Speakers That Joined us in 2022
Chairman President and CEO, Cleveland-Cliffs
Lourenco Goncalves was appointed Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in August 2014. Since joining the company, he has implemented and has been executing a strategic initiative designed to strengthen Cliffs’ position as a major player in the U.S. steel industry.
Mr Goncalves brings more than 30 years of experience in the metals and mining industries, as well as extensive Board experience, in the Un.ited States and abroad. Prior to Cliffs, he served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metals USA Holdings Corp. for over 10 years. Prior to Metals USA, Mr Goncalves served as President and Chief Executive Officer of California Steel Industries, Inc. from March 1998 to February 2003. Prior to that, he was employed by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), where he held several positions in operations and sales. Mr. Goncalves served as a board member of Ascometal SAS, a manufacturer of special steel headquartered in Paris, France, from October 2011 to April 2014.
He currently serves on the Board of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Mr. Goncalves is a Distinguished Member and Fellow of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). In 2019, he was the recipient of the Crain’s C-Suite CEO award for his contributions, community commitments and outstanding professional performances in Northeast Ohio.
Mr. Goncalves earned a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Associate Director, Steel Analytics, Pricing and Purchasing, IHS Markit
John Anton is Director in the IHS Markit Pricing and Purchasing Service. Mr. Anton's primary focus is as head of the ferrous metals team.
He is a renowned steel industry expert and regularly speaks at conferences and internal meetings, such as ISM, Steel Market Update, Port Tampa Bay, and Fortune 1000 supply chain annual planning session.
Mr. Anton joined IHS Markit in 1995. Prior to that time, he was in the private practice of law. Before attending law school, Mr. Anton worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an Economist/Statistician. He received a B.S. in economics from Florida State University and a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.
Philip K. Bell
President, Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA)
Philip K. Bell is President of the Washington, D.C. based Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA). Prior to joining the SMA in 2013, Mr. Bell served as Director of External Communications and Public Affairs for Gerdau North America. He is a 30-year industry veteran, who gained an interest in the steel industry while serving as a production and maintenance supervisor at Elements Chromium in Corpus Christi, Texas during the 1980s. He has held executive level positions in operations, human resources and public affairs with Gerdau, the SGL Carbon Group, Qualitech Steel Corporation and Elementis Chromium.
Mr. Bell currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC7), advising the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on trade policy, trade agreements, and other trade related matters that benefit U.S. businesses, workers, and the economy.
President, American Metals Supply Chain Institute
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.
Senior Editor, Steel Market Update
Michael Cowden is a senior editor for Steel Market Update (SMU). Cowden has covered the steel industry since 2007. He has since 2014 specialized in flat-rolled steel but has previously reported on steel long products, steel pipe and tube as well as aluminum. Before joining SMU, Cowden held reporting jobs at Fastmarkets AMM in Chicago - where he was involved in launching AMM's daily hot-rolled coil index, the Associated Press in Pittsburgh, and the Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. He has also worked as a copy editor and in marketing at the University of Chicago Press. Cowden has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Chicago and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
CEO, Colakoglu Metaluji A.S.
Ugur Dalbeler is CEO of Colakaglu Metaluji A.S., based in Isanbul Turkey. Mr. Dalbeler joined Colakoglu in 1986 and has previously held roles being responsible for sales, purchasing and finance, before he was appointed as CEO in 2005. He is also a Board Member of the Turkish Steel Producers Association, Vice Chairman of the Turkish Steel Exporters Association and an Executive Board member of the World Steel Association.
Mr. Dalbeler has a B.S. in Material Nad Metallurgy.
President & Chief Executive Officer, American Iron and Steel Institute
Kevin Dempsey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), representing the interests of American steel producers. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel to the Institute for the past 11 years during which AISI achieved key policy successes; including: implementation of Section 232 trade remedies to preserve the steel industry's key role in national and economic security, the enhancement of historic legislation to strengthen trade laws, successful infrastructure initiatives to benefit the steel industry and numerous measures that enhance steel manufacturing competitiveness.
Before joining AISI, Dempsey was a partner at Dewe & LeBoeuf, a global law firm. Dempsey litigated numerous international trade cases on behalf of U.S. steel producers and other U.S. industries before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. courts. He served as counsel to several U.S. Steel producers in the successful Section 201 investigation on steel products.
Dempsey also previously served as counsel to Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. While on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee, he participated in the development of the acid rain cap-and-trade system established by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. later, while serving on Senator Danforth's personal staff and again on the staff on the Senate Commerce Committee, he played a key role in the drafting of the implementing legislation for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the GATT Uruguay Round Trade Agreements.
