Upcoming Events

Steel-Con 2017 & AIIS Annual Gulf Region Golf Tournament 

The Event Program is now finalized and you may find it here in an attachment.

The program starts on Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 1.30 pm with a special tour aboard The M/V Sam Houston.

The M/V Sam Houston will depart promptly at 1:30 p.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Guests will be required to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for 1:15 a.m. boarding at the Sam Houston Visitors Pavilion, 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020, Gate #8. A map is enclosed to assist your guests with locating the facility.

*Due to PHA’s commitment to safety and security, all attendees must have a current photo ID to enter Port Authority property.

The boat tour will be followed by a “Bring a Customer – Meet a Customer” networking Reception at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & SPA from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Friday, 19 May 2017 will be a half conference day that will send you home with up-to-the-minute, practical, useful information from some of this country’s—and the world’s—leading experts and practitioners in key elements of the steel supply chain.

Port of Houston Authority Chairman Janiece Longoria will deliver the keynote address on the following topic(s): the Port of Houston and global trade with a focus on the steel supply chain.

The conference will be moderated by Jimmy Baldwin, S.V.P. Sales & Marketing, Coastal Cargo, and Kevin Castagnola, CEO of South Jersey Port Corporation.

The golf tournament will begin with registration and lunch at 12:30 PM followed by a shotgun start at 1:30PM. An awards program & BBQ will conclude the day’s events. The format for the Tournament will be an 18 hole, four-person traditional scramble. More detailed rules will be distributed on the day of the tournament.



65th AIIS Annual Gala Dinner
Dec 3 all-day


It’s not too soon to make plans for our New York City Annual Dinner on Thursday, December 3rd!

The Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue, with its outstanding, in-house catering and striking, floor-to-ceiling views of landmarks like the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building, will once again be the venue for our celebration.


As you may know, this year’s Annual New York City Dinner is a special occasion, our 65th New York City Annual Dinner.

To mark this milestone, we are delighted to announce that we will have a very special guest. Our keynote speaker will be the acclaimed journalist Mr. Bret Stephens.


Bret Stephens writes “Global View,” the foreign-affairs column of the Wall Street Journal, for which he was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He is the Journal’s deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for the opinion pages of the paper’s sister editions in Europe and Asia, as well as a member of the Journal’s editorial board. He is also a regular panelist on the Journal Editorial Report, a political talk show carried nationally by the Fox News Channel.

Mr. Stephens joined the Journal in New York in 1998 and later worked for the paper in Brussels. In January 2002, at the age of 28, he was named editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, where he was responsible for news and opinion, the international and digital editions, and also wrote a weekly column.

Mr. Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004 and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum the following year. He has won numerous journalism awards in addition to the Pulitzer, and reported stories from around the world, including Burma, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. He has also interviewed scores of world leaders, including every Israeli Prime Minister since Shimon Peres.

In November 2014 Sentinel Books published Mr. Stephens’s first book, “America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.” The book was praised by former Secretary of State George Shultz as “wise counsel for a constructive, tough-minded and sensible foreign policy,” and by Harvard University historian Niall Ferguson as “a shrewd, sharp, and shamelessly unfashionable defense of American power.”

This year’s NYC Annual Dinner will be an engaging, festive evening, with penetrating, off-the-record commentary you won’t hear anywhere else by one of America’s most accomplished journalists and astute observers of global affairs.

 I would encourage you to reserve your ticket now by calling Assistant Director Alexandra Jopp at (703) 245 – 8079.

Better yet, reserve a table and bring your friends, business associates, and colleagues. Tables are selling now.

If you are traveling to New York City, we have reserved a block of rooms at the midtown Roosevelt Hotel at a special discounted rate of $329.00 per night. These rooms are in limited supply. You may reserve your room now by calling The Roosevelt Hotel NYC toll free reservation # is 1-888-833-3969. For those who wish to make their reservation on-line, Here is a reservation link

If you are requesting pre or post date’s outside of the outlined registration link dates, please e-mail your reservation request to sadams@rooseveltnyc.com

All reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 11, 2015. Once these discounted rooms at the Roosevelt are gone, they are gone.


