preparation for WTO meetings, including Ministerial Conference meetings.
Richard later served for two years as Senior Counsel to the Under Secretary for International Trade in the Department of Commerce, where he was involved in a broad range of trade and economic policy matters.
Then-Ambassador Rob Portman asked Richard to work with him at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, a job he held for about six years. In this position, he worked on the WTO Doha Round negotiations in Geneva, the US-Korea trade agreement (KORUS) in Korea and in the United States, China trade issues, and other related matters. Richard left USTR in mid-2011 to create and manage his own firm to primarily advise American businesses on trade matters, including trade negotiations, market access, and trade compliance issues.
- Chair of Export Controls and National Security Group, Foley & Lardner LLP
Gregory Husisian is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Husisian is chair of the firm's Export Controls and National Security Practice, focusing on international regulatory issues posed by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ecnonomic sanctions, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Exports Administraiton Regulations (EAR), and Nuclear Regulatory Commission export controls, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and teh antiboycott regulations. He also represenets companies with national security concerns in acquisitions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Mr. Husisian is co-chair of the firms's Automotive Industry Team, and a memeber of the Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice, the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Pracitce, and the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry and International Teams.
In addition to his enforcement counseling, Mr. Husisian counsels clients regarding risk-management and compliance, including through the conduct of comprehensive risk assessments, the creation of compliance programs, the construction of internal controls, and the establishment of national and international compliance and risk management departments.
Mr. Husisian also represents clients in international trade litigation, including antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, section 332 invesitigations, and GSP issues before the U.S. Trade Representative. He represents clients in appeals before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as in cases before NAFTA Panels. Before entering private practice, Mr. Husisian clerked fo the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Husisian graduated from Cornell University (B.A., double major, economics and government, with honors in law and public policy, 1987). He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1990, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was managing editor of the Cornell law Review and the national editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
-Owner, The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
Lewis advises clients on international trade opportunities and challenges dealing with law and government policy. He specializes in trade remedy actions, particularly helping commercial consumers and importers in navigating trade remedy cases involving basic industrial materials including steel.
A noted specialist in the law and policies affecting industrial consumers, international economic development and global competitiveness, he advises on trade and investment-related international agreements, as well as related concepts in the U.S. and in other countries. He has spoken frequently on trade remedy cases and their likely impact on the industries filing them and on those downstream customers affected by them.
Lewis has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of international trade matters, having represented clients in trade matters for nearly four decades. He also handles Customs-related matters dealing with classification, valuation, country of origin, foreign trade zones and penalties.
An acknowledged leader in free zones worldwide, Lewis was chairman of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and participated in the creation of the World Free Zones Organization.
Most recently, before starting Mazzaferro Research, Aldo Mazzaferro was a Managing Director and Senior Analyst for steel and metals at Macquarie Capital (USA) in New York. He held that post from 2011 to September 2017. That position capped off a 36-year Wall Street career researching the steel industry.
Aldo’s career began in the equity research department of Standard & Poor’s Corporation in NYC in 1981 where he was assigned the steel industry for research coverage. He also covered coal, industrials and environmental stocks there. He was designated a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1984 (CFA membership #8021). In 1985, he moved to J&W Seligman & Co., a mutual fund manager, and then joined C.J. Lawrence as steel analyst in 1987, shortly before its acquisition by Deutsche Bank.
Aldo remained as senior steel analyst at Deutsche Bank from 1987 until 1998, when he left to co-found Anvil Capital, a steel and metals equities hedge fund in NYC. From Anvil, he joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and led a globally recognized steel research franchise for eight years. In 2008, he left Goldman to join Steel Development Company, LLC., a start-up steel company attempting to build and operate a series of four rebar micro-mills and a large flat roll mill.
In July 2010 Aldo began a return to Wall Street and joined Burke & Quick Partners, an equity trading and research boutique on Long Island, NY. In August 2011 Aldo moved to Macquarie Capital in New York City, where he assumed the role of senior global steel and metals analyst.
Over his career, he was selected six times by Institutional Investor Magazine as an All-Star Steel Analyst and was ranked four times by The Wall Street Journal for superior stock picking. In his present role as Managing Partner and Director of Research at Mazzaferro Research, Aldo continues to research and write on the steel industry, provides investment research to institutional clients, and does consulting work for investors, corporations and financial institutions.
