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.



The 232 Steel Investigation: Measuring the Pain for Domestic Industries | AIIS MEETING IN WASHINGTON 09.12.2017
Sep 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Invitation to Cover

The 232 Steel Investigation: A New Report Measures the Devastating Impact of Tariffs on the U.S. Economy

Experts chart destructive effect of steel tariffs on broader U.S. steel supply chain; _
U.S. agriculture industry braces for impact from shipping disruption, potential retaliation

WHAT The 232 Steel Investigation: Measuring the Pain for Domestic Industries

WHEN Tuesday, September 12, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 PM (Media Registration: 1:45 PM)

WHERE National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045

WHO Spokespersons for Steel Users, Ports, and Agriculture Industries:

Richard Chriss: President, American Institute for International Steel
John Martin: Principal Economic Analyst, Martin Associates
Kevin Brosch, Attorney, BroschTrade, LLC, on behalf of The National Chicken Council
Introductory Remarks by John D. Foster, Chairman of AIIS

WHY As the Trump Administration nears a determination on whether imported steel poses a “threat to U.S. national security,” the widespread and potentially devastating impacts of a Section 232 trade remedy grow ever more clear.

Drawing from a newly released report, economist John Martin will detail the impact that steel tariffs pose for U.S. ports, which make an outsized contribution to the U.S. economy. According to Martin’s report, 1.3 million jobs are currently supported by port activity related to imported steel, feeding nearly $240 billion in economic activity, or 1.3% of U.S. GDP in 2016.

Adding insult to injury, America’s billion-dollar poultry industry stands as collateral damage from tariffs as steel-carrying ships that offload product inland—and take goods back to the ports—disappear from the heartland. Poultry, grain, and other ag interests face drastically increased shipping costs and reduced access to key export markets as the burden of transportation is shifted to their industries, even as they brace for the potential of retaliatory tariffs on their products.

About AIIS The American Institute for International Steel, representing 120 member companies, is America’s leading voice for the steel supply chain, and the only voice in Washington, D.C. for free and responsible trade in steel.

Media Contact: Amelia Berger, amelia.berger@bracewell.com, 202-828-1727


AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | November 2nd | L’Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach, CA
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Port of Long Beach Harbor Tour

The event starts on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at 2.00 pm with a special Port of Long Beach harbor tour.

The vessel will depart promptly at 2:00 p.m. and return at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Guests will be required to arrive no later than 1:40 p.m. for 1:45 p.m. boarding. The vessel will depart from Shoreline Village – Dock 9.

Note: Dock 9 is outside the main entrance of Parkers’ Lighthouse (http://parkerslighthouse.com/home/), and parking will be validated for those who park at Shoreline Village.

The harbor tour will be followed by a “Bring a Customer – Meet a Customer” networking Reception and Dinner at the L’Opera Restaurant, Long Beach, CA from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

Thursday, November 2

POLB Harbor Tour: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Dock 9, Shoreline Village (next to Parkers’ Lighthouse) Los Angeles

435 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
Reception: 5:30PM

Dinner: 7:00PM – 9:30PM

L’Opera Italian Restaurant
101 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Presentation by Mr. John D. Foster, AIIS Chairman:

“Section 232 and You – How New Era Trade Regulations Could Impact Your Business”


Registration Form

Name Company
Reza Tehrani Access World (USA), LLC
Mike Kwon Alpha Steel
Ed Bastian BBC Chartering USA
Allen LaTourrette BlueScope Steel
Gene Misiak BlueScope Steel
Dieter Schulz BlueScope Steel Americas
Brian Kelso BlueScope Steel Americas
Sherry Falcon BlueScope Steel Americas
Gloria Zepeda BlueScope Steel Americas
Maria Hart BlueScope Steel Americas
Andrew Pappas BMO Harris Bank, N.A
KC Cooper Cargoways Warehousing and Trucking
Tom Delpit CEMCO
Justin Cook CEMCO
Aaron Kruisheer Esserman Steel
Jack Mallough GEODIS
Chris Baek Global Metal Resources Inc.
Joe Beattie Harbor Pipe & Steel, Inc.
Bob Moffitt Heico Wire Group
Timothy Davies Hyundai Corporation
Walter Synek IMS Steel Company
J. Paul Javier Kloeckner Metals
Kathy Kester Kloeckner Metals
John Foster Kurt Orban Partners
Brad Decker Kurt Orban Partners
Oda Shoko-ISALSA Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc.
Rob Ikegami Marubeni-Itochu Steel, Inc.
Taoko Akashi Metal One America, Inc. – Los Angeles
Bob Swist Metal One America, Inc. – Los Angeles
Gary G. Sanders Metal Partners Rebar
Kenneth Weinstein Metallia/Hartree Partners
Michael Kroman Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.
Jeff Kubo Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Americas, inc.
Atti Schmidt Nucor Trading USA Inc
MALENA VILLARREAL Pacific Awards Metals
Gilles Dumont PGS
Brett Mascaro Port of Long Beach
Don Snyder Port of Long Beach
Mechelle Smothers Port of Long Beach
Heinz Lange Port of Vancouver USA
Bart Goedhard Ports America
Bill Fitz SSA Marine
Klaudio Biazevich SSA Marine
Andre Boettger Swire Bulk | The China Navigation Co
Frank Leigh-Spencer Swire Shipping
Lawrence Hanson The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, PC
67th Annual Dinner | The Yale Club of New York City
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Thursday, November 30th: The 67th 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. 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.










