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

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 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 Tampa Bay Harbor Tour
Tour guests will go straight to the Networking Reception
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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Anirban Basu Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin Fred Waite Philip K. Bell A. Paul Anderson

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.

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), a division of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, she heads 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.

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.

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.

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