-Editor Emeritus, American Metal Market
Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin is a career-long trade journalist, who has spent more than four decades covering steel, nonferrous metals and other process industries.
As executive editor of American Metal Market (AMM), a division of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, she headed the editorial operations of AMM’s daily edition for more than decade and a half. Recently retired, Jo just completed an interim stint as editor of American Metal Market’s print magazine and continues to contribute on a regular basis to AMM and Metal Bulletin Holdings’ family of electronic and print products.
In recent years, O’Loughlin has used her expertise to analyze and interpret events of great importance to the metals supply chain. Recent projects include “The Tom Graham Chronicles,” a video interview tracing the legendary career of a steel industry icon and a comprehensive look at the “new” Japanese steel industry.
Prior to joining AMM in 2000, Jo held positions with major U.S. publishers, including McGraw-Hill and Penton Media Inc., and has freelanced with organizations ranging from the American Management Association to the Japan Steel Information Center. She is the founding editor of AMM magazine and has served as editor-in-chief and a contributing editor of 33 Metal Producing and written for publications ranging from Business Week and Buyside to corporate newsletters for clients including Union Carbide, Verizon, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
O’Loughlin has received numerous Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, presented by American Business Media, for editorial excellence.
Alan Price is a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, and chair of the firm’s International Trade Practice, which was recently recognized by Law360 as “Practice Group of the Year” for the seventh straight year. With more than 30 years of experience representing clients in high-profile and complex international trade matters, he also counsels clients on bilateral and multilateral agreements, trade legislation, customs regulation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance issues, escape clause investigations, and World Trade Organization dispute resolution. Mr. Price leads the firm’s antidumping and countervailing duty practice, and he represents a number of domestic producers seeking import relief on steel products and steel containing products.
Mr. Price regularly participates in Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development committee meetings on steel and trade. He has particular expertise on China capacity issues related to the metals industry, having authored three authoritative studies: “The China Syndrome,” “Money for Metal,” and “Raw Deal.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently appointed him to a select group of experts to develop recommendations on international competition policy for the incoming administration and Congress.
Mr. Price received his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School, and obtained his B.A. with high honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
-Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Phelps came to the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) in 1996, and retired at the end of 2013. He currently resides in both Northern Virginia and The Villages, in central Florida, while participating in Platts-SBB steel training seminars and planning for the annual Tampa Steel Conference. He remains active in the never-ending debate on steel protectionism as a consultant on international steel trade. He also is involved in a local Catholic school as a substitute teacher and volunteers at a Hospice in central Florida.
As president at AIIS he was responsible for helping AIIS fulfill its mission to support free trade and economic growth through competition in the steel trade, and to oppose protectionist barriers to trade, including tariffs, non-tariff barriers and subsidies. 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) for nearly 15 years. His areas of responsibility were customs, transportation, and public policy issues affecting steel market development programs. Mr. Phelps holds an M.A. in economics from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and a B.S. in economics from George Mason University, in Virginia.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee - Luncheon Speaker
Derrick Brooks was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, where he remained to play his entire fourteen season professional career. He is widely considered one of the best linebackers in NFL history. An eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII .
In February 2014, Derrick received one of the highest honors of his life by being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was inducted in Canton, Ohio. In August of 2014 he was inducted into the Capitol One Academic All America Hall of Fame. In September of 2014, Derrick was enshrined into the Ring of Honor by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where they retired his jersey and the number 55 will never be worn by another Buccaneer player. Derrick Brooks added another honor to his already sparkling resume when he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2016. Derrick is currently serving as an appeals officer for the National Football League, as well as president of the Tampa Bay Storm.
Brooks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business communications at Florida State University where he was a three time first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, two times First –team All-American, and a member of the 1993 Seminoles National Championship team. In November 2010, Florida State retired Seminoles jersey number 10 in honor of Brooks and he was also inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame. He went on to earn his Master’s in Business Communications from FSU in 1999, and his Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Leo University in 2006.
Recognized as often for his hard work in the community as he is for his hard hits on the football field, Brooks has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including being a co-recipient of the 2000 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year award, the 2003 Bart Starr Award, and the 2004 Bryon “Whizzer” White Award, and the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players association, all of which recognize an NFL player annually for their commitment to the communities in which they live.