AISI Senior Management
President and CEO
KEVIN DEMPSEY is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Iron and Steel Institute, 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 enactment 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 Dewey & 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 investigation 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 Transportation. 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 of 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.
Senior Vice President of Communications
LISA HARRISON is the Senior Vice President of Communications for AISI, where she is responsible for development, planning and execution of both internal and external communications tied to the Institute’s strategic plan and mission. She also serves as a key company spokesperson and is a member of the CEO’s senior management team.
For five years, Harrison served as vice president of communications at the ACC, where she ran the communications and public affairs department and was responsible for a $25 million advertising and advocacy campaign to educate target audiences and stakeholders about the chemical industry and its products. She also served as a presidential appointee at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she was the Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and at the National Park Service where she was the Director of Communications/Special Assistant to the Director for the national park system.
For 19 years, Harrison served as Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff for former Senator (previously Congressman) Bob Smith (R-NH), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Harrison served as chief spokesperson, communications advisor and media strategist.
Before coming to AISI, Harrison was a strategic communications consultant at Hillmer, Inc., where she was responsible for development and implementation of stakeholder outreach programs, online media, policy and program launches, spokesperson training, messaging, media relations, branding, public relations and strategic communications planning for a diverse range of government and commercial clients.
Vice President, Environment
PAUL BALSERAK serves as the Vice President for Environment at AISI, where he directs the Association’s engagement on environmental regulatory development and compliance issues. For four years, he was the deputy director of the regulatory policy division in the Administrator’s Office at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this role, he provided regulatory status briefings for the Administrator on rules under-development, and assisted senior leadership in strategic thinking on Administrator priorities. He also served as a liaison for EPA with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in their regulatory review role, and assisted in managing division staff in their review of key agency regulatory actions. Prior to that, he served in details at the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as the Chief of Staff for the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy at EPA. He worked in many other capacities over his twenty six years at EPA, mainly focusing on climate change, air and water regulations. Prior to working at the EPA, he was an engineer with V. J. Ciccone and Associates, Inc. Balserak has a Master of Science degree in Biology, focused on environmental science and public policy, from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
TIMOTHY GILL has served as AISI’s Chief Economist since July 2016. In this role, he monitors, assesses, and forecasts the impact of economic conditions and policies on the American steel industry and its end-use markets. He provides data and analytical support to AISI’s public policy, market development, and communications functions, manages its industry statistics program, and is staff director for its Commercial Research Committee.
Previously, Gill was with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), where he served most recently as Deputy Chief Economist. In this position, he developed the association’s monthly economic and industry outlook, conducted its business conditions survey of senior member company executives, and managed shipments forecasting programs for NEMA product groups and individual companies. His forecasts of the U.S. economy were cited by The Wall Street Journal as among the most accurate of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Earlier, he served as Senior Analyst at the American Petroleum Institute and as an economist with DRI/McGraw-Hill.
Gill speaks frequently on the business environment and contributes to outlook surveys compiled by Bloomberg, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is an active member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and currently chairs its outlook survey committee. He holds a B.A. from John Carroll University and an M.A. in economics from Miami University, and is a Certified Business Economist™ (CBE), receiving the designation as a member of the inaugural CBE class of 2015.
AISI Staff Leadership
Vice President, Automotive Program
JOHN CATTERALL is the vice president, automotive program, for the American Iron and Steel Institute, where he is responsible for leadership of the Automotive Applications Council, a group of member steel producers, in automotive research, education and technology transfer activities. He also coordinates the steel member company collaborations with the Auto/Steel Partnership a partnership between AISI members, automaker representatives from FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company and other steel-related consortia.
Catterall’s career has spanned nearly four decades in automotive engineering. Prior to joining AISI, Catterall was the executive director of the Auto/Steel Partnership. He held the position of global innovation manager for body systems at General Motors for more than 16 years, where he led the GM global innovation team in developing solutions for all body systems.
Before joining GM, his career experience was in project execution, management, coordination and technical leadership with companies such as Autokinetics, Inc., Desktop Engineering International Inc., Hartwick Professionals Inc., Lexel Engineering, H.W. Structures, Austin Rover and Leyland Vehicles (the latter three are in the United Kingdom).
Mr. Catterall holds degrees in Mechanical and Production Automotive Engineering from Bolton Technical College and Leyland Technical College in England, UK.
Vice President, Sustainability,
MARK THIMONS is responsible for overseeing the Sustainability program, including the design and completion of research projects that demonstrate the life cycle advantages of steel in all markets. Important focus areas include life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, national recycling programs and initiatives, educational programs on steel recycling and sustainability topics, as well as credible documentation and effective communication of the overall environmental, social, and economic sustainability attributes of steel produced in America.
Thimons was previously Director, Construction Sustainability. In this role, he was responsible for defining and implementing a coordinated industry sustainability program, which included outreach to steel mill experts and customer associations, as well as management of the activities of the AISI Construction Sustainability Council and the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and a LEED accredited professional in the specialty of building design and construction.
Robert J. Wills, P.E.
Vice President, Construction Program
ROBERT J. WILLS, P.E. is responsible for overseeing the Construction Market programs in commercial buildings, residential construction, and the transportation/infrastructure markets, as well as the AISI Construction Technical Program. He works directly with senior leadership in the Construction Market program and with customer/partner associations and alliances such as the Steel Framing Alliance, Metal Roofing Alliance, The Metal Initiative, the National Steel Bridge Alliance, and the Construction Sustainability Task Group.
Prior, Mr. Wills became Vice President of Construction Market Development in 2008 following 18 years of service with the AISI Code and Standards program. His responsibilities in the codes and standards program encompassed design specifications, test methods, product specifications and installation standards related to steel in construction. He is widely recognized for his expertise in fire safety engineering, structural fire testing and performance, wind engineering, and geotechnical and foundation engineering. He was very involved in the development of the International Building Code and the NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.
He is a member of ASTM International, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Code Council (ICC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC).
Wills began his professional career as a structural design engineer for Rust International. He was later employed by the Southern Building Code Congress International as a senior engineer with responsibilities in plan review, code interpretation and education. He left that position in 1990 to join AISI as director of construction codes and standards.
Wills earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, with special emphasis in structural and foundation engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.