John Packard - Master of Ceremonies

President and CEO, Steel Market Update

John Packard is the President and CEO of Steel Market Update. John spent 31 years actively selling steel in the service center, trading company and steel mill segments of the industry. He started Steel Market Update in 2004 as a way of communicating with his customers and in 2008, Steel Market Update was incorporated as a provider of market intelligence to the steel industry. He also founded the SMU Steel Summit Conference, which has become the leading steel conference in North America, as well as a group of successful steel training workshops. Earlier this year the CRU Group, a global leader in steel analysis, price assessments, consulting and events acquired Steel Market Update.

John Anton

Associate Director – Pricing and Purchasing, IHS Markit                

Mr. John Anton is an associate director and the lead steel expert in the Pricing and Purchasing Service at IHS Markit.   Recognized for his expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel. Mr. Anton also specializes in forecasting commodities and works closely with the Energy and Economics teams at IHS Markit to identify the specific impacts of changing oil price and alternative oil price scenarios. Prior to joining IHS, now IHS Markit, in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Mr. John Anton received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, US, and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, US.

Richard Chriss

President, American Institute for International Steel

Philip Bell

President, Steel Manufacturers Assocation

Lewis Leibowitz

The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz

Jerry Parrish, PhD

Chief Economist, Florida Chamber

Dr. Jerry D. Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.  In that role, he is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on the Florida economy and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future.

Dr. Parrish previously was the Chief Economist and Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University, and has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies.

Dr. Parrish is also an Adjunct in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University.  He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.