DRESS CODE AT THE YALE CLUB: Traditional business attire

*Proceeds from these membership events cover event fees and charges as we acknowledge AIIS’s progress. Since all of our events serve as significant fundraising affairs, your vital support will allow the Institute’s important and expanding efforts for free and responsible trade in steel to continue to benefit all our members.

The Yale Club of New York City, Grand Ballroom

The Yale Club is located at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue on the corner of 44th Street, across from the western entrance of Grand Central Terminal.

The Roof Dining Room and Terrace The perfect place for cocktails and dining al fresco. One of the nicest restaurants in midtown just happens to be on the 22nd floor of the Club.





Dec 1 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am

The Customs Committee meeting will take place the morning following the AIIS Annual Dinner. All members are welcome to attend. Members unable to attend in person can use the call-in number,


PIN: 3427031#

Questions? Call AIIS at 703-245-8075

Hear the latest from Customs:

Base Metals Center Director
National Import Specialist
AD/CVD Policy

Discuss Current Issues:

Steel 232 Investigation Update
Court Case Review
Enhanced Enforcement Policy
Trade Facilitation


AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 14th | Houston, TX
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 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 fellowship at:

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa


111 N Post Oak Ln Houston, TX 77024

Thursday, December 14, 2016

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


Keynote SpeakerCaptain Kevin Oditt, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. – ‎United States Coast Guard

Captain Kevin Oditt

Captain Oditt is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Captain Oditt’s previous operational assignments include Coast Guard Cutter’s ALERT and VIGOROUS, Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office Port Arthur, TX, Chief of Inspections at Marine Safety Office Tampa, FL, and Chief of Prevention at Sector Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT. Captain Oditt served at Coast Guard Headquarters in the office of Design and Engineering Standards, Port Security Directorate, Staff Chief for the Deputy Commandant for Operations, and Division Chief in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance. Captain Oditt earned advanced degrees from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Manufacturing and the Marine Corps War College in Strategic Studies.


Section 232 Steel Tariffs: Effect on Domestic Steel Capacity Utilization and Real-World Impact on U.S. Manufacturers
Apr 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm




Invitation to Cover


Section 232 Steel Tariffs:  Effect on Domestic Steel Capacity Utilization and Real-World Impact on U.S. Manufacturers

Launch of new Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users

WHAT        Steel Tariff Fallout: Effect on Domestic Steel Capacity Utilization and Real-World Impact on U.S. Manufacturers, Launch of New Coalition

WHEN        Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2:00 3:00 PM(Media Registration: 1:45 PM)

WHERE               National Press Club, 529 14thStreet NW, 13thFloor, Washington, D.C. 20045

WHO          Steel Users and Economists:

Richard Chriss (moderator), President, American Institute for International Steel

Dr. John Martin, Economic Analyst, Martin Associates

Laura Baughman,Economist, The Trade Partnership

Troy Roberts,CEO, Qualtek Manufacturing,Colorado Springs, CO

Other Steel-Using Manufacturers

WHY           President Trump imposed tariffs on steel imports under the premise of “protecting U.S. national security” with the goal of increasing capacity utilization among U.S. steel producing companies. Unfortunately, the Section 232 trade action will actually have a negative impact on steel capacity utilization while penalizing America’s small manufacturers and their workers in the process.

Drawing from a newly released report, economist John Martinwill reveal the downward effect of tariffs on steel capacity utilization on the sector. Economist Laura Baughmanwill detail the decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs that result from the Section 232 tariffs. Troy Roberts, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will describe the threat that cost increases for steel pose to U.S. manufacturers.

The event will also mark the launch of the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users, comprised of small and medium U.S. manufacturing companies united in an effort to oppose the 25% tariff on steel imports.

About AIIS   The American Institute for International Steel, representing 120 member companies, is America’s leading voice for the steel supply chain, and the only voice in Washington, D.C. for free and responsible trade in steel.

Media Contact:      Amelia Berger, amelia.berger@bracewell.com, 202-828-1727



STEEL-CON | AIIS Steel Supply Chain Conference, April 25-26, Houston, TX
Apr 25 – Apr 26 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 2018 and beyond. We have carefully designed this 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.

The program starts on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 with a networking Reception at the Houstonian Hotel from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The conference begins the next day on April 26 with a continental breakfast at 7:00 AM and speakers’ presentations from 8 AM to 12 noon. The AIIS Golf Tournament kicks off at 1:00 PM at the Wildcat Golf Club (April 26, 2018.) REGISTER HERE 


Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities? Click here


The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
Reservations: 800-231-2759
Wildcat Golf Club
12000 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77045
Golf Club Rental: 713-413-3400


AIIS Member Conference Registration: $295.00
Non-Member Conference Registration: $325.00
Press Registration: FREE

Reception Only (April 25th): $175.00
Golf (April 26th): $180.00


American Institute for International Steel
1101 King St #360
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-245-8075 | Email: jopp@aiis.org

Steel-Con’18 e-Program Book


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