About the Event

Welcome to the Tampa Steel Conference, one of the nation’s largest steel trade events. The movement of iron and steel products is extremely important to our economy and is a significant cargo commodity at Port Tampa Bay.


On its 28th year, the Tampa Steel Conference recognizes the steel industry and provides a wide array of topical information as well as a forum to discuss the changing steel market.


Join many of the steel industry’s key decision makers and experts to learn about the future outlook for this important industry.


David Hale, President/CEO Tampa Tank/Florida Structural Steel

I have had the privilege to attend the last three Tampa Steel Conferences, and in fact in 2014 I had the honor to be a speaker at a break-out session. The three TSC have been well worth the time invested however this year was a monumental experience for me. A true icon in the steel industry Keith Busse fonder of Steel Dynamics and formerly with Nucor Steel was a speaker on a panel. He was an surprise unannounced speaker so for the audience it was a special treat. Mr. Busse not only gave a great talk, afterwards he hung out with the audience and I was able to spend 10 minutes one on one with him. This to me as a bucket list item as he is a true Rock Star in the steel industry.

Barbara Anderson, President, AMS Specialty Steel

I love the Tampa Steel Conference, and have been attending each year for more than a decade: the folks who organize it always do an outstanding job of bringing excellent panels and speakers together with enough “down-time” and events to be able to meet and network. The perfect mix, and a conference which also gives you great value: it’s short, fun, and a good bang for your buck!

Jo Isenberg, Executive Editor, American Metal Market

Over the years, Port Tampa Bay's annual steel conference has evolved into a must-stop for anyone whose business is tied to the production, consumption and movement of steel between mills and their customers and along the metals supply chain.  Besides providing a real-world venue - a working port - as a backdrop to the conference, the event offers a unique opportunity to network with an audience and presenters, who are on the front line - and often opposite sides - of global steel trade dynamics and the increasingly heated domestic vs. imported steel debate.  As such, it provides a much-needed and truly one-of-a-kind forum that insures all sides of the argument get equal time and an even playing field on which to debate.

Alvin Faett, Sales Manager, Duferco Steel, Inc.

Without exaggeration, I can say that the Port Tampa Bay steel conference is a TREMENDOUS value for the money spent.  A nice reception the first night, followed by excellent speakers on day 2 makes the conference a highlight of the year for myself.  Not to mention, that Tampa in February is a bit more comfortable than being in New Jersey! Keep up the great work.

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Sunday, January 29th, 2017

3:00P - 7:30P Information desk will be in hotel lobby
5:30P - 7:30P Early Bird Reception - co hosted with Platts
Hilton Downtown

Monday, January 30th, 2017

6:30A - 7:30P Information desk open in hotel lobby
(Name badges will also be available at the Networking Reception)
Noon - 4:00P Sponsor Exhibit Set Up
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
7:00A Buses Depart Hilton for TPC Port Tampa Bay
8:00A - 1:30P Tampa Steel Conference Golf Tournament
TPC Tampa Bay
5300 W. Lutz Fern Rd.
Lutz, FL 33558
9:45A Shuttle departs Hilton 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 Hilton for Port Tour
4:30P - 5:30P Port of Tampa Harbor Tour
Tour guests will go straight to the Networking Reception
5:15P - 9:00P Shuttle service
(Available between Hilton and Cruise Terminal 2)
5:30P - 7:30P Tampa Steel Conference Networking Reception
THe University Club
201 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602
(connected to host hotel by skybridge)
Conference name badges will be available at the reception
business casual, but please no jeans or denim.

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

ALL DAY Registration & Attendee Material Pick up
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
ALL DAY Sponsor Exhibits
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
8:30A Break Area and Networking
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
AM Breakfast on your own
Continental breakfast at Cruise Terminal 2
8:45A - 9:00A Welcome Remarks
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Speakers: Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay
David Phelps, Master of Ceremonies/Retired President of American Institute for International Steel
9:05A - 9:35A Session 1 – State of the Economy
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Anirban Basu,
Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group
9:40A – 10:40A Session 2 – Crossfire – An in-depth conversation about Steel trade
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Moderator: David Phelps
Panelists: Philip Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
Frederick Waite, Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
10:40A - 10:55A Official Break
11:00A – 11:45A Session 3 – TBD Panel
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Jo Isenberg, Executive Editor, American Metal Markets
11:50A - 12:20P Session 4 – TBD Speaker
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Introduction: TBD, TBD
Speaker: Carlos Gutierrez, Former US Secretary of Commerce
12:20P - 1:45P Session 6 - Networking Lunch & Keynote Session
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Doug Wray, Ports America
1:40P - 2:25P Session 6 – The State of the Steel Industry
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay


Port Tampa Bay - Cruise Terminal 2
651 Channelside Dr

in the Channelside District

Tampa, Florida 33602

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Daniel R. Pearson A. Paul Anderson Alan H. Price Andrew H. Card, Jr. Donald R. McNeeley

Daniel R. Pearson

Daniel R. Pearson has served since 2013 as a senior fellow in the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies.  His work focuses on bringing greater freedom to food and agricultural markets, reducing the degree of protectionism inherent in trade remedy measures, and strengthening trade liberalization.
From 2003 to 2013, Pearson served on the U.S. International Trade Commission.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush, began serving a recess appointment in 2003, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 21, 2004.  He was designated by the President to serve as ITC chairman and then as vice chairman.
Pearson spent 5 years as assistant vice president of public affairs for Cargill, Inc., dealing with an array of important trade policy issues. Before that appointment, he served as a policy analyst from 1987 to 1998.
From 1981 to 1987, Pearson was agricultural legislative assistant to Senator Rudy Boschwitz in Washington, where he was responsible for legislative and regulatory issues, and he served as staff of the Subcommittee on Foreign Agricultural Policy.
Pearson holds B.S. and Master’s degrees, both in agricultural and applied economics, from the University of Minnesota.

