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AIIS GULF REGION NETWORKING AND BUSINESS FORUM: Imported Steel – Trials, Tribulations, and Solutions | Mobile, AL
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The American Institute for International Steel, Inc (AIIS) cordially invites you to register for the 2019 – AIIS GULF REGION NETWORKING AND BUSINESS FORUM on September 26th, 2019 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. We are also pleased to advise this event will include a luncheon and facilities tour hosted by the Alabama State Port Authority.

AIIS is widely viewed as the last real voice in Washington promoting free and responsible trade in steel for the benefit of all whose livelihoods are touched by the international steel supply chain.  AIIS is a 69-year old organization whose 110 member company list includes a broad range of participants ranging from the thousands of stevedores that handle our country’s steel imports and exports as well as the tens of thousands who work in the rail, barge, steamship and trucking sectors, Customs brokers, marine surveyors, insurance carriers, terminal operators, steel distributors and fabricators, and of course, the steel traders themselves. Trade in steel, and now in many other products and materials, has living under a cloud of uncertainty due to the unprecedented trade policies that have made the last two years one of our most volatile and challenging in recent memory.  The Institute is gratified to have the Alabama State Port Authority underwrite a luncheon event where we will highlight the trials and tribulations of our shared market, as well as alert our guests to solutions in play and answer questions.  The primary presenters will include John Foster, who serves as the President of the steel trading and trade services company Kurt Orban Partners as well as Chairman of AIIS, along with Richard Brazzale, Managing Director of Lakeshare Associates in Houston and V.P. of the Gulf Region for AIIS. We also expect to have remarks from Richard Chriss, President of AIIS as well as James Lyons, Director and CEO of the Port. We also expect to have remarks from Richard Chriss, President of AIIS as well as James Lyons, Director and CEO of the Port.


10:00AM Registration
10:30AM Welcoming Remarks by Jimmy Lyons, Director / CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority

Remarks by Richard Chriss, AIIS President & International Trade Counsel


10:50AM Presentations by John Foster, Chairman of American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) & Richard Brazzale, VP Gulf Region of AIIS on US Steel Market.
11:30AM Buffet lunch offered by the Alabama State Port Authority


12:30PM – 1:30PM  

Port facilities tour set up by the Alabama State Port Authority



AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | October 29th | The Federal Underground | Long Beach, CA
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: October 29th, 2019

Location: The Federal | 102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Agenda TBA

Sponsored by 


AIIS 69th Annual Dinner | The Yale Club of NYC | Monday, December 2nd
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Reserve your seat today!


AIIS Member: $580
AIIS Non-member: $ 680

Important: Please note your registration fee helps defer costs of the event as well as helping fund AIIS legal expenses at work to terminate Section 232 that is so detrimental to the entire steel supply chain. Your support is both needed and appreciated.

To register, please contact Alexandra at or call 703.245.8079

AIIS Annual Customs Committee meeting
Dec 3 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am
AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 12 | Houston, TX
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We cordially invite you to join in our Christmas holiday celebration as we prepare to welcome a New Year, and wish one another health, happiness, and prosperity. Enjoy good company and holiday cheer at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa


111 N Post Oak Ln Houston, TX 77024

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Cocktails at 6:00 pm Dinner at 7:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Lindner, Director of Flood Operations/Meteorologist, Harris County Flood Control District


Event Sponsor:

AIIS Customs Committee

For News and Insights on Important Customs Developments

AIIS Ports Committee

A Key Part of the Global Steel Supply Chain


American Institute for International Steel

1101 King Street Suite 360
Alexandria VA 22314
Tel: 703-245-8075
Fax: 703-610-0215

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200 Pine Ave Suite 550
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel: (562) 491-1441
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