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
Hilton Downtown - 211

Monday, January 30th, 2017

6:30A - 7:30P Information desk open in hotel lobby
(Name badges will also be available at the Networking Reception)
7:00A Buses Depart Hilton for TPC Tampa Bay
8:00A - 1:30P Tampa Steel Conference Golf Tournament
TPC Tampa Bay
5300 W. Lutz Lake 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
Noon - 4:00P Sponsory Exhibit Set Up
Cruise Terminal 2 - Port Tampa Bay
4:00P Meet in lobby of Hilton for Port Tour
4:30P - 5:30P Port Tampa Bay Harbor Tour
Tour guests will be returned for the Networking Reception
5:30P - 7:30P Tampa Steel Conference Networking Reception
University Club of Tampa
201 N. Franklin St., Suite 3800, 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
8:30 AM Break Area and Networking
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 - 10:05A Session 1 – State of the Economy
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Speaker:      Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group
10:10A – 10:55A Session 2 – Crossfire Panel
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Moderator:    David Phelps,   
Panelists:      Philip Bell, President, Steel Manufacturer's Association
                       Frederick Waite, Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
                       Alan Price, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP
10:55 - 11:05A Official Break
11:05A – 11:50A Session 3 – State of the Industry
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
  Moderator:    Jo Isenberg O'Loughlin, Executive Editor, American Metal Markets (retired)
Panelists:      Lisa Goldenberg, President, Deleware Steel
11:55A - 12:25P Session 4 – General Session
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Speaker:      Aldo Mazzaferro, Macquarie Securities
12:20P - 1:45P Session 5 - Networking Lunch & Keynote Session
Cruise Terminal 2 – Port Tampa Bay
Introduction:   Doug Wray, Ports America
Speaker:          Phil Esposito, Former NHL Player, Coach and Executive (T)
7:00PM Hockey Night in Tampa Bay (Optional - Lightning vs. Bruins - purchase tickets here)


Port Tampa Bay - Cruise Terminal 2
651 Channelside Dr

in the Channelside District

Tampa, Florida 33602

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Alan Price Max Schlubach Philip K. Bell Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin Fred Waite Anirban Basu Aldo Mazzaferro, CFA A. Paul Anderson

Alan Price

Alan H. Price - Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

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.

Max Schlubach

Max Schlubach, Vice President
BBH Private Banking: Commodities & Logistics

Max Schlubach joined Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) in 2006, and is currently a vice president in the private banking division, where he originates and develops lending, private equity and private wealth relationships with privately held companies in the commodities and logistics sector. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for managing existing lending relationships with commodity importers, exporters and processors. Mr. Schlubach completed BBH's banking and finance training program in 2008, and has also held positions in the firm’s Investment Management, Private Wealth Management and Institutional Fixed Income businesses. Mr. Schlubach graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College in 2006, where he received his B.A. in humanities and justice studies. He is a committee member of the Green Coffee Association, National Coffee Association and the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors. Max authors steel and energy market commentary for the firm's quarterly publication, Commodity Markets Update, and he speaks frequently at industry trade associations.


Philip K. Bell

Philip K. Bell is President of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), which represents 30 North American steel producers and 120 associate member companies across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, accounting for over 75% of domestic steel production, and employing over 60,000 people. 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.
Mr. Bell 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.
Phil is a graduate of Texas A&M University, and holds a master’s degree in Global Strategic Communications from the University of Florida. Phil and his wife, Linda, reside in Washington, D.C.

Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin

Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin is a career 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) (retired), a division of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, she headed the editorial operations of AMM’s daily edition.
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.

Fred Waite

Mr. Waite is of counsel in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and a member of the corporate practice group. His practice is focused on international trade and customs law, representing foreign and domestic manufacturers, trade associations, multinational trading companies, and domestic industrial consumers in antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard, and other trade-related proceedings.

Among his career highlights are representing successful appellants in two precedent-setting decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Gerald Metals v. United States (1997) and Bratsk Aluminum Smelter v. United States (2006), as well as representing a Russian metals producer in the first U.S. antidumping proceeding which treated Russia as a market-economy country.

Waite is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the New York Bar and the Wire Association International, and he is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.

Waite received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and his A.B. cum laude from Princeton University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and attended the Australian National University, in Canberra.  Military service:  Captain, USAF, Office of the Judge Advocate General, International Law Division and Appellate Government Division, 1972–1976.

Anirban Basu

Anirban Basu is chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, with offices in Pennsylvania and Indonesia.  The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms and government agencies, among others.  

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently appointed him chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, and he also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee, chief economist of Associated Builders and Contractors, and as chief economic adviser to the Construction Financial Management Association.   

He currently lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy, and has also taught several economics courses. In addition, he has held many board positions on a host of organizations.

In 2007, The Daily Record selected Basu as one of Maryland’s 50 Most Influential People. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. 

Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University; his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School Of Law.

See Mr. Basu's ppt presentation here

Aldo Mazzaferro, CFA

Aldo Mazzaferro is a Managing Director and Senior Analyst for Steel, Metals and Mining at Macquarie Capital (USA).  Mr. Mazzaferro began his research career in 1981, at Standard & Poor's Corporation. He worked at J&W Seligman & Co. and joined C.J. Lawrence in 1987, shortly before its acquisition by Deutsche Bank. Mr. Mazzaferro was a Senior Analyst at Deutsche until 1998, when he co-founded Anvil Capital, a Metals & Mining hedge fund. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, and led a globally recognized steel research franchise. In 2008, he joined Steel Development Co., a start-up steel company attempting to build a series of rebar micro-mills. He left SDCO in July 2010, and joined Burke & Quick Partners, an equity trading and research boutique. In August 2011, Mr. Mazzaferro joined Macquarie Capital in New York and assumed his present role. 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.

See Mr. Mazzaferro's ppt presentation here

A. Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson is the current President and CEO of Port Tampa Bay. Prior to his arrival here in Tampa in December of 2012, he held a series of high-profile leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. In 2003, Mr. Anderson, was nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, he served a five-year term ending in 2008. 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.
He served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Jacksonville Port Authority and spent 10 years as an executive with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Paul also served as a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Paul has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to multiple governors including former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. 
Paul recently was elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Council by his fellow Florida’s port directors. He also serves multiple national leadership positions including the board of directors of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC).  Paul also serves on the board of directors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Associated Industries of Florida; Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation; Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Florida Aquarium; Visit Tampa Bay Advisory Board; Tampa Hillsborough EDC; Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO); and the National Executive Committee of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

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