AISI Hires Two Senior Positions

June 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today announced the appointment of Timothy J. Gill as Chief Economist for the Institute, effective July 1; and, Paul Balserak, Vice President for Environment, who started at AISI on May 9.

Balserak took on the position of Vice President for Environment at AISI in May, filling a position that had been vacant since late 2015. He directs the Institute’s engagement on environmental regulatory development and compliance issues. Prior to joining AISI, Balserak served in many capacities in his 26 years at the EPA. For four years, he was the deputy director of the regulatory policy division in the Administrator’s Office at EPA where he provided regulatory status briefings on rules under-development and assisted senior leadership in strategic thinking. Balserak was the lead 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 the key regulatory actions across the agency. He served in details at the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as well as Chief of Staff for the Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy at EPA. Prior to working at the EPA, he was an engineer with V. J. Ciccone and Associates, Inc. He has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

‘“Paul’s leadership in the Executive Branch, and expertise at navigating the impact of federal regulations on the manufacturing sector, are tremendous assets to AISI. His proven track record will be critical in advancing the environmental goals of our industry and analyzing the effect of federal regulations on AISI member companies and the global steel industry as a whole,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI.

Since 2003, Gill has been at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in Arlington, Virginia where he served as the Deputy Chief Economist. In his position, Gill analyzed economic conditions and policies affecting the electrical equipment sector and its customers in the construction, manufacturing, and electric utility industries. Gill developed the association’s monthly economic and industry outlook, conducted its business conditions survey of senior member 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.

Prior to joining NEMA, he served as Senior Analyst at the American Petroleum Institute and as an economist with DRI/McGraw-Hill. He 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. Gill is an active member of the National Association for Business Economics and currently serves on its policy survey and salary survey committees. He holds a B.A. from John Carroll University, an M.A. in economics from Miami University, and is a Certified Business Economist™ (CBE).

“Tim will bring an important new capability to AISI that will enhance our effectiveness in advocacy and market programs. His 20 years of experience, and prominence in the economist community, will enable us to better share information on the state of the steel industry and promote our messages and advocacy objectives. We are looking forward to Tim joining our team,” Gibson concluded.


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