Dempsey has, and continues to, work extensively on international trade negotiations given his considerable experience with U.S. and international law related to subsidies, trade remedies, market access, intellectual property rights, and product standards, as well as U.S. legislative procedures for authorizing and implementing trade agreements
Dempsey received his Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Supply Management
Tom Derry is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), with more than 30 years of experience in leadership and general management roles for public and private companies, and in the not-for-profit sector. He has executed turn-arounds at the corporate and business-unit level through a variety of means, including acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, and business process re-engineering.
As CEO of the Institute for Supply Management, Tom has a unique vantage point to observe major macroeconomic trends and the development of global supply chains through his daily contact with Fortune 500 chief procurement officers and chief supply chain officers, with government agencies and NGOs in the United States and abroad, and with leading academics. Tom has been interviewed on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and dozens of other business publications. Tom has represented ISM in meetings with the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the National Security Council, the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
At ISM, Tom has overseen an increase in revenues, a reduction in costs, the introduction of new revenue streams, and the launch of new product lines. As Chief Operating Officer of the Association for Financial Professionals, Tom oversaw strategy development and execution. Tom completed two cross-border acquisitions, which became for-profit subsidiaries of AFP. He oversaw all AFP staff in London, UK and Bethesda, MD.
As General Manager of the Business Intelligence unit of LexisNexis, Tom led a 40-person acquisition integration team, which completed the integration ahead of plan and under budget. He also executed the strategic divestiture of another LexisNexis unit, and implemented new technologies, including web-crawling bots, to re-engineer data collection and quality processes for LexisNexis' business data unit.
Tom is a 1986 graduate of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service (B.S., Foreign Service).
Robert C. Elsasser, C.P.M.
Vice President Procurement at Behlen Manufacturing Co.
Bob is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Engineering. Bob serves as V.P. Procurement at Behlen Mfg. Co. overseeing all purchasing functions and is responsible for purchasing HR and coated products, rod coils, and zinc. A member of NAPM/ISM - Omaha, he has served as Chair of Public Relations and Vice President and is past Chairman of ISM's Steel Buyers Forum. Bob has been purchasing steel for over 44 years. He obtained his C.P.M. certification in 1981 and the lifetime certification in 2001.
Bob has been employed at Behlen Mfg. Co. for more than 32 years. Behlen started in 1936. It was purchased in 1982 from the Wicks Corporation by four individuals including Tony Raimondo. Behlen has over $250 million in revenue and employs over 1,200 Partners in Progress. There are manufacturing locations in Columbus and Omaha, Nebraska; Baker, Oregon; McGregor, Texas; and Sarasota, Florida. Behlen serves the Metal Building and Grain Bin markets and produces multiple products for the Farm and Ranch markets and has a transportation business with over 250 trailers and over 100 drivers.
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, McNICHOLS Company
John Farley has served in the steel industry for over 32 years with management experience in sales, operations, supply, and logistics.
Founded in 1952, McNICHOLS is the leading supplier of Specialty Metals & Fiberglass Products. The Company is focused on serving a wide range of industries through superior Service, Quality and Performance and is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience at every touchpoint. Since joining McNICHOLS in 2005, John has helped the Company achieve record growth and expansion and is responsible for the "The Hole Network" of 19 nationwide locations with oversight of sales, operations, supply, logistics, and quality.
John received his B.S. degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Salvation Army of Tampa and is the former president of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation for Tampa Bay. He and his wife Megan have three children and reside in Tampa, FL.
Managing Director, Metrading International AG-Lugano, Switzerland
Jose F. Gasca began his career in international trade and finance at the age of 19 when he joined the Mexican Ex-im Bank (Bancomext). Three years later, he worked for AHMSA, the largest integrated steel mill in Mexico, where he spent seven years in marketing, sales, production and technical development. During this time, Jose worked for two years in Brussels, Belgium, seconded to the International Iron and Steel Institute, now World Steel Association as The World Steel Fellow.
In 2002 Jose joined German steel trading house Man Ferrostall in Long Beach, California and then in Houston, Texas. In 2005 Jose was invited to join Coutinho Caro & Co. (CCC Steel) and moved to Hamburg, Germany where he became Managing Director for Flat Products with global responsibilities. In 2008, Jose had an active role in the merger of CCC Steel with Ferrostaal, and continued as Managing Director of the new organization, Coutinho & Ferrostaal based in Germany.
