2022 Speakers

Lourenco Goncalves

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 United 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.

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.

Lynn Lupori

Head of Consulting - North America CRU

Lynn M. Lupori is Head of Consulting - North America for CRU.  Lynn is focuse 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 valuatoin services and negotiation support.  Lynn has worked for over 20 years wiht 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 Amercan as well as global companies on issues such as market assessment/forecasting, capital investment plans, marketing and competitive strategy.

Anton Posner

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 Singaport 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 uncluding The State University of New York Maritime College, The United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Walter Kemmsies

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 prot and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic palnning/capital investment. Walter's professional experience working and living in Europe, Latin America and Asia uniquely qualifies him as a global trade econoomist.

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 Authoirties, 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 Transporation 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 practic. 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 Londan 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 Econimics from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.

Paul Lowrey

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 peocessors. Prior to steel, Paul worked in the energy indstry for 10 years.  In addition to his consulting work, Paul is a gues speaker at industry conference and writes articles for industry trade publications.

Philip K. Bell

President, Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA)

Philip K. Bell is President ot 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.

Lewis Leibowitz

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.

Richard Chriss

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.

Kevin Dempsey

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 investigatoin 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 Transporation.  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.

Josh Spoores

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.

Todd Leebow

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 anc community for the steel and metals industry.

Timna Tanners

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 andMining 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.

John Farley

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 Specialy 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 Lehih 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.

Bill Speigel

President of Southwark Metal Manufacturing Company

Bill Speigel 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, Pensylvania with seven state-of-the-art manufacturing locations across the United States.

Doug Wray

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 larges 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 graduat 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.

Mike Lerman

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.

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.

Jose Gasca

Managing Director, Metrading Internaitonal AG

Jose F. Gasca began his career in international trade and finance at the age of 19 when he joined Bancomext, the Mexican Ex-im Bank in Mexico City.  three years later, he worked for AHMSA, the largest integrated steel mill in Mexico, where he spent seven years in marketing, sales, productoin 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 Associaiotn as The World Steel Fellow.

In 2002 Jose joined German steel trading house man Ferrostall in California and 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 worldwide and Member of the Board. 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 as CCO, with the objective of opening a U.S. based subsidiaty that would exclusively distribute its products, and other materials from Turkey into North America.

Today, Jose Gasca lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA and is Managing Director of Metrading International AG, a Swiss based trading house with presence in Europe, Turkey, Middle East and North America. The company's expertise is in building supply chain value in the steel and aluminum international markets. 

Tom Derry

Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Supply Management

Tom Derry is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Managment® (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 ines.  As Chief Operating Officer of the Association for Financial Professionals, Tom oversaw strategy development and execution.  Tom completed two cross-boarder 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).

Spencer Johnson

Ferrous Trading Manager, StoneX Financial, Inc.

Spencer is an eleven-year veteran in the world of steel futures, all of them with StoneX Financial Inc. - FCM Division.  Over that time, StoneX has worked with every type of market participation to formulate risk management and trading strategies for steel derivatives.  StoneX has also worked tirelessly to grow liquidity and provide access to new ferrous markets for its clients.  Spencer is also one of the longest serving members of the London Metal Exchange's steel committee.