A. Paul Anderson

Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Tampa Port Authority as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades. Prior to joining the Tampa Port Authority, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.

Mr. Anderson was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission by Florida’s port directors. He’s also been appointed by the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to lead a newly created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In this role, Mr. Anderson will bring together the country’s most prominent mayors with port leadership to urge investment in seaport infrastructure and make U.S. port competitiveness a national priority. In addition, he is the Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman. During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.

Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; and the Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council.

Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson has relocated with his family to Tampa from Jacksonville, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years. Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Alan H. Price

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 fourth straight year.  Alan has 30 years of experience representing clients in high-profile and complex international trade matters, and leads the firm’s antidumping and countervailing duty practice.  He has particular expertise with the trade-distorting practices of state-owned enterprises and in representing U.S. producer interests in World Trade Organization cases involving China’s raw material export restrictions.  Alan has comprehensive experience with international disputes in the steel, aluminum, paper and clean energy industries.
His prominent clients include major steel producers such as Nucor Corporation, Gerdau and Tenaris.  Having completed a two-year term as president of the Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL), Alan has authored numerous papers on state ownership in the Chinese steel industry and on Chinese raw materials export policies, and he has presented on those topics at Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development workshops and committee meetings.
Alan 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.

Andrew H. Card, Jr.

Andrew H. Card, Jr., the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff, has served in senior government roles under three U.S. Presidents and is currently Executive Director in the Office of the Provost at Texas A&M University.  Card was Acting Dean of The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M July 2011 through August 2013.  Card also serves on the Board of Directors of Union Pacific Corporation and Lorillard Inc, on the Business Advisory Board of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, as a Senior Counselor on the International Advisory Board at Fleishman-Hillard, on the Global Advisory Board of Alexander Proudfoot, on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is a co-founder of the Lonsdale Group.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Card, appointed in November 2000, served as Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush from January 2001 to April 2006.  In this capacity, he coordinated the priorities of the Administration’s agenda, the development of policies, and appointments of Cabinet Secretaries and senior officials throughout the government.  On September 11, 2001, Card is the one who whispered in President Bush’s ear while the President was sitting in a classroom in Florida, that terrorists had attacked the United States.  Card then led a government-wide reorganization to best allocate resources to deal with the aftermath of 9-11 and the new terrorist environment.

Prior to his tenure as White House Chief of Staff, Card managed and ran the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia at the request of then Texas Governor George W. Bush.  Before that, Card was Vice President-Government Relations for General Motors Corporation, one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers.  In this role Card directed the company’s international, national, state and local government affairs activities and represented GM on matters of public policy before the U.S. Congress and the Administration.  From 1993 to 1998, Card was President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, the trade association whose members were Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation.  When Chrysler became part of Daimler Corporation, Card oversaw the dissolution of the nearly 100 year old trade association.  

Mr. Card served as Deputy Chief of Staff and then as a Cabinet Member for President George H.W. Bush as the 11th Secretary of Transportation from 1992 to 1993.  In this role, in August 1992, at the request of President Bush, Secretary Card coordinated the Administration’s disaster relief efforts in the wake of the massive Hurricane Andrew.  He also directed President Bush’s transition office during the transition from the Bush Administration to the Clinton Administration.  Prior to that he served as Special Assistant (1983 to 1987) and later as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for President 

Ronald Reagan (1988) where he was liaison to governors, statewide elected officials, state legislators, mayors and other elected officials.  From March 1987 until March 1988, Card ran the successful New Hampshire Presidential Primary Campaign for George H. W. Bush.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Engineering.  He also attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Card served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1967.

Card has been the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards including the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Carolina.

Card is a native of Holbrook, Massachusetts and got his start in politics as an elected official in Holbrook and then as Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975-1983.  He served as a Minority Whip from 1977 -1983.  In 1982 he was named Legislator of the Year by the National Republican Legislators Association and received the Distinguished Legislator Award from the Massachusetts Municipal Association.  He was a candidate for the Republican Nomination for Governor of Massachusetts in 1982.

He and his wife, The Reverend Kathleene Card, also from Holbrook, Massachusetts, have three children and six grandchildren.

Donald R. McNeeley

Donald McNeeley is President and CEO of Chicago Tube & Iron Company, a steel distribution and fabrication company with 12 subsidiaries. In 2014, the company celebrated 100 years of consecutive profitability, a record unmatched in the U.S. steel industry. In 2011, Dr. McNeeley was the architect of a merger of his company with Olympic Steel, with combined forces that position them as one of the top 10 in the nation. 
D. McNeeley is also a professor at Northwestern University, in the prestigious McCormick School of Engineering. In addition, he writes a column on the political and economic landscape for The Wholesaler Magagazine, as well as a blog titled "The McNeeley View."
Dr. McNeeley is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, University of Wisconsin, Benedictine University, and George William College. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics, an MBA, an M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior, and a B.A. in Business. 
Under his chairmanship of the MSCI, he introduced a scholarship that has awarded over $4 million in aid to children of industry employees. His recent $3.6 million donation to the La Rabida Children's Hospital on Chicago's south side was the largest in the hospital's 112 year history. 
His directorships, press, awards and recognitions are numerous.

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