2022 Agenda


Draft - Please consider provisional; all speakers, topics and timings are liable to change.
All timings quoted in Eastern Standard Time (EST).  

This conference is the second largest steel conference of its type in North America (second only to the SMU Steel Summit Conference) with an expected attendance of 400-500 executives from the steel, port, and shipping communities.

We have expanded the program while maintaining the charm and networking opportunities which have long been associated with the conference.

The program will be the strongest and most comprehensive ever for the Tampa Steel Conference. Here are some of what you can expect while attending the Tampa Steel Conference.

Monday, February 14, 2022
3:00 pm Registration Opens 

Afternoon:  Port Tampa Bay Harbor Tour

Welcome Cocktail Reception - The event begins with a networking cocktail party in Marriott Water Street Hotel for those arriving early.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Golf Outing
9:00 am - 11:00 am - Port Tampa Bay Harbor Tour

1:30 pm - Special Program - Decarbonization Impact on Commodities & Flow of Materials

          - Hosted by Lynn Lupori, Head of Consulting, CRU

          - Other panelist TBA

This program will focus on the availability and flow of raw materials for steel making, the need for integrated steel mills, carbon border adjustment mechanisms on steel and steel containing goods, and more.

2:30 pm - Special Program - Transportation & Supply Chain Issues

          - Anton Posner, CEO, Mercury Resources

          - Doug Wray, Vice President Commercial, Ports America

          - Other panelists TBA

This program will focus on issues affecting the supply chain from ocean freight, to the ports, and from the ports to the customer.

3:30 pm - Special Program - Economic Outlook for the Steel Industry

          - Walter Kemmsies, Economist

Where will the economy be in February and what is the outlook for the balance of 2022 and into 2023.  How will the Biden adminsitration and infrastructure bill impact the steel industry and much more.

5:00 pm - Special Networking Reception - Marriott Water Street Hotel

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

8:00 am - Welcome Remarks from Port Tampa Bay, Mayor of Tampa and Steel Market Update

          - Paul Anderson, CEO, Port Tampa Bay

          - Honorable Jane Castor, Mayor, City of Tampa

          - John Packard, Steel Market Update

8:30 am - The Changing Steel Landscape

          - Paul Lowrey, Managing Director, Steel Research Associates

9:30 am - Fireside Chat with Lourenco Goncalves, CEO, Cleveland-Cliffs

          - Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President & CEO, Cleveland-Cliffs

          - John Packard, Steel Market Update

10:30 am - Crossfire Panel on Trade Issues

          - Phil Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association

          - Lewis Leibowitz, Principle, Offices of Lewis E. Leibowitz

          - Richard Chriss, President, American Metals Supply Chain Institute

          - Kevin Dempsey, President & CEO, American Iron & Steel Institute

11:30 am - CRU View on Steel Outlook & Pricing Forecast

          - Josh Spoores, Principal Analyst, CRU

12:00 Noon - Lunch

1:00 pm - Steel Buyers Panel of OEMs and Service Centers

          - John Farley, Senior Vice President and COO, McNichols

          - Bill Spiegel, CEO, Southwark

          - Mike Lerman, President, Steel Warehouse

          - Chris Shipp, Vice President Supply Chain, Priefert

2:00 pm - Analyst vs. Steel Executive - What Will the New Normal Look Like for Steel?

          - Todd Leebow, CEO, Majestic Steel

          - Timna Tanners, Wolfe Research

2:45 pm - Special Program TBA

3:30 - Close of Conference