American Institute for International Steel



“Washington Returns to Core Trump Agenda”

“…The Trump emphasis this year is on…trade…”

Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2018

If you are an importer / exporter of steel, or you provide products or services to the industry, you need to know how developments in Washington and beyond will affect your business. This is your conference.


Event Description

AIIS invites you to a day and a half gathering at the peerless Houstonian Hotel to explore what you need to know to successfully navigate the steel supply chain in 2018 and beyond. This year’s event is carefully designed to bring you the most up-to-date information, introduce opportunities, stimulate ideas, and enhance professional skill, all while experiencing the Houstonian’s acclaimed grounds and hospitality. You will hear expert analysis, engage in penetrating discussion, and interact with some of the industry’s leading experts and practitioners who are at the forefront of key areas like international trade, shipping, logistics, and customs.  REGISTER HERE (PDF FORM)

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 – AIIS Evening Reception, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(Location – The Houstonian Hotel)


07:30 Opening session Continental Breakfast


John D. Foster – President, Kurt Orban Partners LLC

Keynote Address ROGER GUENTHER, Executive Director, Port Houston

Panel 1: Trade Policy in Turbulent Times

How will potential Section 232 national security-based trade restrictions, and other trade-restrictive measures, affect the steel supply chain? What other measures can we expect to see? How long will they last? What will happen with efforts to reshape NAFTA, or possibly withdraw from the agreement altogether? How will steel be affected by changes to, or withdrawal from NAFTA? What trade-related initiatives can we expect to see in Congress? What significant developments will occur on the Customs front, and how will they affect your business?

ModeratorGrant D. Aldonas Hon. Grant Aldonas, former Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce


Lawrence Hanson, Esq. The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C.

Nithya Nagarajan, Esq. Husch Blackwell

Lewis Leibowitz, Esq. The Law Office of Lewis E. Leibowitz

Panel 2: Successfully Navigating Shipping and Logistics Challenges in 2018

What are the primary steel supply chain challenges facing the shipping industry in 2018, and how will it respond to them? Will changes in the U.S and global economies affect operations, and if so, how? How will U.S. steel-handling ports like Houston be affected?

Moderator: Joseph T Webb, General Manager, Clipper Steel Services


Dene Ward, Commercial Manager, Chipolbrok America, Inc.

Gilbert Wright, Partner, Marine Inspection LLC

Rick Webb, CEO, Watco Companies

12:15 Close of Conference

1:30 Golf Tournament, Wildcat Golf Club (includes box lunch)

5:00 BBQ

Please complete the following registration form and return it to or fax it at 703.610.0215 before April 17, 2018.


Hope to see you there,

Alexandra Jopp,
American Institute for International Steel |Tel: (703) 245 8075
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