Please fill out this form if you would like to register for the AIIS 65th Annual Dinner REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by:

Cargill  OHL-Logo-rgb-2

AIIS Annual Gulf Region Christmas Dinner
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner

We cordially invite you to join in our holiday celebration and the welcome of a New Year of health, happiness, and prosperity for all. Enjoy the usual good company and fellowship at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas 77024

When:                         Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. – Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  Janiece M. Longoria, Chairman of Houston Port Commission
Dress:                         Business – Cocktail
Tickets:                      $195 Individual Ticket, $295 per couple (spouse.)
RSVP by December 10, 2015



To reserve a room at the Houstonian Hotel:

Group Name:             AIIS Christmas Dinner (the rate is setup under this name)

Group Rate:                $149.00 per night

Number to call:           1-800-231-2759 or email us at reservations@houstonian.com

Hours of Operation:   Mon – Fri, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm   |   Saturday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm   |  Sunday:  CLOSED

Sponsored by:




AIIS Customs Committee Meeting by Conference Call
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Customs Committee of the American Institute for International Steel is holding a meeting by conference call to discuss the potential impact of a number of recent and upcoming actions affecting importers and exporters of steel products.

The meeting is open to all AIIS members, including individual Customs Committee members.

Topics to be discussed include:

The full operation of all Customs Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEEs), including the Base Metals CEE, as of March 23, 2016

The ongoing issues with mandatory entry filing in ACE

The upcoming (July 1, 2016) SOLAS requirements regarding Verified Container Mass (VGM) from the International Maritime Organization

The Antidumping and Countervailing Duty enforcement provisions contained in the recently passed Customs Reauthorization Act

Suggestions for additional topics may be sent to Committee Chair Steve Baker (swbaker@swbakerlaw.com) or co-presenter Larry Hanson (lwhanson@lwhansonassociates.com).

If you would like to join this teleconference please submit your request to jopp@aiis.org

2016 Critical Commodities Conference
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day
2016 Critical Commodities Conference @ Marriott Convention Center Hotel | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

The Critical Commodities Conference is a dynamic three day conference focused on the efficient transportation of energy products, steel and other raw materials, food, containerized cargo and more. Many of the current challenges that the shipping community faces today are common across several industries and at the CCC, you will learn from a diverse group of industry experts. The CCC is a highly interactive forum with plenty of networking opportunities to see old friends and connect with new ones in America’s most unique city.

AIIS GULF REGION SPRING SOCIAL | Customs & Logistics Seminar | HOUSTON TX | MAY 11
May 11 all-day
Breakbulk Americas 2016
Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day


Breakbulk Americas is the largest exhibition
of its kind in the Americas,
bringing top-tier shippers together
with breakbulk and project cargo service providers.


Breakbulk Americas’s targeted programming will ensure that you develop skills and strategy to help you do your job more effectively, while making industry connections that count.

Breakbulk Americas is the venue to connect with executives from leading EPCs and other large-scale shippers  who are moving cargoes throughout the Americas and around the world. Exhibitors and sponsors include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, road, rail, barge and air transportation, export packers, equipment companies and more.

Hear from industry experts during the conference sessions, which are held on the exhibition floor. Those seeking to build their professional skills can participate in a number of workshops, designed for a variety of experience levels.

Targeted exhibition, sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. To find out how you can become a part of this event, contact:


Christian Blair Thompson
Event Director, Americas
+1 281 416-4672

Kathleen Pinson

Sales Manager – Americas & TransAsia
+1 423 598 2264
Oct 7 all-day


(October 7th 2016, Port of Houston Conference Room 111 East Loop N, Houston, TX 77029)

Turkish Consulate General in Houston in collaboration with Port of Houston Authority cordially invites you to the “2016 TURKEY – TEXAS IRON AND STEEL NETWORKING & BUSINESS FORUM” on October 7th, 2016 at Port of Houston Conference Room. The program is organized in conjunction with a Steel Exporters Delegation visit from Turkey to Houston on 5-7 October 2016. The Delegation headed by Namik Ekinci, Chairman of Turkish Steel Exporter Association, will comprise of high ranking representatives of 14 Turkish steel companies.

Given the fact that Turkey is the 2nd largest rebar exporter, 9th largest steel producer, world’s biggest scrap metal importer, the forum will offer a unique opportunity for US companies, exporters, importers, logistics and decision makers to explore business, trade and investment opportunities in/with Turkey and meet with senior Turkish businessmen of leading Turkish business/trade associations in iron and steel industry.

Date : October 7, 2016

Location : Port of Houston Conference Room 111 East Loop N, Houston, TX 77029

RSVP : Ricardo Arias, rarias@poha.com


The 66th Annual AIIS Gala Dinner
Dec 1 all-day

Thursday, December 1st: The 66 Annual AIIS Gala Dinner. We will hold our premier event of the year at The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY. Our members and guests will be entertained by the highly regarded Los Angeles comedian Steve Mittleman. Steve has appeared on the Johnny Carson Show, various national late-night shows, and at numerous functions around the country. Last year we had over 300 in attendance, and we expect this popular event to be another sell-out. Our Annual Dinner is a special time for our members and their customers, friends, and colleagues to get together, unwind, and do some business while enjoying exceptional food and dazzling views of the Manhattan skyline in a convivial Christmas holiday setting.

