AISI 2015 General Meeting: Steel-Time, What We Do Matters

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For Immediate Release
March 27, 2015

Contact: Lisa Harrison
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be one of the featured speakers at the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) 123rd annual General Meeting, held this year on May 1-5 in Chicago, IL. The General Meeting, hosted jointly with the Metal Service Center Institute (MSCI), provides a forum to discuss critical issues for producers and service centers to succeed in the global marketplace.

The agenda of high-level speakers, focusing on leadership, will include Sir John Scarlett, former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), who will offer a personal look at the state of the world today and the geopolitical issues about which audiences should be “in the know.” General Stanley McChrystal, former commander, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, will also share lessons based on leading and innovating one of the world’s largest organizations, and share insight on key leadership principals of transparency and inclusion, leveraging in the power of teams through relationships and leading by influence.

The General Meeting provides an opportunity for steel producers, suppliers and service centers to strengthen relationships, share ideas and work together to improve the competitiveness of North American manufacturing.

Other presenters will include:

  • Global Economy – Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, will discuss how the economy will shape up in the coming months and if the second half of 2015 will offer more opportunities or challenges. 
  • Energy – Energy policy expert Karen Alderman Harbert, president and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will present on the importance of a comprehensive energy policy. 

Chuck Schmitt, incoming AISI chairman and president, SSAB Americas, will be delivering his State of the Industry speech on Friday night at the AISI Board Dinner and Awards ceremony, where the Institute Medal will also be awarded. The general sessions will begin Monday morning, May 5. AISI will host a press briefing on May 5 at 11:45 am (MST). For more information about the meeting, contact Elizabeth Vago. To RSVP to the press briefing, contact Rachel Gilbert.

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AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).