In 2012 he was invited to join the Turkish steel group Colakoglu, with the objective of opening a U.S. based subsidiary that would exclusively distribute the mill's products, and other materials from Turkey into North America. in 2016 Jose joined the Swiss based steel trading house Metrading Interntional AG as Managing Director.
Today, Jose Gasca is based in Lugano, Switzerland and Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Jose is Vice Chairman of AMSCI (formerly AIIS) and also is a member of the board of Urbix Resources, acompany focussed on developing high end graphit alternatives for EV batteries and other clean energy solutions.
Trade, Logistics and Infrastructure Strategist, The Kemmsies Group
Dr. Walter Kemmsies is the managing partner of The Kemmsies Group, where he executes initiatives for public and private sector clients who have interests in or properties proximate to seaports and airports throughout North America. His expertise extends to the infrastructure sector where he assists both public agencies and investors in underwriting, financing, and evaluating new investment vehicles and opportunities.
Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. Walter's professional experience working and living in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade economist.
He currently advises several major U.S. Port Authorities and is routinely asked to work complex issues with various investment banks, private equity firms and public regulatory agencies. He provides substantial support to the freight movement industry via publication of port volume data for the American Association of Port Authorities, presentations at major international industry conferences, and advising the U.S. Department of Commerce on supply chain competitiveness. Walter recently testified to the U.S. Senate Transportation and Commerce Subcommittee on issues affecting the freight industry. He has also published research in scholarly journals.
Walter previously worked at JLL in the Ports Airports and Global Infrastructure practice. Before that he was the Chief Economist for Moffat & Nichol, a leading global infrastructure advisement firm. Preceding his experience working with Moffat & Nichol, Walter was the Head of European Strategy at JP Morgan in London and, earlier, Head of Global Industry Strategy at UBS in Zurich and London.
Walter is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and a mamber of the Georgia Governor's Council of Economic Advisors. He was a member of the Department of Transportation's National Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Valuation from 2012 to 2018.
He holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.
President and CEO, Majestic Steel USA
Todd Leebow is President and CEO of Majestic Steel USa, a leading service center within the flat-rolled steel sector. Mr. Leebow joined the company in 2007, focused on supply chain management and innovation. Under his leadership, Majestic Steel USa has invested in talent and technology to lead the company into the next generation.
Mr. Leebow is a vocal advocate for the steel industry and has a vision of leading the metals industry into the digital era. He is Founder and Executive Chairman of Felux, an independent digital marketplace and community for the steel and metals industry.
Principle, The Law office of Lewis E. Leibowitz
Lewis Leibowitz is a prominent international trade and customs attorney based in Washington, D.C. He advises clients on international trade opportunities and challenges dealing with domestic and international law and government policy. He speaks and writes frequently on international trade and legal policy issues. Lewis has long experience with international trade matters involving government regulations, administrative and judicial proceedings. He has worked on trade issues involving the steel industry, the automotive industry, textiles, agriculture and many other industries. A well-known champion of "consuming industries," he has worked to guide coalitions aimed at reducing trade barriers, whether imposed by presidential action or administrative decisions. Lewis is a past Chairman of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) and assisted in the creation of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO). He is an acknowledged leader in foreign trade zone law and policy.
President, Steel Warehouse
Mike Lerman serves as president of Steel Warehouse, founded by his father, Nathan Lerman, in 1947. As president, he oversees the service center company's Northern operations. Mike won MCN's Executive of the year in 2019. He has been instrumental in the growth of the company, which was the 14th-largest in North America in 2021. Steel Warehouse has operations in 13 locations in the U.S. including Mexico and Brazil. Among his many accomplishments at Steel Warehouse was helping create a health clinic for all of the company's employees at its South Bend, Indiana location.
President, Steel ResearchAssociates, LLC
Paul Lowrey is the President of Steel Research Associates, LLC. He has been in the steel industry for 25 years and has conducted over 200 customized market studies for steel producers and processors. Prior to steel, Paul worked in the energy industry for 10 years. In addition to his consulting work, Paul is a guest speaker at industry conference and writes articles for industry trade publications.
Head of Consulting - North America CRU
Lynn M. Lupori is Head of Consulting - North America for CRU. Lynn is focused on guiding the CRU Consulting team to bring exceptional insight into strategic questions to companies with interests in the metals related industries throughout North America. Lynn is focused on working with customers to develop and execute projects related to important and strategic issues such as market analysis, strategy development, risk assessment, as well as valuation services and negotiation support. Lynn has worked for over 20 years with domestic as well as international manufacturers (primarily in the metals and mining industries) determining strategic growth opportunities. Throughout her career, she has worked with North American as well as global companies on issues such as market assessment/forecasting, capital investment plans, marketing and competitive strategy.