Annual Dinner Registration Form









Dec 15 all-day
STEEL-CON 2017 | New conference for the steel supply chain
May 18 – May 19 all-day

AIIS invites you to a day-and-a-half learning, sporting, and fundraising event at the peerless Houstonian Hotel to explore things you need to know to successfully navigate the steel supply chain in 2017 and beyond. We have carefully designed this new event 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 shipping, logistics, customs, and international trade. Please click here to learn more.

Registration is now open!

The first 120 registrants will receive a special gift, hand-crafted and made in America (Sponsored by NUCOR)!

In the attachment, you may find the flyer of the conference as well as the conference program.

Please complete the following registration form and return it to jopp@aiis.org before 10 May 2017.

AIIS Annual Golf Tournament Registration


The program starts on Thursday, 18 May 2017 at 1.30 pm with a special tour aboard The M/V Sam Houston.

The M/V Sam Houston will depart promptly at 1:30 p.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Guests will be required to arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for 1:15 a.m. boarding at the Sam Houston Visitors Pavilion, 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020, Gate #8. A map is enclosed to assist your guests with locating the facility.

*Due to PHA’s commitment to safety and security, all attendees must have a current photo ID to enter Port Authority property.

The boat tour will be followed by a “Bring a Customer – Meet a Customer” networking Reception at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & SPA from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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Steel-Con’17 e-Program Book

Official Guest List:

