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Steel-Con® 2020 | TRADE POLICY IN TURBULENT TIMES | Houston, TX | March 4-5
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm



March 4-5, 2020, Houston, TX

Come for the Conference, or just come for golf on Thursday, March 5.

Steel-Con® has become a key gathering for steel supply chain practitioners who want to better understand global trade and customs developments, manage risk, and be more competitive in a challenging market. Bringing together a diverse audience, it’s a unique mix of networking, expert analysis and discussion, and hospitality. Contacts will be made, horizons expanded, and important developments explained.

The program starts on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, with a networking reception from 5-7 PM at the Houstonian Hotel, where you will meet friends old and new, and interact with individuals at the forefront of key areas like shipping, logistics, customs, and international trade. The Conference begins the next day, Thursday, March 5 with a continental breakfast at 7 AM, and speakers’ presentations from 8 AM to 12 noon. The AIIS Annual Golf Tournament kicks off at 1:00 PM at the Wildcat Golf Club (March 5th.)

Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa: 111 North Post Oak Lane • Houston,TX 77024 • Ph: 800-231-2759

Wildcat Golf Club: 12000 Almeda Road • Houston,TX 77045 • Ph: 713-413-3400

Preliminary Schedule and Program

Wednesday, March 4

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – AIIS Evening Reception (The Houstonian Hotel)

Thursday, March 5

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Welcome

John D. Foster – President, Kurt Orban Partners LLC

8:15 AM Keynote Address – Timothy Meyer, Director, International Legal Studies Program and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Donald B. Cameron, Esq. Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Attorney-of-record in the AIIS legal challenge to Section 232
Trade Litigation Update

Nithya Nagarajan, Partner, Washington, DC, Husch Blackwell
China Trade Deal; New 232 Derivative Duties; Section 301 Tariffs.

Josh Zive, Partner, Washington, D.C., Policy Resolution Group, Bracewell LLP
Policy Developments in Congress

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Lawrence W. Hanson, The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C.
Developments in Customs Law and Regulation You Absolutely Need to Know About
One of the country’s leading Customs Law practitioners will guide you through the important new developments that will impact your business

PANEL – Wood Packaging Material: Enforcement and Compliance

Cargo Discharge: Direct or Not?

Nolan Richardson, President, Richardson Companies

Chris Lewis, Vice President, Cooper/Ports America, LLC (C/PA)

12:30 PM Close of Conference

1:30 PM Golf Tournament, Wildcat Golf Club

Fees*: AIIS Member: $375 pp | Non-Member $400 pp | Golf Only $205 pp



*Proceeds from the event will cover event fees and charges. Since our Steel-Con® Supply Chain Conference also serves as a significant fundraising event, your investment will also allow the Institute’s good and expanding work for free and responsible trade in steel to continue to benefit all our members.

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Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities? Call AIIS Headquarters in Washington, DC at 703-245-8079, or email Alexandra Jopp at

Sponsorship Opportunities for Steel-Con® 2020

General Conference Sponsor (towards facility, event materials, and catering) $2,500
Advertisements in Conference Brochure $500
Reception Sponsors/Marketing & Advertising (3 available) $1,000
Coffee Break Sponsor (1 available) $1,000
Panel Sponsor (2 available) $1,000
Keynote Sponsor (1 available) $1,000
Golf Hole Sponsors/Marketing & Advertising (18 available; includes green fee) $500

Sponsorship Benefits

• Opportunity to display branded items at the event (i.e., coffee cups, napkins, etc.) (general conference sponsorship only)

• 2 conference passes (general conference sponsorship only)

• Prominent signage at the event

• Recognition from the podium prior to the start of and during the event’s program

• Listing on the AIIS website

• Recognition in event materials and press releases

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