John Packard, Steel Market Update - Master of Ceremonies
President and CEO, Steel Market Update
John Packard is the President and CEO of Steel Market Update, part of CRU Group. Mr. Packard spent 31 years actively selling steel in the service center, trading company and steel mill segments of the industry. He founded Steel Market Update in 2004 as a way of communicating with his customers. In 2008, Steel Market Update was incorporated as a provider of market intelligence to the steel industry and, in 2018, the company was purchased by the CRU Group. Mr. Packard is a frequent speaker at industry and financial events. He is also the founder of the SMU Steel 101, Managing Price Risk and custom steel training workshops. He also founded the SMU Steel Summit Conference, which has become the leading steel conference in North America.
Chief Executive Officer, Mercury Resources LLC
Mercury Resources provides full supply chain services to the global metals, steel, and industrial commodity markets. Founded in 2016, Mercury Resources has diverse experience providing total solutions to producers, consumers, trading companies and banks involved in the commodity trade space.
Prior to joining Mercury Resources, Anton was Chief Executive Officer of CWT Commodities USA, the North American unit of the Singapore based global logistics and financial services company CWT Limited. Over his career Anton held positions at supply chain management companies and steamship lines including sales and marine operations.
Anton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation/Business Administration from The State University of New York Maritime College and Fort Schuyler where he also obtained his Unites States Merchant Marine License as a Third Mate. After his academic career at SUNY Maritime, Anton served as an office in the United States Naval Reserve in various units including as a junior officer in Naval Control of Shipping unit in New York.
Anton has lectured at several colleges an universities on the business of logistics including The State University of New York Maritime College, The United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.
President of Southwark Metal Manufacturing Company
Bill Spiegel is the President of Southwark Metal Manufacturing Company, which has been manufacturing prefabricated sheet metal duct and fittings for residential and light commercial HVAC construction for over 75 years. He has a BS from Syracuse University majoring in Accounting and has been developing strong partnerships in the industry for over 40 years. Southwark Metal Mfg. Co. is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with seven state-of-the-art manufacturing locations across the United States.
Principal Analyst - Steel CRU
Joining CRU in 2012, Mr. Spoores is Head of Steel Analysis in North America and editor of CRU's market leading Steel Sheet Monitor and Steel Monitor. He also forecasts prices, demand, production and trade of sheet and plate products for both Canada and the US for CRU's steel sheet and plat market outlooks. Prior to this role at CRU, he was a Senior Marketing Analyst at Severstal North America, founder of Steel Reality, a forward-looking market analysis firm using a models-based approach for flat rolled and plate steel. He was also the Market Research Manager at Majestic Steel USA, one of the largest flat rolled service centers in the USA. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Managing Director, Wolfe Research
Timna Tanners is a managing director covering 20 equities in the Americas Metals and Mining sector in addition to forecasting relevant commodities at Wolfe Research, a premier equity research firm. She is a regular speaker at steel industry conferenced and hosts frequent events for clients with corporates and industry experts. Her insights have been featured regularly on business media, such as CNBC and Bloomberg News, including the trademarked term Steelmageddon®. Timna has been ranked #1 in Institutional Investor's All America Poll for nine consecutive years. Prior to October 2021, Timna covered Metals and Mining and Bank of America Securities for over 10 years, and covered the sector for over eight years previously at UBS Investment Bank.
Timna holds an MBA from UCLA, a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a BA in Politics from Pomona College.
Vice President Commercial, Ports America
Doug Wray has a diverse maritime career that spans more than 40 years. During this time, Wray's experience progressed from ship's officer to port captain, to regional director to VP sales/marketing at Ports America.
Wray coordinates on a global basis with eight of the world's largest container carriers. He is the liaison for Ports America's relationship with the various Gulf Port authorities, including the Port of Tampa in its efforts to become a substantial container port. Additionally, Wray serves as senior advisor for the breakbulk sector.
Wray is a graduate of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, launching his career with the Masters, Mates and Pilots as an officer aboard oceangoing vessels of all types. He came ashore to work as port captain for Y.S. Line and from there spent 21 years with CP Ships in various senior management roles, the last being VP sales for USA based in Tampa. He joined Ports America in 2006.
Wray is active in many industry and community organizations, including being a board member of the Propeller Club and a lifetime member of NDTA, ROA.