Christian Johnson AAL Shipping
Mike Carulli Access World (USA), LLC
Russell Andersson Access World Switzerland
Andy Master AFM Steel
Parrish Lawler Alabama State Port Authority
Tom Streight Alter Logistics Company / Alter River Terminals
Jeremy Goldstein Alter Logistics Company / Alter River Terminals
Richard Chriss American Institute for International Steel
Alexandra Jopp American Institute for International Steel
Andy Remy American Shipping and Chartering
Harry Bell American Transport, Inc.
Filip Vandenbussche Antwerp Port Authority
Paul Ayala Arc Marine
Susan Bray ArcelorMittal International
Henri Olivier ArcelorMittal International
David Wilkins Sr. Associated Terminals
Todd Fuller Associated Terminals
Renate Peper Biehl & Co.
Russ Mullins Biehl +Co.
Jack Marshall BlueScope Steel
Kerry Stevens BlueScope Steel
Dieter Schulz BlueScope Steel
Andy Pappas BMO Harris Bank, N.A.
Dhaval Trivedi Borusan Mannesmann Pipe US Inc
Ryan Wangsness Cargoways Logistics LLC
Kristopher Cooper Cargoways Logistics LLC
Kevin Boneno Celtic Marine and Logistics
Matt Blackwell Celtic Marine and Logistics
Justin Cook CEMCO
Jeffrey Stewart Cincinnati Barge + Rail Terminals LLC
Dr. Henriette van Niekerk Clarksons Platou
Peter McDougall Clipper Steel Services
Jimmy Baldwin Coastal Cargo
Morgan A. Haeuser Coastal Cargo
Jeffrey B. Allen Coastal Cargo
Eric Hansen Cooper Consolidated, LLC
Dave Morgan Cooper/Ports America (C/PA)
Maria Recalde CSN, LLC
Filippo Nardi Danesi USA Inc.
Andy Sentyz Delaware River Stevedores, Inc.
Clarance Bull EX/IM Transportation Services
John Pizarro Federal Marine Terminals
David Loewenstein FML Logistics
Janine Pillukat Fr. Meyer’s Sohn North America LLC
Reinder Schilsky Fracht USA
Steve Wright Gateway Logistics Group
Brian Riley GEODIS USA
Gary Cockrell GEODIS USA
Jack Mallough GEODIS USA
Randall Bull GEODIS USA, Inc
Andy Powell Grieg Star, Inc.
Marshall Adams Gulf Harbor Shipping LLC
Tony Jaworski Gulf Stream Marine
David Harrington Gulf Stream Marine
Mark Salinas Gulf Stream Marine
Koji Fujita Hanwa America
Alan C. Dodd Host Agency
Lindsay Hrones Host Agency
Leona Hamrock Houston Global Steel Specialist LLC
Sarah Hamrock Houston Global Steel Specialist LLC
Anthony Choi Hyosung USA
Ted Kim Hyosung USA
Kevin Cho Hyosung USA
Tim Davies Hyundai Corporation
Sanha Kim Hyundai Corporation
Charles Montgomery ILA 1351
Wojtek Rutkowski Industrial Terminals, LLC
Frank E. Abell Ingram Barge Company
Alexei Antonov Intermetal – International Metal
Salman R. Rajani International Industries Ltd.
Philip Ovanessians Jacobs Engineering
Scott Thomassee Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Ron Wilson Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Felix Holder Jaeckel Mund + Bruns LLC
Marc Hebert Jones Walker LLP
Stacey Wingen Kinder Morgan
Stephen Corby Kinder Morgan
George Karmoukos Kinder Morgan Logistics
Clint Moser Kinder Morgan Logistics
Bob DeMarco Kloeckner Metals US
Don Zajicek Kloeckner Metals US
Derek Tatum KMEC
John Foster Kurt Orban Partners
Richard Brazzale Lakeshore Associates LLC
Nithya Nagarajan Law Offices of Nithya Nagarajan, LLC
Jeff Richie M/G Transport Services, LLC
Mona Phegley Maritime & Commodity Services, LLC
Paul Lewitsch Metal Partners International
Gary Sanders Metal Partners International
Frank Bergren Metal Partners International
Brent Mahana Metro Ports
Susannah Porr National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors
Jared Sleeth New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Jeff Crysel Norton Lilly International
Mehdi Hejazi Norton Lilly International
Denny Garner Norton Lilly International
Todd Master Nucor
Matt Gilmore Nucor Steel Bar Group
Paige O’Kelley Nucor Steel Corporate
Kris Lee Nucor Steel Corporate
Cassie Siegel Nucor Steel Sheet Group
John Berberick PLS Logistics Services
Jonathan Shushtari PLS Logistics Services
Commissioner Theldon R. Branch, III PORT HOUSTON
Ricardo Arias PORT HOUSTON
Randy Stiefel PORT HOUSTON
Edward Martinez Port of Corpus Christi Authority
Heinz Lange Port of Vancouver USA
Wade Elliott Port Tampa Bay
Bart Goedhard Ports America
Michael Douglas Premier Bulk Stevedoring
Carlos Contreras Richardson Companies
Mike McCall Richardson Companies
Sharon Cho Richardson Companies
Frank Olszewski Rukert Terminals Corporation
Mike Rogers S & P Steel Products and Services, Inc.
C & F International, Incorporated
Bob Moore Salzgitter Mannesmann Handel GmbH
Mustafa K. Ocalir Seabridge International LLC
Karl E. Lang Seabridge International LLC
Ritchie Macpherson Seacliff Agency – Mobile
Bill Burns SEAONUS
Capt Her SK Shipping
Ted McNair South Carolina Ports
Kevin Castagnola South Jersey Port Corporation
Tim Hendricks Southeastern Ship Terminal
Dolph Simon Storage & Processors
Cathryne Lambert Summit Global Trading
Manzar Iqbal Summit Global Trading
Dan Butterbrodt Sunbelt Group L.P.
Philip Tomlinson T. Parker Host, Inc.
Brenda Kuhfeldt TATA International Metals Americas
Brian Formanek The Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Lawrence Hanson The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C
Matthew S. Cummins The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, PC
Colin Schneider THE MID-SHIP GROUP
Suzanne D’Abadie The Transporter, Inc.
Kevin Turner Thorco Projects
Steve Fulton TMK IPSCO
Jack Festing-Smith TMK IPSCO
Warren Janert TPCO Enterprise, Inc.
Deniz Senyurt Turkish Steel Exporters’ Association
Suzan BILEN Turkish Steel Exporters’Association
Chris L. Stockman Union Pacific
Greg Shimonek Union Pacific
Pablo R Gonzales Union Pacific
Jonathan Jentlie Universal Truckload Services, Inc.
Rich Hanschu Universal Truckload Services, Inc.
Daniel Ozley Universal Truckload Services, Inc.
Junko Sugawara, Ph.D. University of Houston
Joseph McElligott UTC Overseas Projects
Ms. Arzu Uzel Uzel Int’l Trading Corp (UITC) Steel & Commodities Trading
Ryan Brady VA Intertrading
Aimee Tubbs VA Intertrading
David Villarreal Vinton Steel, LLC
Kyoei Steel Group
Frederick P. Waite Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Kim Young Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Jeffrey Trask Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Skip Hastings Watco Companies
Simon Christensen Weco Bulk
Bahar Gökçe Westford Trade Services Ltd
John Zemanek Zemanek Marine Services

Dibei Zhang (Hardy Zhang) Oceanland Global Inc

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